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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
Nigeria 'How Government Can Revive The Textile Industry' The Guardian . (11 October 2014)
By Nwanne, Chuks.

Many textile companies have closed shop and abandoned textile factories are decaying from lack of use, thereby leading to increased unemployment and poverty rates.

India College girl launches e-waste venture in Hubli Times of India . (28 September 2014)
By Menasinakai, Sangamesh.

A Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) student has taken the initiative of collecting electronic waste from shops and households to prevent environmental hazards which arises when it's burnt or unscientifically disposed.

By and Marcy Rein, Clifton Ross.

A wave of change rolled through Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century, sweeping away neoliberal two-party governments, bringing calls to re-found the states based on broad participation and democratically drafted constitutions.

India Putting Waste to Good Use The New Indian Express . (22 September 2014)
By Sanjeevi, Kaviya.

"We are exploring a micro-finance model to allow waste picker communities to build the machinery locally, but we still have a long way to go for that."

Nepal Falling in Love With Kathmandu's Trash Heaps Huffington Post . (19 September 2014)
By Rosenthal, Robert J..

"I also like that the piles make it easy for trash pickers to harvest what they can find, and for Nepal's thousands of stray dogs to get something to eat."

Canada City of Kingston Looking for Remarkable Recyclers Kingston Herald . (19 September 2014)
By Mathison, Dick.

"Participating in the Remarkable Recycler program helps engage your household in sorting waste - and is a great way to introduce kids to the environmental benefits of recycling and why we work to divert waste from landfill," says Derek Ochej, Public Education Coordinator.

China China's Trash Is Getting Dirtier Bloomberg View . (18 September 2014)
By Minter, Adam.

Over the weekend, for the second time in as many years, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in China's southern Bolou County to oppose the construction of a proposed trash incinerator.

Tackle trash for the climate, economy and human dignity Thomson Reuters Foundation . (18 September 2014)
By Valdes, Helena Molin.

But it's also a sector full of opportunities to achieve multiple benefits from actions that reduce emissions: better air quality, improved public health and living standards, new energy sources and economic development.

By Roy, Paul.

Affecting people whose plight is equally grim yet usually invisible, they are covered only sporadically by the media and whose existence the central government ignores wherever possible - except at election times.

Indonesia Meet the lawyer who wants you to pay for plastic bags Rappler . (18 September 2014)
By Tisnadibrata, Ismira Lutfia.

In January 2013, Tiza Mafira created an online petition to get Indonesian retailers and supermarkets to stop giving away plastic bags for free. She got so much more than just signatures.