Pinky Chandran is an independent researcher, author and a community journalist. She tracks policy and legal developments on issues related to waste management and its intersections. Garbage inspires her to write poetry and she runs her own blog wasteframes.com. She is the founding member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable (SWMRT) and Trustee at Hasiru Dala. She is a dog lover and a pet parent.
From being a person who had to face societal opposition, to the one who gets Rajyotsava award for her activism, she has come a long way. Here’s an interview that throws light into Akkai Padmashali’s life and thoughts.
The 2010 UN Habitat publication states that waste-pickers perform 50 to 100% of all ongoing waste collection in most cities in developing countries – at no cost to the city budget. How does it work for the waste-pickers in Bangalore?