Huffington Post article - In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource by Sonia Maria Dias, WIEGO

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Huffington Post article - In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource by Sonia Maria Dias, WIEGO

An interesting article by Sonia Maria Dias, of WIEGO, in the Sept 17 Huffington Post, In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource.

An excerpt: Under the umbrella aim to "ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns," SDG 12 captures how the world should approach waste management, including recycling. In many developing countries, waste pickers are the key economic actors whose work feeds the recycling market with materials that would otherwise be dumped, especially in a context where waste segregation is not part of the culture. Recycling is one of the cheapest and fastest ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and informal waste pickers are champions in recycling. A 2007 study found that waste pickers recovered approximately 20 percent of all waste material in three of six cities studied.

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Re: Huffington Post article - In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource by Sonia Maria Dias, WIEGO

Thanks for posting!

A good article, but nothing terribly new. The 'classic' on the issue of employment from recycling (at the time, the issue of climate change was just coming up) is 'Work from Waste' by Jon Vogler. WASTE Advisors of the Netherlands also used to have good publications on the subject.

India has a huge industry based on waste, employing many millions of people. In Nairobi, there is TakaTaka Solutions that is recycling more than 20 categories of waste (although still trying to get themselves established), and when I was in Nakuru in 2013 (for the WEDC conference there), they showed us a cooperative of waste recyclers (similar to the ones mentioned in the article) who were performing part of the collection in the city.

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