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.

  1. We are not restricted from accessing recyclable material, harassed or having our materials taken away from us by city officials and the JMPD.
  2. We are supported to end the stigma of being a reclaimer and to be included as full citizens of the city.
  3. Consultation – being part of decision-making that will impact on our livelihood and not to be informed after decisions that will affect us have been taken.

Consultation – being part of decision-making that will impact on our livelihood and not to be informed after decisions that will affect us have been taken.

Inclusion – when we are fully registered and included in the current and future system of collection, sorting and selling of recyclable material and when:

  1. We have proper identification and uniforms to show dignity and respect for our work.
  2. Our health and safety is protected and we have access to regular health checks, personal protective equipment e.g. dust masks especially at the landfill where we are exposed to a lot of dust.
  3. We are recognized and actively involved in environmental campaigns such as educating the community about the benefits of separation at source to the environment and to us.
  4. We have access to dedicated sorting areas and safe storage facilities with decent toilets and showers.

Registration - To record all waste pickers in the system to have accurate records of the number of waste pickers that can be used for planning programmes, selection of people to access different opportunities such as training etc. Individuals and cooperatives will be registered. This will ensure that the process is fair and transparent and it can be properly monitored to make all opportunities equitable.