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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Members of the Vusanani Environmental Project Primary Cooperative in front of the MRF. Photo: groundwork

Four pilot projects in the works: an update from the South African Waste Pickers’ Association

SAWPA has been in negotiations with government at all levels about their recognition, particularly receiving recognition in some municipal areas that has since resulted in new projects on the ground. There are various projects in which SAWPA members are involved.


Msunduzi municipality puts job creation project on back-burner

Instead of supporting the local social economy, Msunduzi Municipality has signed an agreement with Wildlands Conservation Trust to take all recyclable waste from Pietermaritzburg.


Nov. 8 march against incineration: Waste incineration is wasting jobs in South Africa!

Despite South Africa’s waste management legislation stipulating that incineration be the last resort in waste disposal, approximately 300 waste pickers on the Chloorkop landfill in Kempton Park are set to lose their jobs as a result of Enviroserve’s proposed waste-to-energy incinerator.

Press Release: Waste Picker (50) Drowns in Msunduzi River

South Africa – 5 October 2012 For immediate release  Hlanganani MaAfrika Waste Picker Cooperative South African Waste Pickers Association groundWork, Friends of the Earth So...

Update from Musa Chamane, Waste Campaign Manager: Mooi River Shelter

Hi Everyone, Mooi River Shelter for the labour intensive materials Recovery Facility nearly to the end. We have been talking about this project in the last two years, now something...

Video: The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers – Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

On Dec. 3, the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies marched in the streets of Durban demanding climate justice. Enjoy the video! Global Alliance of Waste Pickers – Glo...

Slideshow: Global Alliance of Waste Pickers in Durban – COP17

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies came together at COP17 to offer community-based solutions to climate change and stop climate finance being driven to dirty waste-to-...