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

Who are we?

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


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In Delhi, waste pickers in KKU union can now vote

Greetings from KKU! I am glad to inform you that finally, the Election Commission has started issuing voter cards (EPICs) to waste pickers (KKU members) of Delhi. Now, waste picker...
vive les biffins

Long live the biffins of Paris!

School is starting but the biffins (waste pickers) of Asso Amelior have had no vacation. After a year and a half of monthly fairs at Croix de Chavaux, about 200 biffins will again ...
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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.

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Show Delhi’s waste pickers your support!

As part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Chintan along with Safai Sena, an association of waste pickers, with the support of activist Shazia Ilmi, held an event at Central Park of Connaug...
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Inclusive solid waste management models should be expanded

We would like to express our profound worry with the city government’s failure to fulfill the recycling agreement. This puts at risk the public policies the waste pickers have ac...



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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Petition: Uphold the incineration ban in the Philippines!

We the undersigned, are asking the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines to Uphold the Ban on Incineration, as mandated by the Philippine Environmental Laws: R...
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In the Philippines, environmentalists, waste workers say incineration will burn jobs, poison the environment

Members of the informal waste sector or IWS and community and environmental organizations marched to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), then to the House o...
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Zero waste approach is a must in South Africa

Un-recycled waste is a common sight and a sign of an inefficient governance and production system, which adds to the global burden of climate change. A zero waste approach [1] to t...

Promote climate jobs and deny proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Kempton Park, South Africa

Dear friends Say what?! Yes, you read it correctly. Hundreds of waste reclaimers and small recyclers in South Africa stand to lose their climate-friendly jobs and be forced to retu...



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.

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Inclusive Recycling in Guatemala

As part of the Regional Initiative for Inclusive Recycling, the Inter-American Development Bank organized a workshop in horizontal training on organizing for waste pickers working at a sanitary landfill in Amatitlán, Guatemala.


The Occupational Health of Waste Pickers in Pune

This report from the union of waste pickers, KKPKP, in Pune, India details the interventions of the union to improve the health of their members, including the setting up of a municipally funded health insurance scheme, health advocacy and the use of trust hospitals.

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Struggling for Recognition: The Waste Pickers of Colombia

For the past 22 years, the waste pickers of Colombia have been fighting for recognition of their work. “There are no borders for those who fight,” is the slogan that symbolizes the struggle of the more than 15 million waste pickers, who are facing global threats – against their lives, organization and towards the environment.