Two years after it was established, the Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling (IRR), a joint project of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, the IDB’s Water and Sanitation Division, the AVINA Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company, presented its activities assessment report at a meeting with the Global Alliance for Recycling and Sustainable Development (GARSD), at which it showed its ongoing work to improve living standards and the perception of recyclers in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as integrate them into the formal recycling market.
Since its creation in 2011, the Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling has implemented programs and projects in 12 of the region’s countries with a budget of $8.4 million. This work is based on three key areas of action: improving the socioeconomic situation of recyclers; supporting local and federal governments in developing inclusive public policies; and improving the role of the private sector and integration into the value chain.
Through strategic projects such as training and formalizing recyclers, creating tools to help the inclusion process, spreading information on good practice, and publicity events and activities, over two years the IRR has secured the participation of 6 companies that will co-invest in strategic projects which will benefit 2,600 recyclers in 20 municipalities in the region, train 260 recyclers and 270 municipal public servants; and carry out regional and national events in which approximately 250 people have participated.
According to Jane Olley, coordinator and regional spokesperson for the Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling, “The IRR seeks to work with recyclers, local and federal levels of government and the private sector to generate dignified work which is economically viable for recyclers, promote sustainable development and integrate this sector into the formal waste management market.”
The IRR and Accenture present the study “Inclusive Recycling in Latin America and the Caribbean”In order to obtain a deeper understanding of the informal recycling sector and thus improve future projects, the IRR and Accenture undertook a study of “ Inclusive Recycling in Latin America and the Caribbean, ” which examines the sector in 15 countries (Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Costa Rica, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile). The result is an exhaustive analysis and reconstruction of the recycling value chain with regards to regulatory, organizational and market aspects.The study’smain conclusionsinclude:
The IRR encourages you to learn more about its cause and show your support at www.reciclajeinclusivo.org Finally, as part of presenting its new strategy to face the future, the Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling launched its new website, http://reciclajeinclusivo.org and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, Flickr, YouTube and Google+. These channels will allow the IRR to communicate directly with its main target audience: recycling associations, NGOs, companies, governments and the media; as well as share its progress, achievements and future projects.
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