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Informal Collectors in Residential Areas: Recycling as a Matter of Survival

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Abstract

Collection of cardboard from the city centre and industrial areas has, for many years, provided an income for several thousand unemployed South Africans. Recently, as a result of an increase in the number of informal hawkers, some had to move into residential areas. The present study revealed that most residential collectors barely exist above the minimum levels of poverty and are vulnerable to fluctuations in the market price of the commodities they collect. Most supported families, which was difficult considering the low income generated. Collectors believed that the formation of an organisation would promote their activities, provide them with trolleys and make them more socially acceptable..

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