Nagar Mitra- Friends of the City Social Enterprise provides fair labor cost to the waste workers and other social support like medical, educational support to them and their dependents. The waste workers are one of the most disadvantaged classes of manual workers in Nepal- they mostly come from the marginalized ethnicities. The enterprise runs a PET (plastic) waste re-collection and processing center which has helped recycle more than 1 crore (10 million) PET bottles so far. It intends to transform the plastic waste (a major environmental hazard) collection and recycling supply chain in the country to make it fair and transparent.
Economic Viability: The Social Enterprise sells the processed PET waste to the upstream recyclers at a fair price. The Price, after taking care of all the cost of collection, sorting, baling and administration gives a decent social surplus that gets used for the bene ts of the waste workers.