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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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

Waste-pickers Demand Inclusion in Karnataka’s Waste Management By-laws

The draft by-laws put out by Directorate of Municipal Administration Karnataka has omitted discussion on waste-pickers. “We are the people in the city who have been doing this (w...

Waste pickers in Brazil fight for their workplace

Workers of a waste pickers’ cooperative were violently evicted in Sao Paulo. Legal steps were taken by MNCR to allow workers recover their equipment and return to their workplace...

Waste pickers camp in Sao Paulo for the right to decent housing

After the death of a woman waste picker, the National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) denounced the poor housing conditions suffering poor families. Hundreds of waste pickers’ f...

March for improvement of waste pickers working conditions in Buenos Aires

The Federation of Waste Pickers of Argentina (FACCYR) is working to highlight the neglect of the barrio La Tosquera and the families who live close to the open dump in San Pedro, P...

Talking Gender: Waste-pickers Children Open Discussions on Love, Marriage & Bullying

Gender Sensitization Workshop in Buguri Community Library Buguri (‘Spinning top’ in Kannada) is a community library for the children of the waste-pickers currently in 4 locatio...


Threats

Indore Waste Management Model is Incomplete Without Participation of Waste-pickers

Letter by the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers representatives to municipal authorities of Indore city to include waste-pickers in solid waste management of Indore city. 2nd August...

Call from RENAREC to stop the removal of the redeemable tax on plastic bottles (IRBP)

Drawing from the meeting between delegates of the Ministry of Industry and Productivity (MIPRO) of Ecuador and private employers due to the possible removal of the IRPB, the Nation...

Status of Waste-pickers in 2nd Cleanest City in India- Bhopal

  ‘Last year a public toilet was set up. It did not have any water connection. The tanker was supplying water. Now they have created a park around the toilet. The toilet lac...

Waste pickers manage to suspend the law on waste incineration in Buenos Aires

In May, Buenos Aires’ legislative body condemned a law which allowed incineration of waste in the city. FACCyR, working in conjunction with various waste picker cooperatives...

Waste pickers’ meeting to adress political turmoil in Nicaragua

In a context of widespread sociopolitical and economical turmoil, Nicaraguan waste pickers organize themselves to think on strategies to overcome the crisis. They have decided to c...


Publications

The Manual for Social Entitlements for Waste Pickers is out by Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers

Informal waste recyclers (waste pickers and informal waste collectors) constitute 1% of urban population in developing nations as per the World Bank. As an occupational group, wast...

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...