SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Pune) is India’s first wholly-owned cooperative of self-employed waste pickers or waste collectors and other urban poor.
It is an autonomous enterprise that provides front-end waste management services to the citizens of Pune.
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SWaCH – PMC 2016 - SNAPSHOT
- Coverage, Integration and Recycling
- Financial Savings of PMC
- Handling and Recycling of Waste
- Impact of Recycling
Increase in Coverage, Integration and RecyclingIn the course of 2016, under the new contract, SWaCH was able to increase its existing coverage by over 50% of the households serviced, by integrating 40% more waste-pickers.
|Month||January 2016||December 2016|
|Household covered daily||3,47,193||5,40,732|
|Total waste handled||555 TPD||865 TPD|
|Diverted to Recycling||100 TPD||170 TPD|
Impact of SWaCH Waste-Pickers
Like every year, in 2016, the work done by SWaCH waste-pickers had an astounding impact on the Environmental and Financial well-being of the city.
Financial Savings of PMCThe collection of waste from Door to Door through integrated SWaCH waste-pickers is estimated to have saved the PMC more than 51 Cr in 2016
|Labour / Manpower||45 Cr +|
|Transportation and Processing||6 Cr +|
|Environmental Impact Benefits||Unquantifiable|
Handling and Recycling of WasteThe collection of waste from Door to Door through integrated SWaCH waste-pickers is estimated to have saved the PMC more than 51 Cr in 2016
|HANDLED(Metric Ton)||RECYCLED (Metric Ton)|
|Total Waste Handled||2,57,000||Paper||13,000|
|Diverted to Recycling||50,000||Glass||7000|
|Sanitary Waste Handled||7,700||Other Materials||5000|
Impact of Recycling By Swach Waste-Pickers In 2016*By recycling over 50,000 Tons of Waste in 2016, SWaCH waste-pickers have directly contributed towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change mitigation:
|Trees Saved by Recycling of Paper||3,50,000 Trees (35' Tall)|
|Green House Gas Emissions Reduced (Metric Tons Carbon Dioxide Equivalent)||130,000 MTCO2E|
|Equivalent in Petrol consumption avoided||5,50,00,000 Litres|
|Equivalent in Carbon Sequestered||33,00,000 seedlings grown for 10 years|
*All calculations are based on the US EPA's WARM model accounting for various types of waste generated in the City and sent for recycling by SWaCH waste-pickers.
Of course, there are many un-quantifiable impacts which are not considered here, such as the cost of avoided land use for landfilling, long term benefits of decreased Green House Gas Emissions and Climate Change Mitigation and the mitigation of negative impact on the health of residents of Uruli