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SWMRT works on the issues surrounding SWM through a multi-dimensional, multi-layered and gender-neutral approach. 

Our work includes:

  • Conceptualising  and leading behavioural change campaigns

  • Strategy and policy advocacy

  • Facilitation: creating community-based models/tools  and providing implementation support

  • Research and data analytics

  • Conducting capacity building, training and other educational programmes

What We Do



We strongly believe that effective campaigns drive behavioural change, To this end SWMRT has created and supported various campaigns to raise awareness on segregation of waste at source and promoted composting, sustainable menstruation, sustainable living, festival and event waste management, among others.
Some of our special thematic campaigns include communicating policy changes and research to build an appreciation and understanding of the issues around responsible SWM. All our campaigns are well-thought-out and involve long-term engagement to encourage adoption of lifestyle changes at all levels.
The platforms used include digital media, traditional media and focused outreach activities.



Since 2009, we have been working with various stakeholders for a roadmap on decentralised waste management to address the need for Resource Recovery Policy and Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Policy for India.
Focus areas

We continue to advocate for sustainable SWM at all levels of policy-making—ward, city, state, national —by focusing on implementing the following structural changes which are in line with our ideology:

  • segregation of waste at source

  • destination-based waste stream collection and transportation

  • decentralised/ localised processing facilities

  • inclusion of the informal sector in recycling

  • promotion of the principles of waste hierarchy

  • promotion of waste to compost / biogas and not waste-to-burn technologies

  • phasing out non-recyclable products and packaging and promoting a circular economy

Influencing Policy
Ongoing legal advocacy, since 2010 through Lok Adalat and subsequently through the High Court of Karnataka has been an important game changer in influencing policy which among other interventions also resulted in influencing the national policy leading to  the SWM Rules 2016.
We continue to work with  various departments and agencies at different levels including the BBMP, the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) of Karnataka and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) to usher in the much-needed change and work towards adopting sustainable practices from waste disposal to waste management.



Creating Models and Tools for problem solving
This is at the core of the interventions that we do. The solid waste management problems are first identified, deconstructed and then reconstructed again, integrating the requirements of waste hierarchy, economic and business considerations, livelihood and occupational objectives. This is done on an ongoing iterative way, thus refining the models, as learnings improve and eco systems become more robust.

Facilitating for demonstration
We facilitate pilots for adoption and implementation through multi-stakeholder engagement  and collaborations. This includes two models:

  1. Proprietary  models are owned, managed and promoted in-house.

  2. Collaborative  models are curated and /or owned by others, managed and/ or promoted by SWMRT.


  • Waste Stream Management

  • Segregation At Source

  • Composting

  • Decentralised Management

  • Dry Waste Management

  • Bulk Generator Management

  • Ward Micro Plan

  • Festival Waste Management

Our Activities 

  • Community-organising activities

  • Institutional engagement and consulting

  • Community-building through programmes like SGCC

  • Outreach activities through initiatives like Compost Santhes.

  • Knowledge-partnering through programmes like SGKK.

  • Technical assistance through undertakings like Time and Motion Study.

  • Direct Engagement through programmes like CPP.



Our research and data analytics involves stakeholder mapping, reviewing government regulations and global trends, landscape research, material flow analysis  and policy and budget analysis. Based on our on-the-ground experience with communities, our research focuses on case studies, ethnographic studies, quantitative and qualitative analyses. We also conduct  action research and exploratory studies for new themes, ideas, pilots and observational studies. We also collaborate with partners for laboratory-based research wherever necessary.  Our research documents are open source and are available in the public domain.


Report on Waste Pickers Inclusion

Report on Waste Pickers Inclusion


Report on Waste Pickers Inclusion

Waste & Brand




Education includes training and capacity building and the main activities are 

  • Knowledge creation: toolkits, guides, handbooks.

  • Knowledge dissemination: sessions, demonstrations. 

  • Tailored training programmes: corporates, schools, colleges and government offices. 

  • Capacity-building: government and elected representatives.

  • Learning centre engagement

  • Incubation centre for SWM 

  • Train-the-Trainer series for citizens.

Participants include citizen volunteers, municipality officials, corporate staff, students and the general public

Training for all stakeholders
Over the years , it has been amply evident that training key stakeholders is important for adoption and implementation of solid waste management principles. While the general public needs just awareness and information, municipal staff and administration need in-depth training. Training ensures that municipal officers are made conversant with the SWM Rules, regulatory requirements and the technical requirements.

In addition, master training programs  using a Training of Trainer(TOT) approach  also enables creating a cadre of citizen practitioners   to bring about change in their ward through constructive engagement.


Bringing experience and expertise to training

Our training covers theory, practice, field study from a very experienced group of practitioners that not just share the knowledge but motivate and inspire the participants to be the agents of change . Our training sessions  include classroom learning, experiential learning and field observations .

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