Launch of the first payment to Popayan WP’s as providers of the public service of recycling

Popayan, Colombia

Recicladora - Colombia

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On September 29, 2017, the launch of the first payment to Popayan waste pickers as providers of public recycling services took place in Popayan, Colombia. Federico Parra, WIEGO’s Waste Picker Coordinator for Latin America, and Maria Eugenia Duque, Bogota Recyclers Association adviser, attended the event.

The first payment waste pickers from Popayan received from the municipality was the result of a long struggle for inclusion of these informal workers in the waste collection system, and the first payment made outside the Colombian capital.

More information
Read WIEGO's page Waste Pickers and the law

Read Technical Brief No.9 (in Spanish), Reciclaje: ¡Sí, pero con recicladores!”. Gestión pública del aprovechamiento con inclusión de recicladores: Un nuevo paradigma en el manejo de los residuos en Bogotá, Colombia

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