Urban areas in India face the difficult challenge of managing and disposing of large quantities of solid waste. Bengaluru generates approximately 3700 tons of waste every day, with a majority of it ending up in landfills. With landfills being a limited resource, quantities of waste disposed of can be controlled to a large extent at a household level. There exists a gap in the level of information each household has on their individual waste performance.

Rising challenges to waste management in Bengaluru demands innovative solutions. To address this, the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago, EPIC-India and Energy and Environment Lab has partnered with the Hasiru Dala Innovations, to evaluate the effect of information-based incentives on household-level waste generation and segregation. EPIC – India is working with Hasiru Dala Innovations to constantly measure the quantity and quality of waste produced in all households of a large apartment complex in Bengaluru. Researchers would then evaluate the impact of different information-based incentives on the quantity and quality of waste generated.

This project is one of the winning ideas in the Bengaluru Innovation Challenge which was a joint initiative of the Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago and the Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka.

Project Partners

Tata Centre for Development at UChicago

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The Tata Centre for Development at UChicago develops innovative, integrated approaches to tackling some of India’s most pressing development issues. With generous support from the Tata Trusts, the Tata Centre combines implementation, research and executive education to execute ambitious pilots, evaluate new solutions, and spread insights to key decision-makers who can translate research findings and successful pilots into wider impact. The Centre is housed at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago and the University of Chicago Trust in India.

Energy & Environment Lab

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The Energy & Environment Lab brings together policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists to take a collaborative approach to improving the environment and ensuring access to reliable and affordable energy. We use natural experiments, randomized controlled trials, behavioral economics, and machine learning to help policymakers identify and generate evidence around innovative approaches to their most pressing environmental and energy-related challenges. In addition, we seek to build a portfolio of new knowledge about the key tools that policymakers have to impact environment and energy outcomes: behavior, pricing, and regulation.

Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited

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Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited is focused on creating better livelihoods for waste-pickers through inclusive businesses that have an environmental impact.