GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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Stats « Waste pickers Around the World (WAW)

  • WAW in numbers
  • 409 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 105 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations
  • 266,459 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (57.1%)

60 (57.1%)

National (25.7%)

27 (25.7%)

Regional (13.3%)

14 (13.3%)

Not known (3.8%)

4

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 105)

57.1%
25.7%
13.3%
3.8%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Cooperative (41%)

43 (41%)

Association (28.6%)

30 (28.6%)

Federation of cooperatives (14.3%)

15 (14.3%)

Trade union (8.6%)

9 (8.6%)

Network of cooperatives (5.7%)

6

Non profit organization (4.8%)

5

Self-help group (4.8%)

5

Movement (4.8%)

5

Non governmental organization

4

Alliance

4

Community based organization

4

Network

3

Federation

2

Membership based organization

2

Other

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 105)

43 (41%)
30 (28.6%)
15 (14.3%)
9 (8.6%)
6 (5.7%)
5 (4.8%)
5 (4.8%)
5 (4.8%)

Country number of organizations (%)

Brazil: 27 (25.7%)

India: 21 (20%)

Colombia: 13 (12.4%)

South Africa: 3

Peru: 3

Canada: 3

Argentina: 3

Venezuela: 2

Chile: 2

Mali: 2

Nicaragua: 2

Panama: 2

France: 2

Honduras: 2

Ghana: 2

Serbia: 1

Uganda: 1

Uruguay: 1

United States of America: 1

Mexico: 1

Italy: 1

Senegal: 1

Ecuador: 1

Bolivia: 1

Paraguay: 1

Benin: 1

Dominican Republic: 1

Costa Rica: 1

Democratic Republic of Congo: 1

Cameroon: 1

Kenya: 1

Type of members number of organizations (%)

Members are waste pickers 90 (85.7%)

Members are waste picker organizations 27 (25.7%)

Members are multi sector 7 (6.7%)

Members employ waste pickers 3 (2.9%)

Waste picker support organization 3 (2.9%)

Potential supporters 2 (1.9%)

Occupation of members number of organizations (%)

Waste pickers 105 (100%)

Itinerant workers 6 (5.7%)

Itinerant buyers 5 (4.8%)

Waste collectors 5 (4.8%)

Scrap dealers 4 (3.8%)

Solid waste managers 3 (2.9%)

Street sweepers 2 (1.9%)

Year Formed number of organizations

Not known

1972

1975

1984

1989

1990

1993

1994

1995

1997

1999

2001

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

61
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
4
2
3
1
4
5
3
6
2
1
1

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1991

1994

1997

1998

2000

2003

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

83
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
3
1
1

Activities number of organizations

Community sale of materials

Community storage of materials

Selling materials

Waste sorting

Waste collection

Collecting materials

Collection of recyclables

Special collections from large generators of waste

Composting

Training and capacity building

Sorting waste

Sensitization of locals

New items made from collected materials

Organizing collective events

Recycling

Waste management

Cleaning

Collecting waste

Collection of waste

Street sweeping

Transportation

Farming

Buying materials

15
15
12
10
9
9
9
8
7
7
7
6
6
5
5
5
3
3
3
3
2
1
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Door to door

Dumpsite

Landfill

Sorting center

Collection from companies

Home-based

Open

Recycling center

Slums

Other

Sanitary landfill

Companies

Fixed

78
23
19
15
10
8
6
6
6
5
4
3
2
1

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality? number of organizations

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

None

Providers of infrastructure

Payment for materials collected

5
4
4
1

Languages number of organizations

Spanish

English

Portuguese

Hindi

French

Marathi

Tshiluba

Bangla

Italian

Serbian

Bozo, Tiéyaxo

Bomu

Bambara

Konkani

Swahili

Lingala

Kikongo

Wolof

Toucouleur

Serere

Peulh

Mandingue

Urdu

39
27
20
10
9
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1