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The national and regional assembly of waste pickers was held in Panama City from April 21-25, and was part of the knowledge transfer process for the professionalization of waste pickers in the Republic of Panama “Professionalization of the Grassroots Recycler”.

Organized by the Latin American Network of Waste Pickers (REDLACRE) and the National Movement of Waste Pickers of Panama, and supported by the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers (Globalrec), the assembly was attended by leaders, colleagues and supporters from several countries, including Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina.

During the 5 days, the recyclers attended informative workshops that promoted the exchange of knowledge between the different organizations and recyclers – such as “analysis of public policies for recyclers”, “the plastic crisis” and “recyclers’ non-negotiables” – and private assembly sessions, where a new president and new secretariats were elected.

The event also included the first global climate strike, with the objective of taking to the National Congress their demand for a Socially Inclusive Packaging Law, as well as the DELIVERY OF A DOCUMENT written by the leaders TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY that demands recognition, remuneration and protection of the work of waste pickers in Panama.

Below you can find the agenda with the activities of the assembly, as well as the list of all the organizations that will participate in the event.

April 21st

  • Associativity
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership
  • Jurisprudence

April 22nd
Transfer of expert knowledge.
World Earth Day March.

April 23rd

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  • AVINA Workshop
  • GAIA Workshop
  • Global Alliance of Waste Pickers Workshop

April 24th

  • Red Lacre Assembly
  • Technical agreements and review of work plans: Project alignment + TDR advocacy. Tools: Value chain, stakeholder map (IGO) and identification of leadership, form tons used and people; theory of change.

April 25, 2010
Technical agreements

Full agenda


  • National Movement of Recyclers of Chile (MNRCH).
  • Association of Recyclers of Bogota (ARB)
  • National Association of Recyclers (ANR)
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Rep.
  • Bolivia
  • Uruguay
  • National Movement of Cartoners and Recyclers of Brazil (MNCR)
  • Argentine Federation of Cartoneros, Carters and Recyclers (FACCyR)
  • National Network of Ecuadorian Recyclers (RENAREC)