India has a serious garbage disposal problem. The quantum of garbage generated has gone up and even smaller cities are producing more rubbish than before. The landfills are overburdened and proper segregation of wasteis a crying need. And while the problem continues to pile on unabated, the people carrying this burden, the ragpickers whose services almost all of us rely on for keeping our surroundings clean, continue to languish unacknowledged by the government.
there are around 40 lakh ragpickers in India, with five lakh in Delhi alone.