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Waste Pickers’ Survey launched

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 31 Jan: With the support of Dehradun Nagar Nigam and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India Waste Warriors Society is conducting a survey of waste pickers in Dehradun.
Waste Warriors Society organised the launch event of Dehradun’s waste pickers’ survey programme as part of the initial phase of its efforts under the UNDP & HCCBPL “Plastic Recycling Management Programme”.
It has been estimated there could be over 800 waste pickers in Dehradun, all of whom work informally in tough conditions without any basic equipment, putting their health and safety at high risk to disease and injury. The aim of this programme is to gather data on the families and livelihoods of waste pickers in Dehradun, to enable concerted efforts on developing a more inclusive and sustainable approach to improving their working and living conditions, as per the shared vision of UNDP and Waste Warriors.
The event was held near the Maharana Pratap Statue, Bindal Bridge, where a community of waste pickers lives.
The Chief Guests were Dr Kailash Joshi, Senior Health Officer, and Dr RK Singh, Health Officer, Nagar Nigam.