06 March 2011

Turning trash into bling

In The World: Turning old oil into new mileage  

 

The term "catadore" never entered my vocabulary until I learned about the documentary Wasteland, and now in the last week it has come to my attention that a whole initiative has grown around helping these Brazilian trash recyclers both to remediate their backyard (they live and work in Rio near Jardim Gramacho, one of the largest landfills in the world) and to earn a decent wage doing it.  MIT News features an article about the Green Grease project, and I'm hoping to both learn more and perhaps incorporate some of this discovery into my thesis research.