Waste Management Practices & Policies in India

Women, whether they work within the home or outside, are expected in most societies to do the cooking, which generates the biodegradable wastes that decay most readily and cause the greatest problems if uncollected.  Women bear the brunt of caring for family members with waste-related illnesses caused by flies, rats, polluted water and smoking waste-piles.  Women have to make up for the missed days of school caused by such illnesses, and manage the home with less of everything when sick wage earners have to stay home.  And women, to survive, are most often the ones to forage for scraps and recyclables from waste-dumps.
Source : Almitra H Patel, Member, Supreme Court Committee for SWM in Class 1 Cities

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