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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

In a recent online discussion experts shared their views on how businesses could best serve the lowest income populations - from business model adaption to the risk of exploitation.

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.

India Wastepickers draw attention to 'injustice' The Times of India . (26 July 2014)

Upset with the state's failure to implement the pre-matric scholarship scheme for wastepickers' children, members of the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) on Friday put up a board outside the office of the department of social welfare, calling it the department of social (in)justice.

India Government pins hopes on rag pickers to manage solid waste LiveMint & WSJ . (25 July 2014)
By Seth, Neha.

Urban development ministry draft manual prescribes decentralized system of waste management which involves rag pickers and waste collectors.

By Diggikar, Ranjana.

The civic body is planning to join hands with Pune-based SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling), a co-operative of self-employed waste pickers, to overcome the garbage problem in the city.

India Pune model may be emulated by GMC The Assam Tribune Online . (23 July 2014)

Pune model for solid waste management may be emulated by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), said Area Sabha Member of the GMC Ward No 11 (B) Satyen Doloi.

India Naveen urges PM to share NPR database Business Standard . (21 July 2014)

Eight exclusion criteria have been fixed on the basis of socio-economic status schedule.

By Mendoza, Hannah Rose.

Through Protoprint, waste pickers in India are being given access to the technology necessary to turn the waste plastics they collect into 3D printer filament.

Guyana New "garbage pickers" co-op launched Guyana Times . (19 July 2014)

The Local Government Ministry in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has officially launched the new GT Recyclers Cooperative at the Haags Bosch Sanitary Landfill on Wednesday.

By Smith, Janet.

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz is probably best known here for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waste Land, in which he worked with garbage pickers at Rio de Janeiro's sprawling landfill to create giant, mosaiclike portraits out of trash.