GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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Life and Voices of Waste pickers

Life & Voices

Get to know waste picker leaders who have actively participated in the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers process.

Where are we?

Provisional list of hundreds of waste pickers’ groups around the globe.


News from Waste Pickers around the world


Organizing

2016 A Benchmark Year for Wastepickers in India

2016 has been quite a remarkable year and will be remembered as a benchmark period in the struggle of wastepickers for recognition. This year for the first time, updated solid and ...

Vijaywada Municipal Corporation Issues Occupational Identity Cards to Wastepickers

Indore, Mysuru, Panvel and Tumakuru are other four cities which have issued ID cards to wastepickers this year. Vijaywada Municipal Corporation issued occupational identity cards (...

Indore Municipal Corporation Issues Occupational Identity Cards to Wastepickers

Indore Municipal Corporation issued occupational identity cards to 25o wastepickers associated with Jan Vikas Society. The cards were distributed by Ms. Malini Gaur, Mayor of Indor...

Hasiru Dala turns 3!

  Dear friends, colleagues & supporters It is our immense pleasure to inform you that Hasiru Dala, the foundations of which were laid together by wastepickers and informal...

Safai Karmachari Corporation Includes Waste Pickers as Target Group

National Safai Karmachari Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) has decided to include wastepickers as target group for providing financing and self-development skills. Th...


Threats

A massive fire in Mbeubeuss landfill (Senegal)

The Mbeubeuss garbage dump has again caught fire. In 2012, the village of Gouy-gui experienced a similar fate as raging flames caused significant damage. But this Thursday, Decembe...

On Demonetization and Its Impact on Bangalore’s Waste pickers and Recyclers

Important as are the standard measures of a community… its measure of value is by far the most important of them all. The measures of weight, extension, or volume enter only into...

Brazilian waste pickers say there is a scarcity of recyclable material

The cruel face of the economic crisis can be best observed in the daily life of waste pickers. In the past four months, there has been a huge drop in the volume of recyclable mater...

Porto Alegre, Brazil, is the first state capital to ban incineration

The Porto Alegre municipal government approved on March 9th a legislation that prohibits incineration in the city, with the exception of items that have been discarded as waste. Th...

Waste pickers at COP21: creating solutions to climate change

Waste pickers made their voices heard at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), held in Paris in December of 2015. They participated in the debate panel titled R...


Publications

Waste collection in Dewathang (samdrup jongkhar district)

Informal or Formal, Waste Recovery in Bhutan is an Uphill Climb

Home to less than a million people, the Himalayan country of Bhutan has one of the world’s fastest growing economies, spurring dramatic increases in waste production. Most Bhutan...
Olga Abizaid and Ana Carolina Ogando with Renarec leaders

Scoping Exercise on Gender & Rights with RENAREC

In March 2016, AVINA and Red Nacional de Recicladores de Ecuador (RENAREC) invited WIEGO to visit Quito, Ecuador in order to get a better understanding of the waste sector dynamics...

Portraits of ‘Gender and Waste’ in Belo Horizonte

Brittany Ayana Thomas is an American student who came to Belo Horizonte in August 2015 to work with Dr. Sonia Maria Dias in the “Gender and Waste” Project, an empowerme...

Gender and Waste Recycling: A Toolkit for Teachers, Researchers and Practitioners

As part of the Waste and Gender Project, this toolkit was developed for a broad audience interested in understanding the connections between gender inequalities in the waste sector...

Waste pickers in Turkey – an Overview

Serter Oran provides an overview of the  waste pickers’ situation in Turkey. This video is part of the series “Scenes from the Heart of Recycling” at globalrec.org. You ...