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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
Region(s): Brazil ; Latin America & Caribbean
Brazil Striking gold -at a rubbish dump BBC Brasil . (20 January 2015)
By Nidecker, Fernanda.

The closure of Latin America's biggest rubbish dump in 2012 was widely applauded. But little more than two years on, many of the rubbish-pickers who worked there are sorry it's gone, and poorer without it.

Brazil Life amid the trash of a Rio dump The Guardian . (19 January 2015)
By Watts, Jonathan.

Rio de Janeiro's Gramacho waste tip -the setting for new film Trash- is a toxic, dangerous home to 5,000 people. Three rubbish-pickers explain how they scrape a living there.

Brazil MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts NPR . (17 January 2015)
By Poon, Linda.

The carts that garbage pickers wheel down the streets of Sao Paulo often look as if they came from the Museum of Funky Art. Colorful cartoon faces -with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and thick lips- peer from the sides of the metal and wooden carts.

Brazil ASU Energy Center to help improve life for Brazil's catadores Mountain Times . (30 July 2014)

A community-based landfill gas project in Brazil piloted in 2009 by the Appalachian Energy Center located at Appalachian State University will soon become reality.

Other activities mandated by Brazil's Operational Plan for Environment and Sustainability included programmes fostering sustainable tourism, organic food production and family farming, as well as promoting the social inclusion of "waste pickers".

By Wiens, Kyle.

"By the time the global sports event (World Cup) ends on July 13, experts estimate that World Cup spectators will generate a staggering 320 tons of trash. Enter the catadores—waste pickers who earn a living by collecting recyclables from the nation’s trash heap, men and women who will dig through the garbage and pick out each aluminum can, plastic bottle, and glass container. And while their jobs may seem humble, their sweat and solidarity are helping to transform Brazil into a true world power in recycling."

This article includes the history and current situation of waste pickers and includes an interview with WIEGO's Waste Picker Sector Specialist, Sonia Dias.

By Voinea, Anca.

While millions of football fans across the world were waiting for the start of the World Cup in Brazil, the organisers were busy making sure everything was in place for football's biggest tournament. Throughout the event, which runs from 12 June to 13 July, co-operatives will play an important role in providing services to both athletes and football supporters traveling to Brazil.

World cup tickets can cost hundreds of dollars, but Alex Pereira is paid to go to matches -and he doesn't mind that he spends the game sorting through other people's garbage.

Brazil Prefeitura de BH Recebe Especialistas do Lixo Zero Instituto Nenuca de Desenvolvimento Sustentável . (23 May 2014)
By Coquito, Antônio.

Sônia Dias, socióloga, pesquisadora da Organização Não Governamental WIEGO (Mulheres no Emprego Informal: Globalizando e Organizando) e membro do Observatório da Reciclagem Inclusiva e Solidária (ORIS) apresentou a pesquisa sobre o monitoramento do comércio informal com destaque para os catadores, uma vez que a pesquisa tem também com base os ambulantes e trabalhadores baseados no lar.

Brazil Film highlights Brazilian "pickers" The Justice . (1 April 2014)
By Reid, Zachary.

A team of undergraduate department representatives screened the film Waste Land, a film about the largest landfill in the world, Jardim Gramacho and the people who worked there on Thursday evening.