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

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...


Threats

We repudiate the abuse of Lebanon’s waste pickers!

RECYCLERS IN LEBANON ARE NOT DISPOSABLE!

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.

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...

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

Update 2020.07.07: Justice and George have been released today from Jail. “The detention of the Applicants is declared unlawful and unconstitutional”, read the full jud...

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...


Publications

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, 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...