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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
By Toloken, Steve.

In its report, Plastics|SA said the biggest challenge facing companies recycling plastic or using recycled materials in their products is the lack of consistent quality from what is collected. It said that's caused in large part by how the materials are collected, by people trying to make a living picking waste from waste dumps.

India Time to hear someone talk trash Hindustan Times . (2 June 2016)
By Banerjee, Ayesha.

No Indian city has managed to put effective waste management systems in place as per the law. Not one city can claim having even 30% of its waste recycled even though there are nearly 1.2 million people engaged in recycling recovery. In fact, most recycling is due to them and not municipalities.

Organisations like Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) and Solid Waste Collection and Handling (SWaCH) are helping the rag pickers or ‘waste pickers’ lead a dignified life by helping them fight for their rights.

Ostracized by Moroccan society, the waste pickers live on the fringes and are relegated to the lowest of societal rungs. This brings us to the start of the Pimp My Carroça Project.

By Ochieng, Antony.

The Kenyan urban waste problem is systemic, (infra) structural and predominantly cultural. The waste collection and disposal operational paradigm by the county government of Nairobi, and by extension all the other counties in Kenya for instance, has not been made to align with the waste management efforts by the informal urban waste community.

India Recycling works - Kolkata wetlands oldest proof India Climate Dialogue . (23 May 2016)
By Ghosh, Dhrubajyoti.

The waste recyclers in the wetlands of Kolkata are an increasingly neglected community who provide an useful and eco-friendly service without any recognition or support from the authorities.

By Rosengren, Cole.

The Mutiara Trash Bank in Makassar, Indonesia is seen as a leading example of the expanding "trash banking" system. The country has 2,800 trash banks in 129 cities which serve 175,000 people.


A recent report by the organization Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing found government involvement makes a big difference in the lives of waste pickers. That could mean trash banks, grants for supportive programs or payment agreements with municipalities. In many cases people are already doing this work — which has environmental and social benefits.

By Sarkar, Arita.

With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in the process of installing biometric devices at the Deonar dumping ground, nearly 1,000 rag pickers will be able to resume their jobs from June onwards.

Myanmar Yangon rubbish piles up Myanmar Times . (16 May 2016)
By Yee Saw Myint, Shwe.

Yangon residents are producing more rubbish and there are fewer places to put it, officials warn. According to a two-year survey carried out by the municipality, lifestyle changes are responsible for some of the increase, which has been exacerbated by a rise in population.

Namibia Kupferberg 'scavengers' are back The Namibian . (13 May 2016)
By Tjihenuna, Theresia.

A few years after leaving the Kupferberg dump site on the outskirts of Windhoek, some 'scavengers' are back claiming that the food−for−work programme initiated by the government was stopped. This, they said, has forced them to return to the dump site to eke out a living.