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Recycle Dharavi: A sanitary upgrade
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Återvinn Dharavi : En sanitär upgradering (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Two things struck me during my time in Dharavi. The first was the bad public health and the second the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of the people who lived there. The health issues, a result of inadequate sanitation, can be directly linked to the shortage of toilets. For every toilet there are a thousand users and because of this over a quarter of the people in Dharavi choose instead to publicly defecate. On the other side of the coin however, stands Dharavi’s remarkable recycling industry and in Dharavi alone 80% of Mumbai’s plastic waste is recycled and given new use.

The concept revolves around recyclability and combining industry with sanitation; recycling the produced waste and generating income. If there’s a way to profit from human waste it is likely that people would go to certain lengths to collect the necessary material. By removing the waste and converting it to humanure, positive side effect would include cleaner streets and in general a healthier population.

The idea is therefore to build a waste management facility where income is generated through the collected waste and used to improve the surrounding community. In this proposed space you can go to the toilet, throw away your trash and food waste and even use the functions provided to do chores or simply relax. The food and human waste from toilets could be used as fertilizer and sold for a profit or perhaps even used as fuel. The garbage could be collected and sorted on spot and then sold onwards for further refinement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 3 p.
Keyword [en]
mumbai dharavi recycling compost slum india bombay toilet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-71660OAI: diva2:625279
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Architecture Program
Available from: 2013-11-18 Created: 2013-06-04 Last updated: 2013-11-18Bibliographically approved

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