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
  • 427 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 15 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations (Africa)
  • 10,341 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (66.7%)

10 (66.7%)

National (33.3%)

5 (33.3%)

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 15)

66.7%
33.3%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Association (66.7%)

10 (66.7%)

Cooperative (20%)

3 (20%)

Movement (6.7%)

1 (6.7%)

Trade union (6.7%)

1 (6.7%)

Alliance (6.7%)

1 (6.7%)

Non profit organization (6.7%)

1 (6.7%)

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 15)

10 (66.7%)
3 (20%)
1 (6.7%)
1 (6.7%)
1 (6.7%)
1 (6.7%)

Country number of organizations (%)

Ghana: 3

South Africa: 3

Mali: 2

Senegal: 1

Benin: 1

Cameroon: 1

Democratic Republic of Congo: 1

Nigeria: 1

Uganda: 1

Kenya: 1

Type of members number of organizations (%)

Members are waste pickers 15 (100%)

Members are waste picker organizations 2 (13.3%)

Occupation of members number of organizations (%)

Waste pickers 15 (100%)

Waste collectors 1 (6.7%)

Scrap dealers 1 (6.7%)

Year Formed number of organizations

Not known

1995

1997

2001

2004

2009

2010

2012

2014

2018

5
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1998

2000

2006

2018

2021

10
1
1
1
1
1

Activities number of organizations

Selling materials

New items made from collected materials

Recycling

Waste collection

Waste sorting

Buying materials

Cleaning

Collecting materials

Collection of recyclables

Community sale of materials

Community storage of materials

Organizing collective events

Sorting waste

Special collections from large generators of waste

Training and capacity building

3
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Dumpsite

Door to door

Landfill

Collection from companies

Open

Sorting center

Recycling center

Home-based

Slums

9
7
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
1

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

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

None

1
1

Languages number of organizations

English

French

Mandingue

Peulh

Serere

Toucouleur

Wolof

Kikongo

Lingala

Swahili

Tshiluba

Bambara

Bomu

Bozo, Tiéyaxo

9
5
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1