Keywords: MSW, municipal solid waste, waste recycling, ragpickers, waste trade markets, policy issues, Bhopal, India, regulation, safety, solid waste management
Waste trade market in the city of Bhopal, India: a case study on recycled MSW
This paper investigates the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) trade market in the city of Bhopal, India, and presents results of field surveys conducted to determine the movement of MSW through a succession of ragpickers and traders to its ultimate destination of Recycling-Units. This waste-trade is carried out through a hierarchy of waste-dealers who deal in increasing waste specificities such that profits grow at each level for every waste-item sold. The paper details these transactions, and discusses some policy issues such as regulation of waste-trade markets, safety concerns of those involved in waste-collection, and related issues that arise consequent to this study.