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Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

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.

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 seeks to shed light on the multiple levels of discrimination that women waste pickers face and their needs.

Waste Pickers' Ongoing Fight for Recognition

Observing Waste Pickers' Day around the world

Recent Achievements

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers provides a wealth of up-to-date information on waste pickers around the world, their struggles and triumps. Visit www.globalrec.org.

Brazilian waste pickers have fought for and gained recognition in recent months:

Waste Picker Video Series: Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion

About the Series

(Text in Spanish follows the English version)

Waste Pickers & Solid Waste Management

In some countries, waste pickers provide the only form of solid waste collection.

Waste Pickers at the United Nations Climate Change Conferences

Waste pickers contribute to the conservation of natural resources and energy while reducing air and water pollution. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reuse of materials. Around the globe, waste pickers are organizing and fighting for recognition of their significant environmental contributions.

Basic Categories of Waste Pickers

Although the kinds of work waste pickers do differs across countries, some basic categories exist. These include:waste picker kkpkp

WIEGO Briefs

WIEGO Briefs are part of our  Publication Series.