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Between hype and veracity; privatization of municipal solid waste management and its impacts on the informal waste sector

Sandhu, Kiran; Burton, Paul; Dedekorkut-Howes, Aysin

Waste management. Volume 59 (2017); pp 545-556 -- Elsevier

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  • Title:
    Between hype and veracity; privatization of municipal solid waste management and its impacts on the informal waste sector
  • Author: Sandhu, Kiran;
    Burton, Paul;
    Dedekorkut-Howes, Aysin
  • Found In: Waste management. Volume 59 (2017); pp 545-556
  • Journal Title: Waste management
  • Subjects: Hazardous wastes--Periodicals; Refuse and refuse disposal--Periodicals; Privatization--Informal waste sector--Waste pickers--Amritsar--Integration; Dewey: 363.728
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: Elsevier
  • Abstract: Highlights The study investigates impacts of waste privatization on informal stakeholders. The design of privatization has been one of alienation of the informal sector. The waste pickers in particular were adversely impacted due to privatization. Formal waste management initiatives should include the informal waste sector. Abstract The informal waste recycling sector has been an indispensable but ironically invisible part of the waste management systems in developing countries as India, often completely disregarded and overlooked by decision makers and policy frameworks. The turn towards liberalization of economy since 1991 in India opened the doors for privatization of urban services and the waste sector found favor with private companies facilitated by the local governments. In joining the privatization bandwagon, the local governments aim to create an image of a progressive city demonstrated most visibly through apt management of municipal solid waste. Resultantly, the long important stakeholder, the informal sector has been sidelined and left to face the adverse impacts of privatization. There is hardly any recognition of its contributions or any attempt to integrate it within the formal waste management systems. The study investigates the impacts of privatization on the waste pickers in waste recycling operations. Highlighting the other dimension of waste collection and management in urban India the study focuses on the waste pickers and small time informal scrap dealers and this is done by taking the case study of Amritsar city, which is an important historic centre and a metropolitan city in the state of Punjab, India. The paper develops an analytical framework, drawing from literature review to analyze the impacts. In conclusion, it supports the case for involving informal waste sector towards achieving sustainable waste management in the city.
  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100051898354.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0956-053X; doi/10.1016/j.wasman.2016.10.012
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): 9266.674500
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100051898354.0x000001

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