Federación Argentina de Cartoneros, Carreros y Recicladores en la Confederación de Trabajadores de la Economía Popular — FACCyR – CTEP is the advocacy tool that workers have created to defend their rights; to secure recognition of the social and environmental value of their work. Cartoneros, cart drivers, recyclers and environmental promoters all over the country have grouped together.
FACCyR fights for recycling systems with social inclusion that guarantee the involvement and importance of cartoneros, or rubbish pickers, in all key areas: promotion, door-to-door collection, handling and commercialisation.
In Argentina there are more than 150 000 cartoneros, collecting an average of 10 000 kg of waste from across the country. However, this environmental service is not officially recognised nor is there any institutional support to resolve this informal situation.