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.