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Informal Recycling: Ecological alternatives & social rights

16/10/2014 @ 18:30 - 21:00

Informal recycling is a way of life for about 15 million of people all over the world who, very often, suffer from very hard and unhealthy working conditions, in contexts of poverty and social and political marginalisation. Nevertheless, experiences like the South-African Waste-Pickers Association (SAWPA) show how, with adequate support, informal recyclers can organize themselves and improve their living and working conditions. In Barcelona, informal recycling has grown enormously during recent years under conditions of precarity and, very often, also illegality. With the aim of improving this situation, different initiatives with a cooperative character, are trying to recognize, dignify and improve the working conditions of these people.


This debate session is an opportunity to know some of these experiences and realities and to discuss in public about these social, economical and ecological problems that affect the sustainability of many lives in, and the environment of, Barcelona.


The Debate Session will be presented and moderated by Mariel Vilella (GAIA/Zero Waste Europe) and there will participate as keynote speakers the next people:


Simon Mbata – SAWPA (South African Waste Pickers’ Association),

Kheraba Drame – Cooperative Cal África Moving

Federico di María – Researcher at ICTA-UAB


After the presentation of the experiences, a public debate will be open in order to discuss about some key questions on informal recycling. Catalan, Spanish, English and French translation service available.Free entrance. No previous reservation necessary.


This activity is organized by GAIA-Zero Waste Europe and Groundwork, in collaboration with the South-African Waste-Pickers Association (SAWPA) and the support of Can Batlló and the Fundació per la Prevenció de Residus i Consum Responsable.


We are looking forward to your participation!


18:30 - 21:00
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Zero Waste Europe
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Can Batlló
Plaça Pelleria (c/Constitució 19, cantonada c/Mossèn Amadeu Oller)
Barcelona, Spain
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