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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News from Waste Pickers around the world



Brazilian waste pickers join social movements at the World Social Forum in Tunisia

Despite terrorist attacks in Tunisia that killed 21 people days earlier, the World Social Forum was held in Tunisia for the second time in March. On the first day of the event – ...
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March 1st: a day to fight, not to celebrate

In 1992, ten waste pickers were murdered in Barranquilla, Colombia, by professors and students that wanted to study their bodies. The victims – the majority homeless – were tak...
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A study about waste pickers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Abstract Waste recycling in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is not spearheaded by any government, private or civil society initiative but rather by the efforts of an informal army of self-...
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Waste pickers and allies host event to mark closure of gender and recycling project

On April 9th, the organizations WIEGO, MNCR, NEPEM, INSEA hosted a meeting on gender and informal recycling in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The event marked the closure of an explorator...
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Alliance of Indian Waste Pickers’ National Workshop, 2015

Background The Alliance of Indian Wastepickers (AIW) is a national network coalition of membership based organizations working on organizing informal waste workers for ensuring the...


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Massive fire in waste pickers’ community: appeal for help

On April 26, 2015, there was a massive fire at the waste picker’s community at Panchsheel Colony, Bhopura in Ghaziabad at around 12:30am. Over 150 shanties have been gutted altho...

Another death at the Estrutural landfill, near the Brazilian capital

The landfill in the city of Estrutural, minutes outside the Brazilian capital and the National Congress, was the scene of another tragedy on April 2. Vanderlina da Silva Lopes, a w...
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Recycling facility construction halted by intergovernmental disputes

After waiting for three years for the construction of a materials recycling facility (MRF) at the New England Road landfill site in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal approximately fi...
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“Trash Mountain”: Photos from Ghazipur landfill

“With no real system of waste collection, the dump sites have been extended beyond the municipal borders,” reads the introduction to a series of photos by Sebastien Cha...

South African waste pickers call on the government to build recycling facility

Approximately 500 waste recyclers or pickers will take to the streets of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, this week Thursday, December 11th, 2014, after three years of waiting for t...



Book launch of Good Riddance, about the waste pickers of Johannesburg

They’re a familiar sight in Johannesburg—a procession of people, usually men, balaclavas drawn over faces against the cold, hauling mountains of recyclable stuff on homemade tr...
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Waste Pickers Around the World database launched on Waste Pickers’ Day

This year, to commemorate International Waste Pickers’ Day on March 1st, we would like to share with waste pickers and allies the launch of our online participatory database ...
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Canadian waste pickers recycled 150,000 containers!

We thought of celebrating after recycling 120,000 containers but then we surpassed that last week! The success of the temporary recycling shed belonging to the Valoristes’ cooperative in Quebec confirms the need for permanent recycling sheds like the ones that exist across most of Canada.


Recyclers in Nicaragua: A Productive and Environmental Force

WIEGO, UCA and Red Nica are collaborating to create an alliance for a baseline study of the thousands of waste pickers/recyclers in Nicaragua, the majority of whom are not heard or considered and remain invisible.

Substitution of Animal Traction Vehicles in Bogota.

Substitution of Animal Traction Vehicles in Bogota

In 2003, the national transit code sought to eradicate animal traction vehicles or animal pulled carts that would have affected hundreds of thousands in Colombia. They had to demand their rights.