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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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.

Where are we?

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


News from Waste Pickers around the world


Organizing

Design considerations for Hasiru Dala’s Dry Waste Collection IMS

Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCC) in Bengaluru are a recent-ish (since 2013-14) development in waste-management efforts of the city civic body BBMP: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara P...

Mobilizations Around the World for Global Waste Pickers Day 2020

This March 1st, 2020, waste pickers are paying a new homage to the fellow recyclers who were murdered in Colombia 27 years ago. In their honor, this date became a global day in whi...

Ground Score, a new waste picker organization in the USA

A new waste picker association took root in the United States of America in 2019, and this year will be its first time celebrating International Waste Picker Day on March 1st. Port...

In Memoriam: Exequiel Estay Tapia

Today the wastepicker movement lost one of its strongest leaders, and certainly one of the most visible and well known recycler from Latinamerica, the Chilean Exequiel Estay Tapia....

Picking through the Memories of Women Wastepickers of Bengaluru

Five women gather in a room in the office of Hasiru Dala to talk of the life spent wastepicking. Chinnapillai (70), Sharada (60) and Aniyamma (58) have been at it for 45 years, Lak...


Threats

Include waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers

2nd April 2020 To Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman Honourable Union Finance Minister New Delhi Subject: Inclusion of sanitation workers including waste-pickers and informal waste collectors ...
Poster display and steps of hand washing demonstration done by children at Sihani, Ghaziabad to spread awareness on prevention of coronavirus.

COVID-19 awareness driven by wastepickers’ children in India

As the world grapples to fight off the Novel Coronavirus, it has now become everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of the basic hygiene and adhere to them strictly. Chintan&...

Waste pickers in Philippines face Coronavirus

We have received from Philippines a series of answers to our call for information of actions by waste picker organizations from 5 groups (4 from Metro Manila, and 1 from Cagayan de...

During the times of COVID 19, our fundamental duties towards sanitation workers and wastepickers

  Physical distancing, stocking up on sanitizers, soaps for hand-washing, masks and gloves, hoarding supplies, limiting travel, working from home may be the new normal in bein...

Fight the Battle against the Coronavirus COVID-19 (SWaCH, Pune, India)

As we fight the battle against the Corona Virus COVID-19, it is important to remember that waste management and disposal is a crucial service. It is imperative that waste be collec...


Publications

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...

The Manual for Social Entitlements for Waste Pickers is out by Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers

Informal waste recyclers (waste pickers and informal waste collectors) constitute 1% of urban population in developing nations as per the World Bank. As an occupational group, wast...

An interview with Marleninha, Coordinator of ASMAC

Marlene Lourenço Perreira (Marleninha) Born in 1953 in Pescador, Brazil, Marlene comes from a big family: she has 10 siblings, 7 women and 3 men. All of them are alive – a b...

Lucilene Nogueira: the lifestory of a brave waste picker

Lucilene Lorentino Santos Nogueira Lucilene was born in 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her parents work in the old dumpsite of Nova Granada in the outskirts of the city. They woul...

Launching Voices of Waste Pickers radio show

Voices of waste pickers is a collaborative project, to amplify the voices of waste pickers across the globe. Co-produced by the community, the audio series gives you a glimpse into...