GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
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Asociación de Recicladores de Bogota (ARB)

Bogota, Colombia

Website: asociacionrecicladoresbogota.org/

Primary information

Year formed
1990
Registered in
1991
Formally registered
On
Language
Spanish
Number of groups
17
Number of members
2500
Type of members
Members are waste picker organizations
Occupation of members
Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Association, Federation of cooperatives
Organizational Reach
Regional
Workplace of members
Door to door, Sorting center, Street
Membership
Yes
Organization Structure
City Federation of Cooperatives
Women composition

Benefits

Safety & Technology
Gloves, Masks, Risk training,, Yes

Services

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Payment for materials collected
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Conflictual and/or problematic
Are they selling to middlemen?
Yes
Activities
Collection of recyclables, Community sale of materials, Community storage of materials, Organizing collective events, Training and capacity building
Sorting Spaces
Sorting centers
Challenges to access waste
Availability of waste, Negative attitude towards waste, Privatization

Complementary Information

Information Source
WORD 9/10/2010, Lucia Fernandez 26/11/2014

Comments / Narrative

Its one of the oldest waste picker organization worldwide. Recyclers in Bogota received economic compensation for the recyclable materials they collected. They are recognized as public service providers and being integrated into the solid waste management system of the city.



Last updates from Asociación de Recicladores de Bogota (ARB)

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