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
  • 423 Number of organizations in the data base
  • 26 Number of organizations that are Waste Picker Organizations (Asia)
  • 3,805,744 Waste pickers in waste picker organizations

Organizational Reach number of organizations (%)

Local (69.2%)

18 (69.2%)

Not known (15.4%)

4 (15.4%)

National (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Regional (3.8%)

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 26)

69.2%
15.4%
11.5%
3.8%

Type of organization number of organizations (%)

Self-help group (34.6%)

9 (34.6%)

Non governmental organization (23.1%)

6 (23.1%)

Community based organization (19.2%)

5 (19.2%)

Association (19.2%)

5 (19.2%)

Cooperative (19.2%)

5 (19.2%)

Women´s group (15.4%)

4 (15.4%)

Non profit organization (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Alliance (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Network of cooperatives (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Trade union (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Federation of cooperatives (11.5%)

3 (11.5%)

Membership based organization (7.7%)

2 (7.7%)

Federation (7.7%)

2 (7.7%)

Movement

1

Church organization

1

(Total organizations formed by waste pickers: 26)

9 (34.6%)
6 (23.1%)
5 (19.2%)
5 (19.2%)
5 (19.2%)
4 (15.4%)
3 (11.5%)
3 (11.5%)
3 (11.5%)
3 (11.5%)
3 (11.5%)
2 (7.7%)
2 (7.7%)

Country number of organizations (%)

India: 24 (92.3%)

Bangladesh: 1

Indonesia: 1

Type of members number of organizations (%)

Members are waste pickers 25 (96.2%)

Members are multi sector 5 (19.2%)

Members are waste picker organizations 5 (19.2%)

Waste picker support organization 3 (11.5%)

Members employ waste pickers 3 (11.5%)

Potential supporters 1 (3.8%)

Occupation of members number of organizations (%)

Waste pickers 26 (100%)

Waste collectors 11 (42.3%)

Solid waste managers 10 (38.5%)

Itinerant buyers 5 (19.2%)

Scrap dealers 5 (19.2%)

Itinerant workers 3 (11.5%)

Street sweepers 1 (3.8%)

Year Formed number of organizations

Not known

1972

1975

1984

1991

1993

1994

1997

1999

2001

2005

2007

2009

2011

2012

2014

2015

6
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2

Year Registered number of organizations

Not known

1985

1991

1994

1997

2000

2003

2004

2007

2008

2009

2012

2014

2015

12
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1

Activities number of organizations

Waste sorting

Waste collection

Sorting waste

Training and capacity building

Collection of recyclables

Collecting materials

Sensitization of locals

Composting

Waste management

Selling materials

Collecting waste

Cleaning

Collection of waste

Recycling

Organizing collective events

Community storage of materials

Buying materials

Transportation

Special collections from large generators of waste

Street sweeping

Community sale of materials

Farming

Tree planting

New items made from collected materials

14
12
12
11
11
10
10
9
9
9
9
9
8
7
7
6
6
6
5
4
4
2
1
1

Workplace of Members number of organizations

Street

Door to door

Dumpsite

Open

Recycling center

Sorting center

Home-based

Slums

Collection from companies

Landfill

Fixed

Other

Companies

Sanitary landfill

19
12
11
11
11
11
11
9
8
7
7
6
5
4

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

Providers of infrastructure

Integrated into formal systems of source segregation

None

9
6
2

Languages number of organizations

English

Hindi

Marathi

Konkani

Bangla

Urdu

Indonesia-Bahasa

Kannada

Khasi

Tamil

Telugu

19
15
13
4
3
3
1
1
1
1
1