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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India City ragpicker to world: Treat us like any other worker. The Times of India . (22 August 2016)

She set foot in an airport and took a flight for the first time. "I didn't know about pilots at all. All this while I thought planes fly into the sky by themselves. I was so scared," said Indira Raj, a ragpicker from Bengaluru who attended a meet organized by the Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) in Indonesia between July 25 and 27.

By Arora, Kabir.

Indira, a waste picker from Bangalore, made a passionate plea to world governments for recognizing the contributions of waste pickers during an event organized on the sidelines of United Nations (UN) Habitat III Prepcom at Surabaya, Indonesia. She asked that governments recognize waste pickers in the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document set to emerge at the Habitat III cities conference in October 2016. 

United States of America Collecting cans to survive: a 'dark future' as California recycling centers vanish The Guardian . (8 August 2016)
By Wong, Julia Carrie.

Poor and homeless San Franciscans rely on income earned by trading cans for cash, but their subsistence is under threat as hundreds of centers close down.

By Rosengren, Cole.

(Sonia) Dias sees potential for catadores (waste pickers) to be more involved in educating their fellow citizens about the value of recyclable materials and the need for proper disposal. Though making this happen beyond the Olympics may be a challenge.

India Meet The Real Swachh Warriors NDTV . (31 July 2016)
By Singh, Ambika.

They are the sewage workers, sweepers, rag-pickers who work on low wages, suffer stigma and for whom each day at work involves risking their lives through daily exposure to toxic material which surrounds them.

South Africa Recyclers Say How Their Lives Could Be Made Easier. All Africa . (29 July 2016)
By Gontsana, Mary-Anne.

Waste pickers in Khayelitsha ask for designated landfills. "As waste pickers ...it is difficult... because we do not have landfills designated for us and our work," she says. "We have to do our work in our yards and our neighbours are starting to complain, saying that we attract rats to their yards and houses."

India Waste-picker shares her experience at UN event Deccan Herald . (26 July 2016)
By Jain Bengaluru, Niveditha.

Who can throw light on the waste management of Bengaluru better than the waste-pickers themselves? A waste-picker from childhood, Indira Raja  (in pic) did just that. On Monday, she got a chance to speak on city’s waste management at an international conference. 

India From ragpicking to reporting: A tale of greenhorn reporters. Gulf News India . (20 July 2016)

"Balaknama has not only made these street children independent and aware of their rights but also given them hope to dream for a better future," Chetna director Sanjay Gupta told IANS.

South Africa Campaigning for a better city. Overport Rising Sun . (18 July 2016)

Foremost among these are street vendors and informal traders, fisherpeople, waste pickers, taxi drivers, and informal shack dwellers. Adding to their demands for a city consciously planned around all its communities' needs, are women's organisations such as Agenda Feminist Media, the Refugee Social Services, and the Right to Know Campaign.

China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region "Trash Tsunami" Chokes Beaches in Hong Kong. Nature World News . (16 July 2016)
By Rosca, John.

A wave of trash has overwhelmed Hong Kong's beaches, and the residents are asking: where is all the garbage coming from? On July 10th, HK Chief Executive CY Leung and a group of cabinet officials joined workers in a cleanup of Lantau Island's shoreline, reported the New York Times. The waste pickers ended up clearing 3,000 pounds of debris.