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Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

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ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

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New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

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ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

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Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

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Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

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Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

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Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

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High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

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Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

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La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

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The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.
Special seminar: “Paths and challenges of the recyclers in Buenos Aires and in Latin America”, by Dr. Francisco M. Suárez

Date: 2019-10-23

Special seminar 

Title: “Paths and challenges of the recyclers in Buenos Aires and in Latin America”

Speaker: Dr. Francisco M. Suárez, Instituto del Conurbano, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Argentina)

Date: Wednesday 23rd of October, 12.30. ICTA UAB
Time: 12.30h
Venue: Z/022

This presentation focuses on the informal recycling sector in Buenos Aires in the last two decades. After the social crisis in 2001, the government policies were oriented to include informal workers. Most notably, the Law 992/2002 incorporated “Cartoneros” (informal recyclers) into the formal waste management system. Currently there are more than 6000 peoples in cooperatives. Many of them receive a government subsidy and in addition, they sell the materials. Approximately 10% of the waste is recycled by them, about 1,000 tons per day. However, in the last 15 years recycling rates have not significantly increased. The separation at source of the waste is weak. There are not any public campaigns. The government aims at replacing the cooperative system with a private system incorporating incineration technology. Some comparisons will be made between Buenos Aires and other large cities in Latin America.

Francisco Suárez (Buenos Aires, 1965) is Doctor in Anthropology and holds a Master in Environmental and Territorial Policies (UBA university of Buenos Aires). Currently, he is an Associate Professor of the National University of General Sarmiento (UNGS). He teaches in 4 master's programs in different universities in Argentina. His research activity focuses on the interaction between society and the environment. He has addressed the issue of environmental conflicts and the management of urban solid waste. On these topics, he has published 9 books. He has been the initiator of the Recicloscopio collection with Pablo Schamber. He is one of the founders of the Latin American Congress on Environmental Conflicts (Congreso Latinoamericano sobre Conflictos Ambientales, COLCA). He has worked on several technical assistance and environmental impact assessments. He has been a public official in the area of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Government of the city of Buenos Aires and co-author of Law 922 and the Urban Recycle Program in 2002. He is currently the director of the Innovation project in the articulation between private, public and cooperative associations in the recycling sector. It is also organizing COLCA IV in Cali, Colombia.


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