Protecting livelihoods during dump closures: Learnings from 3 cities

Waste pickers pick recyclable waste at a dump site in Accra, Ghana. Photo by Dean Saffron for WIEGO.
29 August 2023 - 29 August 2023

Date: August 29th, 2023
Time: 9.00 Brazil / 14.00 South Africa 
Duration: 90 minutes
Languages: Portuguese, English and French

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The closure of large-scale open dumps poses a key challenge to waste-picker livelihoods. Working alongside worker organizations, WIEGO has helped develop livelihood-centred approaches to dump closures. This webinar will:

  • Give an overview of open dump closures in the context of the climate emergency and the development agenda. 
  • Reflect on three cases at different phases of completion: the Estrutural (Brasília), Mbeubeuss (Dakar) and Kpone (Accra) landfills.  
  • Outline common challenges and lessons in protecting and maintaining livelihoods during dump closure processes.
  • Explore how the design of inclusive recycling systems can be a pathway for integrating workers affected by dump closures.


  • Dr Sonia Dias, Waste Sector Specialist, WIEGO
  • Lúcia F. Nascimento, leader of the CORACE cooperative (CENTCOOP, MNCR)
  • Dr Owusu Boampong, University of Cape Coast and WIEGO
  • Maguette Diop, Project Officer, Dakar Focal Cities, WIEGO


  • Dr Jennifer Tucker, Associate Professor of Community & Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico
  • Dr Melanie Samson, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa


  • Olga Abizaid, Dakar Focal City Advisor/Urban Policy Analyst for WIEGO

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