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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
Region(s): Latin America & the Caribbean
By Noriega, Christina.

Federico Parra, a regional coordinator of the research and policy network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), says there may be a link to the importance of women’s roles in households and their leadership status in cooperatives.

Brazil Modernising Brazil's waste-picking trade. The Economist . (30 September 2017)

The developers of Cataki, an app, hope to change that. Since July it has been matching people who have rubbish with catadores operating in their neighborhoods.

El gremio recibe las inscripciones de sus integrantes y familiares que no han culminado la educación básica y secundaria. El objetivo es obtener el diploma en 5 años.

Bogota Colombia How Bogotá’s Recicladores are Picking a Fight (for inclusion) Resource . (5 June 2017)
By Simon, Rachel.

"As the city rises up the development index, Bogotá’s waste services are undergoing structural transformation. Rachel Simon learns how Colombia’s waste-picking recicladores are fighting to play their part as services are commercialised, and to do so with better pay, recognition, and condition."


This article includes an interview with WIEGO Waste Picker Specialist Federico Parra.

Important efforts are underway to incorporate grassroots recyclers into integrated waste management systems in Latin America, according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU).

Brazil EDANA visit to Sao Paulo waste facility. SNW . (15 March 2017)

On 9 March 2017, nonwovens association EDANA partnered with CEMPRE, the Brazilian Business Commitment for Recycling, to allow a group of participants at Outlook Plus Latin America to see a waste sorting facility operated by a cooperative.

Colombia Garbage Collector Rescues Books From The Trash For Low-Income Kids. The Huffington Post . (1 March 2017)

Proving that one person's trash can certainly be a child's treasure.

Mexico Mexico's largest PET recycling plant sets ambitious 2020 goal. The Yucatan Times . (15 January 2017)

The facility, some 40 miles west of Mexico City, can recycle up to 130 million pounds of PET a year, enough to fill the Aztec stadium 2.4 times. 1,000 workers are employed in the plant, in addition to 25,000 indirect employees, such as pepenadores nationwide.

HP said that the joint initiative aims to improve the lives of the children by providing them with educational opportunities, including more than 200 scholarships, as well as full physical exams and health and safety trainings.

By Rosengren, Cole.

(Sonia) Dias sees potential for catadores (waste pickers) to be more involved in educating their fellow citizens about the value of recyclable materials and the need for proper disposal. Though making this happen beyond the Olympics may be a challenge.