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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.

Where are we?

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

News from Waste Pickers around the world



Mexico City recognizes the rights of informal waste pickers

On July 15th 2016, Mexico City’s Human Rights Commission (CDHDF) issued Recommendation 7/2016, named “Omissions in Mexico City’s urban solid waste collection, separation and ...

A Bangalore waste picker appeals for recognition at the UN

Indira, a waste picker from Bangalore, made a passionate plea to world governments for recognizing the contributions of waste pickers during an event organized on the sidelines of ...

30 years as a canner in New York

Eugene Gadsden has been a canner for nearly 30 years. Eugene wanted to earn his own living instead of depending on the soup kitchen. Thus, together with Sister Ana Martinez de Luco...
Calgary Can bottle pickers

Calgary’s bottle pickers: working in their own way

You have likely seen them in the places where you live, work and shop, and heard the clanging of their shopping carts as they pass by. Their toil draws reactions that range from ki...
Simon Mbata-SAWPA

South Africa progresses towards integrating waste pickers

“Waste pickers are an integral part of the waste management system, and they help to divert recyclables away from landfills” – Minister Edna Molewa From the 31st to the 2nd o...


porto alegre anti incineracao

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 Picker in Turkey. Photo Sonia Dias.

Will Waste Pickers in Turkey Join the 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.


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 ...