Reducing poverty through recycling

Reducing poverty through recycling

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Developing regions rarely have access to waste management, meaning high levels of plastic pollution and terrible recycling rates. These same areas often have chronic unemployment, but some inhabitants earn a meagre living as urban waste pickers. The pickers play a critical role in cleaning up the cities by collecting and selling plastic waste, but they receive very small fees for their service, since prices are dictated by exporters and middlemen. Now, Canadian start-up Plastics for Change is shaking up the system, using mobile technology to create a fair trade model, which will enable waste pickers to earn fair prices for the plastic they collect.

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