The International Alliance of Waste Pickers is a union of waste picker organizations representing more than 460,000 workers across 34 countries
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May 06, 2012

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SWaCH Cooperative has been working since a year with the Pune Municipal Corporation and civil society organizations in Pune, India, to create a ‘Zero Waste’ ward. This initiative includes reaching out to 100% of all citizens for doorstep collection and for processing the waste within the ward, thus minimising the need for any ‘waste’ to reach the landfill. Based on the success of this initiative the ruling party that has recently been elected to power after the municipal elections, plans to launch this initiative in 15 more wards. The formal inauguration of this program was held on Labor Day, followed by a march that included the presence of waste pickers from 26 countries. The inauguration and march concluded the Global Workshop of Waste Pickers, which was held in Pune, India from April 24-30. Waste pickers and other informal workers will be participating in pension events between May 7-11, starting in Delhi. See for more details.