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Rights of waste pickers and benefits of self organizing for recognition and inclusion in Formal waste management system

Success stories of waste pickers organizing

  1. In brazil and Colombia Cooperatives have the right to sell/bid on contracts with municipalities.For example in Columbia,Waste pickers have formed collectives to advocate for their rights to inclusion in municipal planning around solid waste management to be recognized as providers of waste collection and recycling services.
  2. India the cooperatives of self-employed waste pickers provide door to door collection services to residents.
  3. In South Africa through South Africa Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA) Waste pickers have called for systems change to zero waste system.
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