CHARACTERISTICS OF INFORMAL WASTE COLLECTORS
The informal waste collectors are subject to social stigma, poor working conditions and are frequently harassed.
Waste collection is highly responsive to market driven conditions for recyclables.
Most of the waste collectors are migrants. Large numbers of waste collectors fluctuate due to economic conditions and urban processes.
Waste collectors are often not part of public solid waste management systems; they are socially invisible and seldom reported in official statistics.
Waste collection usually does not require literacy.
The informal waste collectors are often recruited by middlemen.