Last update:
2020-02-22

City hall hampers the activities of waste pickers' cooperatives in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo City Hall makes new bureaucratic demands that cause the disabling of 27 of the 49 waste picker cooperatives and directly harms about 750 families.


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Basic Data
Name of conflict:City hall hampers the activities of waste pickers' cooperatives in São Paulo, Brazil
Country:Brazil
State or province:São Paulo
Location of conflict:São Paulo
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Waste privatisation conflicts / waste-picker access to waste
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

São Paulo recycles 3% of all the garbage collected, and 7% of the recyclable garbage collected. It is the Brazilian city with the highest production of garbage per person, and the seventh in percentage recycled of all garbage. In 2018, 76,907 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected in the city [3] [9].

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Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:750
Start of the conflict:01/01/2018
Relevant government actors:City Hall of São Paulo - Prefeitura de São Paulo
Municipal Urban Cleaning Authority - Autoridade Municipal de Limpeza Urbana (AMLURB)
Public ministry - Ministério Público
Federal Public Defender's Office - Defensoria Pública da União
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:1) Movimento Nacional dos Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis (MNCR) - http://www.mncr.org.br/
2) Aliança Resíduo Zero Brasil - http://residuozero.org.br/
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Social movements
Wastepickers, recyclers
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Waste overflow
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..)
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Suspension of contracts between the city government and 27 recycling cooperatives.
Suspensão dos contratos entre a Prefeitura de São Paulo e 27 cooperativas de catadores.
Development of alternatives:Recyclers leadership lament the neglect of the city hall and the lack of recognition regarding the service they provide to the city, which is of great public utility and environmental importance. They consider that they should be paid by the city for this work, which they do for free, because the fact that they are qualified guarantees to the cooperatives only the receipt of the material so that they can carry out their work. In this way, they contribute to the city - and to the goals of the city hall - without receiving for it [4] [10].

They understand that it is a matter of public policy, that the city may just want, that it is possible to continue - and improve - the selective collection, in partnership with the cooperatives.

Portuguese version/versão em português

Lideranças dos recicladores lamentam o descaso da prefeitura e a falta de reconhecimento com relação ao serviço que prestam à cidade, de grande utilidade pública e importância ambiental. Consideram que deveriam ser remunerados pela prefeitura por este trabalho, que fazem de graça, pois o fato de serem habilitadas garante às cooperativas apenas o recebimento do material para que possam realizar seu trabalho. Desse modo, contribuem com a cidade – e com as metas da prefeitura-sem receber por isso [4] [10].

Entendem que é uma questão de política pública, que basta a prefeitura querer, que é possível continuar – e melhorar - a coleta seletiva, em parceria com as cooperativas.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The measure adopted by the city hall caused serious economic damage to many families. It has also hurt the environment by disposing of a lot of material to landfills, that would have instead been recycled by the waste pickers cooperatives.

Portuguese version/Versão em português

A medida adotada pela prefeitura acarretou grave prejuízo econômico a muitas famílias e prejudicou o meio ambiente com a destinação a aterros sanitários de muito material que teria sido reciclado pelas cooperativas.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

[11] Solid Waste Management in São Paulo: The challenges of sustainability (artigo disponível também em português).
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[12] A participação das cooperativas de catadores na cadeia produtiva dos materiais recicláveis: perspectivas e desafios.
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A participação das cooperativas de catadores na cadeia produtiva dos materiais recicláveis: perspectivas e desafios.
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[13] Selective waste collection in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region: impacts of the National Solid Waste Policy (artigo disponível também em português).
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Solid Waste Management in São Paulo: The challenges of sustainability (artigo disponível também em português).
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Selective waste collection in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region: impacts of the National Solid Waste Policy (artigo disponível também em português).
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] Rede Brasil Atual: "Catadores de material reciclável prejudicados pela prefeitura de São Paulo estão em situação difícil". Published on June 07, 2019.
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[2] MNCR: "Catadores ficam sem acesso ao material da Coleta Seletiva". Published on June 05, 2019.
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Rede Brasil Atual: "Catadores de material reciclável prejudicados pela prefeitura de São Paulo estão em situação difícil". Published on June 07, 2019.
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G1: "São Paulo reciclou apenas 7% do lixo reciclável recolhido em 2018". Published on May 17, 2019.
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Rede Brasil Atual: "Prefeitura de São Paulo deixa catadores de material reciclável sem trabalho". Published on June 05,2019.
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[4] Rede TVT: "Bruno Covas corta entrega de materiais em cooperativas e catadores protestam".
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[3] G1: "São Paulo reciclou apenas 7% do lixo reciclável recolhido em 2018". Published on May 17, 2019.
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[7] Rede Brasil Atual: "Prefeitura de São Paulo deixa catadores de material reciclável sem trabalho". Published on June 05,2019.
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[6] Folha de São Paulo: "Concorrência por material reciclável afasta catadores do centro de SP ". Published on June 30, 2019.
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[8] Easycoop: "Cooperativas e catadores de recicláveis demandam menos tributos e mais apoio". Published on August 19, 2019.
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[9] Folha de São Paulo: "Contra tendência mundial, coleta de lixo reciclável recua 13% em São Paulo". Published on July 19, 2019.
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[10] Rede TVT: "Bruno Covas corta fornecimento de cooperativas de catadores em SP".
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Easycoop: "Cooperativas e catadores de recicláveis demandam menos tributos e mais apoio". Published on August 19, 2019.
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Folha de São Paulo: "Contra tendência mundial, coleta de lixo reciclável recua 13% em São Paulo". Published on July 19, 2019.
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Rede TVT: "Bruno Covas corta fornecimento de cooperativas de catadores em SP".
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Folha de São Paulo: "Concorrência por material reciclável afasta catadores do centro de SP ". Published on June 30, 2019.
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Contributor:Marcos Todt, PUCRS, [email protected]
Last update22/02/2020
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