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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
China China: the secret lives of urban waste pickers The Guardian . (10 January 2017)
By Tang, Damin.

Chinadialogue interviews two sociologists who have documented the hidden lives of waste pickers in recycling communities on the outskirts of Beijing. These sociologists wrote "Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China," a book which is available in Chinese.

South Africa Recyclers endure a tough year. ENCA . (21 November 2016)

The lack of a formal collection system in South Africa , resulting in an inferior quality of recyclable plastics, has exacerbated the situation.The country's close to 6,000 waste pickers, as well as an additional 50-thousand informal recyclers around the country, are now feeling the pinch.

By Sanchez, Dana.

South Africa’s 60,000-to-90,000 waste pickers save the country up to $53 million a year diverting recyclables away from landfills, and there are efforts to organize them and encourage them to form unions.

Night and day, thousands of waste pickers – people who gather, sort, reuse and sell the materials others throw away – toiled on the 100-acre mound of festering rubbish. Families fashioned homes from rubbish, on top of rubbish. They ate rubbish, fought over it – and even died over it.

Nigeria 'I built house selling items I picked from dumpsites'. Vanguard . (9 October 2016)
By Ajeamo, Chiamaka.

In the streets and dumpsites of Abuja, many scavengers abound, both young and old, who scout for items that are useful and can be sold to market women, men and recyclers. Despite the challenges encountered in this job, such as health hazards and insults received from members of the society, some of them like the job and prefer to do it than going into armed robbery as they said it puts food on the table for them and their loved ones.

India Recognize contributions of wastepickers in new urban agenda. Citizen Matters . (4 October 2016)
By Khan, Kabir.

Indira is a part of Women in Informal Employment Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) delegation participating in UN Habitat III Prepcom, being held at Surabaya, Indonesia. She is representing Bangalore based 7500 strong wastepickers' organization Hasiru Dala. World governments are meeting in Surabaya as a part of the Habitat III Prepcom to discuss the New Urban Agenda which will be finalized and adopted in Quito, Ecuador, late this year.

India In Indore, segregation norms get dumped with garbage. Hindustan Times . (4 October 2016)

There are about 5,000 waste pickers in Indore, apart from 5,000 odd recognised sanitation workers, who separate about 250 metric ton of reusable waste every day. They use their bare hands, exposing themselves to numerous diseases, to carry out the job.

Unos 20 mil millones de pesos recaudaría recuperadores si firman convenio con Emvarias. A diario se producen unas 1.650 toneladas de basuras en Medellín. Por ello, este martes se discutirá en el Consejo de la ciudad la posibilidad de que los recicladores recuperen el 20 por ciento de los residuos.

Indonesia Indonesian scavengers scrape a living by recycling. Bangkog Post . (30 September 2016)

The capital of Southeast Asia's biggest economy produces around 6,500 tonnes of rubbish a day but unlike many major cities does not have a well thought-out, official recycling system. The majority of homes pay dump trucks to pick up their daily waste while many residents just throw litter on the roads or into fields.

Indonesia The Indonesian waste pickers trading trash for healthcare. The Guardian . (28 September 2016)
By Balch, Oliver.

A scheme aims to tackle poverty and waste in Indonesia by collecting rubbish from some of country's poorest people giving them health insurance in exchange.