Linis Ganda

City: 
Manila
Country: 
Philippines
Region: 
Asia/Pacific
Occupation of Members: 
Waste Pickers
Language: 
English
Women's Organization: 
no
Organization Type: 
NGO-Cooperatives
Organization Scope: 
Local - Manila
Workplace of Members: 
street/open
Informal Economy Members: 
17 Cooperatives with 1500 members
Strategy: 
The Linis Ganda (Clean and Beautiful) program has organized waste material dealers into Cooperatives in order to obtain government subsidies and credit. The program has dignified and formalized scavenging in Metro Manila, renaming them as Eco Aides and establishing fixed routes and prices. Participant households and schools separate their garbage into wet and dry, and the Eco Aides purchase the recyclables from them. Approximately 500 waste dealers, employing 1,000 Eco-Aides take part in this program. Eco Aides earn between U.S. $5-20 a day, depending on the income level of the area where they work. Eco Aides recover 4,000 tons of recyclables (mostly paper, plastics, bottles and cans) a month from 200,000 participant households. The recovery of recyclables through the program has an economic impact of over U.S.$ 250,000 per month. The Linis Ganda program provides a stable and decent livelihood to scavengers, inexpensive raw materials to industry, reduces the need for collection and transportation of wastes, helps clean up the urban environment, and extends the life of the Local landfills. It originally organised by conducting seminars among housewives and helpers. Soon, junk shops were set up and then, eco-aides, bodega helpers, drivers were hired