people across India depend on wastepicking alone. Apart from them, several other types of recyclers depend on waste for their livelihoods.
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).
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.
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.
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.
annual growth rate of the local recycling markets in India, a trend widely attributed to waste pickers' efforts.