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

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News from Waste Pickers around the world


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Demands of waste pickers addressed to Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka

To Hon. Shri. U. T. Khader Minister for Health and Family Welfare Vikas Soudha Government of Karnataka, Bengaluru. Memorandum Waste pickers and scrap dealers are self employed work...

1071 wastepickers enrolled in Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna

Karnataka labour welfare department begins enrollment for Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna -RSBY (National Health Insurance Scheme). 1071 wastepickers in Bangalore have been listed f...
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117 children of waste pickers receive government scholarships

117 children of wastepickers in Bangalore receive scholarships worth INR 216,450. The scholarship programme is initiated by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at the Union ...
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Pimpri-Chinchwad waste pickers win minimum wage battle

The members of Kagad, Kach, Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) – wastepickers have been providing waste management services to the residents of Pimpri Chinchwad for years now. Th...
SL-WPs at work at Kingtom dump site- west of Freetown

Towards a solid organization of waste pickers in Sierra Leone

Aaron A Boima is an informal trader in Freetown, and the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU). He is also the Co-ordinator of eight informal economy workers...


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Massive fire in waste pickers’ community: appeal for help

On April 26, 2015, there was a massive fire at the waste picker’s community at Panchsheel Colony, Bhopura in Ghaziabad at around 12:30am. Over 150 shanties have been gutted altho...

Another death at the Estrutural landfill, near the Brazilian capital

The landfill in the city of Estrutural, minutes outside the Brazilian capital and the National Congress, was the scene of another tragedy on April 2. Vanderlina da Silva Lopes, a w...
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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...



Safe and Sustainable Recycling: Protecting Workers who Protect the Planet

Full Report Press Release (embargoed until Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 9 am EST) Share this report with your city’s leaders. Tell them that cities can create good and safe recyc...

Towards Enforcement of Court Order 275 of 2011

From the video series “Chronicles of a Fight for Inclusion”, which deals with the struggles of waste pickers in Colombia, comes “Towards Enforcement of Court Order 275 of 201...

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.