Thanks to the Trash2Cash initiative, 1,000 kg of waste paper are collected and 2,000 kg of food waste are composted each month by people who live in Kolkata’s slum communities. They are trained and paid to collect and recycle this waste. This is reducing CO2-equivalent emissions by 520 metric tonnes each year.
Trash2Cash uses the recycled paper to create handicrafts, including the pen holder pictured on this office worker’s desk. Not only is this office purchasing handicraft products from the initiative, but it is one of the 18 corporate offices in Kolkata that are now recycling 90% of their waste.
Trash2Cash is creating sustainable jobs for the urban poor, particularly women and unemployed young people. Workers taking part in the program have seen their income increase 40-45% on average.