Waste Ventures is building a model to empower local trash pickers, create revenue, and reduce emissions.

Waste Ventures, a new part not-for profit enterprise is changing the way waste is collected and reused across the world, starting in India.

Waste pickers, who collect trash in cities like Osmanabad, India, earn barely $1 a day. The work is dangerous, with the average life expectancy to be 45 years old. In urban India alone, 40 million tons of trash are generated each year. That’s the weight of two Empire State Buildings each week. Parag Gupta, founder of Waste Ventures, has a new plan to not only empower waste collectors, but also to create sustainable revenue and improved waste collection, reduction, and recycling.

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