Region Latin America
Country Costa Rica
February 14, 2013
In December, Sujeylin Isabel Ordoñez Quesada, a waste picker with Cooperativa de Recuperadores del Pacifico R.L (COOPEREPA) of Costa Rica, sent an email to Red Lacre (Latin American Network of Waste Pickers) requesting advice about what actions to take in regards to the closure of the Parque Ambiental de Garabito landfill and the likely loss of the livelihoods of the 18 families working there.
Letters of solidarity from the Asociación Nacional de Recicladores de Colombia, Movimiento Nacional de Recicladores de Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic were sent both to the waste pickers and members of the municipal government. In February, Sujeylin reported that the situation at the landfill has improved as they are now in talks with the municipal government and the health department to find the best solution. They are also still working at the landfill at the moment, she said.