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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).

 Homes beside the railroad tracks in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. It is one of the most populated cities in the world. Poverty reduction remains one of the challenges that Bangladesh confront. Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank under  Creative Commons 2.0 . 

Homes beside the railroad tracks in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. It is one of the most populated cities in the world. Poverty reduction remains one of the challenges that Bangladesh confront. Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank under Creative Commons 2.0