The plot thickens

A meeting with the City Government office, specifically the research group of the Politicas de Reciclado Urbano, proved quite a remarkable surprise. From what we had heard both before and after our arrival, we imagined a meeting with some dusty, defensive bureaucrats...

Variations

Last week disappeared very quickly in a kaleidoscope of visits to all manner of extraordinary places outside the city. The first visit was to La Vallol where went to visit a ‘Barrios de Pie’ home building project. Except there were no building materials and so no work...

Who owns the waste?

The question of who owns the waste is a constant theme here in Buenos Aires. It is clear that the residents are made aware that they dont own it once its put in the street. The private/public organisations that run the trucks to collect the waste believe they own it,...

Separation and solidarity

Today we went to the Bajo Flores recycling centre in another very poor barrio. The collective here has developed a separation plant – the first of four planned in Buenos Aires, where the members buy waste, delivered to them in trucks (which sometimes arrive at...

Lost places

Ok so I thought I knew how to use the ‘Guia’ – the incredible bus route map for the whole of the city. I was getting impatient and decided that we had to meet with some more cartoneros. We had contacts and I decided to call them up despite my horrible Spanish. After...