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Meet Chris-A Quebec valoriste

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by

“Like many other Montreal binners, Chris also believes our beverage refunding system should not be abolished by the provincial government and that the solution for both binners and beverage distributors lies in the creation of bottle depots throughout Quebec”

-Marica Vazquez Tagliero: Founder of Les Valoristes recycling cooperative in Montreal

Update: Les Valoristes awarded 2013 scholarship

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by

Les Valoristes, a newly established recycling cooperative in Montreal, Quebec, has been awarded a social entrepreneurship scholarship by the Institut du Nouveau Monde and J.Armand Bombardier Foundation in their Contest To Go project.

Within the scholarship the objectives of the cooperative are many: 

  • Continue to “raise awareness of the reality of valoristes and the valuable work they do every day”
  • To create a central repository dedicated to facilitating and improving current working conditions and to provide a space where valoristes can assert their interests.
  • Provide payment for valoristes at the right price and to develop an activity of micro-credit to invest in equipment work
  • “Reduce social exclusion of people in marginal situations that are often valoristes”
  • Decrease urban pollution

Les Valoristes, representing the first recycling cooperative project in Quebec, has both a social and environmental mission: Helping to contribute to the reduction of urban poverty and acting to decrease environmental pollution by promoting recycling and waste reduction.

To learn more about this project  you can find them at or contact them @: and

To learn more about the other scholarship awards and social entrepreneurship programs by Institut du Nouveau Monde visit:

GreenScience Takes Inspiration from Mother Nature

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by

The way our society deals with garbage, specifically organic waste, is archaic, wasteful and frankly indefensible. Watch this video to see how GreenScience, taking inspiration from mother nature, experiments with finding a better way.


Resourceful music lovers in Paraguay: Landfill Harmonic

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by and

Check out this video about resourceful music lovers in Paraguay: Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where young musicians play instruments made from trash. For more information about the film, please visit

Participatory Video: A Tool for Capacity Development, Community Networking and Awareness Building

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 by and

Worldwide, the number of livelihoods in both developing and developed countries that depend on resource recovery is increasing. These groups often suffer from social exclusion, being seen as ‘dumpster divers’ or ‘scavengers’. However, they provide a valuable environmental service by diverting materials from the waste stream.

Participatory Video (PV) is a strategy increasingly applied as a tool for developing capacity and empowering socially marginalized groups. PV uses video as a medium to allow the voices of excluded and disempowered groups to be heard. This methodology can create positive social and environmental change by building awareness throughout the broader community about issues facing marginalized groups. PV can also catalyze discussions at a governmental level leading toward policies directed at creating inclusive governance and reducing social exclusion.

As part of the Participatory Sustainable Waste Management (PSWM) initiative, PV projects were carried out in Brazil and Canada with the goal of mobilizing experiences and knowledge of recyclers.

Read our next blog to learn about these projects and their outcomes.

  • Community-Based Research Lab

*This blog was based on:

Gutberlet, J.2008, Recycling Citizenship, recovering resources: Urban poverty reduction in Latin America. Ashgate, Aldershot, 163 pp.

Gutberlet, J. 2010. Participatory video for empowerment. In D. Clover, B. Jayme, S. Follen, B. Hall (3rd Ed), The Nature of Transformation (pp. 121–125). ISBN 0-919971-35-0

YouTube Clips Related to Incineration

Posted on: October 23rd, 2010 by and