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

REDNICA presents its grassroots development model of inclusive recycling

The Network of Nicaraguan Entrepreneurs of Recycling (REDNICA) promotes inclusive recycling in Nicaragua. It is seen as a development alternative, because it enables grassroots was...

Rally Against Construction of 7 Waste incineration plants in Buenos Aires

In the face of the project to build 7 waste incineration plants in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, thousands of cartoneros (waste pickers) from the FACyR – ...

Amelior becomes member of REFER (Francilian Reuse Network) and other updates

Amelior (a Federation of independent waste pickers, second hand sellers and scrap dealers based in Paris, France) is always fighting hard for public recognition of our work and org...

The Coffee Cup Revolution starts in Vancouver

Every week, in Vancouver, Canada, 2.6 million coffee cups are sent to landfills instead of being recycled properly. On October 16, 2017 the Binners’ Project hosted its fourth ann...

Waste pickers making Viva Bem Coop pretty

“Pimp Nossa Cooperativa” event took place in July 21th 2017 at the cooperative Cooper Viva Bem, São Paulo, Brazil. There, around 300 people participated,  amongst them member...


Threats

Press release in support of Colombian waste pickers’ rights

On August 27th 2017, different Colombian associations and waste picker groups published on behalf of the Colombian Recycling Trade their stance in support of 60,000 families of was...

Following an agreement between UCRUS and the Municipality of Montevideo

From Montevideo, we’ve been moving forward to meet with the requirements imposed by the government of Montevideo, Uruguay, as a condition to sign a year’s agreement with our tr...

Rally Against Construction of 7 Waste incineration plants in Buenos Aires

In the face of the project to build 7 waste incineration plants in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, Argentina, thousands of cartoneros (waste pickers) from the FACyR – ...

Rafey Eco-park recyclers claim immediate release of detainees

Press release from the Rafey Eco-Park Recyclers Association in Dominican Republic Rafey Eco-park recyclers claim immediate release of detainees and opening dialogue with the Mayor ...

Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

On July 1st, contracts signed by the City of Johannesburg’s Pikitup with private recycling companies will come into effect, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of informal st...


Publications

An interview with Marleninha, Coordinator of ASMAC

Marlene Lourenço Perreira (Marleninha) Born in 1953 in Pescador, Brazil, Marlene comes from a big family: she has 10 siblings, 7 women and 3 men. All of them are alive – a b...

Lucilene Nogueira: the lifestory of a brave waste picker

Lucilene Lorentino Santos Nogueira Lucilene was born in 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her parents work in the old dumpsite of Nova Granada in the outskirts of the city. They woul...

Launching Voices of Waste Pickers radio show

Voices of waste pickers is a collaborative project, to amplify the voices of waste pickers across the globe. Co-produced by the community, the audio series gives you a glimpse into...

Listen to the voices of Waste pickers at Expocatadores 2016

From 28-30 November 2016, informal recyclers from Brazil hosted the international event Expocatadores in which they invited Latin American and European recyclers to join them in Be...
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...