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Waste trade market in the city of Bhopal, India: a case study on recycled MSW

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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.

Keywords: MSW, municipal solid waste, waste recycling, ragpickers, waste trade markets, policy issues, Bhopal, India, regulation, safety, solid waste management

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