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Another waste picker dies and municipalities insist on keeping dumpsites open

On September 2nd, a waste picker died in a work-related accident at the Estrutural dumpsite in Brasília. Chico Moura, 57, who worked at the Estrutural dump for 25 years, was buried and then crushed by the machines that cover the waste at the dumpsite.

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840 waste pickers contracted to recycle during the World Cup

The Movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers (MNCR) showed once more the result of a national effort in the struggle for recognition with the official partipation of waste pickers in recycling service during the World Cup. Close to 840 waste pickers organized in cooperatives and networks were part of the recycling effort across 12 World Cup stadiums, as well as at official World Cup events.

Imagem: MNCR.

Brazilian Movement stands with Uruguayans against waste-to-energy plans

We waste pickers, organized nationally as part of the National Movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers (MNCR), and continentally, as part of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of...
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March 8th: Women in the struggle for inclusive recycling

For women waste pickers, March 8 is a day of struggle – a struggle for inclusive recycling and for the end of inequality in recycling.

Foto: Alex Cardoso, MNCR.

Estrutural: the largest dumpsite in Latin America is a nightmare for Brazilian society

The Estrutural dumpsite in Brazil’s national capital region receives 70,000 tons of waste per month. Of those, three percent are recycled, thanks to an army of 2,500 waste picker...
"Porto Alegre quer o fim da profissão de catadores"

MNCR: The Porto Alegre (Brazil) government doesn’t like waste pickers

The National Movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers – MNCR/RS, strongly denounces statements made by Fernando Mello, the coordinator of the program that will ban the use of horse-drawn carts by the beginning of 2015. “We want to end informal recycling, as well as other informal livelihoods, that many times operate in inhuman conditions, so that they can work formally and in more lucrative and dignified jobs.”

A delegação de catadores se reuniram com os biffins (catadores de Paris). Foto: Asso Amelior.

Video: Brazilian waste pickers and French biffins share a common struggle

In this video taken at the Waste and Citizenship Festival in France, Roberto Prates Reis, National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR), talks about the reality of waste pickers (called “biffins”) in France, and compares them to similar struggles in Brazil.

Screen shot from the documentary about Gericinó dump in Rio called "Catador".

“As of today, the waste pickers of Rio de Janeiro will go hungry”

In the first week of September, 246 waste pickers of the Gericinó dumpsite in Bangú, a peripheral neighborhood in the Rio de Janeiro municipality, were facing the possibility of being suddenly out of work. The workers found out that the city, which has been in the process of closing the dumpsite for many months, was going to hand management over to a private company within two weeks time and that the dumpsite would be off limits.

Cataforte. Alex Cardoso, MNCR. (Photo: MNCR)

MNCR: Cataforte 3 is a direct investment in the environment

The National Waste Pickers’ Movement of Brazil (MNCR) participated on July 31st in the launch of the third edition of Cataforte, a federal program whose purpose is to strengthen waste pickers’ organizations. The objective is the restructuring of waste pickers’ networks and associations so that these solidary networks become more capable of performing recycling service for municipalities, as well as to become involved in reverse logistics (producer responsibility) and begin to commercialize their recyclable materials, with the goal of reaching 35 networks.

Protesto contra incineração em Barueri. (Photo: MNCR)

MNCR: Residents of Barueri protest the installation of a waste incinerator

The government of Barueri plans on burning 97 percent of its waste and recycling only 3 percent, as well as burning waste from nearby cities. The proposal runs against the National Waste Policy, which gives priority to reducing and recycling with social inclusion, as well as federal and UN environmental policies.


MNCR: Petition In support of a bill against incineration in the state of Minas Gerais (Brazil)

This petition — a joint effort of the MNCR (National waste pickers’ movement of Brazil) along with other social movements and groups — supports a bill that would stop to incineration of solid waste in the state Minas Gerais, Brazil. If this bill were approved it would support recycling collection based on solidarity — a system developed and pioneered by the waste pickers.

Messages of support from Latin America to India

Message from Alex Cardoso, MNCR (Brazil) Greetings fellow waste pickers organized with AIKMM, it would be a great pleasure to be able to participate one more time with you and to d...

Stop the Forced Removal of Informal Workers during “Beautification” projects!

By Deia de Brito At an event organized by the National Movement of Waste Pickers in Brazil (MNCR) during the People’s Summit, speakers from different social movements and org...

Declaration: No to incineration in the Rio+20 text (text+video)

We face the Rio +20 Conference with deep concerns about the state of the formal United Nations negotiations and the policies that are being promoted by governments on environmental matters, specifically in the area of waste. (…)

Waste pickers at the People’s March, Rio de Janeiro

waste pickers march at people's march, Rio de janeiro
Waste pickers from the National Movement (MNCR), Uruguay, Colombia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and India, marched together with thousands of social movements from around the world yesterday, June 20, at the People’s March.

Waste pickers participate in the People’s Summit General Assembly

em português Na Assembleia de 19 de junho sobre as “Causas Estruturais das Crises e das Injustiças Sociais e Ambientais e das Falsas Soluções”, os movimentos sociais denunc...

“O que está em jogo no Rio+20″ (Informe MNCR)

Informe do Grupo de Articulação Internacionalizado.
A um mês da conferência das Nações Unidas Rio+20, os povos do mundo não veem resultados positivos no processo de negociação que está ocorrendo na conferência oficial. Ali não se está discutindo um balanço do cumprimento dos acordos alcançados na Rio 92, ou como mudar as causas da crise. O foco da discussão é um pacote de propostas enganosamente chamado de “economia verde” e a instauração de um novo sistema de governo ambiental internacional que o facilite.

Nota à Imprensa – Isto é a Rio + 20?

Prefeito Eduardo Paes cometerá o Genocidio de 1896 Famílias Em Nome da Rio + 20 o Prefeito Eduardo Paes cometerá o Genocidio de 1896 Famílias (15 mil pessoas) O Conselho de Lid...

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