Waste mountains expand daily as consumerism increases and its bi-products accumulate in open dumping sites. Though catastrophes like collapsing garbage sites have occurred in recent times, the signals they convey often go unnoticed or are addressed only with a temporary solution.

Kumari Thami was only 20 years old when she first came to live in Kathmandu. Originally belonging to Sundrawati of Dolakha district, Thami who is now 32 years old lives with her husband and two children. Today, she is the Vice President at the SaSaJa Cooperative – the only cooperative run entirely by and for the waste workers in Nepal – and a self-employed business owner who has setup her own shop in the empty shutter space in where she lived on rent.

After highly professional, efficient and successful working days, the r4d team went out to enjoy a team dinner in a Newari restaurant that during the food courses performs local and traditional dances on a stage. During the performances, the stage invites the audience to become performers themselves.

Dr Pia Hollenbach’s field visit to Nepal in November 2019 to the Sisdole landfill site, Kirtipur Waste Management and Service Composting Unit and a Co-operative at Teku-12 formed by Informal Waste Workers.

The Negombo Harbour in Sri Lanka is one of the main destinations for the fishing industry in the country. The community was also known for its high usage of polythene and plastic and after the establishment of a bottle collector, within a span of 6 months, fishermen began bringing back 50% of PET bottles without dumping it to the sea to put it into the collector.