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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What are the challenges that waste pickers face in their cities?

Conversations with waste pickers from 16 cities around the world shed light on many of these challenges. This collaborative project involving CoLab-MIT and WIEGO seeks to understand the relationship between formal waste management and the informal recycling sector. Using interviews carried out during the Global Strategic Workshop for Waste Pickers (held in Pune, India, in 2012), the project shows the global state of waste pickers’ organizations and their relationship with municipalities, city by city. If you click over the map in the city of interest, you will find 1) a waste pickers’ personal story, 2) the official waste management system, 3) the informal recycling system, 4) waste pickers’ organization and 5) current central issues.

The Cities and Waste project was commissioned by Lucía Fernández, of WIEGO, in March of 2012. It was completed by Leslie Vryenhoek, Libby McDonald and Federico DeMaria in October of 2012. Information from Cities and Waste should be cited as follows: Fernandez Lucia, Vryenhoek Leslie, Mc Donald Libby, DeMaria Federico, Cities & waste report, WIEGO-MIT, 2014,

CitiesCity Report: Interview with a local Waste PickerCountries
Abuja Abuja
Accra Ghana
Ahmendabad India
Antananarivo Madagascar
Asunción Paraguay
Athens Athens
Athens Athens
Aurangabad India
Bahawalpur Bahawalpur
Bamako Mali
Bandung Bandung
Bangalore India
Barisal Barisal
Beijing China
Beitbridge Beitbridge
Bhopal India
Bremen Bremen
Brooklyn United States of America
Bulawayo Bulawayo
Cairo Egypt
Calgary Canada
Cape Town South Africa
Cape Town Cape Town
Capetown Capetown
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chennai India
Colombo Colombo
Cox’s Bazar Cox's Bazar
Curitiba, Parana Brazil
Dakar Senegal
Dar Es Salaam Dar Es Salaam
Dhaka Dhaka
Diourbel Senegal
Ede Ede
Ejisu Ejisu
Ejisu Ejisu
Gilgit Gilgit
Guntur India
Gwanda Gwanda
Gweru Gweru
Hwange Hwange
Ibadan Ibadan
Indore India
Indore India
Iquique Chile
Islamabad Islamabad
Itaúna, Minas Gerais Brazil
Ja Ela Ja Ela
Jakarta Indonesia
Johannesburg Johannesburg
Karachi Karachi
Kasur Kasur
Kathmandu Nepal
Kenya Kenya
Kimberley Kimberley
Kisumu Kisumu
Kolhapur India
Kolkata (West Bengal) India
Kumasi Kumasi
Kumasi Kumasi
Kwekwe Kwekwe
Lagos Lagos
Lagos Lagos
Lahore Lahore
Magura Bangladesh
Manila Philippines
Marsabit Marsabit
Masvingo Masvingo
Mato Grosso Mato Grosso
Mogwase Mogwase
Montevideo Uruguay
Montreal Canada
Mumbai India
Muridke Muridke
Mysore India
Nairobi Nairobi
Narrowal Narrowal
New Delhi India
New York United States of America
Nove Mesto nad Vahom Nove Mesto nad Vahom
Osun State Osun State
Panipat Panipat
Paris France
Peshawar Peshawar
Pietermartizburg South Africa
Plumtree Plumtree
Portland Portland
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil
Quetta Quetta
Quetta Quetta
Quetta Quetta
Quetta Quetta
Roseburg oregon Roseburg oregon
São Paulo Brazil
Sasolburg South Africa
Shillong India
South Africa South Africa
Tijuana Tijuana
Trivandrum Trivandrum
Tumkur India
Vancouver Canada
Victoria Falls Victoria Falls
Vijayawada India
Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam
Witbank Witbank