Economic Challenger - - 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.

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