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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
Philippines Gift for Pope Francis Inquirer . (7 July 2014)
By Lucero, Aileen.

Pope Francis, who is known for his simplicity, his preference for public transportation, and his affection and respect for those who recycle such as the waste pickers, would surely exalt efforts to make his forthcoming visit simple, ecological and waste-free.

Philippines National plastic ban pushed by Manila Bay trash pickers Philippine Daily Inquirer . (4 July 2014)

To really make a dent in saving the environment, the ban on plastic bags and wrappers should no longer be just local but national, according to green advocates who scoured the coast of Manila Bay and once again found the shores awash with garbage in what has been an annual and frustrating cleanup campaign.

By Wiens, Kyle.

"By the time the global sports event (World Cup) ends on July 13, experts estimate that World Cup spectators will generate a staggering 320 tons of trash. Enter the catadores—waste pickers who earn a living by collecting recyclables from the nation’s trash heap, men and women who will dig through the garbage and pick out each aluminum can, plastic bottle, and glass container. And while their jobs may seem humble, their sweat and solidarity are helping to transform Brazil into a true world power in recycling."

This article includes the history and current situation of waste pickers and includes an interview with WIEGO's Waste Picker Sector Specialist, Sonia Dias.

By Voinea, Anca.

While millions of football fans across the world were waiting for the start of the World Cup in Brazil, the organisers were busy making sure everything was in place for football's biggest tournament. Throughout the event, which runs from 12 June to 13 July, co-operatives will play an important role in providing services to both athletes and football supporters traveling to Brazil.

By Adams, Nancy.

Sid Pai got his venture Protoprint off the ground while he was an undergraduate as well. Protoprint is a social enterprise based in Pune, India, that empowers urban waste pickers with the technology to ethically produce fair trade 3-D printer filament from the waste plastic they collect.

By Carr, Carlin.

Pune has give an army of mostly Dalit ('untouchable') women the sole rights to collect and recycle the city's mountains of trash. This article shares information about the situation in Pune, about the efforts of SWaCH and KKPKP and about a related policy brief by WIEGO.

By Carr, Carlin.

A policy brief on the Pune model by Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (Wiego) cites the union as an important foundational step. The difference in this public sector union is that it set its priorities beyond just workers' rights and focused on the larger public benefit.

India Interview: Cloud drives Bangalore rag picker revolution Computer Weekly . (1 July 2014)

After years working in London for the UK operation of IT services company Mindtree, Prashant Mehra returned to Bangalore to help transform the lives of the city's 1.5 million rag pickers and improve local government waste management in the process.

World cup tickets can cost hundreds of dollars, but Alex Pereira is paid to go to matches -and he doesn't mind that he spends the game sorting through other people's garbage.

Zimbabwe Waste recycling: A source of wealth News day . (28 June 2014)
By Mutingwende, Byron.

Due to the influx of waste pickers at designated sites like the Pomona Dumpsite, pickers are required to register with Harare City Council. The move was interpreted as a way of limiting the number of waste pickers at the dumpsite and as a way of raising revenue on the part of council.