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Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

Just Recycling

The Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits of Working with Waste Pickers

Millions of people worldwide make a living by collecting, sortingand selling what others have thrown away. These informal waste pickers do a great service for their cities but are often overlooked, maltreated and even criminalized.

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla Awarded Goldman Environmental Prize

Nohra Padilla, Waste picker from Colombia, Recipient of 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Award

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Pickers in Bogota Lend Support to Mayor Gustavo Petro

Waste Picker working at a recycling center in Bogota, Colombia

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

(Text in Spanish follows the English version)

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS)

IEMSThe 10-city Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) evaluates the realities that informal workers face. Qualitative and quantitative research methods together have provided an in-depth understanding of how home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers are affected by economic trends, urban policies and practices, value chain dynamics, and other economic and social forces.

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members  in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our  Publication Series.

Waste & Gender: Rethinking Relations for Empowerment

by Deia de Brito, with Sonia Diaswoman waste picker

Little research exists about gender relations and divisions among waste pickers. A collaborative project involving waste pickers in Latin America has shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.

Media Advisory (South Africa) - State Force Unleashed on Peaceful Waste Pickers

groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa)
Hlanganani Ma-Afrika Waste Picker Cooperative

11 November, 2015