Member Profile: KKPKP and SWaCH
KKPKP, the trade union of waste pickers, itinerant waste buyers, waste collectors, and other informal recyclers in the Indian city of Pune, has helped these workers get integrated into municipal waste management systems.
Egyptian NGO Takes Major Step Towards Recognition of Cairo’s Garbage Collectors
by Laila Iskandar & Carina Kamel
by Laila Iskandar & Carina Kamel
After three years of discussions, debates, legal advice, and cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, the Spirit of Youth NGO representing Cairo's recycling communities has finally been given the green light to formally organize the capital's garbage collectors and recyclers in a syndicate.
Waste Pickers and Allies at COP17
Once again, the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies participated in the annual UN Climate Summit (COP17) and related events in Durban, South Africa, which gathered politicians, private sector investors, NGOs, and social movements from all over the world to discuss and agree on solutions to stop climate change.
The Green Climate Fund: Effective Community Ally or Corporate Giveaway?
The international community is creating a new entity, the Green Climate Fund, to channel up to $100bn a year to climate solutions in developing countries. In this paper, GAIA uses concrete examples from the waste sector to show why these funds should flow to the informal sector, grassroots groups, and city administrations and not to multinational firms. The benefits of such grassroots-led waste management include lower greenhouse gas emissions, higher employment rates, better working conditions and reduced toxic pollution; whereas the corporate approach tends to lead to increased emissions and economic displacement.
CDM Case Studies: The Clean Development Mechanism in Solid Waste Management
Case studies of the CDM's landfill and incinerator projects, which increase greenhouse gas emissions and toxic pollution while displacing waste pickers' livelihoods.
GAIA Participates in Meetings to Address Waste Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean
GAIA members from 10 Latin American countries joined in a Zero Waste and Climate meeting and participated in an international forum about Zero Waste and Inclusion with the Latin American Recyclers Network.
Waste and Climate Change Activities in China - October 2010
The presence of UN climate change negotiations in Tianjin, China, in October 2010, provided a wonderful opportunity to bring together three budding streams of GAIA’s work: a growing network of Zero Waste organizations in China; connections with grassroots recyclers around the world; and efforts to rectify global climate policy and redirect subsidies from “waste-to-energy” towards Zero Waste.
Respect for Recyclers: Protecting the Climate through Zero Waste
Reducing, reusing, and recycling municipal waste is one of the easiest and most effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides gainful employment to millions of people in the developing world, mostly in the informal sector (“wastepickers”). Yet rather than supporting these efforts, climate funds such as the Clean Development Mechanism are subsidizing incinerators and landfill gas systems, which compete directly with recycling and increase emissions, unemployment, and public costs. A new, non-market, climate finance mechanism is needed to support the formalization and expansion of the informal recycling sector.
Zero Waste for Zero Warming: Because no community is disposable!
GAIA is actively working on several fronts to promote positive solutions to waste and climate issues around the globe.
Clean Development Mechanism Funding For Waste Incineration: Financing the Demise of Waste Worker Livelihood, Community Health, and Climate
At least 15 million people around the world depend upon waste picking and the recovery of resources from waste for their livelihoods. Recovering waste resources through re-use, recycling, and composting serves to create many more jobs than waste incinerators and landfills.
Hoja informativa: recicladores/catadores y el cambio climático
Los recicladores/catadores reducen las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero a través del aumento de reciclaje. Sin embargo, están en conflicto con las tecnologías de producción de energía en base a desechos.
Factsheet on wastepickers and climate change
Wastepickers reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased recycling; yet they are increasingly in conflict with "waste-to-energy" projects.