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Decentralised Composting for Cities of Low and Middle Income Countries

posted on 22 September 2010 by Anonymous
The book Decentralised Composting for Cities of Low- and Middle-Income Countries - A User's Manual describes approaches and methods of composting on neighborhood level in small-and middle-scale plants. It considers issues of waste collection,...

Marketing Compost: A guide for Compost Producers in Low and Middle-Income Countries

posted on 22 September 2010 by Anonymous
The guide describes a marketing approach to composting, and is intended to help compost producers run more viable initiatives by unlocking the value of their product. The handbook does not cover everything there is to know about marketing, but starts...

Plastic Waste: Options for Small Scale Recovery

posted on 22 September 2010 by Anonymous
WASTE advisers on urban environment and development have published a guide book on options for Small-Scale Resource Recovery for Plastic Waste. The book provides some initial guidelines for small-scale, low-technology options for mixed plastic waste...

The Payatas Dumpsite, the Philippines

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
The above weblink presents a case-study on the informal sector activities around the Payatas dumpsite. Photos show all steps involved in the recovery of materials by waste pickers, from picking them up in the landfill till selling them to junkshops or...

Start a Business: Junkshop & Scrap Business

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Department of Trade and Industry, thought the Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise development, of the Philippines has published a series of guides for starting your own waste recovery business. Important information is provided with...

Health and Safety Guidelines for Waste Picking

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
IPES Promoción del Desarrollo Sastenible, in Peru has published a health and safety guide addressing waste pickers and generally waste related professions. The guide is very well illustrated and provides useful and reader-friendly information...

Recycling Plastics: Starting a Business

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
Practical Action has published a technical brief on plastics and recycling. The brief provides information on What are plastics? Why recycle plastics? Types of plastics Understanding your plastic recycling business Collection of...

Scrap Crash! What the crash in prices of scrap means for wastepickers and other recyclers

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
This report is based on a study of 103 waste recyclers. It shows that the sector has been impacted by the crash in prices of scrap in 2009. The report is available on line and for free.

Occupational and Environmental Health Issues of Solid Waste Management

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
The report by Sandra Cointreau (World Bank) deals with occupational health risks in social waste management, including the risks faced by waste pickers. It has a special emphasis on middle- and lower-income countries. The report is available online...

Alliance of Indian Wastepickers

posted on 23 September 2010 by Anonymous
The Alliance of Indian Wastepickers (AIW) is a national network of 35 organizations working with, and comprised of, informal recyclers, wastepickers and/or itinerant buyers. The AIW has a presence in 22 cities across India and focuses on peer support,...