Reclaiming Waste Exploring social and environmental challenges, Conférence internationale, Johannesburg, 5&6 nov. 2019
The waste crisis is a global reality, whether in Northern or Southern countries, meanwhile societies face rising global social emergencies. South Africa is no stranger to these challenges. To tackle them, associations, researchers, and experts advocate for the recognition and support of the highly efficient recyclables collection network formed by informal recyclers. In the current situation, informal recyclers undeniably play a major — if not the major — role in South Africa’s waste management system. But their socio-economic situation remains alarming. In cities like Johannesburg, residents often consider them as undesirables, denying them access to their containers, and thus limiting or impeding the very possibility of waste recovery.