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”.
USA: buggy recycler (California) or
canner (New York)
“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.”
“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.”