Over the lat few years, placeARTS and Hasiru Dala have partnered on multiple projects. The placeARTS team has painted murals at 7 dry waste centres across Bangalore in order to educate neighbours about the valuable role the centres and the people that run them, play in the community. The intention of these murals in to build acceptance for these centres by the neighbours and neighbourhoods that surround them. The only solution to Bangalores waste crises is a decentralised system of waste management. But what this requires is that Bangalore citizens allow and support small sorting and recycling centres in their neighbourhoods. People do not have a good association with waste and people who work with waste. These murals seek to humanise the waste worker as an essential part of our community and the solution to Bangalores waste problems. We’ve included some of the stories and oral histories we developed through the process.
Ward No: 163 – Kathriguppe
I am Kumudha and I work with Hasirudala at 163 dry waste center, here in Kathriguppe. I used to work as a crop dealer for 20 years and now I work at this dry waste centre for the last 6 years. Many people around the centre say that it is not worth having a job at the dry waste centre, but I and my team never underestimate our work, it is our job and we enjoy it and believe it is important and will continue doing it. We want our neighbours support.
Ward No: 181 – Kumaraswamy Layout
I am Sampangi. We established the Kumaraswamy Layout dry waste collection center in 2016 with the help of Hasirudala. My family and my neighbours around this center are very supportive of the good work I do. The workers here contribute to all of us having a healthy city. This makes me happy and I enjoy my work, even though we struggle and work together to build a solid infrastructure for the center. I invite everyone to come together and work towards the betterment of our communities.
Ward No: 101 – Kamakshipalya