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

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...

Lockdown Diaries: Relief to the waste-pickers in the times of the pandemic

Introduction The COVID 19 Pandemic has forced governments across the globe to shut down their residents into lockdown. In India, the lockdown was announced on the evening of 21st m...

Empowering and equipping the waste workers in the Himalayan towns to fight against the pandemic

Waste workers are a big part of this front-line brigade who is facing the threat of exposure to health hazards, in the run to make sure that the city neighbourhoods are clean and h...


Threats

Two waste pickers imprisoned and denied access to medicines and food in South Africa

Two waste pickers in Centurion (Gauteng Province, South Africa) were arrested during Alert Level 5 lockdown in April 2020 for allegedly violating the lockdown regulations by ventur...

Post- COVID 19 lockdown forecast for the informal recycling sector and suggestive interventions to help in the long term

1. Preference may be given to waste to energy over recycling The recycling industries across the world and in India are completely shut. The supply chains of materials for recyclin...

Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations

06 April 2020 To Shri B. S. Yediyurappa Honourable Chief Minister Government of Karnataka Bengaluru Subject: Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, sing...

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&...


Publications

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, http://www.si-ipi.com/) 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...

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...