Ted Mathys

Ted Mathys (Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group): Ted earned a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Carleton College. His research focused on the social dynamics of achieving environmental sustainability in the context of globalization. At the time of his fellowship, Ted was pursuing a degree in international environmental policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. After his fellowship, Ted wrote: “I learned to undertake rigorous research in difficult conditions. More than this, I was challenged to think about poverty and (the) environment in much more complex ways.”



Chintan Recycling Center Vlog

17 Jul

As my research on climate and wastepickers progresses, I’ve been working with Chintan to identify several areas in Delhi that might serve as case studies of local recycling efforts and their relationship to emissions reductions. The volume and composition of waste recycled by wastepickers in a specific geographical area is probably the most crucial bit of information in any attempt to account for their climate change mitigation work, so we’ve decided to begin in the areas with the best waste data. Last week, AP Peace Fellow Jacqui Kotyk and I visited one such area, Chintan’s micro-recycling center on the outskirts of the city. Check out the video below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNhEk2j9aT8

Posted By Ted Mathys

Posted Jul 17th, 2009

2 Comments

  • manfred

    July 17, 2009

     

    wow, very informative.
    there still a few questions for me:
    does the recycling center have to pay for the waste, or do they get it for free?
    it seemed the bottles are all the same and used only once. How representative is this for the india recycling market?
    hope you can help me, thx.
    great project

  • Ted Mathys

    July 20, 2009

     

    Hi, Manfred

    You are correct that the recycling unit must purchase the recyclables from the hotels. It seems perverse logic, but it really brings into focus the fact that waste is variously a burden and a resource. The hotels know they can sell the recyclables to competitive players, so Chintan has to jockey vis-a-vis other buyers.

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