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BUQUE, Lina Ivette Bartolomeu  e  RIBEIRO, Helena. Overview of the selective waste collection with pickers in Maputo municipality, Mozambique: challenges and perspectives. Saude soc. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.298-307. ISSN 0104-1290.

In Maputo, the selective waste collection is undertaken in a very limited way and is largely a result of nongovernmental projects or individual initiatives. The objective of the study was to analyze household selective waste collection in Maputo emphasizing those in partnership with the municipality, in order to evaluate their potentialities. The research methods were bibliographical and documental research and qualitative interviews. The interviews were with representatives from: Municipal Directorate of Cleansing and Cemeteries; coordinators of four pickers' organizations (Recicla, Fertiliza, Amor and Pagalata). In addition, there were technical visits to units for sorting recyclables and collecting/selling stations. The research showed that the initiatives are positive, in terms of social and economic capital, although altogether the projects deviate less than 1% of the urban solid waste produced daily in the municipality. One of the major problems for promoting selective waste collection in Mozambique is lack of local industries that transform recyclable materials in recycled products. It is therefore important to provide a legal framework for municipal selective waste collection service with pickers' and citizens' participation.

Palavras-chave : Selective Waste Collection; Solid Waste; Recyclable Materials; Pickers' Organization.

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