INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers is a union of waste picker organizations representing more than 460,000 workers across 34 countries
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News from Waste Pickers around the world


Organizing

Congress Day 5: Advocacy Day

We, waste pickers, are very diverse, but we also share so many similarities. Among them, unfortunately, there are the threats we face in our work, but also the ways that our organi...

Congress Day 4: Field visits

On the fourth day of the Congress of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers, delegates as well as observers and guests of the event visited several waste picker cooperatives i...
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Congress Day 3: Approval of resolutions and presentation at the CGT

Voting on amendments to the constitution and proposed resolutions On the third day of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers Congress, amendments to the Alliance’s const...
Office bearers and executive council presentation at IAWP 2024 Congress.

Second day of Congress: IAWP conducts its first elections

Election of new authorities, greetings from sister and allied organizations, tribute to our history and report from the Acting General Secretary. On the second day of the Congress,...

First day of Congress: March for International Workers Day and opening plenary

Waste pickers from around the world demand recognition of their rights as workers Kicking off the international Congress of waste pickers, a massive march was organized through the...


Threats

Statement of Denouncement and Repudiation of the Police Repression Exercised by the Argentine Government against FACCyR

From the International Alliance of Waste Pickers (IAWP) we want to express our strongest repudiation and publicly denounce the brutal police repression exercised against our member...

Dry waste centre and the basis of our livelihood have been destroyed

The Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC) in ward 177, JP Nagar (India), was set on fire on 20th May 2023. The centre is run by Kumuda, a former waste picker who put her own money int...

Recyclers demand respect and continuity of work in Cerro Patacón

Members of the National Movement of Recyclers of Panama (MNRP) marched on Thursday, March 23, to the vicinity of the Presidency of the Republic, located in San Felipe. The recycler...

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers at COP27 – Egypt

  With the support of GAIA and WIEGO, the International Alliance of Waste Pickers will be participating in the COP27 in Egypt. The delegation will be in Sharm El Sheikh from the 1...

Waste picker shelters burned in Bantar Gebang Landfill (Indonesia)

On March 15, at 2pm Indonesia time, shelters of members of Ikatan Pemulung Indonesia (Indonesia Waste-pickers Union – IPI) were burned near Bantar Gebang Landfill (in Bekasi,...


Publications

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers was featured on this documentary of Bussiness insider.

Waste pickers feature in documentary about forming IAWP

International Alliance of Waste Pickers’s Acting General Secretary, Lucia Fernández has featured in an Insider Business documentary exploring the essential role waste pickers pl...
Front page of the the report "Waste Pickers- The Missing Piece in India’s EPR Puzzle"

Waste Pickers, the Missing Piece in India’s EPR Puzzle

The Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers (AIW) has released new research into Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), and the impacts it has on Indian waste pickers.  Haris Najib, the...

RedLacre at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

WIEGO and the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers (RedLacre) will denounce in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the situation of the rights o...

MNCR leader Alex Cardoso launches his book: Do Lixo a Bixo

The waste picker Alex Cardoso promoted the launching of his book, together with other waste pickers connected to the National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) in Brazil. “Do lixo...

Podcast on Reclaimers in South Africa

In this podcast published by New Frame they interview Kopano Mokoena, Thando Nkalaand Eva Mokoena, reclaimers of Johannesburg, South Africa. They also interview Federico Parra (WIE...