In Brasilia, only 15km from the National Congress of Brazil, there is the largest dump in Latin America. 2.000 families, including children, work as scavengers in inhuman situations. The dump is 50m high and occupies an area equivalent to 243 football fields – 2 million m². The capital produces about 8,7 thousand tons of waste per day.
Global Social created a sustainable recycling project for a nonprofit in Brazil and connected it to Nema, a major recycling organization in Kenya. Nema works in the largest dump in the world and we were able to provide the exchange of knowledge between the two countries.
The recycling projects – “Recycle Papers” and “Recycle Glass” – in the largest dump in Latin America, helped hundreds of families since 2009. In 2016 the project also expanded to Metals and Electronic Waste. The project generates income for the families involved, so they start to disentangle from the scavenger’s life.