from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as rag-picker, 1.
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This informal workforce - or catadores, as they are known - are the reason Brazil, with only a few municipal recycling programs, manages to reclaim a huge percentage of its trash, said Sonia Dias, the waste-picker specialist for Wiego, a global policy research group.
The GAIA group proposes alternative approaches: Don't burn anything, but deliver decomposing organic waste to facilities that will capture and use methane gas for electricity production, and leave solid waste to the landfills for waste-picker collection.
Indian activist Mohan Nanavare, a former waste-picker and the son of a wastepicker, scoffed at the logic behind this.