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The Economic Aspects of the Informal Sector in Solid Waste Management


This booklet is about people who earn a livelihood and support their families by extracting value from solid waste. These people are sometimes called rag pickers,waste pickers or scavengers. There are millions of them in cities all around theworld, and their work is about adding value in the waste that other people throwaway, cleaning the waste, and selling it to industry. 

This booklet has arisen out of a study that was undertaken in six cities in four continents to look at the economic aspects of informal recycling and to determine whether these recycling workers create a net economic benefit to their cities or an economic cost. 

GIZ and CWG commisioned the work to WASTE and SKAT.