We went to study the waste collection process as a whole.
Collection / Transportation / segregation / incineration is what we follow, which is a bit different from the text-book method of waste management which is
Collection/ Transportation / Treatment / Disposal
We studied the collection of waste from the roadside area. First the roads the swept with a broomstick, large collectable items are picked up and are kept in multi-bin hand-movable garbage container. And with leftovers a small heaps of garbage is made at the side of the road. The heap contains small plastic packages, bottle caps, dry leaves, broken branches, from near by trees, dust particle etc. Two plates made of iron/aluminium (Called ‘patra’ in local language) in combination are used to manually pick the heap of waste form road and put into metal hand-movable container. The manually picking is very inefficient and even after 2-3 attempts of picking the heap around 10-15% of material get unpicked.
The leftovers mostly sooner and later move into the drainage system and are the one of the reason for drainage clogging.
All the collected waste is shifted into the community bin, which are kept along roadside. The process is to unload the garbage in hand moveable container on a piece of cloth and then two people pick it up and unload the waste in the big container. This process is also very ineffective and results into spilling of small items.