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Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

Administrative Justice Project

All over the world, people who rely on access to public space and public resources face a litany of challenges to earn their livelihoods. The challenges largely result from decisions made by local government authorities who control public space and access to waste and land.

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)

WIEGO's Work with Cooperatives

Cooperatives are an important form of democratic organization and solidarity for informal workers, who come together to gain access to services and markets and to engage in collective negotiations.

WIEGO works with, supports and conducts research on cooperatives in many regions. Here is a sample of that work.

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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Waste Pickers in Mexico

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Waste Integration in South Africa (WISA)

Strengthening the Role of Informal Waste Pickers

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Integration as Defined by Waste Pickers in Johannesburg

Integration as Defined by Waste Pickers in Johannesburg

Recognition – when there is no privatization of waste, we are recognized as workers and our work is recognized as a public service.

Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

Johannesburg’s New Waste Programme Threatens Reclaimers’ Work

Waste Pickers & Solid Waste Management

Waste Pickers & Solid Waste Management

In some countries, waste pickers provide the only form of solid waste collection, providing widespread public benefits and achieving high recycling rates.