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India Waste Pickers Forced to Separate Dry and Wet Waste by Hand

Residents aren’t backing the idea of sorting waste themselves and claim that sorting waste is the sanitation workers’ job.

Last year, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) adopted a new initiative urging citizens in Hyderabad, India, to separate dry waste and wet waste, but the practice has not been widely accepted and waste pickers have been forced to separate the wet and dry waste by hand.

As part of the initiative, GHMC reportedly distributed 44.04 lakh 12-litre twin bins to 21 lakh households for residents to separate wet and dry waste, but residents aren’t backing the idea and claiming that sorting waste is the sanitation workers’ job.

The News Minute has more information:

P Shekhar, a 30-year-old waste picker, stands on top of an auto tipper that collects household waste in Hyderabad. The foul smell of garbage causes passers-by to cover their noses, but Shekhar and two other workers are forced to segregate wet and dry waste — without gloves or masks — using their hands.

Though last year, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) adopted a new initiative to urge citizens to segregate waste dry and wet waste, the practice has not been widely accepted.  

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