Healthy Cities (Ciudad Saludable): Turning Garbage into Opportunities in Peru an the worldThe Person and the Institution• Dr. AlbinaRuiz started worrying about health and environmental problems caused by garbage in Peru 35 years ago when she moved from the jungle to Lima to study industrial engineering.• After her thesis, she came up with a new community-managed system of waste collection for urban and rural communities.• Ciudad Saludable now oversees projects in over 200 cities across Peru, working with over 100 professionals on a national solid waste management plan for Peru, while replicating the Ciudad Saludable waste management model in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and India.• Ciudad Saludable has received several honors, including Global Fairness Initiative, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment and the 2011 Prince Albert Medal from Real Society of art.• HCG groups 3 organizations: Healthy City, a non-profit organization, to organize waste collectors. Peru Waste Innovation (PWI), a for-profit social business, provides consulting services in solid waste management incorporating the HCG model; and Healthy Cities International (HCI) in charge of Healthy City’s model around the world. PWI and HCI are generating new sources of revenue for the group.
Healthy Cities (Ciudad Saludable): Turning Garbage into Opportunities in Peru an the worldThe Problem• The inadequate waste management systems in many developing countries marginalize recyclers and negatively impact public health and the health of waste pickers, as well as creating significant adverse effects on the environment.• Currently, only 30% of solid waste in Latin America and 20% in the world is treated in a sustainable manner, leaving the rest, 460 million tons of uncollected and unprocessed waste, to contaminate the earth and water.• The public and private initiatives to reduce this reality make little progress because of a lack of people trained in waste management that includes the technical knowledge and social awareness required to generate real impact.• We seek to move from the inadequate waste management systems found in many developing countries that marginalize waste pickers to integrated and inclusive solid waste management systems that recognize the important contributions of waste pickers to the value chain and the recycling of waste. We believe that garbage should not be seen as a problem but rather as an opportunity to generate income and include marginalized workers into the formal economy.
Healthy Cities (Ciudad Saludable): Turning Garbage into Opportunities in Peru an the worldThe Model• Healthy City Group (HCG) works in Latin America and South Asia to implement an inclusive model of integrated solid waste management that incorporates informal waste collectors into municipal waste management systems. The model fosters local enterprises run by waste pickers to collect and process garbage, charging affordable fees, reducing waste volume in municipal landfills and generating greater income by separating recyclables, spinning off additional microenterprises to produce compost and other marketable by-products.• Our model focuses on three key areas:(1) organizing and formalizing recyclers and promoting their inclusion in municipal waste plans;(2) influencing public policy to protect waste picker rights and opportunities;(3) engaging public and private entities in waste management and scalability of the model.
Healthy Cities (Ciudad Saludable): Turning Garbage into Opportunities in Peru an the worldThe FinancialsThe Impact Number of Recyclers Formalized Citizens Served by HCG Enterprises (with better quality of life – cum.) (cum.) 14m 13m 15.000 12m 13.000 10m 12.000 11.500 8.2m 8m 4.000 4200 2009 2010 2011 2012e 2013e 2014e 2009 2010 2011 2012e 2013e 2014e • The design and adoption of two laws created to promote solid Improved material well-being & freedom waste management systems that incorporate and protect waste (Recycler’s income increases from $2/day up to $10/day) pickers. (Increases children school attendance) • More than400 people have graduated from our post graduate Improved working security program (from 2004 to 2011), with 60% of them currently applying (Provides access to safe working conditions and equipment) the knowledge and HC model in solid waste management.
Healthy Cities (Ciudad Saludable): Turning Garbage into Opportunities in Peru an the worldScaling Efforts up to date Year Project Description Costs Funding Impacted Obtained Venezuela 2005 • Training/Education of overall community in the Skoll Foundation Formalization of a waste city of JusepinMaturi; In coordination with $ 50,000 picker’s microenterprise SalomanRaydan, Ashoka fellow 2007- • Training/Education at a national level of future Design of national recycling Mexico $ 20,000 Skoll Foundation 2008 replicators: teachers, public courses and technical employees, members of recycling centers; in assistance to coordination with Patty Ruiz, Ashoka fellow GrupoEcologico Sierra Gorda 2009 • Support waste pickers to get organized in local Starting debate between the $ 50,000 Skoll Foundation and national associations government and the waste Chile • Design a proposal to include the waste pickers pickers to change the solid into the solid waste law waste management law 2010 • Support waste pickers to get organized in local $ 50,000 Skoll Foundation Strengthenof the waste Ecuador and national associations pickers national association • Design of the waste pickers association’ strategic plan 2010- • Support to Waste Wise Trust to develop a solid Formalization of 500 waste $ 300,000 Italian Foundation India 2012 waste management program with inclusion of pickers; increasing dialogue waste pickers in Bangalore, in coordination with the local government with Anseln Rosario, Ashoka fellow 2011 • Support waste pickers to get organized in local $ 50,000 Skoll Foundation Strengthenof the waste Bolivia and national associations pickers association of • Training/capacitation of the waste pickers in Cochabamba Cochabamba 2011- • knowledge transfer, public policy $ 180,000 BID, FOMIN and Pre law designed and Dom Republican 2013 influence, design law to include waste pickers; ECORED submitted to approval recycling pilot, preparation guide selective recycling
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