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Cartoneros with the MTE, one of the cooperatives participating in the contract with the Buenos Aires government.

On January 2, waste picker cooperatives and the Buenos Aires government reached an historic solid waste management agreement. During a four year period, waste pickers’ cooperatives will be responsible for the city’s recycling sector, each cooperative responsible for particular zones throughout the city.

The municipal government is providing uniforms, social security, workplace insurance and an economic stimulus to comply with hygiene and workplace safety. It has also promised day care for the children while their parents are working. Also, selling materials collectively from a proper warehouse will allow the cooperatives to earn more. The agreement could bring Buenos Aires closer to fulfilling its Zero Waste law.

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