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
  • 410 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 106 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations
  • 266,978 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (57.5%)

61 (57.5%)

National (25.5%)

27 (25.5%)

Regional (13.2%)

14 (13.2%)

Not known (3.8%)

4

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 106)

57.5%
25.5%
13.2%
3.8%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Cooperative (40.6%)

43 (40.6%)

Association (29.2%)

31 (29.2%)

Federation of cooperatives (14.2%)

15 (14.2%)

Trade union (8.5%)

9 (8.5%)

Self-help group (5.7%)

6

Network of cooperatives (5.7%)

6

Alliance (4.7%)

5

Non profit organization (4.7%)

5

Movement (4.7%)

5

Non governmental organization

4

Community based organization

4

Network

3

Federation

2

Membership based organization

2

Other

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 106)

43 (40.6%)
31 (29.2%)
15 (14.2%)
9 (8.5%)
6 (5.7%)
6 (5.7%)
5 (4.7%)
5 (4.7%)
5 (4.7%)

Country number of organizations (%)

Brazil: 27 (25.5%)

India: 21 (19.8%)

Colombia: 13 (12.3%)

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 91 (85.8%)

Members are waste picker organizations 27 (25.5%)

Members are multi sector 7 (6.6%)

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 106 (100%)

Itinerant workers 6 (5.7%)

Waste collectors 6 (5.7%)

Itinerant buyers 5 (4.7%)

Scrap dealers 4 (3.8%)

Solid waste managers 3 (2.8%)

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

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

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1991

1994

1997

1998

2000

2003

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2014

84
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

Collection of recyclables

Collecting materials

Sorting waste

Special collections from large generators of waste

Training and capacity building

Composting

Sensitization of locals

New items made from collected materials

Organizing collective events

Recycling

Waste management

Collecting waste

Cleaning

Collection of waste

Street sweeping

Transportation

Farming

Buying materials

15
15
13
11
10
10
9
8
8
8
7
6
6
5
5
5
4
3
3
3
2
1
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Door to door

Dumpsite

Landfill

Sorting center

Collection from companies

Recycling center

Home-based

Open

Slums

Other

Sanitary landfill

Companies

Fixed

79
24
20
15
11
8
7
6
6
5
5
4
2
1

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

None

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

Providers of infrastructure

Payment for materials collected

5
5
4
1

Languages number of organizations

Spanish

English

Portuguese

Hindi

French

Marathi

Bangla

Swahili

Italian

Serbian

Bozo, Tiéyaxo

Bomu

Bambara

Tshiluba

Konkani

Lingala

Kikongo

Wolof

Toucouleur

Serere

Peulh

Mandingue

Urdu

39
28
20
10
9
5
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1