Wastepickers who sort New Delhi garbage in search of recyclables are gaining new
opportunities – and recognition – for their environment-benefiting work.
November 14, 2013 — When night falls, two men go through the back entrance of a Pizza Hut in a swank neighborhood of South Delhi and load dozens of garbage bags on to their mini truck. Over the course of the night, they will visit five Pizza Hut restaurants, four KFCs, one hospital and the New Delhi railway station. The two men have never stepped inside the front door of a Pizza Hut or a KFC, but they’ve eaten the food from these outlets on days when money is tight and leftovers inside those garbage bags are plentiful. Nevertheless, they count themselves among the fortunate ones.
Once they’re done collecting the trash from their allotted spots, they bring it back to a small warehouse in the Mahipalpur neighborhood, where Rekha, their boss, takes it from them.