Together with IPES in Peru and ACEPESA in Costa Rica WASTE published this book based on a large-scale investigation into the role of small and micro enterprises in solid waste management. Almost 90 enterprises in 7 Latin American countries were studied - among them enterprises that do street cleansing, enterprises that are active in waste collection, or take care of final disposal. Also enterprises in waste picking and source separation of recyclable materials were studied. Topics dealt with are: employment and income generation, gender aspects, financial aspects: costs of collection and street cleansing and payment of services, technology and ownership, linkages with municipalities, community participation and the various roles these stakeholders play. Some conclusions - although the vastness of the study and the many differences between countries and enterprises make it nearly impossible to draw conclusions - were that small and microenterprises are able to contribute to a solution of the solid waste problem in these countries. One of the major constraints these enterprises encounter is the limited institutional framework in which they have to operate.
Co-financing for this research was received from the Urban Management Programme (UMP-LAC and UMP-WB).