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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Global waste picker day 2017

All you ever wanted to know about demonstrations and actions for this day around the world in one single post!

To the left the video Recycling in our hands coordinated by the Argentinian Federation of Waste-pickers with videos from Colombia, Ecuador, New York, Paris and support from Globalrec.

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


Waste pickers making Viva Bem Coop pretty

“Pimp Nossa Cooperativa” event took place in July 21th 2017 at the cooperative Cooper Viva Bem, São Paulo, Brazil. There, around 300 people participated,  amongst them member...
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Waste Pickers March against displacement in Tshwane (South Africa)

In response to failure of the City of Tshwane (Gauteng, South Africa) to respond to waste pickers demands such as support for their livelihoods, and failure to employ 261 waste pic...

Rallies for the rights of Waste Pickers in Colombia

This past Thursday, October 19th 2017, there were big rallies in various cities in Colombia for the protection of the rights of Waste pickers that are under threat. We’ve col...
Reuben Sandile Oupa Mbambisa

Remembering Reuben – Waste Picker Leader Murdered Outside Central Johannesburg

Reuben Sandile Oupa Mbambisa, a 52-year-old waste picker/reclaimer and active member of the Johannesburg Reclaimers Committee, was brutally murdered in the early hours of September...

Waste Pickers from 3 Continents Exchange Experiences and Knowledge in South Africa

In August 2017, waste picker leaders from Brazil and India traveled to South Africa for an international exchange hosted by the South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA) and ...


Rafey Eco-park recyclers claim immediate release of detainees

Press release from the Rafey Eco-Park Recyclers Association in Dominican Republic Rafey Eco-park recyclers claim immediate release of detainees and opening dialogue with the Mayor ...

Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

On July 1st, contracts signed by the City of Johannesburg’s Pikitup with private recycling companies will come into effect, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of informal st...

The criminalization of street waste pickers in Brazil: a human rights crisis

When it comes to recycling policy, Porto Alegre is a city of firsts. In 1986, Porto Alegre became the first Brazilian city to legally recognize a waste picker organization. In 1990...

A massive fire in Mbeubeuss landfill (Senegal)

The Mbeubeuss garbage dump has again caught fire. In 2012, the village of Gouy-gui experienced a similar fate as raging flames caused significant damage. But this Thursday, Decembe...

On Demonetization and Its Impact on Bangalore’s Waste pickers and Recyclers

Important as are the standard measures of a community… its measure of value is by far the most important of them all. The measures of weight, extension, or volume enter only into...


An interview with Marleninha, Coordinator of ASMAC

Marlene Lourenço Perreira (Marleninha) Born in 1953 in Pescador, Brazil, Marlene comes from a big family: she has 10 siblings, 7 women and 3 men. All of them are alive – a b...

Lucilene Nogueira: the lifestory of a brave waste picker

Lucilene Lorentino Santos Nogueira Lucilene was born in 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her parents work in the old dumpsite of Nova Granada in the outskirts of the city. They woul...

Launching Voices of Waste Pickers radio show

Voices of waste pickers is a collaborative project, to amplify the voices of waste pickers across the globe. Co-produced by the community, the audio series gives you a glimpse into...

Listen to the voices of Waste pickers at Expocatadores 2016

From 28-30 November 2016, informal recyclers from Brazil hosted the international event Expocatadores in which they invited Latin American and European recyclers to join them in Be...
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...