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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We have been fighting for many years for the recognition of our work, our profession and our rights. Now, with the strength of hundreds of waste pickers’ organizations in 26 countries around the globe, we are launching our Constitution. It will give us the foundation to build a solid bottom-up waste picker global organization, after a long period of international networking without a formal registration.

In 2005, we started RedLacre, the Latin American Network of Recyclers. Four years later, we formed the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers (GlobalRec). Finally, in the last two years, through a constitutive process, we have developed a joint vision that allows us to achieve a worldwide unity of waste pickers.

On October 29th, 2022 we will hold a Virtual Congress to Launch Our Constitution, which will allow us to formalize ourselves as an international organization of waste pickers. We are pleased to invite you to a very important event for all waste pickers around the world!

Register to participate

Visit the constitution launching congress dedicated page for all the information about the event.

Important reports and manifestos

Prospective affiliates #

List of Prospective affiliates and observers from the adoption session on October 17th 2022 session.

#RegionCountryRepresentativeName of the organizationStatus
1AfricaGhanaDivine DekonorKponeProspective Affiliate
2AfricaSenegalHarouna NiasseBokk DiomProspective Affiliate
3AfricaBurkina FasoSouleymane SampebgoATTAC/CADTM BurkinaProspective Affiliate
4AfricaDemocratic Republic of CongoAnne MatondoLigue pour les Droits de la Femme Congolaise ( LDFC)Prospective Affiliate
5AfricaKenyaJohn ChweeyaKeNaWPWAProspective Affiliate
6AfricaMaliIbrahima Sidibél'Association Maliennes des Trieuses de déchets sur les dépôts AMTDDOProspective Affiliate
7AfricaNigeriaFriday OkuNASWONProspective Affiliate
8AfricaSouth AfricaLefa MonongaSAWPAProspective Affiliate
8AfricaSouth AfricaLuyanda HlatshwayoAROProspective Affiliate
9AfricaBeninFifame Farolle HoungboFINANMINProspective Affiliate
10AfricaNigerZeinabou Habou BarmaFENASEINProspective Affiliate
11AfricaGuinéeAbsentEGIG BTPProspective Affiliate
12AfricaTogoAbsentSYNAPROMEProspective Affiliate
13AsiaIndiaSushila SableAlliance of Indian Waste-pickersProspective Affiliate
14AsiaBangladeshMaksudBangladesh Waste-pickers UnionProspective Affiliate
15AsiaIndonesiaPris PollyIPIObserver
16AsiaNepalShanti TamangSamyukta Safai JagaranProspective Affiliate
17EuropeItalyPietro LuppiReteOnuObserver
18EuropeFranceSamuel Le CoeurAmeliorProspective Affiliate
19LatinamericaBrasilAlex CardosoMNCRProspective Affiliate
20LatinamericaColombiaNohra PadillaANRProspective Affiliate
21LatinamericaArgentinaLeonor LarraburuFACCyRProspective Affiliate
22LatinamericaChileSoledad MellaANARCHProspective Affiliate
23LatinamericaPanamaYenny del CarmenMNRPProspective Affiliate
24LatinamericaBoliviaAbsentRed de Recolectores de BoliviaProspective Affiliate
25LatinamericaDominican RepublicRobinsonMovimiento Nacional de Recicladores de República DominicanaProspective Affiliate
26LatinamericaEcuadorElvia PisuñaRENARECProspective Affiliate
27LatinamericaMexicoAbel BalderasUnión de Trabajadores de Desechos Sólidos Industrializables Lázaro Cárdenas del RíoProspective Affiliate
28LatinamericaUruguayAbsentUCRUSProspective Affiliate
29LatinamericaHondurasAbsentMovimiento Nacional de Recicladores en HondurasProspective Affiliate
30LatinamericaNicaraguaAbsentMesa Nacional de Recicladores de Base de NicaraguaProspective Affiliate
31LatinamericaParaguayAbsentAsociación El ProgresoProspective Affiliate
32LatinamericaEl SalvadorAbsent-Prospective Affiliate
33NorthAmericaUSARyan Castallya (on behalf of Josefa Marin)Sure We CanProspective Affiliate
33NorthAmericaUSABarbie WeberGroundScoreProspective Affiliate
34NorthAmericaCanadaAbsentBinners ProjectObserver