South African WAste Pickers Association (SAWPA)

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The South African Waste Pickers Association works to promote the rights of waste pickers in South Africa and to strengthen unity and cohesion among waste pickers. The association was formed in 2009 and has registered more than 100 waste pickers, who make a living off the collecting and selling of waste. SAWPA members recycle materials such as organics, plastic, cardboard, paper and metals and prevent them from going to waste dumps. SAWPA's partnering organisations include, groundWork and WIEGO.