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


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Struggling for unity: women waste pickers in South Africa

  Many men, women and children from working class communities make a living through waste-picking by collecting, sorting, recycling, and selling materials that someone else ha...
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Plastic Industry Invites, Then Throws Out Green NGO from meet

  Chintan was invited to a conference of The All India Plastics Manufacturers’ Association on 7th April at the India International Centre, on NGT case on PET and Plastic...
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Provide education to 100 waste picker children

Watch the video Summary The project seeks to enable children living in extremely violence-ridden, poor, and socio-culturally marginalized waste-picking community in India to reach ...
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March 1st, 2015: International Waste Pickers’ Day

  March on March 3 at 8 am from the Plaza de Toros to Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia International Mobilizations Why are we marching rather than celebrating? Because w...
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Bhopura Youth Times: The voice of waste picker children

Chintan is proud to present the Bhopura Youth Times- a newsletter put together by the wastepicker youth at Bhopura, Tila Mod, Mangal Bazaar Ghazaiabad, an area which is home to a l...


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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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Waste pickers in the Dominican Republic attacked in protest

On November 8th, during a protest organized by the waste pickers of the Rafey landfill in Santiago (Dominican Republic), Lavo Investment — the Italian company subcontracted 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...



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.

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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.