In just a few days, waste pickers’ organizations from 38 cities in Africa, Latin America and Asia will gather in Pune, India for the 1st Global Strategic Workshop of Waste Pickers. They’ll discuss inclusive models of integrated solid waste management as well as the threats and challenges they are facing.
The South African Waste Picker’s Association (SAWPA) is in solidarity with waste pickers across the globe. We would like to commemorate the day of remembrance of all waste pickers around the world who die on the streets or landfills. Those Men and Women who we witness everyday being brutalized, beaten to death, shot, run over by trucks while trying to earn a living through waste recycling.
Global Waste Pickers’ Day is celebrated on March 1 in memory of the massacre in Colombia in which 11 workers were brutally killed. For the past 20 years since this tragic event, waste pickers/recyclers have continued fighting for recognition of their work.