Ongoing research

Rapid assessment of health and livelihood situations of waste pickers in Dhaka City, Bangladesh (2017-2018)

 
 
 

Waste pickers make a livelihood by collecting recyclable waste from various places in low, middle and high income countries. This group of people constitutes the bottom layer of the waste recycling system and is considered one of the key stakeholders in the informal recycling sector in the solid waste management system.

Generally, these people are poor, vulnerable to various kinds of occupational health risks/problems and diseases (e.g. flu, bronchitis, body injuries/pain, ulcers, high blood pressure) and are often marginalized.

The proposed study will be conducted through participatory action research to assess the health risks and the livelihood status of waste pickers in Dhaka city in Bangladesh.

The key aims are to provide some policy recommendations towards sustainable and inclusive solid waste management (UVic Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives – Faculty Research Grant).

 
 Informal Recycler in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: SMN Uddin

Informal Recycler in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: SMN Uddin