The São Joaquim Canal Recycling Center currently houses three associations: Associação das Águas Lindas (ARAL), Associação Cidadania para Todos and Associação de Catadores da Coleta Seletiva de Belém (ACCSB). Of these, Ciclica focuses its efforts on ACCSB, which is comprised by more than 70 material waste collectors. These associates collect, on a weekly basis, more than 30.000 tons of recyclable material, which results in an average weekly salary of less than R$100,00 (USD $26,65) per member. This sub-minimum wage value is clearly unable to provide for basic human needs and is in direct contrast to the importance of the collectors’ work in protecting the environment.
Thus, Cíclica aims to revert this situation and increase the economic gain of the collectors through the application of business principles to the organizational structure and logistics of the Center, through the expansion of the current selective waste collection network and the formation of new waste collection networks. To do so, an optimization in the distribution of collected materials and an increase in the productive capacity of the community is necessary, and will be achieved by way of the acquisition of key machinery and the connection of the Center to new commercial partners and recyclable waste buyers.
In addition, through the establishment of key partnerships with educational institutes and professionals, Cíclica aims to empower the associates by means of providing and facilitating professionalization and training programs for them, as well as incentivizing the participation of the associates in environmental and recycling awareness programs and seminars in local schools and neighborhoods.
In this manner, Cíclica presents an innovative approach to waste recycling practices: by refraining from a mere assistentialist bias and applying an entrepreneurial focus to the development of the community, the project reveals itself to be unique in the largely assistentialism- focused panorama of Brasil. In other words, material waste is treated as a means of economic growth and environmental sustainability in the community.
Therefore, in a bid to apply entrepreneurial practices to the recycling effort of the community, Cíclica counts on the leadership development program for student members of Enactus UFPA. This program aims to identify and develop future leaders and their skills through empirical means, such as management planning, team building, training and effective feedback, activity evaluations and coaching mechanisms. It is in this way that members are trained to take on new responsibilities and develop leadership skills, upon observation, self-awareness tools and coaching; thus achieving an unobstructed leadership pipeline organization.
To this effect, Cíclica has already met the following goals: work safety seminars provided for the associates; research of the social and economic situation of the associates done; mapping of the current selective waste collection network completed; partnership with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to sponsor work safety equipment formed and environmental awareness seminar held at a local school (Saint Mary Educational Center).
In summary, planned expansion and improvement of Cíclica till November 2016 involves the following: the formation of partnerships with local businesses, schools and residences to expand the collection network and conduct environmental awareness programs; the acquisition of machinery and new buyers