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Week 3 - Hasiru Dala

In our first week at Hasiru Dala we ran the DILO's; which were very interesting!
You can read our observations in this update.

Weighing Process

On Thursday we started with the kick-off at Hasiru Dala, you can read more about the cooperation and the kick-off here.

On Friday, the 25th of November, we started with the DILO’s. For those of you who haven’t read our previous weekly updates: the DILO’s (Day In the Life Of) are meant to fully understand how to waste sorting center works. Each member of our team shadows one of the workers while trying to grasp what they’re doing. We did the DILO’s at the ward of Sadashivaiah.


On Friday Jair and Floor did the first DILO. We noted per action what the current process is:



Sadashivaiah doesn’t do the collection himself, unlike Waste Wiste. He gets the waste from three different parties; the so-called pk’s (municipal workers, who mainly collect household waste), waste from the Donate Dry Waste campaign and waste pickers. Most of the waste is already quite segregated, meaning that his incoming waste consists of little reject. Though there are a lot of food residues between the waste.


To be able to bill properly, the incoming waste is weighed. Dry waste has a positive value, so when segregated properly the deliverers get paid. Sadashivaiah tears a small hole in the bag, where he can see what is inside.

Jair taking notes


When the billing is done, it is time to separate the waste. Bags are emptied on the floor, where wastepickers sort it out side by side. Parallel new bigger bags are being woven in order to be able to store larger quantities. The waste is touched a lot of time due to the unorganized sorting process. This is also very space inefficient, leaving a lot of opportunities for us.


The mixed cardboard waste is baled, in order to reduce the transport costs. The baling is done by hand, which could take up to two hours. He bales the material by stamping on it thoroughly, which primarily takes a lot of the time. We again saw a lot of room for improvement here!



When everything is sorted and all bags are filled, it is time to sell the sorted materials. There is a small market nearby where Sadashivaiah goes with a rental truck. Some vendors come to his ward and bring their own truck for transport.


The records for the incoming waste are very important, because de municipality (BBMP) bases their invoices on this information. Usually the sales are recorded on single papers which are most of the time handed over to Hasiru Dala and thus available for research. The working hours are not recorded, so making calculations over for example the sorting efficiency will be hard.

Shop floor meeting

On Monday we started the day with a shop floor meeting. Here Niels, Silvia, Jair and Floor asked about the workers well-being. Once again we faced the big difference between the intercultural standards. For example it appeared that the workers don’t mind working bare-foot and without a mask, since they feel limited by it. So the SHEQ rules need to be applied according to their standards.

working conditions