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Ban on animal-drawn carts in Berazategui, Argentina

On March 21st of 2019, the district of Berazategui passed an ordinance through which they would ban any animal-draught carts in the whole district. Mainly affecting waste pickers and putting their livelihoods at risk.


On March 21stof 2019, the Municipality of Berazategui, Argentina, passed an ordinance through which they would ban any animal-drawn carts in the whole district. This ordinance would mainly affect wastepickers since they work with them. Taking this ban as a wastepickers’ labour persecution, on May 26th, waste pickers appealed the ordinance and won. The success on the court might be shorter than expected since as announced by the Municipality, they would fight back. The approval of the ordinance could expose waste pickers and their families to a loss of their livelihoods and the labour rights they have worked so hard to gain. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Ban on animal-drawn carts in Berazategui, Argentina
State or province:Berazategui
Location of conflict:Berazategui
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Waste privatisation conflicts / waste-picker access to waste
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:+300 waste pickers' families
Start of the conflict:21/03/2019
Relevant government actors:Municipality of the district of Berazategui.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Federación Argentina de Carboneros, Carreros y Recicladores-CTEP:
The Argentinian organization of waste pickers.
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Informal workers
Local ejos
Wastepickers, recyclers
Forms of mobilization:Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Waste overflow
Health ImpactsPotential: Occupational disease and accidents
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood
Potential: Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..)
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
New legislation
Application of existing regulations
Project temporarily suspended
Proposal and development of alternatives:The 'Federación Argentina de Carboneros, Carreros y Recicladores-CTEP' are willing to analyze possible alternatives to carts but there has been no dialogue from the part of the Municipality.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:On the one hand, the ordinance was appealed and the waste pickers' organization won in court. On the other hand, the Municipality has announced their intentions to fight back that decision. Therefore, putting at risk waste pickers' livelihoods again.
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Ordinance nº5694: Every animal-draught cart is banned from the district of Berazategui, except the ones with a touristic and/or cultural purpose.
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[1] Infocielo, 2019. Mussi quiere sacarles los caballos a los cartoneros y reemplazarlos con bicicletas. Infocielo
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[2] Berazategui Municipalidad, 2019a. En Berazategui ya no está permitida la tracción a Sangre
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[3] Federación Argentina de Cartoneros Carreros y Recicladores - CTEP, 2019. Federación Argentina de Cartoneros, Carreros y Recicladores - CTEP
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[4] Periodico El Progreso, 2019a. Protesta de carreros y cartoneros frente a la Municipalidad de Berazategui. Period. El Prog
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[5] Periodico El Progreso, 2019b. Carreros y cartoneros protestaron frente a la Municipalidad de Berazategui. Period. El Prog.
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[6] Berazategui Municipalidad, 2019b. Berazategui apelará el amparo contra la prohibición de tracción a sangre. Berazategui Munic.
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[7] Polémica entre Juan Grabois y el intendente peronista de Berazategui por los carros de los cartoneros. Clarin
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Waste pickers mobilization call for April 25th.
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Meta information
Contributor:Valeria Calvas
Last update17/07/2019
Conflict ID:4347
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