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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
Region(s): Peru ; Latin America & the Caribbean
By Kuvadia, Aimee.

Seeing an opportunity to improve not only her life, but also the lives in her community, Ruiz advocated for a solution that would address the community's garbage dilemma and also its significant unemployment problem.

By Collyns, Dan.

For decades, refuse in urban areas in Peru was collected by people looking to scrape a living -by recycling and selling trash. It is a common story in cities across the world. But, a few years ago, Peru introduced laws to regulate the recycling economy.

Peru Peru's waste recyclers win bottle ban battle Reuters . (18 December 2014)
By Rowling, Megan.

LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Just a few years ago, waste recycler Genaro Jorge Durán Contreras and his colleagues were branded "nut cases" and drug addicts, picked up by police or chased away from their foraging for recyclables.

India Peru Waste-to-wealth formula takes slumgirl to Lima Times of India . (4 December 2014)
By Niyogi, Subhro.

At the East Kolkata Wetlands, Mrinmoyee Naskar has taught dozens of women how to churn out office stationery and 'papier mache' gift items from discarded papers. On Saturday, she will travel more than 18,000km to tell the world how to turn waste into wealth.

Peru Taking On Trash By Converting Plastic To Currency Co.Exist . (3 January 2014)
By Schiller, Ben.

In Peru, one entrepreneur is giving a reason for citizens to pick up litter: They can get useful items, services, and even 3-D print their own parts from plastic in return.

Peru Recycling goes well at this year's Mistura Peru this Week . (13 September 2013)
By Chase, Rachel.

The National Federation of Reclycers of Peru (La Federación Nacional de Recicladores del Perú - FENAREP) have collected and recycled more than 12 tonnes of waste at this year's Mistura.

Peru Waste-Pickers Go from Scouring the Streets to Running a Business Informal City Dialogues . (21 August 2013)
By Vigo, Manuel.

Once shunned, these recyclers are starting to see greater acceptance across the city, and several NGOs are working to get them formalized and into recycling co-ops.