Recycling, Informal Economies, and Sustainable Development in Peru
November 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Learn how social programs formalizing their work can have a positive impact on both social and environmental development inLatin America.
The UNDP Perú program, “Arequipa Recycle” works to improve the integralmanagement of solid waste in the municipality of Arequipa. The project is basedaround formalizing “recyclers”; recyclers are low resource people who currently earn a living by separating trash from reusable materials, working both on the streets (digging through trash cans) and in “botaderos”, or large, not sanitary waste dumps. In both cases, the recyclers are working informally and without safety equipment, set salaries, or benefits. The “Arequipa Recycle” program has become very successful, and we have improved the quality of life of the recyclers we are working with by offering training, safety equipment, and formal work opportunities.
Co-sponsored by Princeton in Latin America and Engineers Without Borders – Princeton