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
  • 416 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 108 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations
  • 230,798 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (59.3%)

64 (59.3%)

National (24.1%)

26 (24.1%)

Regional (12%)

13 (12%)

Not known (3.7%)

4

International (0.9%)

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 108)

59.3%
24.1%
12%
3.7%
0.9%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Cooperative (39.8%)

43 (39.8%)

Association (29.6%)

32 (29.6%)

Federation of cooperatives (16.7%)

18 (16.7%)

Self-help group (8.3%)

9 (8.3%)

Network of cooperatives (8.3%)

9 (8.3%)

Trade union (7.4%)

8 (7.4%)

Community based organization (5.6%)

6

Movement (4.6%)

5

Non governmental organization (4.6%)

5

Non profit organization (4.6%)

5

Alliance (4.6%)

5

Women´s group

4

Federation

4

Network

3

Membership based organization

2

Church organization

1

Other

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 108)

43 (39.8%)
32 (29.6%)
18 (16.7%)
9 (8.3%)
9 (8.3%)
8 (7.4%)
6 (5.6%)
5 (4.6%)
5 (4.6%)
5 (4.6%)
5 (4.6%)

Country number of organizations (%)

Brazil: 27 (25%)

India: 23 (21.3%)

Colombia: 13 (12%)

South Africa: 3

Peru: 3

Canada: 3

Argentina: 3

Mali: 2

Chile: 2

Nicaragua: 2

Panama: 2

France: 2

Honduras: 2

Ghana: 2

Venezuela: 2

Senegal: 1

Serbia: 1

Uganda: 1

Uruguay: 1

United States of America: 1

Mexico: 1

Italy: 1

Dominican Republic: 1

Ecuador: 1

Bolivia: 1

Paraguay: 1

Benin: 1

Costa Rica: 1

Democratic Republic of Congo: 1

Bangladesh: 1

Cameroon: 1

Kenya: 1

Type of members number of organizations (%)

Members are waste pickers 93 (86.1%)

Members are waste picker organizations 30 (27.8%)

Members are multi sector 9 (8.3%)

Members employ waste pickers 3 (2.8%)

Waste picker support organization 3 (2.8%)

Potential supporters 2 (1.9%)

Occupation of members number of organizations (%)

Waste pickers 108 (100%)

Waste collectors 11 (10.2%)

Solid waste managers 8 (7.4%)

Itinerant workers 7 (6.5%)

Itinerant buyers 5 (4.6%)

Scrap dealers 5 (4.6%)

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

2015

59
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
3
5
1
4
1
3
5
4
6
2
2
1
1

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1985

1991

1994

1997

1998

2000

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

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

Activities number of organizations

Community storage of materials

Community sale of materials

Selling materials

Waste sorting

Collection of recyclables

Waste collection

Training and capacity building

Sorting waste

Collecting materials

Sensitization of locals

Composting

Special collections from large generators of waste

Waste management

Organizing collective events

Recycling

Cleaning

Collecting waste

Collection of waste

New items made from collected materials

Transportation

Street sweeping

Buying materials

Farming

Tree planting

18
17
17
15
14
13
13
13
12
11
10
10
9
8
8
7
7
7
6
6
5
3
2
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Door to door

Dumpsite

Landfill

Sorting center

Home-based

Open

Recycling center

Collection from companies

Slums

Other

Sanitary landfill

Fixed

Companies

82
27
22
16
15
11
11
11
11
8
6
5
5
4

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

Providers of infrastructure

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

None

Payment for materials collected

7
6
5
1

Languages number of organizations

Spanish

English

Portuguese

Hindi

Marathi

French

Konkani

Urdu

Bangla

Bomu

Tamil

Khasi

Kannada

Italian

Serbian

Bozo, Tiéyaxo

Kikongo

Bambara

Tshiluba

Swahili

Lingala

Wolof

Toucouleur

Serere

Peulh

Mandingue

Telugu

39
29
21
13
10
9
4
3
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1