eCoexist presents : The Beauty of Recycling festival 2015

An event to highlight the aesthetic potential of waste

What is the ideal way to recycle ?


Type of waste

Current system Ideal system


Thrown in general stream of waste. Extremely harmful to the environment

To be disposed as part of E waste stream to authorized E waste collection agents


Broken glass is thrown in general stream. This is very hazardous to wastepickers who sort through waste. Bottles and other forms of glass are sorted and recycled by wastepickers

Broken glass should be disposed in a identifiable bag

Sanitary Pads

Thrown in general stream of waste. Are hazardous to wastepickers to have to handle them

Should be disposed in a identifiable bag. SWaCH manufactures a S.T dispo bag for the safe and hygienic disposal of Sanitary pads.

Household Medical waste

Thrown in general stream of waste

The municipality should have a separate collection system for medical waste

Electrical and Electronic waste (E Waste)

Currently disposed through a flourishing grey marker. Some parts are reused as second hand There is no system for items that do not have a value in the market, they get disposed in the general stream of waste which is extremely hazardous to the environment

E Waste should be disposed through authorized collection agents who will ensure that it is recycled/ disposed in a scientific manner. In Pune, SWaCH has been authorized by the PMC to collect E waste.


Wastepickers sort paper into several categories and recycle it

Waste should be segregated (into wet and dry) to ensure good quality of paper for better recycling


There are several categories of plastic which are collected and sorted by wastepickers. Low grade plastics is not getting recycled in the market and hence is not being collected by wastepickers
  1. Manufacturing companies (of low grade plastic) have to be made accountable for their products
  2. Consumption of products packaged in such plastic should be discouraged

Metal/Rusted metal

Sorted by wastepickers and recycled

Cloth waste

Cloth in good condition is reused, cotton bits of cloths (rags) are sorted by wastepickers and sold to garages etc



Wastepickers collect and sort waste in the following categories :

Paper, Corrugated board (pushta), milk bags, metal, tin, kadak ( IM plastic – PET bottles etc), Fuga ( BM plastic – parachute oil bottles, shampoo bottles etc), cables, shoes, glass ( beer bottles, quarter bottles, other glass).  Low grade scrap like wafer packets, biscuit packets , thermacole, etc – are not recycled.

V Collect is a service offered by SWaCH to help citizens dispose any unwanted household articles which are generally not thrown in daily waste. Articles such as old clothes, footwear, electronic and electrical waste, old furniture, newspapers can all be disposed through a V Collect drive.

Contact SWaCH on +91-9765999500/ or visit for additional details.

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