In India, the collection of waste is largely done by a group that is a quarter of the country’s population and amongst its most stigmatized. Daily wages earned by the waste workers is highly volatile and is largely determined by the prices of materials per kg in the recycling sector. On average a person barely earns fifty rupees (0,60 euros) per day.
Yunus Social Business and Cofresco partnered to co-create Vishuddh Recycle Ltd. in Bangalore, India. It is a social business that sources recyclable plastic materials from waste pickers through collection partners and processes it into pellets which are in turn used in Melitta’s production.