Posted by International Alliance of Waste Pickers
Written by Federico Parra
Region Latin America
August 23, 2013
Waste pickers have found that collective action in defense of their rights and livelihoods is an effective solution to transforming the difficult working conditions, discrimination and harassment they face. Collectively they can make their contributions to society, government, industry, and to each other known: from reintroducing recyclable materials to the productive cycle, preventing waste from being buried in landfills, and saving municipalities huge costs. This video was originally launched at a national workshop aimed at exploring the possibility of replicating in other cities the experience in Bogota, where waste pickers´ inclusion was mandated by the Constitutional Court. This workshop took place on July 24th at the General Assembly of the Asociación Nacional de Recicladores (ANR). Watch the video.