Os desafios da coleta seletiva e a organização dos catadores de materiais recicláveis em Caetité, Bahia

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


Deal with social environment question in Brazil, particularly, with the problem of urban solid waste, selective collection and organization of recyclable materials collector‟s, connected with geographical science, has been a hard reflective exercise. Especially from the point of view of rethinking and dialectically understand the production and consumption of, and in, the space besides the discourse of sustainability that involves the green capitalism of the current economy stage. By the end of twentieth century, the environmental issue was inserted in different debates about the relationship between society and nature, creating discussions and tensions of confronting ideals from economic development. We have a model of development based on capitalist relationships of production, consumption and consolidation of the triad produce - consume – discard. Thus, the large amount of waste created together with the current economic model ignores the social aspects and environmental quality, becoming one of the great challenges of contemporary times, as the environmental question is the most convincing representation of socioeconomic crisis and imperative of new ways of social participation, politics and promotion of citizenship, as well as it is the boost to the emergence of new organized social groups. Organized into six sections, with the introduction and closing remarks, the research aimed to understand the process of creation and organization of the Cooperative of Selective Collection and Recycling of Caetité City (COOPERCICLI) and the challenges of maintaining and strengthening itself. The city is located at Bahia countryside. Intent to verify the difficulties encountered by members and supporting entities in the process of development and strengthening of the activity and, in parallel, to investigate the reached wins and prospects for improved management model and urban solid waste management, with emphasis on selective collection, as well the participation of collectors in this scene. For the development of this research and to contemplate the objectives proposed, the methodology adopted followed parallel steps, namely: theoretical research, desk research and field research. The collected data‟s are presents along the dissertation in form of maps, graphs, tables, flowcharts, photographs, as well as insertion of fragments of interviews and oral histories. It was evident that the model of selective collection does not strengthen the work of scavengers; as well there is the resistance of informal collectors in joining the cooperative, having the city landfill as a more attractive space for carrying out the work of scavenging recyclables.



Cooperativismo, Resíduos sólidos, Políticas públicas, Sociedade e natureza, Cooperative, Solid waste, Selective collection, The recycling market, Society and nature


COSTA, W. B. Os desafios da coleta seletiva e a organização dos catadores de materiais recicláveis em Caetité, Bahia. 2014. 141 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Geografia)–Universidade Federal de Goiás, Catalão, 2014.