Waste Recyclers in Delhi

Last Modified: Fri Nov 13 2015 07:00:25 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 15 lakh
    people across India depend on wastepicking alone. Apart from them, several other types of recyclers depend on waste for their livelihoods.
  • 160,000
    roughly the number of people that make up the informal recycling workforce consisting of waste pickers, small kabaris (small middlemen), thiawalas (collectors) and big kabaris (big middlemen).
  • 2000 tons
    of waste is recycled by the informal sector in Delhi everyday.
  • Rs. 15 lakh
    the amount the Delhi municipality saves every day as it does not have to pay salaries to these informal waste pickers.
  • 50%
    of the waste pickers were reduced from being informal to being illegal on account of the privatization of collection and transportation of waste in six zones in Delhi.
  • 962,133
    metric tons reduction in Green House Gases each year due to the informal recycling section, equivalent to removing 176,215 passenger vehicles from the roads annually.
  • 15%
    annual growth rate of the local recycling markets in India, a trend widely attributed to waste pickers' efforts.