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The Professionals: What we can learn from Brazil's waste pickers.

GOOD Magazine

Much has been made of Brazil’s poorly orchestrated World Cup preparations. Airports went unfinished, stadiums were badly conceived, and power shortages loomed. But while the mind-boggling corruption and inefficiency at the heart of these problems have garnered most of the attention, there has been at least one area of civic life in which the country was prepared to thrive: recycling.

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    nothing is ever thrown "away" we need to change how products are manufactured as well. Thank you for sharing. Also, agree with JP Adams that the article does not show the darker side to this life. But I DO appreciate the article and illuminating the life of thousands upon thousands throughout the world.

  • JPAdams

    Having spent time in the dumps working with the "recyclers" I have a much different perspective that what this article portrays. These families living in the dump and foraging for a living do so because there aren't other opportunities for the them to earn a living. If you consider living in a card board shack, wading in knee deep muck to provide for your family all in the name of recycling a worthy initiative by the government I suggest you try it for two weeks and write another article.

  • Max_Hydr0

    This article is a keen reminder of the genuine need for recycling discarded trash - man-made detritus - from our manufactured disposable society. When the cost of repairing a simple knob is more expensive than the price of a new unit there is something terribly wrong with the current capitalist system. Manufacturers are more interested in generating additional profits from the sale of more junk than in designing more durable merchandise.