Garbage collectors in Hyderabad are calling on political parties to address their concerns, including the lack of health insurance, workplace harassment, proper garbage segregation, and minimum wages. The city generates 8,200 metric tonnes of solid waste daily, and while the government is working on automated waste processing, manual labor is still needed for garbage collection. One collector mentioned that they lack insurance for their vehicles, which causes financial difficulties when the vehicles are damaged. Many collectors also do not have health insurance, even though they often face health issues while handling garbage. They are urging the government to provide insurance coverage and essential protective gear. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 garbage collectors in the city, and the GHMC should register them and provide them with official identity cards. Households are also encouraged to actively segregate their waste into dry and wet categories to make the job of collectors easier.
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