Curitiba, Brazil, Green Exchange Program - A city for the people
Low income families living in the favelas, shantytowns out of reach of the city’s dustcarts, can exchange their rubbish bags for bus tickets and food. Children can exchange reusable waste with school articles, chocolate, toys and tickets to entertainment events. The project results in less household waste in the streets as well as in sensitive areas such as rivers and parks. In combination with other initiatives, 70% of Curitiba’s waste is recycled by the city’s inhabitants. The city’s recycling of paper alone accounts for the equivalent of 1,200 trees a day.
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