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Waste to Wealth: Earning from Scrap in India

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As India attempts to deal with the plastic and waste management crisis amid COVID-19, entrepreneurs are quickly capitalizing on the need to recycle. Govind, a 34-year-old scrap dealer based in Delhi, India works at a dusty suburb of glass and concrete. He is the co-owner of Shiv Scrap Dealers and for more than 10 years, Govind––with the help of his brother––have been sifting through the disposed waste of others to gain value. The brother reflects on the changing waste components throughout the years, stating that there is a greater amount of plastic waste and that silver has replaced copper wiring, which has provided them with a more profitable value. On average, they make about 30,000 rupees ($432) a month. Govind and Joginder claim that the leftovers from people are worth over thousands of dollars, a fortune in India. 

As such, scrap dealers––often referred to as Kabadiwalas or Raddiwalas––are at the heart of the country’s robust albeit informal recycling industry. With India generating more waste than ever, the waste management sector has grown rapidly and while Kabadiwalas have been around for decades, they have begun to modernize. Govind has a daily routine beginning at 9:00 AM local time and spends up to eight hours every Saturday and Sunday ringing doorbell at hundreds of homes. He receives a week worth of scrap and junk from books and paper, which he weighs and pays based on a determined scrap rate. Govind and Joginder are not alone in this job sector with more than millions of informal workers currently working in relation to waste management that is essential for large urban cities to function in India. 

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