Waste Picker News 28 September 2014


Waste pickers, Pune, India, Photo by Julian Luckham(English)

INDIA. College girl launches e-waste venture in Hubli. Times of India (28 September 2014) by Sangamesh Menasinakai. A Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) student has taken the initiative of collecting electronic waste from shops and households to prevent environmental hazards which arises when it’s burnt or unscientifically disposed.

LATIN AMERICA. Until the Rulers Obey: Learning from Latin America’s Social Movements. Upside Down World (24 September 2014) by Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein. A wave of change rolled through Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century, sweeping away neoliberal two-party governments, bringing calls to re-found the states based on broad participation and democratically drafted constitutions.

INDIA. Putting Waste to Good Use. The New Indian Express (22 September 2014) by Kaviya Sanjeevi. “We are exploring a micro-finance model to allow waste picker communities to build the machinery locally, but we still have a long way to go for that.”  

NEPAL. Falling in Love With Kathmandu’s Trash Heaps. Huffington Post (19 September 2014) by Robert J. Rosenthal. I also like that the piles make it easy for trash pickers to harvest what they can find, and for Nepal’s thousands of stray dogs to get something to eat.

CANADA. City of Kingston Looking for Remarkable Recyclers. Kingston Herald (19 September 2014) by Dick Mathison. “Participating in the Remarkable Recycler program helps engage your household in sorting waste – and is a great way to introduce kids to the environmental benefits of recycling and why we work to divert waste from landfill,” says Derek Ochej, Public Education Coordinator.

CHINA. China’s Trash Is Getting Dirtier. Bloomberg View (18 September 2014) by Adam Minter. Over the weekend, for the second time in as many years, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in China’s southern Bolou County to oppose the construction of a proposed trash incinerator.

GLOBAL. Tackle trash for the climate, economy and human dignity. Thomson Reuters Foundation (18 September 2014) by Helena Molin Valdes. But it’s also a sector full of opportunities to achieve multiple benefits from actions that reduce emissions: better air quality, improved public health and living standards, new energy sources and economic development.

PHILIPPINES. In the slums of Manila, inequality is so bad that the worst off have no chance to protest. New Statesman (18 September 2014) by Paul Roy. Affecting people whose plight is equally grim yet usually invisible, they are covered only sporadically by the media and whose existence the central government ignores wherever possible – except at election times.

INDONESIA. Meet the lawyer who wants you to pay for plastic bags. Rappler (18 September 2014) by Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata. In January 2013, Tiza Mafira created an online petition to get Indonesian retailers and supermarkets to stop giving away plastic bags for free. She got so much more than just signatures.

NORTH AMERICA. Electronic Recyclers International Congratulates Best Buy for E-Waste Recycling Efforts. Business Wire (18 September 2014). Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, participated today in a special event at Best Buy headquarters commemorating the retailer’s announcement that it has now recycled one billion pounds of electronic and large appliance waste in just six years.

BELIZE. Recyclers trained in health and occupational safety. Breaking Belize News (17 September 2014) by Aaron Humes. As part of ensuring higher standards for the project, recyclers and supervisors at the Mile 3 George Price Highway transfer station today completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.

INDIA. We make 3D printer filament from waste plastic: Sidhant PaiIn. Business Standard (17 September 2014). In this interview, Sidhant Pai, CEO, Protoprint, explains how waste picker can earn much more from plastic waste by processing it into filament, which can be used for 3D printers.

NIGERIA. Garbage in, Money Out: My Stroll With Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola. Huffington Post (16 September 2014) by Ebenezar Wikina. She returned home to Nigeria to co-found a waste recycling company, Wecyclers, and her vision is enormous.  

CHINA. China’s race to turn trash to cash. CNBC (15 September 2014) by ZoeAslop. China’s unregulated junk buyers have transformed the electronic garbage of wealthy countries into small fortunes for years, fueling factories with raw materials and spare parts and often tainting rivers with toxic runoff.

INDIA. A Startup Offers A Sustainable Alternative To India’s Chaotic Garbage. Fast Coexist (15 September 2014) by Ben Schiller. The city’s dumping grounds are 130 feet high in places, and they create serious health problems for nearby residents, not to mention the people working at the sites.

GLOBAL. IoS/Bradt travel writing competition winner: The challenge of human connections. The Independant (14 September 2014) by Elizabeth Gowing. In her award-winning story, Elizabeth Gowing describes how an uncomfortable encounter on a Kosovan rubbish dump ended in warm hospitality.



COLOMBIA. La Alcaldía de Montería le consignará mil 700 millones a recicladores de antiguo basurero. El Meridiano (27 de Septiembre de 2014). En diez días la Alcaldía de Montería consignará los mil 700 millones de pesos para el pago a los 103 recicladores del antiguo basurero a cielo abierto del Municipio que fueron reconocidos por un fallo del Tribunal Superior Judicial de Montería.

ARGENTINA. Cartoneros: empezó el uso de carros de mano. La Nueva (26 de Septiembre de 2014) por Pamela Subizar. El nuevo sistema de recolección con carros tirados a mano en el centro de la ciudad empezó ayer a modo de prueba, a 50 días del acuerdo de los cartoneros con la comuna por la prohibición de la tracción animal.

LATIN AMERICA. “Son los recicladores urbanos quienes subsidian los costos del reciclaje”. Comunnica RSE (25 de Septiembre de 2014). La presencia de la IRR en el mayor congreso global sobre gestión de residuos pone de manifiesto el auge de las políticas con inclusión de los recicladores en los sistemas de gestión de residuos en todo el mundo.

ARGENTINA. Beneplácito por el Premio de Liderazgo Climático a la Ciudad. Parlamentario (25 de Septiembre de 2014). El programa de reducción de basura fue premiado el lunes pasado, en el marco del concurso internacional “City Climate Leadership Awards” organizado por el C40.

MEXICO. Protestan recicladores y comerciantes en cabildo de Huajuapan. NSS Oaxaca (24 de Septiembre de 2014). Los pepenadores pararon labores este lunes a las 7:00 horas para exigir atención a sus demandas entre las principales el cambio de comprador de material por una empresa que les ofrezca un mejor precio; ante esta situación Eliazub Espina Calvo, regidora de Ecología y Medio Ambiente dijo que han atendido sus demandas y dado respuestas.

MEXICO. Harán padrón de recicladores. El Manana (21 de Septiembre de 2014) por Alberto Carrasco. Buscarán autoridades locales normar la proliferación de empresas y particulares dedicados a la recolección y venta de desechos reciclables de valor, luego de que muchos de quienes incursionan en este giro se manejen en la informalidad y sin tomar las medidas necesarias para ejercer.

PERU. Realizaron la VI Feria de Reciclaje en Miraflores. El Comercio (19 de Septiembre de 2014). Alumnos del colegio Scipion E. Llona participaron hoy desde las 10 a.m. en la IV feria de reciclaje organizada por el programa “Basura que no es basura” de la Municipalidad de Miraflores.

URUGUAY. Huelga de hambre en suspenso. Recicladores e IMM vuelven a reunirse este lunes. LaRed21 (14 de Septiembre de 2014). Además, “y mientras duren las negociaciones, no se llevará adelante la huelga de hambre anunciada pero no la descartan, aunque dependerá de los resultados de los encuentros” expresaron a LARED 21 dirigentes sindicales.



BRASIL. Catadores em Itaúna faturam salário mensal de R$ 3.200. Otempo (29 de Setembro de 2014) por Joana Suarez. Ao reconhecer o potencial do trabalho dos catadores, algumas cidades brasileiras estão contratando cooperativas para fazer a coleta seletiva – trabalho que era feito pelos catadores, à margem da sociedade.

BRASIL. Em Canoas, projeto pretende transformar plastico em fibra de tecido. Diario de Canos (27 de Setembro de 2014) por Tamires Souza. Na cidade, 30 toneladas sao recolhidas mensalmente, mas de acordo com informacoes da Prefeitura o volume descartado e muito maior.

BRASIL. A miséria como indulgência. Jornal de Hoje (16 de Setembro de 2014) por Nicolau Araújo. A adaptação metálica com mais de dois metros de altura revela veículo cobiçado entre os catadores de lixo reciclável.

BRASIL. Catadores fazem na Praça da Liberdade manifestação ao veto da lei que proíbe a incineração. Hoje em Dia (17 de Setembro de 2014). Cerca de 100 catadores de materiais recicláveis e representantes de movimentos contra a incineração fazem, nesta quarta-feira (17), de um ato na Praça da Liberdade, na região Centro-Sul de Belo Horizonte.

BRASIL. Seminário debate inclusão social e produtiva de catadores de lixo. Poconet (15 de Setembro de 2014). O evento, que ocorrerá na sede das Promotorias de Justiça de Cuiabá, é uma realização da Comissão de Defesa de Direitos Fundamentais do Conselho Nacional do Ministério Público (CNMP).



MAROC. Casablanca installe 8000 nouvelles poubelles. Bladi (27 Septembre 2014). Pour mettre fin à l’anarchie des ordures à Casablanca, les deux sociétés en charge des déchets, Averda et Sita, ont installé 8000 nouvelles poubelles, dont certaines sont même équipées de bornes GPS.

MALI. Gestion des ordures: Si les ménagères s’organisaient. Malijet (18 Septembre 2014) par Fatoumata Coulibaly. A Bamako, désormais la gestion des ordures est devenue une affaire de tous puisque la capitale est débordée d’ordures surtout de sachets plastiques.