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Instituto Muda

Instituto Muda
Brazil
Agriculture & Livelihoods
8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
10 - Reduced Inequalities

The challenge

São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil, generates 20,000 tons of waste on a daily basis. Yet only 5% of the residential buildings have public recycling collection service, the majority of it goes to landfill.

The innovation

Instituto Muda picks up recycled waste from high-income condos in São Paulo and donates it to waste recycling cooperatives. They directly generate 85 jobs and provide employment to low-income families, formerly homeless and former drug addicts at the cooperatives.

The impact

100 tons of recyclable material is diverted from landfill on a  monthly basis. The social business maintains 435 jobs with higher incomes.

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