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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We extend our support and solidarity to the wastepickers of Pimpri Chinchwad in the struggle for decent work and improved livelihoods and against the actions of the municipality that are undermining the partnership with the SWaCH cooperative and threatening green livelihoods.

Until today, Pimpri Chinchwad was held up as a progressive municipality because it  had adopted a collection system that benefited everyone- citizens, the municipality, the environment and the wastepickers.  The work of SWaCH and the municipality has been considered a global “best practice” in integrated solid waste management practices. In particular, the recycling rate of 18% and the stable livelihoods this work has been able to provide for working poor women through the SWaCH cooperative is highly impressive.We will advocate for wastepickers to be integrated as part of a professional solid waste management service in PCMC.

We demand that:
The PCMC integrates all the wastepickers of SWACH as well as authorised KKPKP wastepickers in any doorstep waste collection model pursuant to various state and central government directives

The PCMC ensures wastepickers’ rights over recyclables are protected
The PCMC ensures wastepickers earn a minimum wage
The PCMC ensures decent, upgraded livelihoods for all its wastepickers

Silvio Ruiz Grisales
Asociación Colombiana de Recicladores – GAIAREC

Nohra Padilla Herrera
Asociación Nacional de Recicladores A.N.R. (Colombia Movimiento Nacional de Recicladores)

María Eugenia Duque Daza
Asociación de Recicladores de Bogotá A.R.B.

Dairo AlfonsoMartínez Guerra
Asociación de Recicladores el Triunfo ASORRETRIUNFO

Margarita Orozco Quintero
Cooperativa de Trabajo Asociado de Recicladores el Triunfo- COOPTRIUNFO

Maritza Espinosa Amaya
Asociación de Mujeres el Reciclaje Una Opción Digna ASODIG

Federico Parra
Coordinador regional Latinoamericano del programa de recicladores.WIEGO

Lilian Leal
Gerente del plan de inclusión de población recicladora. Unidad Administrativa Especial de Servicios Públicos UAESP, Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá Colombia

Solidaridad del MTE y la Federación Argentina de Cooperativas de Cartoneros y Recicladores

Secretaria de la Red Lacre/ Red Lacre Secretariat
Latin America

Movimento Nacional dos Catadores (MNCR)