Chapter Title:
Organized Waste Picking Improves Lives and Cities
Dias, Sonia.
Book Title:
Global Monitoring Report 2013
January, 2013
Place of Publication:
Washington, D.C., USA
The World Bank
Publication Type:
Book Chapter

Millions of people worldwide make a living collecting, sorting, recycling, and selling valuable materials that someone else has thrown away. Collecting and selling recyclables, in many instances, is one of the few livelihood opportunities open to newcomers (both domestic and foreign) to cities. In many countries, informal waste pickers supply the only form of solid waste collection. This work creates cleaner, healthier urban areas for residents, businesses, and visitors.

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