A Critical Study of Choke Point in Sustainable Recycling of Household Waste in an Assamese Village Setting

  • Shiva JiEmail author
  • Ravi Mokashi Punekar
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 135)


Stigma around consumable products and impact on local sustainability has led us to choke point. Paper examines household waste disposal into a small pond called Pukhri. After certain intervals, the pond would be dredged out to clean up the pond, which subsequently ended in agricultural fields. Today, other household waste items including material constituting laminated papers, plastics, inorganic waste etc., are being dumped into Pukhri. In order to establish a familiarity with situation, paper discusses imperative need for new order of waste management in village through data assessment and analysis and finding relations between actors, activities, and dependent phenomenon for a sustainable waste management system. It was found that levels of interconnections between various actors are facing blockage and impacts on domestic fowls, fish, and cattle were noticed. The paper elaborates on vernacular system, change in the system and impacts over stakeholders, etc.


Systemic sustainability Recycling Elemental and nutritional cycle Choke point in natural cycles 



We’d like to thank Mr. Brajen Kalita, Mr. Gajen Kalita, Mr. Pranjal Hazarika and Barduwa Satra Pratisthan, Barduwa who facilitated our field study and visit to Barduwa, Assam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of TechnologyGuwahatiIndia

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