There are millions of people around the world paving the road to zero waste by doing the work of collecting, sorting, selling, and recovering what we recycle and throw away. Many work in harsh conditions. However, there is evidence that where waste collectors are organized and operate within a more favorable policy climate, they are able to achieve a decent standard of living and improve their health and social standing. GAIA believes that advocating for recycler and waste picker rights is an important part of working for environmental justice and zero waste. To this end, GAIA stands in solidarity with waste pickers to demand safe working conditions, fair wages, and voice in the policy decisions that shape their lives.