Category: Waste Pickers

Bogota’s Waste Pickers and World Cities Day

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October 31, 2014 marked the first World Cities Day celebration. World Cities Day was established by a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly in December of 2013. According to UN-HABITAT: “World Cities Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and… Read more »

Waste Picker News 26 October 2014

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Waste pickers, South Africa

(English) INDIA. The Invisible Green Workers. What’s With the Climate (25 October 2014) via Hard News Portal by Pinky Chandran, Kabir Arora and Nalini Shekar. Like most Indian cities, Bengaluru has a booming informal economy with an estimated 25,000 waste-pickers, working together with the municipal waste system as it follows a centralised approach of collection and… Read more »

Waste Picker News 28 September 2014

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Waste pickers, Pune, India, Photo by Julian Luckham

(English) INDIA. College girl launches e-waste venture in Hubli. Times of India (28 September 2014) by Sangamesh Menasinakai. A Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) student has taken the initiative of collecting electronic waste from shops and households to prevent environmental hazards which arises when it’s burnt or unscientifically disposed. LATIN AMERICA. Until the Rulers Obey:… Read more »

Waste Picker News 14 September 2014

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Waste pickers, Pune, India, Photo by Julian Luckham

(English) INDIA. Door-to-door garbage collection likely to stop in Pune. Times of India (12 September 2014). The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) reluctance to renew its contract with SWaCH, the cooperative of waste-pickers, may result in the system of door-to-door garbage collection in the city coming to a halt. PAKISTAN. Capital citizens demand proper disposal of… Read more »

Waste Picker News 31 August 2014

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(English) NEPAL. Valley soon to be plastic-free zone. The Himalayan Times (29 August 2014). The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment today said it was preparing to declare the Kathmandu Valley a plastic-free zone on Nepal’s New Year (April 14, 2015) as per the instruction of the Parliamentary Environment Protection Committee to the Office of the… Read more »