Lockdown pushed waste pickers to near-starvation, says report
Trash pickers’ incomes decimated as recycling facilities shut and demand for reusable materials declines
Hundreds of thousands of waste pickers and their families have been pushed to the brink of starvation under SA’s Covid-19 lockdown.
A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature SA, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the department of environment, forestry & fisheries shows how the lockdown, which saw recycling facilities across the country shut in levels 4 and 5, placed “unprecedented” and “devastating” pressure on SA’s 215,000 waste collectors. ..
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