The interviews took place with the help of waste picker organisations in some of India’s biggest cities (Delhi, Chennai, Bangaluru and Pune), amid the constant honking of passing traffic and endless cups of sugary chai.
Waste pickers make their living from collecting waste and carefully segregating it into its recyclable parts which they then sell to scrap dealers, who then sell these materials to industries for re-use. They gather this waste from landfills, community waste bins or from door-to-door collections. Despite providing such a valuable social and environmental service they are some of the poorest and most marginalised sections of Indian society. With the use of Audioboo it is possible to listen to some of the waste pickers, and waste picker activists, analyse and discuss in their own words, the issues they face in their daily lives and work, and how they have formed unions and organisations to struggle for social justice. Listen to audio and read original article