[QODLink]
Americas
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.

82

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.