We’ve previously written about the fragility of recycling cooperatives, always on the cusp of economic insolvency because of equipment breakdowns, or fires, or market fluctuations in the price of recyclables, or family illnesses, even sabotage – and the list goes on. We never, however, anticipated robbery as something to be concerned about. Until now, that is. This week, Cooperativa Nueva Mente was the victim of two major robberies – one of them armed – of equipment and cash. We’re still evaluating the extent of the disruption.
The press release (in Spanish) is here: Comunicado Prensa Robo Comando3 7-6-2012
This is the number of households in Morón, the Buenos Aires suburb, from which members of cooperativa Nueva Mente collect the weekly rubbish that they then separate, sort, and sell to recycling middlemen. Until about 1 month ago this figure described a daily routine, but then it occurred to us that it also represented a built-in marketplace, which has always been the most elusive and fickle dimension of WFL. And so the Contenido Prensado youth group prepared a survey for these 4500 households to get a better picture of their daily consumption and disposal routines. Below is a first sketch of the translation of that survey into a product that mutually benefits the families of Morón and the cooperative.