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Itaipu's social responsibility initiatives focus primarily on high-risk populations living in the power plant's area of influence.

In Foz do Iguaçu, one of the most vulnerable groups is that of paper and recyclable trash pickers, supported by the Outreaching Trash Collection program since 2003.

The program offers social-environmental courses and instructs pickers on safer and more efficient ways to perform their activities. Those workers are frequent victims of prejudice and occupational accidents.

Itaipu also encourages the organization of pickers into associations and cooperatives, which is one way to ensure higher market prices.

The company also improves their working conditions by donating equipment for them to pick and process the recyclable materials they remove from the streets.

The company has manufactured and delivered to cooperatives 1,638 picking carts, 3,323 uniforms, 25 presses, 25 scales, and the so-called Citizen Participation Passports, which are personal documents for pickers and their families. Additionally, 30 electrical carts have been provided and are currently undergoing a validation process in Foz do Iguaçu.

Another 20 electrical carts will be provided to representatives from the Brazilian Movement of Recyclable Material Collectors (Movimento Nacional dos Catadores de Materiais Recicláveis - MNCMR) in several cities, like São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Recife.

Pickers play a relevant role in society. They substantially decrease the amount of recyclable materials dumped in the environment. For that reason, they are genuine environmental agents helping protect nature.

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