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Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

Pune, Maharashtra, India


Primary information

Year formed
English, Marathi
Number of members
Type of members
Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Itinerant buyers, Solid waste managers, Waste collectors, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Trade union
Organizational Reach
Workplace of members
Collection from companies, Companies, Door to door, Dumpsite, Fixed, Home-based, Landfill, Open, Recycling center, Sanitary landfill, Slums, Sorting center, Street
Organization Structure
KKPKP has a democratic structure, with decisions being made by an elected group of waste picker representatives from across different slum communities’. The body is re-elected every 5 years
Education and training
Business & project management, Cooperativism & solidarity economy, Hygiene education, Leadership training, Learning exchange, Literacy & school, Mobilization, Rights & duties, Risks & health, Waste management
Partnering organizations
SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha, Kashtakari Panchayat Trust, Kagad Kach Patra Nagari Pat Sanstha, SWaCH+, Alliance of Indian Waste pickers, WIEGO, Anga Mehanti Kashtakari Kruti Samiti, Action for the Rights of the Child, Sampark Samiti
Donor, Donor funded, Government, Interest on loans, Local population pay fee, Membership fees, Ngo funds, Partners
Internal elections
Every 5 years
Women composition
70,0% Majority women

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Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Clean & healthy environment, Education programmes, Health care & insurance, Id cards, Job creation & source of income, Legal assistance, Occupational health & safety, Savings or credit scheme, Social & pension benefits, Training & advocacy, Wedding & funeral benefit
Number of credit / saving members?
Safety & Technology
Dust coats, First aid kits, Gloves, Masks, No, Risk training,, Safety boots, Yes


What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Integrated into formal systems of source segregation, Providers of infrastructure
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Excellent and/or friendly
Types of materials
Animal waste, Biodegradable, Biodegradable waste, Bones, Bottles, Cans, Clothing, Electronic waste, Glass, Household items, Metals, Organics, Other, Paper and cardboard, Plastic, Plastics, Shoe soles, Tetra brik
Are they selling to middlemen?
Sorting Spaces
Sorting center / sorting workshops
Treatmet of organic materials
Challenges to access waste
Availability of waste, Contamination from waste, Exploitation, Foul smell & contamination from waste, Harassment from authorities, Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of tools, Negative attitude towards waste, Obtaining licenses, Price fluctuations of waste, Privatization, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information source
Shrenik Mutha of KKPKP provided this information to the Secretariat of the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers on 19th January 2020.

Comments / Narrative

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat, a trade union, bringing together waste pickers, itinerant waste buyers, waste collectors and other informal recyclers, (all self-employed workers) of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad was registered in 1993. These workers recover, collect, categorise and sell scrap materials for recycling. They pick up what someone has discarded as having no value and give it value through their labour. They are typically treated like the trash they collect. KKPKP has successfully argued that their work is environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically productive and saves municipalities crores of rupees in solid waste management. This position, after years of struggle and engagement with various stakeholders, has ensured that the wastepicker members of KKPKP have visibility, voice and validity in the city that is unique. Their struggle to enhance the conditions of their work and living continues.