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Women Help Improve Waste Collection in Chhattisgarh, India

Women Help Improve Waste Collection in Chhattisgarh, India

Raigarh city’s women help civic authorities to clean up the mess

Small cities in India are growing rapidly but the waste management infrastructure hasn’t been able to catch up with this growth. The failure, or the inability, of authorities to segregate and recycle waste has contaminated natural resources.

The task is gigantic, as India produces 62 million tonnes of waste every year. Out of this, only 43 million tonnes is collected and only 11.9 million tonne is treated.

However, in Raigarh city in the central state of Chhattisgarh, women have come together to change this. Part of self-help groups, they have joined civic authorities with the aim to collect 100 percent of the city’s waste.

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As its by-product, the women say, the initiative is also empowering them.

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