"Waste Ventures incubates solid waste management companies owned and operated by waste pickers," the company explains. "We provide them a solid waste management blueprint to recycle, compost, and earn carbon credits from waste collected."
Currently in India, professional waste pickers earn an average of a dollar a day -- not nearly enough to take care of their families, let alone send their children to school -- and they have a life expectancy of just 45 years.
The infographic video featured above was produced by Waste Ventures and illustrates the story of Rajiv, a waste collector in India, along with some frightening stats on the environmental and social harm caused by a lack of safe waste management. A few key points:
- India generates 40 million tons of trash each year
- Each year that number grows by 2 million tons
- Only 25% of that trash is collected
- Methane is 23x more harmful than CO2
Dealing with waste is a pressing global issue, and Waste Ventures hopes to tackle the problem at the root while also offering safe, ethical, and environmentally-friendly employment opportunities.
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