GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
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


Organizing

Rally in Bogota for the global waste pickers’ day

More than 4.000 recyclers marched today, March 1st, 2017, in Bogota led by the Association of Recyclers of Bogota (Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá) in commemoration of the ...

Global waste picker day 2017: Recycling in our hands

It is with great pleasure that we are sharing with all the recycling community and allies the different campaigns and demonstrations taking place today march 1st, international was...

Mobilizations in Paris: Reuse and recycling lay in our hands!

Answering the call of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers , the associations Sauve Qui Peut (biffins at the Gate of Montmartre) and AMELIOR (biffins in Paris, Montreuil, Bagnolet ...

Health and Dignity to Waste pickers & Recylers! Join the Red Dot Campaign!

Today, Pune’s SWaCH wastepicker cooperative, the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtkari Panchayat (KKPKP) waste-picker trade union and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) kicked off a massive, ...

Swachh Mission: GVMC to Deploy Rag Pickers

Vishakhapatnam is the second city in Andhra Pradesh to issue occupational identity cards of wastepickers. Issuance of occupational identity cards is a long demand of Alliance of In...


Threats

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...

Brazilian waste pickers say there is a scarcity of recyclable material

The cruel face of the economic crisis can be best observed in the daily life of waste pickers. In the past four months, there has been a huge drop in the volume of recyclable mater...

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...


Publications

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...