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

December 27, 2021

The document serves as a guide for action and carries strategic messages on several issues.

The Latin American and Caribbean Network of Waste Pickers, REDLACRE, developed virtually with the national leaders of the organizations that are members of their network, a process of debate and construction of position against the threat of closure of landfills without labor alternatives for waste pickers and the families who work in them. In this way, the network built a manifesto that serves as a guide for action and carries strategic messages on this issue. Read the manifesto.


Debating recycling laws (Ecuador and El Salvador)

In 2021, several national regulations regarding waste management were issued or regulated, such as the Circular Economy Law in Ecuador, the regulation of the Waste and Recycling Law in El Salvador, to mention a few. In all of the above cases, national organizations of recyclers, with the support of allies and RedLacre, analyzed and debated the impacts of these regulations on waste pickers, and presented objections and requests for modifications to the articles of the regulations during the public consultation periods. It is clear that while these regulations evoke the principles of the circular economy, they do not necessarily recognize or promote the historical, economic, productive and social role of recyclers and their organizations in the waste management and utilization systems.