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Ragpickers on a door to door job

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation did a recent tie up with an NGO named Chintan that will employ ragpickers to collect garbage from door to door and segregate them. This is to streamline the garbage management system as according to the municipal official garbage collection in east Delhi has increased from 1,500 metric tonnes to 2,000 metric tonnes a day. The pilot project in two wards Kishan Kunj and Bhrampuri is expected to start where the ragpickers will come every morning to collect garbage, which will be transported to a facility where segregation will take place. This will also allow the ragpickers to collect the garbage directly rather than collecting it from the dumping grounds. According to the sources the cost of garbage collection and segregation will be borne by the NGO which will recover the cost of operation by recycling the waste collected from households. The municipal corporation will give the NGO space to create a spot where they can segregate the collected waste. Already 87 ragpickers are signed up for this job and if this pilot project is successful similar facilities will be provided in other areas as well.

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