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January 25, 2012

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In February, 200 leaders will meet in the Recyclers First Central American Meeting with the objective of defining what political steps to take this year.

Between the 20th and 25th  of February, Nicaragua will host the annual continental summit that will bring together 21 countries. Organized through Red Latinoamercia, Caribe de Recicladores and Red LACRE, they will meet in Managua to look into what has to be done this year and to define necessary political steps in order to face the new challenges of protecting this trade.

The event marks their first milestone: It celebrates the first meeting of Central American Recyclers. It will bring together more than 200 recyclers from across the continent. This event marks the integration of the countries in this region of Red LACRE, and it will introduce the Central American recyclers to eachother allowing them to build a network of support and share their experiences with regional allies to help them strengthen their organizations.

This is all thanks to the work of Mapeo and Red Centroamérica. They traveled to 10 countries on behalf of the recyclers and the South American recyclers.

The second element of this summit is the implementation of two assemblies, one internal group where the recycler leaders will participate on the 22 and 23 of February. On the 24 and 25 of February, the plan is to open up these meetings for different alliances to share a collective space.

Countries that participate in this meeting are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador CA, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Recyclers  and Red LACRE

A recycler is a worker that recollects, sorts, recuperates, transforms, commercializes and resuses disposed goods. They are the first link in the chain of commercialization and the reuse of this material. The recycler lives off of this office, generating their income by selling the material that they recuperate from the streets. They take the trash that the community casts off and recollect it, so it doesn’t end up in a city landfill.

La Red Latinoamericana and  the Caribe de Recicladores, is an organization that represents and ingrates this labor movement that brings together the recyclers of different countries in the region. La Red has a mission to improve the labor conditions of the recyclers,  to promote dialogue between these countries, to exchange experience, to design actions and help execute them.


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