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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Dianjin Ma
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Dianjin Ma

Dianjin Ma

Dianjin Ma, from Beijing, China, has been working as a waste picker since 1993. In China, there are no waste pickers’ cooperatives or organizations, he says. Dianjin collects recyclables from the streets and sells them  to a middleman. He has to pay the community he collects the recyclables from.

“In China it’s totally market-owned – there is no government support to waste pickers,” he said. Participating in the Pune workshop was a way to learn about other countries’ solutions.

“I would like to learn how waste pickers run things by themselves,” he said. His biggest concerns are his children’s education, health insurance and pension.

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