Waste Wise

Waste is Everyone’s Business!

Recyclers at workRecycling is one of the cheapest, fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing one ton of CO2emissions through recycling costs 30 per cent less than through energy efficiency – and 90 per cent less than through wind power. Waste pickers are being displaced by privatization and by incinerators and waste-to-energy technologies, yet incineration causes 25 times more emissions than recycling. It takes less energy to manufacture goods from recycled glass, metals and plastic than from virgin materials, while recycling paper means less deforestation. And recycling provides millions of jobs. Read more about Urban Informal Workers & the Green Economy.

Including informal recyclers in waste management systems is environmentally and socially beneficial -- and can save municipalities money. For more on the cost savings to cities, see Waste Pickers & Solid Waste Management.

To learn more about how municipalities have managed this integration, we invite you to download and read the publications below.

Recycling in Brazil

Recycling in Belo Horizonte, Brazil - An Overview of Inclusive Programming

English

Integrating Informal Workers into Selective Waste Collection

Integrating Informal Workers into Selective Waste Collection: The Case of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

English | Español

Municipal Waste and Citizenship Forum

The Municipal Waste and Citizenship Forum: A Platform for Social Inclusion and Participation

English  |  Español  |  Português

Overview of the Legal Framework Informal Recyclers in Brazil

Overview of the Legal Framework for Inclusion of Informal Recyclers in Solid Waste Management in Brazil

English  |  Español

God is My Alarm Clock - A Brazilian Waste Picker's Story

God is My Alarm Clock: A Brazilian Waste Picker's Story

English  |  Português

Gestão de resíduos sólidos, catadores, participação e cidadania – novas articulações?

Gestão de resíduos sólidos, catadores, participação e cidadania – novas articulações?

Português

Eficiencia e Solidariedade nas Associacoes de Catadores de Materials Reciclaveis

Eficiência e Solidariedade nas Associações de Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis

Português

Informal Sector Integration and High Performance Recycling

Informal Sector Integration and High Performance Recycling: Evidence from 20 Cities

English