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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Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India


Primary information

Year formed
Registered in
Formally registered
English, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi
Number of groups
Number of members
Type of members
Members are multi sector, Members are waste picker organizations, Members are waste pickers, Members employ waste pickers, Potential supporters, Waste picker support organization
Occupation of members
Itinerant buyers, Itinerant workers, Scrap dealers, Solid waste managers, Street sweepers, Waste collectors, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Alliance, Community based organization, Non governmental organization, Non profit organization, Self-help group
Organizational Reach
Workplace of members
Door to door, Home-based, Open, Other, Recycling center, Sorting center, Street
Education and training
Business & project management, Cooperativism & solidarity economy, Leadership training, Learning exchange, Literacy & school, Mobilization, Rights & duties, Risks & health, Waste management
Partnering organizations
Verala Development society, Ekati Sanstha, Kolhapur Cancer Center
Donor, Membership fees
Internal elections
Every 5 years
Women composition
Majority of women

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Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Clean & healthy environment, Education programmes, Id cards, Job creation & source of income, Legal assistance, Occupational health & safety, Savings or credit scheme, Social & pension benefits, Training & advocacy
Safety & Technology
Dust coats, First aid kits, Gloves, Masks, No, Risk training,, Safety boots, Yes


What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Providers of infrastructure
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Excellent and/or friendly
Types of materials
Biodegradable, Biodegradable waste, Bones, Bottles, Cans, Charcoal, Clothing, Glass, Household items, Paper and cardboard, Plastic, Plastics
Are they selling to middlemen?
Cleaning, Collecting materials, Collecting waste, Collection of recyclables, Collection of waste, Community sale of materials, Community storage of materials, Composting, Farming, Organizing collective events, Recycling, Sensitization of locals, Sorting waste, Street sweeping, Training and capacity building, Transportation, Waste collection, Waste management, Waste sorting
Sorting Spaces
Sorting center / sorting workshops
Treatmet of organic materials
Challenges to access waste
Contamination from waste, Exploitation, Foul smell & contamination from waste, Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of recognition, Lack of tools, Lack of unity between organizations, Negative attitude towards waste, Obtaining licenses, Price fluctuations of waste, Privatization, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information source
Anuradha Bhosle provided the information to the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers.

Comments / Narrative


Avani means food, cloth and shelter. It was registered in the year 1994. Avani’s goal is to eradicate child labour from all the occupations and provide them with education. Avani works in 8 districts of state of Maharashtra on educational rights of migrant children. It also focuses on the empowerment of women and their economic upliftment with a special focus on waste-pickers.

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