Digital city design workshop. 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor : Carlo Ratti
Instructor: David Lee, Ricardo Alvarez , Anthony Vanky
The waste stream in Indian cities includes a whole industry of a spontnaeous recycleable waste treatment system. Paper, glass, plastic and metals mixed in the solid waste become valuable asset for those who gather it and sell it to local scrap shops. These scrap shops sell the material to wholesale traders, and then it goes to the recycling factories.
Waste pickers earn money from selling material to scrap shops. For those who are members of SWaCH, the income is more stable because they receive a stable amount of money from membership fee by the households. The membership fee comprises about 50% of their income. For others who act freely, the whole income depends on the pricing by local scrap shops. This puts the waste pickers into a vulnerable position within the whole waste stream.
A continuous need to move waste, the inaffordability of space, and the documentation of price information appears to be framgented oppertunities that could be stitched by simple solutions.