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Recycling the Indian Way | by rita banerji
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Recycling the Indian Way

These are shops that buy trash from the community, usually paper, plastic and glass, and sell them to businesses that pulp paper or melt glass or plastic to convert to a usable form. The trash is bought by weight, and weighed on the old-style weighing scales seen in the shop. The men who run these shops are called ‘Raddi-wallas’ or ‘Rubbish Traders.’ The chairs seat friends and assistants who run errands to pick up trash from people’s homes if the service is requested. This is a business and service that is integral to a sustainable and more environment friendly economy, given the amount of trash India’s one billion plus population turns out every year.

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Taken on July 23, 2012