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About Resolve Trash2Cash

‘RESOLVE Trash to Cash’ is an urban climate initiative of SAFE for resolving the municipal solid wastes of the city to an alternative livelihood for city’s rag-pickers and slum dwelling women, who are ostracized as the citizen’s of dirt and left at lurch as victims of flesh trade and social abuse. The project has developed a women led micro-enterprise; those are trained to recycle waste paper, plastics and wet wastes from the city dustbins to make micro-utility household products. The products not only earn livelihood for hundreds of street women but more so it brings dignity to them.

Clean India mission: The concept of RESOLVE T2C is in perfect alignment with India’s latest sanitation drive “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and has brought the countries effort to a global impact. The endeavor RESOLVE T2C now recycles nearly 2000 Kg of paper, plastics and 2500 Kg of wet waste every week reducing 5500 MT of carbon equivalent emission annually, as certified by the UNFCCC panel. Presently this project is sustained by the wastes generated by 23 corporate houses and three international consulates of Kolkata’ including US Consulate, and thereby sustains the livelihood of hundreds of slum women and street dwellers. It has earlier received the International Match Foundation Award in 2013 for women empowerment, and in 2014 received UNFCCC Momentum for Change, Lighthouse Activity Award.

Evolve to Resolve…

This program on Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management and women empowerment under the mentorship of ‘South Asian Forum for Environment [SAFE], a civil society organization working towards sustainable environment development and poverty alleviation in the countries within the Indian ecoregion (Please visit us at for more information), is entitled, ‘Resolve: Trash to Cash’, and launched in 2011 that has taken a shape of full-fledged community enterprise that recycles solid waste and at the same time mainstreams poor waste workers.
This is an innovative eco-friendly model that recycles waste and in turn minimizes landfill emissions creates direct employment for the slum dwellers and waste workers and gives them a safe & dignified working ambience.