SWaCH: A cooperative of waste collectors is playing a key role in Pune's waste management

Last Modified: Sun Sep 11 2016 18:03:02 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2008
    SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, the SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Pune) was registered as India’s first wholly-owned cooperative of self-employed waste pickers / waste collectors. It is authorised by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to provide door-to-door waste collection (DTDC) and other allied waste management services in the city of Pune.
  • 2,300
    members of SWaCH provide the collection services throughout the city.
  • 600,000 kgs
    of garbage collected each day, 140,000 kgs of which is dry.
  • 76
    electoral wards spanning 15 municipal administrative wards are covered.
  • 4,00,000
    households serviced in all each day. This is nearly 50% of the estimated 800,000 households in the city.