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Waste scavengers of Buenos Aires

Year: 2006
From collection: Vital Waste Graphics 2
Author: Stéphane Kluser
Description:
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.
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