The Social, Environmental, & Economic Benefits of Partnering with Informal Recyclers
In many countries, waste pickers have built recycling systems from scratch and against all odds. They hold the key to a zero waste future.
WASTE PICKERS AND ZERO WASTE CITIES
Inclusion of informal recyclers is crucial to the success of a city’s zero waste plan.
Better environmental outcomes by extending the life of disposal sites and reducing greenhouse gases.
Greater economic and social justice for an important percentage of the population performing an essential service.
A powerful foundation upon which governments can dynamically transition towards a zero waste future.
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Voices of Resilience: Waste Pickers in Tanzania
Waste pickers are the unsung heroes of the recycling world, their vital work sees the recovery and recycling of materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfills sites or the environment. This essential service provides numerous environmental, social and economical benefits to society. Let us ensure that their work does not go unrecognised, and they receive the essential support they deserve.
Voices of Resilience: Waste pickers in the Philippines
Waste pickers and workers around the globe were badly hit by the pandemic. While their contribution to the community is vital, they are often neglected by the same community that they serve. They deserve more. They deserve better.
Not Disposable: Waste Pickers
Waste pickers make zero waste work. Hear from the about how single-use plastic undermines their ability to keep their cities free from waste pollution.
Video courtesy of Peak Plastic Foundation and Only.one.
Voices of Resilience
The COVID crisis has made clear how essential waste workers and waste pickers are to maintaining healthy cities. As we recover, GAIA’s network members will play a key role in rebuilding their communities. Read stories of some of the waste pickers and waste workers at the frontlines of this pandemic who are fighting to provide essential services for their communities in spite of local governments that have failed to give them adequate safety equipment and worker protections.