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

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

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

News from Waste Pickers around the world



Gender and waste project – capacity building for better communication

In May 2015, a workshop on communication and leadership skills with women waste pickers took place as part of the Gender & Waste Project in a partnership of WIEGO/MNCR with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).


Ekatina, indigenous waste pickers in Amazonas

Ricardo Abussafy de Souza is a post-doctoral student in the Graduate Studies Program in Social Sciences at PUC-SP (PEPG-CSO / PUC-SP). He participates in the Ecopolitics Project: p...

Inclusion of waste-pickers in proposed Solid Waste Management Rules

This letter with suggestions for the inclusion of waste picker in Solid Waste Management Rules was sent to the Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change of India by the ...

Of cess and cesspools: How to use the funds collected in the name of Swachh Bharat

We’re now paying a Swachh Bharat Cess, as a result of which the service tax rates have gone up from 14% to 14.5%. The question everyone is asking is: How should these funds be sp...
With Mohammed of Dharavi Slum Tours (1)

Rechristening Dharavi from Slum to Industrial Zone

“Mumbai is a crowd. Dharavi, with people oozing out of every crack and countless quarters of artisans and small industries, is often referred to as the throbbing heart of the cit...


Waste Picker in Turkey. Photo Sonia Dias.

Will Waste Pickers in Turkey Join Unemployed Army?

Informal waste pickers have been excluded from the Environmental Law in Turkey. The law emphasizes waste collection that is performed by licensed firms.

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Waste pickers at Cop21: Paving solutions path to climate change

Since 2009, waste pickers from around the world have participated in several United Nations Climate Change Conventions (UNFCCC). In those events they’ve raised their voices deman...
Mansoor, Simon, Samuel and Nohra at Cop21, Paris

COP21: Paris – Through the Eyes of Mansoor, Our Friendly Neighbourhood Scrap Entrepreneur

Bonjour! is probably something you’d hear Mansoor, our friendly and free spirited dry waste collection entrepreneur, say the next time you meet him. Mansoor, who heads one of the...
nota de repudio sobre violencia misogina

Brazilian waste pickers denounce misogynist violence

It is with deep disappointment that we waste pickers, workers, mothers, and heads of families, denounce the intolerance and lack of democratic values that we now see displayed on c...

Joint delegation of Indian Youth Climate Network & Alliance of Indian Waste pickers for COP21, Paris

The Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) is a network uniting Indian youth and youth oriented organisations who are concerned about climate change & environment issues. IYCN wor...


Heart of recycling. Buenos Aires

Scenes from the fight for inclusion in Buenos Aires, through the eyes of women waste pickers

In March of 2015, Sonia Dias, waste specialist with WIEGO, documented the struggles and conquests of women waste pickers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the videos below, Tania Alfo...

Scenes from the heart of recycling: a series

In his book Invisible Cities, Itálo Calvino writes of the imaginary city of Ândria and the character virtues of its inhabitants that are worth mentioning: “…self-confiden...
binners video

“I Belong Here”: a video about the Binners’ Project

“I Belong Here”: a video about the Binners’ Project of Vancouver, Canada.
SL-WPs at work at Kingtom dump site- west of Freetown

Towards a solid organization of waste pickers in Sierra Leone

Aaron A Boima is an informal trader in Freetown, and the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU). He is also the Co-ordinator of eight informal economy workers...

Safe and Sustainable Recycling: Protecting Workers who Protect the Planet

Full Report Press Release (embargoed until Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 9 am EST) Share this report with your city’s leaders. Tell them that cities can create good and safe recyc...