Monday, November 28, 2011

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The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers now has a website and this blog has been incorporated into the site. Please visit the blog at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies to Attend 2nd Franco-Brazilian "Waste and Citizenship Week"

France Libertés in coordination with the local authority of Plaine Commune (northern suburb of Paris) will host the 2nd Franco-Brazilian "Waste and Citizenship Week" from May 24-26th, 2011.  This public event share the experiences of Brazilian catadores  (waste pickers) and a whole network of French participants working in waste management and the social economy.  Attending the event on the part of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies include waste pickers from KKPKP/ Alliance of Indian WastePickers, as well as from the Latin American and Carribean Waste Picker Network and allies from WIEGO. 

The event takes a critical look at waste management in the global south and modern waste management systems within France.
To find out more about this event and read a report on last year's event please see their website:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Serie PROhumana: Reciclaje y las 3 R

Video sobre el reciclaje con Exequiel Estay de MNRCh / Red Latinoamericana. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Recicladores, fundamentales en la mitigación del cambio climático Recicladores, fundamentales en la mitigación del cambio climático
por Nancy Arancibia/Nació

Aportan el 60% del reciclaje nacional y la misma cifra a nivel mundial, pero no son reconocidos por el Estado como agentes de ese cambio. En la conmemoración del Día Mundial de Reciclador, exigen su lugar en la cadena para lograr un medio ambiente más sano.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dia Mundial del Reciclador

Waste Pickers Across Latin America Unite with the Waste Pickers of Colombia to Recognize “Dia Mundial del Reciclador”

Thousands of waste pickers across Latin America will demonstate today on “World Waste Picker Day” as they have each year since 2008. Dia Mundial del Reciclador brings attention to the difficult work conditions that waste pickers experience, the valuable contribution that waste pickers provide to society and the environment, and the need for waste pickers to organize to improve their work and living conditions.

Events scheduled today across Latin America include marches and days of reflection in Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Dia Mundial del Reciclador was established in 2008 during the First World Conference and Third Latin American Conference Waste Pickers to commemorate the violent deaths of 10 waste pickers in Colombia.

Monday, February 28, 2011

New Plastics Law for India

India has introduced a new law on plastic waste. The new law incorporates Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for plastics waste management and mentions the inclusion of waste pickers, a historic first. Some key features of the law include:

A ban on open burning of plastics.
A ban on plastic bags less than 40 micron.
Consumers must pay for plastic bags.
A pdf of the law can be accessed here:

New Plastics Law for India

New Plastics Law for India