Enabling the waste pickers to climb up the value chain and earn a dignified livelihood by setting up their own micro-businesses.
Waste-pickers take huge risks every day to ensure that at least 15 percent of trash reaches recycling centers and do not rot at landfills! However, their lives are not easy or even ordinary, being continuously exposed to chemical poisoning and biological infections. Deprived of a dignified place in society, their jobs are one of the most unglamorous and unrewarding professions in the world.
The I Got Garbage (IGG) platform helps the waste-pickers reform their lives and gain respectability in the society. Alongside, it significantly reduces the landfills and makes the environment clean and sustainable.
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Establishing waste-pickers as Independent Entrepreneurs in a formal economy is the core focus of I Got Garbage. We partner with non-profit organizations working with waste-pickers to create avenues for their livelihood and dignified work conditions. We enable waste-pickers through capacity building and access to technology enabled micro-entrepreneurship models.
Urban Local Bodies
Urban Local Bodies need to be more than executors of SWM services. They need to be facilitators of a systemic social and environmental transformation. I Got Garbage partners with ULBs to create a holistic framework for tackling their SWM challenges enabled through structured field operations and digital governance for improved decision making and timely actions.
Responsible organizations go beyond profits to address people and planet aspect of their business. We partner with CSR and sustainability initiatives to create livelihood opportunities for waste pickers through inclusive Extended producer responsibility models. Our technology applications bring traceability in the recycling value chain for measurable impacts.
Transformation story of a waste picker to an Independent Entrepreneur