Businesses try to solve Brazil trash problem
Emerging economy has growing trash problem, with 60 per cent of rubbish ending up in landfills.
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 20:00

In Brazil "catadores" are people who work for co-operatives and pick through trash for valuables to recycle.

Although co-operatives are key to the recycling system, only two per cent of Brazil’s domestic waste ends up being recycled. Sixty per cent of municipal Brazilian waste ends up in open-air landfills.

The government has made it mandatory for all states to have a sustainable trash plan by 2014 - and that is opening up new doors for creative business.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports from Sao Paolo.


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