DIF ON DEMAND How Integrating Informal Work Is An Opportunity For Cities In Developing Countries

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Improper Solid Waste Management (SWM) is a systemic problem for all cities in the developing world. In India for example, out of the 70 million tons of waste that is generated every year, over 90% is sent to the landfill.

Apart from official systems of waste management, there is a robust ‘informal’ economy of traders in recyclable waste materials, that mainly consist of waste pickers, scrap dealers (Kabadiwalla's), and wholesalers traders. Together, these traders form an important ecosystem of handling municipal waste in the city. 

The discussion will focus on how this ecosystem can be integrated into mainstream SWM practices.

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Kate Mytty

Instructor @ MIT D-Lab

Kate holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from MIT, and this year, joins Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar as co-instructor of D-Lab: Waste.

She is interested in the dynamics between formal and informal players in developing and managing city systems for waste, transportation, housing, water and sanitation.

Eric Lesueur

CEO @ 2EI | Veolia

Eric Lesueur is CEO of 2EI and assures since 2009 the management of the Consulting and Innovation departments. As such, he has put in place a social entrepreneurship strategy and developed the sustainable urban development business within Veolia.
In 1998 when he joined Veolia, he implemented an environmental management sys­tem in his capacity as Assistant Director of Re­search and Development. Previously, he managed a studies firm specialising in the recycling of household waste.


Siddharth Hande

Founder & CEO @ Kabadiwalla Connect

Siddharth Hande is a spatial data analyst by training. He is interested in social entrepreneurship, technology, urban planning, informality and the circular economy in the developing world.

He is the founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award winning social enterprise in the field of waste management based in Chennai India.

Kabadiwalla Connect helps streamline the collection and processing of post-consumer waste in urban India by leveraging the circuits of the informal sector.

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