Last update:
2020-04-09

Waste pickers fight for formalization and the right to work in Mérida, Mexico

The city hall closed recycling establishments on the grounds they are not authorized to operate. Waste pickers claim that the city demands the impossible, because in the municipality there is no legal figure that regulates the activity.


Description:

Trilingual text in English / Spanish / Portuguese. 

See more
Basic Data
Name of conflict:Waste pickers fight for formalization and the right to work in Mérida, Mexico
Country:Mexico
State or province:Yucután
Location of conflict:Mérida
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
Recycled Metals
Project Details and Actors
Project details

English Version

See more
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:One thousand families directly affected
Start of the conflict:02/2020
Relevant government actors:Ayuntamiento de Mérida (Mérida City Hall; Prefeitura de Mérida).
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Asociación de Recicladoras de Yucatán
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Wastepickers, recyclers
Forms of mobilization:Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Waste overflow
Health ImpactsPotential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..)
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Project temporarily suspended
Proposal and development of alternatives:English version

Waste pickers demand support for the formalization of their work, and the legal possibility to do so.

Versión en Español:

Los recicladores reclaman apoyo y la posibilidad legal de regularizar su trabajo.

Versão em português:

Os catadores reivindicam apoio para a regularização de seu trabalho, e a possibilidade jurídica de fazê-lo.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Sources & Materials

Diario de Yucatán. “Chatarreros” sin licencia municipal. Published on February 28, 2020.
[click to view]

[4] Infolliteras. "Atención inmediata a chatarreros tras protesta frente a Palacio Municipal". Published on February 27, 2020.
[click to view]

[5] Progresso Hoy. "Proponen que la separación de la basura sea obligatoria en Yucatán". Published on August 08, 2019.
[click to view]

Progresso Hoy. "Proponen que la separación de la basura sea obligatoria en Yucatán". Published on August 08, 2019.
[click to view]

[3] Diario de Yucatán. “Chatarreros” sin licencia municipal. Published on February 28, 2020.
[click to view]

[2] Diario de Yucatán. Protestan “recicladores” ante el Palacio Municipal. Published on February 27, 2020.
[click to view]

[3] Diario de Yucatán. “Chatarreros” sin licencia municipal. Published on February 28, 2020.

[6] Johnny Oliver Quintal. "Mérida genera 800 toneladas de basura al día". Published on August 07,2019.
[click to view]

[7] Diario Independiente Tribuna."Generan mil 485 tons. de basura". Published on August 19, 2019.
[click to view]

Johnny Oliver Quintal. "Mérida genera 800 toneladas de basura al día". Published on August 07,2019.
[click to view]

Diario Independiente Tribuna."Generan mil 485 tons. de basura". Published on August 19, 2019.
[click to view]

Infolliteras. "Atención inmediata a chatarreros tras protesta frente a Palacio Municipal". Published on February 27, 2020.
[click to view]

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[8 ]Telesur Yucatán. "Agrupación de recicladores protesta por clausura de negocios".
[click to view]

Telesur Yucatán. "Agrupación de recicladores protesta por clausura de negocios.
[click to view]

Other documents

“Chatarreros” sin licencia municipal La protesta de los agremiados de la Asociación de Recicladoras de Yucatán por falta de permisos. Fuente: https://www.yucatan.com.mx/merida/chatarreros-sin-licencia-municipal
[click to view]

Meta information
Contributor:Marcos Todt, PUCRS, [email protected]
Last update09/04/2020
Comments
Legal notice / Aviso legal
We use cookies for statistical purposes and to improve our services. By clicking "Accept cookies" you consent to place cookies when visiting the website. For more information, and to find out how to change the configuration of cookies, please read our cookie policy. Utilizamos cookies para realizar el análisis de la navegación de los usuarios y mejorar nuestros servicios. Al pulsar "Accept cookies" consiente dichas cookies. Puede obtener más información, o bien conocer cómo cambiar la configuración, pulsando en más información.