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But others say they are ready.

“The catadores are aware. They know the time of the dump is over,” said Nilson Jose dos Santos, the son of a trash picker who has worked at Gramacho for 28 of his 44 years.

“The city is implementing recycling at the source, and there will be no more work for the catadores,” Santos said. “It’s time for change, and we have to be part of that change.”