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This project fostered waste sorting in households, the reduction of dry waste, the recovery of non- returnable packaging waste and the creation of formal jobs for sorters.
It constitutes a major project with a two-fold goal: on the one hand, to generate environmental and urban planning improvements in the city of Montevideo and, on the other hand, to bring about significant employment and economic improvements for workers in this field. The provision of formal work for 128 waste sorters is planned, the first time a formal employment alternative is being offered to people engaged in waste classification. In turn, city cleaning shall be improved, as well as the quality of life of the families who work in waste classification, who are registered with Montevideo City Council, ensuring they have stable, safe and decent jobs. The project is in the midst of the implementation phase. During the first phase, four operational waste recovery plants were built, which are now in operation, as well as two sorting plants. The construction of another two sorting plants is underway. Approximately 50% of the voluntary delivery points planned in this initial phase have been installed.