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National Movement of Waste Pickers - MNCR (Brazil)

Movimento Nacional dos Catadores (as) de Materiais Recicláveis

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[Flag of MNCR] image by Ivan Sache, 19 July 2020

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National Movement of Waste Pickers

Movimento Nacional dos Catadores (as) de Materiais Recicláveis (MNCR - National Movement of Waste Pickers) was established in 1999 during the 1st National Encounter of Paper Pickers; during the 1st National Congress of Waste Pickers held in Brasília on 4, 5 and 6 June 2001, the 1,700 delegated founded MNCR and adopted the Brasília Charter.
The 1st Latino-American Congress of Pickers, organized in 2003 in Caxias do Sul (Rio Grande do Sul), adopted the Caxias Charter.

MNCR organized in March 2006 a march to Brasília; 1,200 pickers requited from the Federal Government the creation of 40,000 permanent jobs in the cooperatives and associations that are the base of the movement.
MNCR website

A waste picker is defined as "a low income person who dedicates to activities of recyclable material collection, sorting, processing, transformation and commercialization". Brazil counts between 400,000 to 500,000 waste pickers, mostly working informally and organized in cooperatives (1,175 in 2008) since 1989.
Waste pickers are responsible of 90% of Brazilian municipal solid waste recycling, in 2013, recycling saved USD 5.5 billion.
Flávio de Miranda Ribeiro. 2016. From informal to providers: a São Paulo State perspective for waste pickers at Brazilian Solid Waste Policy. International Workshop on Extended Producer Responsibility in India: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons from International Experience, 12-13 May 2016, New Delhi, India
Ivan Sache, 19 July 2020

The flag

The flag of MNCR is green with the movement's emblem in the center.
Leaf green and blue represents the commitment of MNCR for the protection of environment and water, respectively.
Yellow represents the pickers, hand in hand, forming the contour of the map of Brazil as a symbol of unity in the struggle for social economy.

The cart emphasizes exclusion of pickers from economy since they have been drawing carts since the invention of the wheel and have been ignored by artificial intelligence, wealth and evolution of human beings.
Red is a symbol of passion and love, and of blood flowing in the veins and palpitating in the heart of pickers.
MNCR website


Ivan Sache, 19 July 2020