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IOM / UNICEF, Informe Sobre Trabajo Infantil en la Recuperación y Reciclaje de Residuos, 2005
Uploaded on Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
Waste scavengers of Buenos Aires
In Buenos Aires informal waste collectors recover 9 to 17 per cent of municipal waste, representing an estimated
saving for the municipality of US$30 000 to US$70 000 a
day or US$3.5 to US$7 per collector. Scavenger households
earn an average of US$58.4 a week. Despite their role in the economy, the working conditions of Buenos Aires
cartoneros and their counterparts in other cities in the
developing world are very poor, working mainly at night,
without any protection such as masks or gloves.