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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Stats « Waste pickers Around the World (WAW)

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  • WAW in numbers
  • 318 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 99 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations
  • 263,113 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (57.6%)

57 (57.6%)

Regional (13.1%)

13 (13.1%)

National (25.3%)

25 (25.3%)

Not known (4%)

4

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 99)

57.6%
13.1%
25.3%
4%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Cooperative (41.4%)

41 (41.4%)

Association (30.3%)

30 (30.3%)

Federation of cooperatives (15.2%)

15 (15.2%)

Trade union (10.1%)

10 (10.1%)

Network of cooperatives (7.1%)

7 (7.1%)

Movement

4

Network

3

Non profit organization

3

Self-help group

3

Alliance

3

Non governmental organization

2

Community based organization

2

Federation

2

Other

1

Membership based organization

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 99)

41 (41.4%)
30 (30.3%)
15 (15.2%)
10 (10.1%)
7 (7.1%)
4 (4%)

Country number of organizations (%)

Brazil: 27 (27.3%)

India: 19 (19.2%)

Colombia: 13 (13.1%)

South Africa: 3

Peru: 3

Argentina: 3

Ghana: 2

Chile: 2

France: 2

Mali: 2

Nicaragua: 2

Canada: 2

Uganda: 1

Kenya: 1

Ecuador: 1

Serbia: 1

Uruguay: 1

Bolivia: 1

Mexico: 1

United States of America: 1

Italy: 1

Dominican Republic: 1

Cameroon: 1

Benin: 1

Senegal: 1

Democratic Republic of Congo: 1

Panama: 1

Costa Rica: 1

Honduras: 1

Venezuela: 1

Paraguay: 1

Type of members number of organizations (%)

Members are waste pickers 84 (84.8%)

Members are waste picker organizations 26 (26.3%)

Members are multi sector 5 (5.1%)

Waste picker support organization 1 (1%)

Members employ waste pickers 1 (1%)

Occupation of members number of organizations (%)

Waste pickers 99 (100%)

Itinerant workers 5 (5.1%)

Itinerant buyers 4 (4%)

Waste collectors 3 (3%)

Solid waste managers 2 (2%)

Street sweepers 1 (1%)

Scrap dealers 1 (1%)

Year Formed number of organizations

Not known

1972

1975

1984

1989

1990

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

59
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
4
2
2
1
4
5
3
6
2
1

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1991

1997

1998

2000

2003

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

82
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
3
1

Activities number of organizations

Community sale of materials

Community storage of materials

Selling materials

Waste sorting

Special collections from large generators of waste

Waste collection

New items made from collected materials

Collecting materials

Collection of recyclables

Recycling

Composting

Organizing collective events

Training and capacity building

Sensitization of locals

Waste management

Sorting waste

Transportation

Cleaning

Street sweeping

Collection of waste

Collecting waste

14
12
9
7
7
6
6
6
5
4
4
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Door to door

Dumpsite

Landfill

Sorting center

Collection from companies

Home-based

Recycling center

Open

Slums

Other

Sanitary landfill

Companies

76
21
16
13
7
7
5
4
3
3
2
1
1

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality? number of organizations

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

Providers of infrastructure

Payment for materials collected

None

4
2
1
1

Languages number of organizations

Spanish

English

Portuguese

French

Hindi

Marathi

Bambaro

Bomu

Bamanankan

Italian

Tshiluba

Serbian

Tieyako bozo

Walot

Peulh

Mandingue

Serere

Toucouleur

Lingala

Kikongo

Swaili

36
23
20
9
8
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1