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Waste Pickers' Story

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WIEGO: http://wiego.org 

Avina: http://www.avina.net/esp/

GiZ: http://www.giz.de/en/ 

Martin Medina article: Link

Ciudad Saludable: http://www.ciudadsaludable.org 

Stree Mukti: http://streemuktisanghatana.org

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Scavenging on the edge of Venezuelan society Last Updated on 2012-04-29 00:00:00 Read the Full Article at AlJazeera.com 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 home Last Updated on 2012-04-28 00:37:25   Read the Full Article on NYDailyNews.com 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 »
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Story of a teenage Waste Picker Last Updated on 2012-02-12 00:00:00 Shashi Tharoor reviews the latest book of Pulitzer Prize winning author Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Life, Death, and Hope in Mumbai Undercity. As an account of the lives of marginalized populations in a developing nation with a rapidly developing fraction, the book speaks about the informal trade in waste. Informal waste sector is one of the largest employer of India's under privileged citizens. Informal waste pickers as they are called, together recycle up to 70% of plastic, paper and metal waste generated in India, as compared to only 28% in US and slightly higher percentages in other developed countries. Despite the public and environmental services they provide, like Abdul's father in this book, they are subject to premature deaths and severe health problems due to their direct exposure to improperly managed wastes!    Shashi... More »
Recycled Life Last Updated on 2012-01-31 00:00:00   A documentary short film by Leslie Iwerks & Mike Glad http://www.recycledlifedoc.com/ More »