Invited Session: Closing Dumpsites
Inclusive Recycling: Can Hiring Organized Waste Pickers be Good? (0.5 CEU)
Monday, September 25, 2017
16:15 – 16:45
Moderator: Nathalia Lima, Environmental Engineer, Giral Viveiro de Projetos, Brazil
There is an ongoing movement that strives for including marginalized groups of people within formal employment. One group consists of waste pickers who try to survive from collecting waste from dumpsites or urban streets, selecting materials which have market value and selling them to the recycling market, a global exchange of secondary materials. In many places, the government or international organizations do not recognize these groups nor regulate this market. Many scholars have proven the impacts (economic, social and environmental) from these activities and it has been difficult to formalize these groups of people in many places. Giral is a consulting firm that works to integrate different stakeholders and come up with a solution for diverse challenges. We propose to facilitate a debate about including waste pickers in formal solid waste management with two stakeholders, one in favor of inclusion and one not, debating on these topics:
- What would inclusion be? How can it be done?
- What would social, economic, environmental and reputational benefits be for public and private sectors?
- What are the great barriers?
- What are the roles of public sector, private sector, waste pickers and society in the inclusion?
Following this presentation, participants will be able to evaluate benefits and risks from waste pickers integration in formal waste management.