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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Thoughts on the Process of Waste Work: Value and Precarity in Nayandahalli’s Recycling Economy

Notes from Nayandahalli Shreyas Sreenath* “Often, in the red light of a street-lamp Of which the wind whips the flame and worries the glass, In the heart of some old suburb, mudd...

Exploring Nayandahalli as an Ecosystem Where Waste is Transformed in Resource

Kabir Arora Notes from Nayandahalli ‘Cities are engines of growth’ is an old cliché statement. For economic growth and well being of mankind they consume the resources sourced...

SWaCH & Pune Municipal Corporation Set a New Precedent for Wastepickers’ Integration

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SWaCH- a wastepickers’ cooperative, for door to door collection in Maharashtra has been renewed by General Body of Pune Municipal C...
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Waste pickers are essential to successful, sustainable waste management

Safai Sena, a registered group of over 12,000 wastepickers, doorstep waste collectors, itinerant and other small buyers, small junk dealers, and other types of recyclers have sent ...

Swach Bharat Abhiyaan & Smart Cities Mission Consider ‘Waste to Energy’ Smart Solution

Kabir Arora* Urban growth in India is going haywire. Infrastructure is crumbling; cities are choked with pollution and garbage. Majority of the urban populace has very little acces...


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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...


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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...

Towards Enforcement of Court Order 275 of 2011

From the video series “Chronicles of a Fight for Inclusion”, which deals with the struggles of waste pickers in Colombia, comes “Towards Enforcement of Court Order 275 of 201...

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 ...