CDC’s work in cities dates back to its activities with urban poor communities in the Jaipur and Nagpur in 1995 and subsequent engagement with waste workers, slum dwellers, women and vendors on areas of education, health, microfinance, self-help groups, RTI and public participation. By 2001 our work had expanded to city, state and national interventions on MSW, livelihood and rights of vendors and waste workers, women and youth through action organization, capacity building, research and advocacy.

The primary objective of CDC is ‘zero garbage on roads’ and “improvement in quality of life” by following a concrete, concerted, explicit approach with dedication & determination for the community.

This has been our thrust area for years. We have been able to achieve milestones and receive international recognition for our work. Our operations have today expanded up to 18 cities across India.

CDC has developed an innovative model for the scientific & prolific management of waste. Genesis of this concept of scientific & prolific management of waste conceived looking at the services of municipal bodies. Their services are limited to sanitation outside the house. But as a fact domestic garbage contributes to 80% of the total waste generated. Presently, this garbage comes out in the form of polythene bags. These, by chocking the drains which are life veins of health & sanitation cause environmental hazards, detrimental for humans. Also disposal of waste generated due to increase in population is a problem. Moreover as habitation is increasing in all directions of the city & no trenching ground is available. So, to avoid all these situations we developed a model with the following in mind:

  • Segregation of wastes at source
  • Zero garbage on roads
  • Prolific disposal of waste
  • Peoples participation in Urban waste management
  • Sustainability of the process
  • Handling of non hazardous waste