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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Life and Voices of Waste pickers

Life & Voices

Get to know waste picker leaders who have actively participated in the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers process.

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Provisional list of hundreds of waste pickers’ groups around the globe.

News from Waste Pickers around the world


Extended Producers Responsibility Webinar with AIW

The Alliance of Indian Waste pickers (AIW) invites you to the National Consultation on Extended Producers Responsibility. in this webinar the panelists will include representatives of waste pickers and industry, who will be sharing their reflections on this document as well as providing recommendations and offering suggestions on the inclusion of waste-pickers and other informal waste collectors.

Second call towards the constitution of a GlobalRec COVID Crisis Advisory Committee

On Monday, June 29th, 2020 the second online meeting for the constitution of the Global Advisory Committee took place with the participation of representatives from 15 countries. T...

First Call Towards the Constitution of a Globalrec COVID Crisis Advisory Committee

On Monday, June 15th, 2020 the first online meeting for the constitution of the Globalrec COVID Crisis Advisory Committee for the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers took place with t...

Sign petition: Demand the right to work and survival for waste reclaimers during COVID-19 in South Africa

This is a demand by African Reclaimers Organisation to the National Coronavirus Command Council. Support the African Reclaimers Organisation, a worker’s movement of over 3,700 re...

Red LACRE’s Letter to Latin American and Caribbean States

The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers (LACRE Network) is an organization of national movements of grassroots waste pickers in the continent, with delegates from...


YoSoyLiliana: Condemnation of violence against a waste picker in Colombia

While Liliana Ospina Corrales, a waste picker by trade from the Planeta Verde Cooperative, was making her route to provide waste recovery public services, the neighbours and the co...

Waste pickers from São Caetano do Sul abandoned amid the crisis

On June 8, 2020, amid the worst sanitary, economic and humanitarian crisis of the new millennium, the autarchy responsible for waste management in the municipality of São Caetano ...

Waste pickers in Chile and Madrid stand up for the Earth

Following its cancellation in Chile, the COP25 was held at its new location in Madrid, and both waste pickers and members of the WIEGO Network joined the activists at events simult...

Let waste pickers work in Porto Alegre

Immediate repeal of the Melo Law. Right in the middle of the pandemic, the Melo Law, named after the former councillor and current candidate to mayor of Porto Alegre, known as the ...

We repudiate the abuse of Lebanon’s waste pickers!


The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers stands in solidarity with fellow recyclers in Lebanon in these difficult times.

The explosion in Beirut exposed them to worse conditions of vulnerability, abandonment and more abuse than they had been suffering since the beginning of the pandemic. Especially to migrant workers.

We denounce the failure of the multinational company RAMCO to pay the nearly 200 recyclers, we call for their prompt repatriation for the ones who wish to be repatriated to the embassies of Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt, and advocate for a better recovery of recyclers infected with COVID 19.


Video on global threats to waste pickers’ work

This video detects all the threats to the work of latent waste pickers around the world today. The threats are a constant in their work, but the video assumes that because the threats are global, the resistance and struggle against them must be equally global and in solidarity within the working class

International Live streaming: Waste Pickers Organization in the World

The National movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers (MNCR), together with the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers, will bring together waste pickers from around the world to discuss stra...

Waste Workers’ Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic (webinar)

The video of the webinar is available in YouTube. On Thursday April 30th, 2020, at 15:00h CEST the webinar Waste Workers’ safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by UN...
Indonesian Waste-pickers Union (IPI, President, Prispolly Lengkong gives update of waste-pickers during COVID-19 lockdown.

Indonesian Waste-pickers in a Dire Situation due to the COVID-19 Lock-down

World over the countries have enforced lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. This has created a lot of problems for the waste-pickers and other informal waste collect...

Watch the feature film “Waste Picking Stories”

The feature film “Waste Picking Stories” (Catadores de História) directed by filmmaker Tania Quaresma was released on online platforms on December 13, 2018. It receive...