In this video taken at the Waste and Citizenship Festival in France, Roberto Prates Reis, a representative of the National Movement of Waste Pickers in Brazil (MNCR) talks about the struggle of the “biffins” of Paris to defend their livelihood.
En esperant une bonne journée du 1er mars 2013 a tous les recuperateurs en lutte!
Wishing a happy March 1st: Global Waste Pickers’ Day to all waste pickers in the struggle!
The profession of biffins (“waste picker” in french) has been recognized since 1240, and the right to recover materials since 1670. The biffins are skilled in collecting, repairing and upgrading objects and devices, with ancient expertise in sorting and selling.