From waste pickers to producers: An inclusive circular economy solution through development of cooperatives in waste management

Rajesh Buch, Alicia Marseille, Matthew Williams, Rimjhim Aggarwal, Aparna Sharma

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Abstract

The world’s global plastics waste crisis demands policy coordination and technological solutions to improve waste management systems, and organizations worldwide have created momentum around the concept of a circular economy. This paper advances a holistic, inclusive circular economy framework that aims to empower waste pickers with the following basic pillars: (1) build collaborative networks of stakeholders to enable inclusion of waste pickers; (2) establish cooperative enterprise models to integrate waste pickers into the formal economy; (3) build waste pickers’ technical skills and capacity for entrepreneurship; and (4) provide access to technologies and markets that enable waste pickers to manufacture upcycled products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8925
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2021

Keywords

  • Capacity building
  • Circular economy
  • Collaborative networks
  • Cooperative business models
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Inclusiveness
  • Stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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