Japan signs US$2.7mn grant for informal recyclers

Monday, January 31, 2011

The World Bank and the Brazilian and Japanese governments have signed a US$2.7mn grant from Japan's Social Development Fund (JSDF) to benefit informal recyclers in Brazil's urban landfills, according to a World Bank release.

Brazilian development bank Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF) will implement the initiative. The first phase will begin at the Rio de Janeiro landfills of Jardim Gramacho and Itaoca, before expanding to other locations in Brazil.

The plan falls under Brazil's waste picker inclusion project, which aims to improve working conditions for informal recyclers. Some 5,000 people will benefit in the first stage.

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"This donation from the government of Japan comes at a crucial moment, after the sanction of Brazil's solid waste management policy, which will encourage investment in the sector," said Makhtar Diop, World Bank director for Brazil.

The donation is coordinated with Brazil's integrated solid waste management and carbon finance project, which received a US$50mn World Bank loan last November and includes closing six dumps by 2015 and building modern, sustainable landfills.