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Informal Economy & WIEGO
Program(s): Law & Informality
Occupational Group(s): Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

Mexico City Recognizes the Rights of Informal Waste Pickers

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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.

Waste Pickers and Human Rights

Waste Picker in Nicaragua

It is estimated that 20 million people worldwide depend directly on waste picking for their livelihoods. They work in landfills, open-air dumps or collect waste from garbage bags or containers located in public spaces. Waste pickers create considerable environmental, economic and social benefits in the cities where they work.