Recycling and Item Metals- Iron

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ACTIVITY SHEET
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Because he is a kabaari i.e waste wala – the man (very gendered) who comes to our house to pick up the month’s newspaper and other material isn’t merely a service provider like your washerman or someone else. He is probably the biggest environmental crusader on the street (although he may or may not be aware of it). The kabaariwala takes our waste paper and other material and puts it on the recyling track. Kabaariwalas in most parts of India pick up waste from individual households and forward them to larger junk dealers, who supply this waste to be recyled. As it is mostly paper, imagine the number of trees a kabaariwala must have saved in a lifetime. Isn’t that reason enough to have a chat with him/her. And there is lots more to a kabadiwala.

Gobar Gyan: Kabadiwallahs are today putting tones of waste material on to the recyling trail and saving our municipalities a lot of work- by siphoning of waste. Unfortunately the waste recyling and collection business in India is huge and they are doing a great environmental duty. Activity: Be an investigative eco-journalist! The next time a kabadiwala comes to your house to collect household waste material- interview him. Offer him a cup of tea or a glass of water and ask him if he would have the time to answer a few of your questions. His name: .................................................................................. Age: .......................... Number of years spent in the trade: ..............................................................................

What does he carry with himself? ...........................................................................
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