We love learning! We find it so exciting to discover new ways that people and systems are being more sustainable. Not only are we curious, but it helps our professional development to be looking out for different recycling networks across the globe. Did you know Diverters in Victoria, are Canners in New York City, for example? Or that there are groups of organized Waste Pickers across Brazil that collect, separate, and recycle materials in groups called cooperatives? There's so much to learn and so little time!
The Diverters and others who operate with the refund system are working in the the circular economy, where waste is minimized by transforming it into a resource for another material. The refund systems close the loop!
True change in communities comes from the ground and works its way up.