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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers
India India leads world in informal employment. The Hans India . (15 May 2018)

Waste pickers provide a critical environmental service, extracting recyclable goods from the waste stream and preventing them from accumulating in landfills and dump sites. And domestic workers clean, cook and sometimes care for children or the elderly in private homes.

China United States of America China halts all US scrap imports for 1 month in surprise move. WasteDive . (4 May 2018)
By Rosengren, Cole.

This is the latest, and perhaps most direct, escalation in China's crackdown on the scrap trade since its initial ban of 24 select categories in July 2017. In the months since, the country's new 0.5% contamination standard for all materials, and ban on mixed paper and plastics, has roiled recycling markets around the world. Multiple U.S. states continue to feel the effects and the industry's largest companies have begun talking about ways to change their business models as a result.

South Africa VIDEO: Making a living picking waste. CNN . (4 May 2018)

Between 60,000 and 90,000 South Africans make their living as informal waste pickers, they sort through garbage in landfills and outside homes to find recyclable material.

By Mehrishi, Sumati.

The slum residents, with help from Pune's urban local body and the Pune chapter of SWaCH, a cooperative of waste pickers (started in 2008 in response to a need for a public private partnership for waste management in Pune) have brought a transformation.

By Baker, Jill.

In China, the waste is generally dealt with, even now, by garbage pickers, who sort through garbage dumps, often with no protective gear, gathering metals, paper, etc., for resale to municipal facilities.[...]Inclusion and empowerment of waste-pickers, who face many health risks, is key in China.

By Singh, Paras.

They are always overlooked when policy decisions are taken by the authorities. To put forward their plight, ragpickers from across the city gathered for a novel hearing on Tuesday. Their concerns included structural stumbling blocks like lack of identity cards, addition of hazardous waste in domestic garbage, and no anganwadis for their children, among other issues. The meeting was attended by senior corporation officials, NGOs and Member of Parliament from New Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi.

Republic of Korea Trash pickers desperate as China stops imports. The Korea Times . (8 April 2018)
By Dong-hwan, Ko.

Trash pickers who make a living selling discarded cardboard boxes and other recyclable waste are getting desperate because rates have plummeted following China's decision not buy more waste from Korea.

The last 12 months have been bracketed by two catastrophic, and predictable, events: the collapse of the Koshe Garbage landfill on March 11, 2017, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the collapse of the Hulene Garbage landfill on February 19, 2018, in Maputo, Mozambique.[...]In both instances, the general reporting gave little or no notice to the gender dynamics in the tragedy. In Ethiopia, 75 women were killed by the avalanche of trash. In Mozambique, 12 women perished.

Accra Ghana Waste Pickers Association appeals for health post citifmonline.com . (3 March 2018)

The Kpone Landfill and Biakoye Waste Pickers Association on Thursday appealed to government to assist them with a health post near the landfill site to provide first aid whenever there is an injury or a medical emergency.


The Association urged government, national and international development organizations to support them build their capacity and improve upon their operational capabilities.


The Chairman of the Association, Johnson Doe, made the appeal at Tema as they marked the World Waste Pickers Day under the theme: “One Day of Celebration, 364 Days of Struggle”.

Ghana Waste Pickers Association Appeals for Health Post Ghana News Agency . (2 March 2018)
By Adams, Kodjo.

The Kpone Landfill and Biakoye Waste Pickers Association on Thursday appealed to government to assist them with a health post near the landfill site to provide first aid in times of injuries and medical emergency. 

 

The Association urged government, national and international development organizations to support them through capacity building and improve upon their operational capabilities.