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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Written by Red Lacre


Country Venezuela

December 02, 2013

Imagen: Red Lacre.

Imagen: Red Lacre.

On November 20-21, waste pickers came together in the city of Maracaibo, in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, for their 3rd National Conference. The objective of the conference was to begin designing the Waste Pickers’ Plan for recycling collection in municipalities. The Plan will be coordinated and implemented by waste pickers, with the intent of promoting separation at source nd a culture of recycling.

The mission statement of the conference was to “Promote the Dignity, Equality and Recognition of our labor as waste pickers for society and the Venezuelan government, and incentivize the integration, organization and training of our brothers and sisters in every state of the country.” Felipe Rosario, of the Latin American Network of Waste Pickers (Red Lacre) and Alex Cardoso, of the National Movement of Brazilian Waste Pickers (MNCR) participated in discussions held during the conference.