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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Country Colombia

December 27, 2021

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In Colombia, despite the fact that the organized waste pickers’ union won the recognition and remuneration of their work as a public service of waste or recycling before the Constitutional Court of Colombia, national authorities and private actors have distorted these jurisprudential mandates allowing this recognition and remuneration to be taken advantage of by private recycling companies, intermediaries and garbage collection companies. During 2021 The National Association of Waste Pickers (ANR) continues to fight hard for the national and municipal governments to guarantee the rights of the waste picker population in Colombia, and for the norm to truly reflect the spirit of the constitutional orders in favor of waste pickers; to this end, it has developed actions of denunciation, legal actions, mobilization and accompaniment of member organizations in this regard.