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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The documentary “La Basura de Hoy, el Tesoro de Mañana” (“Trash today, a treasure tomorrow” in English) includes moving testimonies from Bolivian waste pickers. The film aims to bring consciousness to the struggles, necessities and support that waste pickers, often not valued for their contributions, need as they struggle to bring dignity to the important social work they do. The documentary – created by the Bolivian Council for Integral Solid Waste Management (COBORESO) — relates the discrimination faced by the waste pickers, and the gains they’ve made as economic pillars in their families and in solid waste management systems. The documentary focuses on the experience of La Red de Recicladores de Santa Cruz (the recyclers’ network of Santa Cruz) and involved the participation of many waste pickers from various organizations in the Network, as well as Sergio Betancourt, technical coordinator of the Red de Recicladores Santa Cruz and environmental engineer at the Fundación Casa de La Paz.