The crisis of waste is not that of today. It has been around and drowning the world for decades. But little do we realise how the situation could have been much worse had it not been for the constant efforts of our waste workers. Tonnes of scrap each day is prevented from getting into landfills and oceans by means of collecting, segregating and recycling. But unfortunately, these unsung heroes live a rather insecure and undignified life.
Therefore, we believe the current infrastructure needs a revamp to deal with not just the environmental but also the humanitarian crisis. While it should continue to manage the ever growing problem of waste, it must also recognize and formalize the work of the people behind it.
In a humble attempt to bring the best to the environment and our people, ReCircle built an infrastructure of inclusivity.
Some of our very valued partners are those you see in routine life. The waste workers who collect the garbage and scavenge through it, the ones on garbage trucks who load and unload it, the ones who segregate recyclables and sell them off to raddiwallahs.
To provide them with social security and better livelihoods, we work with them both directly and indirectly. While we employ some to work within our system, we procure material from some at fair prices.
Additionally, our Safaai Saathis get access to recurring health camps, sessions on various government schemes and policies, aid in times of need, awareness on other emergency aids and more.
At present, we are going strong with 2223 Safaai Saathis.
People you commonly know as “Raddiwalla's” or “Kabaadiwallas” are people we see as micro-entrepreneurs working towards the vision of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle for years. It is them who have changed the way people look at waste in India. Anything that can be recycled, is no more a piece of scrap but a resource that is prevented from entering landfills and oceans.
We include these Raddiwalla's into our formal network to bring more stability to their jobs and life.
Presently 150+ Raddiwalla's as a part of ReCircle, are at the service of our conscious customers who wish to dispose responsibly.
An essential pit stop between the raddiwalla's and recyclers is that of the scrap dealers. Operating from their warehouses on the outskirts of the city, these scrap dealers collect, segregate, and pre-process all the scrap to make sure it is in an agreeable condition to be sent out to recyclers in bulk.
We make these scrap dealers a part of our ethical supply chain so they can benefit from this new infrastructure by means of social security and fair trade.
When it comes to managing waste from municipalities, it is the formal players at the Material Recovery Facility that help with the segregation and processing of all the scrap, to prevent it from entering landfills and oceans. The dry recyclables are sent to authorized recyclers and wet waste is composted. With their involvement, only a small portion of rejected scrap goes to waste.
We not only source material from these facilities in the most ethical way but also provide them with the know-how and best practises when it comes to managing waste.