Waste pickers and recycling cooperatives are among the most marginalized pieces of the value chain. At iWrc, they are at the heart of everything we do. Unique among reverse logistics schemes, cooperatives and their members have a say in how iWrc is run and are included as part of our decision-making.
For inclusive recyclers, this means:
- Prices that aim to cover their average costs of recycling – a vital safety net needed to stabilize income
- An Increased Premium – extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price to invest in business or community projects of their choice
- Improved working conditions and a ban on discrimination, forced labor and child labor amongst other principles in the standard
- Being able to plan more for the future with more security and stronger relationships with buyers