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What is SWACH

SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, the SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Pune) is India’s first wholly-owned cooperative of self-employed waste pickers / waste collectors and other urban poor. It is an autonomous enterprise that provides front-end waste management services to the citizens of Pune.

SWaCH is authorised by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to provide door-to-door waste collection (DTDC) and other allied waste management services. The scope of SWaCH includes collection, resource recovery, trade and waste processing. SWaCH seeks to provide decent livelihoods in the recycling industry.

Through its 2300 members,  SWaCH services over 4,00,000 households across 76 prabhags in 15 municipal administrative wards of the PMC and the number is growing. SWaCH is promoted by the waste pickers’ union Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) that organised 9000+ rag pickers /waste collectors to work with dignity and created a sustainable de-centralised, waste management model in the country.


SWaCH members collect segregated (dry and wet) waste, right from citizens’ doorsteps and deposit it at the designated PMC collection points. The wet

waste is either processed in the housing complex or is given to the PMC ghanta gadi (pick-up truck). The dry waste is further sorted into several categories and recycled. SWaCH enables waste pickers /waste collectors to upgrade their livelihoods, and trains them to carry out their work professionally.
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SWaCH in the News
     
 

A first-of-a-kind campaign in Pune creates awareness about sanitary waste segregation

Saturday 11 February 2017

 
     
  The Times of India
( Pune ) Sep 15, 2016
 
     
  Indian Express
September 12, 2016
 
     
  Indian Express
September 12, 2016
 
     
  The Times of India (Pune)
Sep 13 2016
 
     
  MaharashtraTimes (Pune)
Sep 12 2016
 
     
  Sakal Times
10 / 09 / 2016

NGOs pitch in for management of waste during Ganesh idol immersion
 
     
  Sakal
8/6/2016
 
     
  The Goldensparrow
05 Aug, 2016
 
  Waste-pickers get no protection from the rain  
     
  Maharashtra Times
Aug 7, 2016
 
     
  The Times of India
Sept 29, 2015
 
  Over 500 tonnes of nirmalya collected in 10-day festival  
     
  Sakal
Sept 29, 2015
 
  42 Thousand kg nirmalya collected by Swach  
     
  Sakal
Sept 28, 2015
 
  Classification of nirmalya by Swach  
     
  Sakal
Sept 25, 2015
 
  7th day of ganpati visarjan 17 Thousand kg nirmalya collected  
     
  Loksatta
Sept 24, 2015
 
  7th day of visarjan 16 Thousand kg. nirmalya Collected  
     
  Loksatta
Sept 19, 2015
 
  Swach ready for nirmalya collection.  
     
  Prabhat
Sept 18, 2015
 
  Nirmalya collection of initiative to swach  
     
  Maharashtra Times
Sept 04, 2015
 
  Nirmalya project call for volunteers  
     
  I am dna of Pune
Sept 04, 2015
 
  Be a swach volunteer, help collect nirmalya during Ganesh visarjan  
     
  The Times of India
Sept 03, 2015
 
  Ganeshotsav `nirmalya' target higher  
     
  Sakal Times
July 25, 2015
 
  The PMC to finally set up garbage shed on Baner Road  
     
  Sakal Times
August 15, 2015
 
  The Fees hiked for trash collection  
     
  The Indian Express
August 14, 2015
 
  The SWACH is the first co-operative of wastepickers in the country  
     
  The New York Times
JULY 29, 2015
 
  Scavengers Are India's Real Recyclers  
 
 
  Indiatimes  
  From A Ragpicker To An International Labour Speaker, Here's Suman More's Inspiring Journey!  
 
 
  Midday  
   
 
 
  Loksatta 29.04.2015  
 
 
  Times of India 29.03.15
With industries privatizing waste collection through contractors and companies, waste pickers in the city have said that access to recyclables was ...
 
 
 
  The Indian Express 6.11.14
Swach gets parliamentary committee's thumbs-up
 
 
 
  The Indian Express 31.10.14
Waste-picker from city attends international convention, meets Pope Francis
 
 
 
  Sakal Times 07.11.14
Meeting Pope was memorable : Waste picker Rebecca
 
 
 
  Times News Network
31.10.14
Waste collector from city meets Pope Francis
 
 
 
  DNA 5.11.14
From rags to recognition : A waste picker's struggle for basic rights
 
 
 
  DNA 3.11.14
For ragpickers, Pope is their hope
 
 
 
  Surfing their way into the mainstream  
 
 
  Midday 17.10.14
They plan to beat music out of junk
 
 
 
  Loksatta 02.09.14
Remember to give your Nirmalya to Swach members
 
 
 
  TOI 20.08.14
Change mindsets to change cities say wastepickers
 
 
 
  The Indian Express 13.08.14  
  Waste pickers demanding pre-matric scholarship for their kids end strike  
 
 
  TOI 09.08.14  
  Pune Municipal Corporation not providing gear: SWaCH  
 
 
  TOI 06.05.14  
  SWaCH to scale up e-waste collection  
 
 
  HINDU Survey of Environment 2013
Picking a brighter future
 
 
 
  Midday 26.06.13
NGOs tie up with schools for environmental awareness
 
 
 
  IE 12.07.13
Green school programme launched to spread awareness among school children
 
 
 
  N Y Times blog
Out of India's Trash heaps, more than a shred of dignity
 
 
  HT 06.07.13
South Civic body eyes Pune Model for garbage solution
 
 
 
  TOI 06.07.13
Ragpickers resolve sanitation dilemma
 
 
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