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Facing Mexico’s zero-waste challenge

Grassroots organizers urge shared responsibility

The work of civil organizations and citizen efforts as a driving force towards a zero waste economy

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Throwaway people or valued environmental service providers?

Mexico's pepenadores seek to dignify a long-neglected role

Saúl started his career as a trash picker, known in Mexico as a pepenador, when he was six years old. Now 60, he makes an independent living by sorting and repurposing materials that the state’s 11 municipalities dump at the San Nicolás Landfill. 

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