As a result of growing knowledge about the importance and efficiency of the informal sector in India, several policies and rules have been issued for the inclusion of informal sector into waste management programs. These policies recognise the crucial role of the informal sector in solid waste management and the fact that waste collection and recycling can be an important tool in alleviating poverty. Some new solid waste systems, however, are being developed and implemented contradicting these rules and policies. To a certain extent, this is due to the lack of accurate information, reduced capacity, and no tangible means available for assessing whether or not a system is inclusive of the informal sector. The Chintan Assessment Tool for Informal Sector Inclusion Tool (CATISI) in Solid Waste Management seeks to fill this vacuum.