How do we recycle?

One day last week we decided our recyclables from our house were piling up too high after being here for over a month now. We didn’t trust the neighborhood waste collection to dispose of them properly, so we were waiting for the right solution to present itself. The waste collectors on our block come around … Continue reading

The world of kabariwallas

The world of kabariwallas

Kabariwallas – or waste pickers – are an important part of India’s solid waste management system. They are expert recyclers, sorting through others’ waste and recovering materials that can be reused or sold. Their work can take many forms – in some places, they purchase valuable materials directly from households; in others, they sort through … Continue reading

KR Market, Oota from your Thota

June 8th we spent the afternoon at the Krishan Rajendra (KR) market in central Bangalore. It was a dense and colorful display of merchants selling metal works, electronics, silks, and produce – the central draw of our visit. We have often considered the possibilities of organic waste recycling at large food markets, and had also … Continue reading

Nelamangala, Waste Ventures

Nelamangala, Waste Ventures

June 6th we were invited to Jayaram’s 40-acre organic farm in Nelamangala. He hosted Georgia, Eileen, and John along with another visitor Nandini on his land as he guided us around to his garden spaces and screened plots of vegetables and herbs. Along with the edible plants he was growing for supplying his organic store … Continue reading

Day 3: World Environment Day

Day 3: World Environment Day

June 5th is World Environment Day, started by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) in 1973.  The theme for 2013 was Think. Eat. Save. and addresses the amount of food waste produced. The Green Path Hotel, located in the Mathikere neighborhood of Bangalore and where we are staying for the month of June, celebrated its 5 … Continue reading