Sao Paulo, Brazil has a population of around 21 million people, who produce around 12 million tons of waste per year. Being one of the largest cities in the world and with a growing middle and upper class, over the years Sao Paulo is producing more waste than ever. Most of it ends up at the landfills. São Paulo is one of the few cities where ‘garbage picker / scavenger’ is an official recognized and protected profession. They are organised in cooperatives and collect mainly plastics, cans, paper from the streets to be sold to companies who take care of further recycling.They are seen as a solution to the problem, instead of the opposite.