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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Amelior

Paris, France

Website: amelior.canalblog.com

Primary information

Year formed
2008
Registered in
2012
Language
French
Number of members
500
Type of members
Members are multi sector, Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Itinerant buyers, Itinerant workers, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Association
Organizational Reach
Local
Workplace of members
Street
Membership
Yes
Organization Structure
One president, one secretariat, one treasurer, 10 administrators. In the 13 people 9 of them are waste pickers.
Objectives
Organize second hand market. Promote the inclusion of waste picker in waste management/economy. Defend the interes of the waste picker. Reduce waste. Facilitate access to waste. Fight against poverty.
Education and training
Leadership training, Mobilization, Rights & duties
Partnering organizations
City of Montreuil, Rues Marchandes, association Aurore
Funding
Membership fees
Internal elections
Annually
Women composition
50,0% 50%

Benefits

Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Health care & insurance, Job creation & source of income, Legal assistance
Safety & Technology
Fire extinguishers, First aid kits, Gloves

Services

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
None
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Conflictual and/or problematic
Types of materials
Cans, Clothing, Electronic waste, Household items, Metals
Are they selling to middlemen?
Yes
Activities
Collecting materials, Collection of recyclables, Community sale of materials, Community storage of materials, New items made from collected materials, Organizing collective events, Selling materials, Sensitization of locals, Sorting waste, Training and capacity building
Challenges to access waste
Harassment from authorities, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of recognition, Lack of tools, Negative attitude towards waste, Privatization, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information Source
Lucia Fernandez. Interview to Samuel Le Coeur in Serbia (21 September 2016).

Comments / Narrative

In the second hand market they organize there are people from many different countries: China, Magreb, all Africa, all Europe. It is an popular market, around 90% of its members come from inmigration.

Membership fee: 2€ a year.
To participate in the market you need to pay 4€ for 2m.

They also use this alternative logo:


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