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 are thrilled to take this moment to invite you to countdown with us to a landmark moment for waste pickers from around the world- the IAWP Congress 2024. From May 1st to 5th, we will be meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for our first elective Congress!

At the International Alliance of Waste Pickers, we are waste pickers united for our rights. From Burkina Faso in Africa to the Philippines in Asia; Honduras in Latin America to Turkey in Europe, we come together from all the regions of our planet. We have collectivised from 50 organizations in 34 countries to defend our rights as workers. 

The Congress is the Alliance’s highest decision-making body and is composed of 88 delegates elected from our 50 affiliated waste picker organizations, with strategic partners invited as observers and guests. According to our Constitution, we will have our Congress at least once every five years.

What makes this Congress even more special is that for the first time, our truly global movement of waste pickers will be electing representatives democratically and internationally, a moment that will go down in history of both the Alliance and workers rights movements globally.

Excited about the event yet? We sure are! And if you are curious about the participants, details about affiliates, agenda, explanation of procedures and resolutions, we also have you covered! We recently launched our website,  that is available in English, Spanish and French where you can learn more about the Congress which will be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 1-5:

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The IAWP has 88 delegates attending its congress, from 34 countries including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America.

Check out our list of delegates, guests and observers.

Resolutions and constitution amendments

International Alliance of Waste Picker’s affiliates submitted resolutions for the delegates to discuss prior to, and vote for, during Congress.


Learn more about the 50 affiliated organizations who are a part of the Alliance.

Congress Agenda

From May 1-5, 2024 we will be busy with events that will bring together delegates, guests and observers from around the world.

We will celebrate a march for Workers Day, celebrate our diverse cultures, debate and deliberate, vote, get to know our future representatives and much more.

Follow us along on our 5 day journey through our first ever Elective Congress. These are our key events:

  • May 1: Labor Day March and Opening Plenary.
  • May 2: Elections for the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer.
  • May 3: Discussion of resolutions and amendments to the constitution. Public presentation of new IAWP authorities.
  • May 4: Field visit to cardboard cooperatives.
  • May 5: Why is an International Alliance of Waste Pickers required? Panel discussions.

See full agenda here