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Waste audit shows city slums generate little garbage

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2014

The generation of waste in the slums is one-fourth the amount of waste generated in lower-middle class and higher income households, according to a study conducted by students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with the city based SWaCH — Solid Waste Collection and Handling — a collective of wastepickers.

“The daily per capita waste generated in slums was about 78 gram. Compared to this, the waste generated in lower-middle income households was 304 gram per capita,” said Rachel Perlman, research assistant at the MIT Tata Centre who conducted a waste audit on the door-to-door waste collected by waste pickers in Pune as part of her research. She was speaking at a three-day workshop organized by SWaCH on Monday.

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