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

Ground Score provides waste collection services for the unhoused community

Over the past year, Ground Score Association (Portland, Oregon, USA) has received multiple new contracts and grants to address two major waste issues affecting waste pickers during...

ANARCH addresses the implementation of the new packaging law

The new law is expected to become effective as of 2023. Read full document (in Spanish). During the year 2021, ANARCH proposed to make an analysis document regarding the implementa...

Regional assemblies to organize the national movement in Chile

Among other topics, the assemblies seek to build cooperatives and develop joint positions on issues such as the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility and Recycling...
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The ANR continues to fight for the rights of waste pickers in Colombia

In Colombia, despite the fact that the organized waste pickers’ union won the recognition and remuneration of their work as a public service of waste or recycling before the ...

NASWON joins NATCO conference

Members of NASWON gathered in Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria, to participate in this year’s NATCO (Nigerian Artisans and Technician Conference 2021) It was a great day on Tuesday Dec...


Threats

REDLACRE builds a manifesto to guide action towards waste picker threats

The document serves as a guide for action and carries strategic messages on several issues. The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers, REDLACRE, developed virtually...

Waste pickers from Bokk Diom work on their integration into waste management

Waste pickers of Mbeubeuss (Dakar’s public landfill) initiated research into alternative livelihoods motivated by the threats to their work at the landfills. In November 2021...

Protests in 20 cities in Minas Gerais condemn garbage incineration

Protests brought together environmentalists and waste pickers on July 21st in a day of struggle against the Ministry of Environment’s edict. Protests over 20 cities in Minas ...

Waste pickers join forces to fight climate crisis in Argentina

In alliance with the climate crisis movements, waste pickers marched for environmental justice, with an inclusive packaging law. On Friday, September 24 at 5 pm, from the Argentine...

Webinar: Waste-pickers Contribution for a Cleaner Planet at COP26. Nov. 9th

It is our immense pleasure to invite you to the Webinar: Saving the Climate: Waste-pickers Contribution for a Cleaner Planet that will take place on November 9th, 2021 at 18:30 In...


Publications

MNCR leader Alex Cardoso launches his book: Do Lixo a Bixo

The waste picker Alex Cardoso promoted the launching of his book, together with other waste pickers connected to the National Movement of Waste Pickers (MNCR) in Brazil. “Do lixo...

Podcast on Reclaimers in South Africa

In this podcast published by New Frame they interview Kopano Mokoena, Thando Nkalaand Eva Mokoena, reclaimers of Johannesburg, South Africa. They also interview Federico Parra (WIE...

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...