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Cash for Trash: Solving Dhaka's Waste Problems

In early 1994, two young Urban Planners completing their graduate studies approached a government official in the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) with their concerns about the growing problem of solid waste in their city. They outlined their ideas for solving the problem, which included getting communities involved in composting their organic waste. The pair even offered to donate their time to the municipal body and to other gover nment agencies to make this a reality. Unconvinced, the official challenged them saying, "If community-based compost plants are such a great idea why don't you do it yourselves?"

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