Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

KKPKP, waste pickers, IndiaKKPKP is a trade union of wastepickers and itinerant scrap buyers registered in 1993, based in Pune, India. KKPKP uses the twin strategies of peaceful non-violent protest and resistance and development of alternatives, to mobilize around some of the key issues facing wastepickers. This includes campaigning for waste collectors to be regarded as "workers" and waste collection as "work" by local, state and national government, organising social protection (e.g. medical insurance and co-operative credit/savings schemes), and integrating waste-pickers into the doorstep collection and management of urban solid waste.

As of mid-2019, KKPKP had almost 11,000 members, both women and men.

In 2007, KKPKP established a member-owned and managed waste picker cooperative which it called SWaCH (for Solid Waste Collection and Handling) and two years later negotiated a contract with the Pune municipal government for SWaCH members to provide door-to-door waste collection services to city households. As of mid-2019, nearly 3,600 SWaCH members, all traditional waste pickers, were providing waste collection services to nearly 850,000 households on a daily basis. During 2016, these waste pickers collected over 850 tons of waste from which they reclaimed 170 tons of waste materials for the recycling industry.

Visit KKPKP's website. Visit SWaCH's website.

KKPKP also mobilises against the exploitation of waste-pickers – redressing grievances, organising boycotts against moneylenders, and fighting for compensation in cases of harassment. KKPKP has also established cooperative scrap stores to service the wastepickers and ensure better returns for them on the sale of scrap.

See Organising the Unorganised, a Case Study of KKPKP.

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A Step Towards Home

A Step Towards Home

Sept. 2017

In a initiative to refurbish the often cramped, dimly illuminated and inconvenient homes of waste pickers, KKPKP began a small initiative in Pune involving young architects to design brighter and more functional homes. These homes are reconstructed using recyclable household furnishings that the middle classes dispose of — a fitting tribute for waste pickers who themselves contribute the recycling system.


Contact: Ms Maitreyi Shankar, Treasurer
+ 91 9765404040+ 91 9765404040 
+ 91 20 26430764+ 91 20 26430764 


Address: Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat
89, New Timber Market
Bhavani Peth
Pune, Maharastra 411042