Moving out of Poverty: From Waste Picking to Sustainable Mobility

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This brochure presents an overview of the project Sustainable Mobility and Collectors of Secondary Raw Materials conducted in Belgrade during 2014 and 2015. It illustrates how the collection of secondary raw materials (waste picking) using cargo bicycles is an unexpected example of the green economy and how sustainable development does not necessarily require large scale transition, but rather can emerge by stimulating and advancing already existing economic activities or initiatives. For us, sustainable mobility is a point of departure towards a more inclusive society and more resilient communities.

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Date of Publication
October 2016
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
Number of Pages
Table of contents
  • Introduction – Inclusive Mobility
  • Belgrade – a City in Motion
  • Roma in Serbia – Between Inefficient Public Policies and Social Discrimination
  • Roma as Collectors of Secondary Raw Materials
  • Cargo Cyclists from the Informal Settlement Grmec
  • Condition of Cargo Bicycles used by Collectors of Secondary Raw Materials
  • The Process of Secondary Raw Materials Collection
  • Using Bicycles for Other Purposes
  • Collectors of Secondary Raw Materials and Recycling – Legal and Institutional Framework
  • Obstacles
  • Possibilities for Further Development
  • Improved Organization and New Partnerships
  • Conclusion
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