Brazil’s rubbish collectors get their rides pimped

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In Sao Paulo, 20,000 waste collectors driving carts called carrocas are integral to keeping Brazil’s most populated city clean. They collect and resell 90 percent of the city’s recyclable material that would otherwise end up in landfills. But this is a much undervalued role, considering the fact that the city currently produces 6.5 million tons of rubbish per year and recycles only 1 percent. Now, artist Thiago Mundano is promoting and celebrating the invaluable service by decorating the carts through his Pimp My Carroca scheme. At an event earlier this year, Mundano led a team of artists and volunteers who…

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