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

Some of the members of ARO who attended the dialogue with members of the public on the 2nd September 2018

Landfill and street recyclers for the first time united and organized in South Africa

On the 2nd Septemeber 2018, African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) introduced itself to the broader public as the first organisation of recyclers that united those who work in landf...
Lanzamiento de la planta de madera plástica de la Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá

The Waste Pickers’ Association of Bogota Launches the Plastic Wood Plant

On Friday, December 14, 2018, in Bogota, the plastic wood processing plant of the Waste Pickers’ Association of Bogota was launched. This event is of special importance for all t...
First Informal European meeting of waste pickers and second hands operators in in Torino

First Informal European meeting of waste pickers and second hands operators

The first Informal European meeting of waste pickers and second hands operators Towards an European network took place in Torino, on November 21st at Eco dalle Città in Torino, It...

Sure We Can’s Challenges and Hopes at the End of 2018 and Beginning of 2019

We have been revitalized, re-charged and re-energized by the recyclers’ gathering we participated in in October 2018, in Buenos Aires. Thanks to the organizers, the hosts, the fu...

In Accra, Kpone landfill organization small steps, big horizon

Inspired by CTEP, the Argentinean union of popular economy workers, specially by waste pickers achievements in Buenos Aires organized in FACCyR, Kpone Landfill Waste Pickers Associ...


Threats

India’s cleanest city Indore evicting waste-pickers from work

The Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers condemns exclusion of waste-pickers in Indore. To prepare for Swachh Bharat Survey 2019 (Clean India Survey 2019), the Indore Municipal Corpora...
Koushlya Bai in Buenos Aires talking with FACCyR waste pickers.

Indore’s Wastepicker in Buenos Aires

Koushlya Bai is a waste-picker from Indore, associated with Janvikas Society. She is participating in the exchange of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, as a representative of A...

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...


Publications

Watch the feature film “Waste Picking Stories”

The feature film “Waste Picking Stories” (Catadores de História) directed by filmmaker Tania Quaresma was released on online platforms on December 13, 2018. It receive...

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...