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Laura commented on R4R: Recycling for Resilience by Waste Pickers

This is a great initiative - Asiye eTafuleni has been incredibly creative in its past work with informal cardboard recyclers, and this is an exciting new direction for the work!

Great to hear that you enjoyed the blog post! Yes, we have thought about a smaller scale pilot. We've refined our idea to focus on a pilot of the larger idea which we think we will call Transform 250m(squared). The idea would be to take 250 square metres of space within one market, and install the infrastructure identified as necessary by the traders (we imagine this would be the safer toilet, an innovative approach to lighting, signage about safe routes, we could even experiment with upgrading the floors and so on within this limited space). Once that it up we could collect data and use it as a practical example to negotiate with the city for wider implementation. So the resources here would involve the costs of building the infrastructure as well as providing the traders with negotiation training.

We try to work with trader committee executives in all nine of the markets in Warwick (some are quite small so this doesn't mean we are working with very large numbers - we have a trader executive council of about 9 people), as a way in which to promote greater organisation and social cohesion, so obviously there would have to be some negotiation as to where the pilot would be placed. We'd certainly want to make the negotiation training open to as many of the trader leaders as possible though.

Thanks Meena, we have filled these sections in and the full pdfs are available under downloads.