Episode 8: How Waste Reclaimers Recycle 80 to 90% of South Africa’s Waste

December 17, 2021
Episode 8: How Waste Reclaimers Recycle 80-90% of South Africa’s Waste | Urban Limitrophe Podcast | #AfricanReclaimersOrganization #WasteReclaimers #AfricanCities #Podcast

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Melanie Samson, about the important role that waste reclaimers play in our cities, particularly in Johannesburg. Melanie works closely with the African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO), a non-profit group that is fighting to get waste reclaimers the rights and recognition they deserve for their hard work and ensuring that their knowledge and perspectives are incorporated in the broader waste management system. 

In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • why in some cities there can be no recycling without waste reclaimers,
  • the precarious conditions and inequality waste reclaimers face when doing their work,
  • the great strides that the African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) has made to get reclaimers the recognition they deserve,
  • why reclaimers are much more effective and efficient at collecting waste than private companies,
  • the steps people can take to support waste reclaimers work in their community,
  • and much more!


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