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.

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Why the NGT Okhla Order Sets a Bad Precedent for I... This article was originally posted by The Wire — see original here. NGT‘s judgment on Okhla incinerator plant case - A judicial overreach! The Ok...
For immediate release: UNFCCC is supporting a toxi... Press Contact: Mariel Vilella Climate Campaigner Zero Waste Europe Phone # 0044 07847079154 mariel@zerowasteeurope.eu Pratibha Sharma ...
Documentary on Brazilian recyclers wins three awar... The documentary about the National Movement of Recylers in Brazil, "Historic Recyclers," directed by Tania Quaresma, won three awards in the 49t...
Why China’s waste pickers are a better alter...  A new article shows that informal recycling done by the waste pickers in China offers is a solution for waste management and air pollution, and a key...