The waste workers:
Most of the PET bottles collected from streets are smuggled to India by illegal firms operating out of Nepal. The un-organized and unlawful nature of the current PET trade results in the endless exploitation of THE WASTE WORKERS (mostly called rag-pickers), one of the most needy groups in our society doing possibly the most difficult job. Such exploitation must stop.
The waste-collectors at street level get immediate economic returns and other benefits if they sell their PET Bottles to fair-priced recollection centers. The benefits they receive include medical care, safety kits, and educational support for their children and different kinds of trainings to increase their income-stream, and so on-from any surplus that the enterprise makes.
Our sisters (Hamri Bahinis):
The lack of livelihood opportunities is driving Nepali didi -bahinis into indecent jobs in Nepal, India and many other foreign countries. Particularly outside Nepal, many of them are physically exploited and mentally tortured by their traffickers and employers alike. As a nation, we must create respectable job opportunities within our country for this exploitation to stop.
The sorting of PET Bottles and bailing them into easily transportable square bales is a very simple activity that disadvantaged women with very little formal education and a simple training can easily perform. PET Bottle Recollection Social Enterprise is set up with the primary goal of helping such disadvantaged. Besides, the social enterprise also provides them other benefits from any surplus that it generates.
Our cities and the citizens:
Owing to the un-organized and illegal nature of PET trade across Nepal’s borders, the PET recollection in Nepal is highly inefficient with a large volume of recyclable PET bottles making it to the landfill sites. An organized and efficient collection by paying fair prices to the waste workers and by making legal transactions at every step will address Kathmandu’s waste management challenges so far as they relate to PET bottles.