This booklet is a guide that is aimed at all waste pickers who face challenges
where they work, focusing particularly on those working on landfill sites,
although street pickers are mentioned briefly throughout.
As a result of this critical work on the ground, waste pickers
started to organize towards creating waste recycling cooperatives
at their dumps and on the streets in different towns. These
cooperatives are at different stages.
Waste pickers from South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco and Zambia have demonstrated the common need for official recognition from national and municipal governments, better working conditions, PPE, improved payment for their recovered materials and collection and processing service, and an end to social stigmatisation.
This four-part video series focuses on the benefits of waste pickers organising themselves into associations, and features Musa Chamane and Asiphile Khanyile of groundWork, Magdalena Donoso of GAIA Latin America and the Caribbean, Simon Mbata and Madi Koena of the South African Waste Pickers Association, Sonia Dias of WIEGO, Satyarupa Shekhar of Break Free From Plastic,
Veronica Hollela of Nipe Fagio and Desmond Alugnoa of GAIA Africa.