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.

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

News from Waste Pickers around the world



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...
Mr. K. Narayan, MD, NSKFDC in the workshop hosted by the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers.

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...

Wastepickers Cooperative- SwaCH & Pune Municipal Corporation Awarded by PM Modi

“It is very good news for us and waste pickers across the country that our work is being recognized. However, these awards need to translate themselves in actual gains for wast...

Voices from the Ground in Turkey

This article is part of the series “Scenes from the Heart of Recycling”. “We have been collecting waste in the streets since our childhood. We are an indispensable part o...

The fight for a recycling system with social inclusion in La Plata

We, the cartoneros and carreros families who work everyday in the city of La Plata went once again to the streets to demand recognition for our work. The municipality, the police a...


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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...
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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...
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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...

Hazardous waste incinerator rubber stamped

In mid-November 2015, the KwaZulu-Natal Department for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs (KZN DEDTEA) (Ugu District) granted an Environmental Authorisation ...

An influx of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa

Due to various challenges experienced by the government regarding waste, incinerators have been pitched as a solution, when in fact they are a false solution. Waste companies, incl...


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...
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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...
Video: Scenes from the heart of recycling. Overview form Turkey

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 You ...