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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
The Scorned but Valuable Work of Waste Pickers Business Week . (14 April 2014)
By Coy, Peter.

You don’t rummage through piles of garbage looking for recyclable items if you have other options in life. Waste pickers are pretty close to the bottom of the career prestige ladder. But they do provide a useful service, simultaneously reducing the volume of waste that goes into landfills and providing useful raw materials like glass, plastic, and paper to manufacturers.

India Pvt Schools Accused of RTE Quota Violation Times of India . (13 April 2014)

The Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), an association of unorganized labourers, has written to state education commissioner S Chockalingam accusing private schools of creating hurdles in granting admissions under the 25% quota of the Right to Education Act (RTE) for economically weaker sections.

India Wastepicker found dead in Dhankawdi Times of India . (13 April 2014)

A 10-year-old wastepicker was found dead at Sambhajinagar in Dhankawdi on Saturday morning.

India These 8,000 workers aren't just trash talking Mid-day . (11 April 2014)
By Tilekar, Swapnal.

They are the unsung heroes that ensure that the city isn't run over with heaps and mounds of garbage. But, let alone praise or recognition, they are hardly ever noticed.

Research unveiled at World Urban Forum challenges myths about the informal economy, and shows that urban informal workers play vital roles in the urban economy and help keep their households out of extreme poverty. The findings also indicate that city policies and practices tend to undermine informal livelihoods.

The researchers conclude that informal workers, who make up the majority of the urban workforce in most regions, could make greater contributions if local policies and practices supported, rather than hindered, their work.
The findings are from the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), which examined the realities faced by informal workers in 10 cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America. IEMS is a collaboration between Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), which led the study, and WIEGO's partners in the Inclusive Cities project.

Una delegación de recicladores de países como la India, Brasil, Sur África y Colombia hacen presencia en esta séptima edición del Foro Urbano Mundial. Maitreyi Shankar, es una de las líderes en la India de la fundación Wiego (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) y habló sobre la problemática de los recicladores en los distintos países.

South África Few South African City-Dwellers Recycle Their Garbage 25 Degrees . (10 April 2014)

Most South Africans don't know where their waste flows, have no idea that they should - by Law - recycle and yet, even if they do, don't know or can't get to where their separated garden refuse, glass, paper, tins or plastics should be dropped off.

India Waste Management Accomodation Times . (9 April 2014)
By Chaturvedi, Murari.

The city's garbage segregation for dry and solid waste is the main point in the waste disposal process. In pune it has given jobs to waste pickers and formed a co-operative of  waste pickers called Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit and its 2300 members go house to house and collect 600 tonns of garbage, including 140 tonnes of dry garbage.

Pakistan Juma Khan, the refugee Heartfile . (7 April 2014)
By Mahdi, Mariam.

He was born in Pakistan to refugee parents from Afghanistan, and despite having spent 38 years in Pakistan, was still tagged as a refugee. He was illiterate, had no skills, and had adopted the occupation of his parents, who were trash pickers.

India Mucking it up The Economist . (5 April 2014)

Wading through rubbish gives the pickers skin diseases and infections. Methane emitted by the dump makes them nauseous. A decade ago, people say, when the dump was more unstable than it is today, several ragpickers were buried alive. Officials from the Delhi government, which runs the dump, are a more quotidian peril, shaking the ragpickers down for five or ten rupees a time.