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Research & Reports
Give Back Our Waste
What the Okhla Waste-to-Energy Plant has Done to Local Wastepickers
Waste Rules in India
Failing The Grade
How Cities Across India are Breaking the Rules, Ignoring the Informal Recycling Sector and Unable to Make the Grade
Waste-to-Energy or Waste-of-Energy?
Social and Economic Impact Assessment of Waste-to-Energy Projects on Wastepickers near Ghazipur and Okhla Landfills in Delhi
A Social Impact Assessment of the impact of two waste-to-energy plants on wastepickers in Delhi. The study shows a definite livelihood loss and likelihood of increased number of child wastepickers. Published 2011.
What the crash in prices of scrap means for wastepickers and other recyclers
A study of how the economic crisis of 2008-09 impacted Delhi's wastepickers. Published 2009.
An Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation by the Informal Recycling Sector in India
The study develops a model to measure the greenhouse gas avoidance by informal sector recycling. It applies the model to Delhi to show the sector reduces appx 3.6 times more greenhouse gases than any other project that has registered for carbon credits in the field of solid waste. Published 2009.
A Manual to Facilitate Children Wastepickers Access Education
A manual that shares the first steps to work with waste picking children, with the objective of helping them access education. Published 2009.
Wasting Our Local Resources
The Need for Inclusive Waste Management Policy in India
This study examines Indian and International policies and Extended Producer Responsibility in the context of the informal recycling sector and suggests policy shifts as a way forward. Published 2007.
How Persistent Organic Pollutants are harming the health of women. A Guide for Women In India
A study of how POPs, or the dangerous class of chemicals, Persistent Organic Pollutants, impact women's health. Published 2006.
The Poison Within
How Environment Contamination is Impacting Our Children's Future
A manual for anyone who cares about children, detailing how a range of pollutants, from unclean water to toxic chemicals, is impacting the health of Indian children. Based on scientific papers, but easy to read. Published 2006.
A Handy Manual for Reducing Every Office's Ecological Footprint
A manual to green any office. Published 2005.
Creating opportunities for the informal waste recycling sector in Asia
A comparative study solid waste policy and practices in 3 Asian countries-India, the Philippines and Cambodia, with key messages and recommendations emerging from cross-country experiences. Published 2004.
Space for Waste
Planning for the Informal Recycling Sector
A detailed study that results in norms for micro and macro infrastructure in India for optimal recycling. Published 2003.
Eco Gyan (Hindi)
A manual on Environment for teachers. Published 2003.
Plastics Profiting From Pollution
A Primer On Plastics For Everyone
This primer attempts to provide an overview of the variety of plastics that we find in our lives. Published 2003.
Chintan Research In The Media
"Lesser waste will lead to more waste pickers." Governance Now carries article on Chintan's study Waste-to-Energy or Waste-of-Energy?
Hindustan Times published article "Give jobs to waste pickers in Okhla, Ghazipur landfill sites: Study" on Chintan's study Waste-to-Energy or Waste-of-Energy?