Inclusive Waste Recycling Consortium
The iWrc provides multinational and regional companies the opportunity to increase the amount of material they recycle, better manage their waste streams,comply with national regulations regarding recycling while working through the informal sector to improve the health & safety, working conditions and incomes of waste pickers.We engage functional colleagues and decision makers from several different companies, academia and subject matter experts, all working on a common agenda that will involve the creation of emerging market economies and systems around waste picking. We believe this cross-functional mix will better inform the business decisions and help accelerate the implementation of processes as each team works together to launch projects globally.
To tackle the problem of poorly developed waste collection systems and precarious working conditions of waste pickers in developing and emerging countries the iWrc endeavours to integrate waste recycling cooperatives into the value chain of Global,mulit-national and regional corporations. The consortium of companies are focusing on advancing material recovery in emerging markets, enhancing systems where they exist and creating new ones where they do not and promoting business inclusion and better working conditions for waste picker communities. The consortiums’ founding principle is to utilize a fast-moving implementation model to formalize the informal waste sector, injecting professional health and wellbeing concepts, business acumen and co-creating emerging technologies and best practices.
Where we are working today
The story of the Catadores of Brazil is one of human dignity and the transformative power of opportunity. It is also a story of teamwork, relationships and cooperative stakeholders an organizational catalyst for social advancement, environmental accountability and the responsible creation of business value.
Our work is a unique supply chain sustainability effort targeted at improving the environment and working conditions of those separating recyclables from waste in emerging economies. iWrc began in Brazil more than 10 years ago, where recyclers, known as Catadores, serve as a source of reusable raw materials for packaging products in Brazil
Ragpickers sustain themselves by collecting, sorting and segregating waste and then trading it. In doing so, they help clean up a significant proportion of the 62 million tonnes of waste generated annually in India.
Given that rag-picking is a totally informal sector it is hard to quantify how much waste is collected in this manner, but there are rough indicators: Only 75-80 per cent of the waste generated is collected by municipal bodies. And more than 90 per cent of India does not have a proper waste disposal system.
A lot of garbage clearing thus is done informally, by ragpickers who work without any job security, salary or dignity. Not just that, they are regularly exposed to cuts, infections, respiratory diseases and tuberculosis apart from poverty, humiliation, harassment, and sexual abuse on the streets.