Valuing WasteLast Updated on 2012-07-24 20:06:05
This was a joint capstone project undertaken by Alli Zomer, Sadie Paschke and Serene Zhou from the Humphrey Institue of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota under the guidance of Peercy Chavanne, Allison Naman, Juliana Seidel, and Jay Bowman. The project was a product of the Cason Family Foundation's research initiatives to encourage informal waste recycling. Additional guidance and overall monitoring was provided by Roxanne Cason and Ranjith Annepu of the Cason Family Foundation.
Cason Capstone Valuing Waste
Recycling on the US–Mexico borderLast Updated on 2012-05-24 04:16:41
by Martin Medina on May 16, 2012
The United States (US)–Mexico border is one of few places in the world where a developed country has a common border with a developing country. The US economy is 25 times larger than Mexico’s and US income per capita is nearly 10 times that of Mexico, according to the World Bank.
This economic disparity has created an intense flow of goods across the border in both directions, including recyclable materials, such as cardboard and aluminum.
The markets for recyclable materials in both countries differ markedly. In the US, the supply of recyclables usually exceeds domestic demand, while it is the opposite in Mexico. While the US has thousands of local recycling programs, Mexico has few. Mexican industry shows a strong demand for recyclables due to significant differences in prices for virgin... More »
Scavenging on the edge of Venezuelan societyLast Updated on 2012-04-29 00:00:00
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Cuidad Guayana, Venezuela - Emiliano Veria searches through knee-high piles of garbage, in a dump that stretches to the horizon.
It's a daily fight between him, scores of other scavengers and carrion birds. Amid smouldering waste, the pickers look for metals and clothes to sell. Alongside the vultures, they hunt for food to eat.
"It's not better here than elsewhere, but I can't find work and I have no money. The little I find here is to buy food. If not, I have nothing. Nothing here, no work," Veria said.
The 29-year-old has been working at Cambalache - on the edge of Ciudad Guayana in Venezuela's eastern Bolivar State - for more than a year, usually for three months at a time.
He, like his wife and children with him, is a member... More »
For many in India, landfill is a livelihood and a homeLast Updated on 2012-04-28 00:37:25
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The children didn't notice the ravens and occasional vulture circling overhead, or the stream of black ooze that flowed nearby, or the inescapable stench of decay. They were squealing over a 4-cent ride on a small, hand-powered Ferris wheel.
The kids are growing up in New Delhi's 70-acre Ghazipur landfill, a post-apocalyptic world where hundreds of pickers climb a 100-foot-high trash pile daily, dodging and occasionally dying beneath belching bulldozers that reshape the putrid landscape.
On "trash mountain," families earn $1 to $2 a day slogging through waist-deep muck. But the residents also marry, have children on their dirt floors, pray and celebrate life's other milestones.
"I am very proud to be a rag picker; we keep you healthy," said Jai Prakash Choudhary, who has spent years... More »
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