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  • BNDES-Supported Waste Picker Cooperatives Have Better Standard of Living

    Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES): Survey reveals better standard of living of waste pickers supported by the BNDES The BNDES conducted a survey with recycling waste pickers associated to cooperatives supported by the Bank. The survey detected considerable improvements in the standard of living of these workers and their families. The questionnaire was answered […]


    The Waste Picker Dilemma

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    This interesting article from IPS about a conflict in Nicaragua between waste pickers and local authorities illustrates very well some of the many dilemmas waste pickers pose to formulating and implementing waste policy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).


    Apoio de R$22.9 milhões para cooperativas de catadores

    Monday, October 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazilian President Lula announced on 01 October the first 24 financial lines to be awarded by the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) to cooperatives of unofficial waste sorters/ recyclers known in Brazil as catadores. The catador cooperatives are generally composed of the very poor that live off of the recyclables […]