Films & Videos

This section is a rich repository of resources on recycling, waste pickers and SWaCH. Here, you will find flyers and pamphlets to download, films, legal documents and government reports, case studies and media coverage, booklets, links to other organisations and more…

Feel free to download and share these resources, but do remember to acknowledge SWaCH and this website as your source.

  Films about SWaCH  and KKPKP(CDs)
Waste Workers in Pimpri Chinchwad : A Report by KKPKP
For two years SWaCH members serviced  2 lakh households in Pimpri Chinchwad. They ensured that recyclables were recovered and diverted away from the landfills and into recycling. The unique partnership ended in 2012. This is a report on the working lives of waste pickers who are now contract workers -- their working conditions, payments, access to waste and earnings. The report was compiled based on evidence gathered under the Right to Information Act 2005 by Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat.
Waste pickers and new-age technology seem an unlikely partnership - but take a look at what SWaCH and ProtoPrint, an enterprise that makes 3-D printer filament from recycled plastic litter, are doing together. The firm is looking for a sustainable and socially-responsible business model, while  waste pickers benefit by being trained for a new skill. Opportunities for the next generation, says SWaCH member Sandhya Damle, are opening up!
Watch online :
Poorna Chakra/Full Circle (Director: Amit Kumar Raj, 2010, Marathi/English) is a thought-provoking documentary about the women of Pune, India working with the recycling co-operative SWaCH. It discusses how their work impacts their lives and the environment around them and how they have bettered their lives and the chances their children have for a better future,  by  organizing. Watch online:
Amhi SWaCH/We, Swach (Amit Thavaraj 2010, Marathi/English), documents the door-to-door waste collection work of SWaCH. It won the first prize in the amateur category, at the Aapla Paryavaran Film Festival. Watch online:
Right to Education/RTE:  (Directed by Anurata Tribhuvan, 2012 Marathi/English)This is a story of the struggle of some parents who wanted to get their children admitted to private schools through the 25% reservation provision of the Right to Education Act. These parents are members of Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (the waste pickers’ union) in Pune (Maharashtra). This film is an initiative by Action for the Rights of Child, Pune (ARC):  Watch online:
Amchi Vasti, Swach Vasti (CD)

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  Videos on Meetings and Consultations on waste and recycling

Consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility: SWaCH members discussed Extended Producer Responsibility at a consultation held on October, 30, 2012. Highlights from the consultation:


First Global Strategic Workshop for Waste Pickers: A video report on the workshop for waste pickers, April 25-29, 2012, Pune, India


COP 17 December 2011, Durban – interview with SWaCH members: Keith Brunner interviews Suman More and Sushila Sabale:


COP 17 December 2011, Durban Global Day of Action by Global alliance of waste Pickers was marked with a planned ‘action’ at the ICC, outside the venue:


COP 17 December 2011, Durban – Action by the Global Alliance of Waste pickers:


COP 17 December 2011, Durban – Protest action against incinerators:


COP 17 December 2011, Durban – SWaCH members Manisha Desai, Sushila Sabale and Suman More tell the Climate Change Studio about their concerns over incinerator-based CDM projects:

  Videos on waste pickers speaking on waste and recycling issues

The threat of Waste-to-Energy plants --


The role of waste pickers in containing climate change -


Who’s responsible for climate change?


Waste pickers talk about climate change --


The role of waste pickers (COP 15) --


A group discussion on waste and work:

  General films and videos

Wasted waste: This film presented by TERI, explores the issues of waste disposal in city of Pune and the situation of waste pickers:


Plastic bottle reuse: A workshop film by Tanya on the work of SWaCH and recycling:


Recycling in India: A Rough Assembly by David Browne, featuring the pioneering work of SWaCH:

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Events & Campaigns
  Come and present your inspired ideas for how we can rethink e-waste and, in particular, spread awareness about e-waste disposal in ways that are outside traditional approaches.    
SWaCH in the News
  The Times of India
Sept 29, 2015
  Over 500 tonnes of nirmalya collected in 10-day festival  
Sept 29, 2015
  42 Thousand kg nirmalya collected by Swach  
Sept 28, 2015
  Classification of nirmalya by Swach  
Sept 25, 2015
  7th day of ganpati visarjan 17 Thousand kg nirmalya collected  
Sept 24, 2015
  7th day of visarjan 16 Thousand kg. nirmalya Collected  
Sept 19, 2015
  Swach ready for nirmalya collection.  
Sept 18, 2015
  Nirmalya collection of initiative to swach  
  Maharashtra Times
Sept 04, 2015
  Nirmalya project call for volunteers  
  I am dna of Pune
Sept 04, 2015
  Be a swach volunteer, help collect nirmalya during Ganesh visarjan  
  The Times of India
Sept 03, 2015
  Ganeshotsav `nirmalya' target higher  
  Sakal Times
July 25, 2015
  The PMC to finally set up garbage shed on Baner Road  
  Sakal Times
August 15, 2015
  The Fees hiked for trash collection  
  The Indian Express
August 14, 2015
  The SWACH is the first co-operative of wastepickers in the country  
  The New York Times
JULY 29, 2015
  Scavengers Are India's Real Recyclers  
  From A Ragpicker To An International Labour Speaker, Here's Suman More's Inspiring Journey!  
  Loksatta 29.04.2015  
  Times of India 29.03.15
With industries privatizing waste collection through contractors and companies, waste pickers in the city have said that access to recyclables was ...
  The Indian Express 6.11.14
Swach gets parliamentary committee's thumbs-up
  The Indian Express 31.10.14
Waste-picker from city attends international convention, meets Pope Francis
  Sakal Times 07.11.14
Meeting Pope was memorable : Waste picker Rebecca
  Times News Network
Waste collector from city meets Pope Francis
  DNA 5.11.14
From rags to recognition : A waste picker's struggle for basic rights
  DNA 3.11.14
For ragpickers, Pope is their hope
  Surfing their way into the mainstream  
  Midday 17.10.14
They plan to beat music out of junk
  Loksatta 02.09.14
Remember to give your Nirmalya to Swach members
  TOI 20.08.14
Change mindsets to change cities say wastepickers
  The Indian Express 13.08.14  
  Waste pickers demanding pre-matric scholarship for their kids end strike  
  TOI 09.08.14  
  Pune Municipal Corporation not providing gear: SWaCH  
  TOI 06.05.14  
  SWaCH to scale up e-waste collection  
  HINDU Survey of Environment 2013
Picking a brighter future
  Midday 26.06.13
NGOs tie up with schools for environmental awareness
  IE 12.07.13
Green school programme launched to spread awareness among school children
  N Y Times blog
Out of India's Trash heaps, more than a shred of dignity
  HT 06.07.13
South Civic body eyes Pune Model for garbage solution
  TOI 06.07.13
Ragpickers resolve sanitation dilemma
  Newspaper Archives