WHO ARE THE VALORISTES?


The term “valoriste ” is used by the Coop Les Valoristes to define women and men, with challenges entering traditional job markets, who collect refundable beverage containers from the streets, in exchange for cash. The Quebec term “Valoriste” is a synonym to anglo-Canada’s term “Binner”.

Brazil: catador
Argentina: cartoneros
Mexico: pepenadores
USA: buggy recycler (California) or
canner (New York)


Deposit Opening on
Monday, June 17th, 2019


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“The recently created Les Valoristes Coopérative De Solidarité, in Montreal is a very particular and extremely interesting example of cooperative development. This initiative contributes towards social inclusion, poverty reduction, economic redistribution, and environmental health, by recovering recyclable materials (primarily cans and bottles) and redirecting them to the bottle industry hence reducing the need for the extraction of new primary resources.”

Jutta Gutberlet, Ph.D, University of Victoria, British-Colombia and director of the Participatory Sustainable Waste Management program

“The Coop Les Valoristes puts into the spotlight people collecting refundable containers in the streets of Montreal. They are an essential social link to a green and sustainable economy.”

Ken Lyotier, Ph.D. honoris causa, founder of United We Can, British-Colombia

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