1st Elective Congress of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers
International Alliance of Waste Pickers

1st Day: March and Opening plenary

2nd Day: Our first elections!

3rd Day: Resolutions and public presentation

Public presentation of IAWP in CGT's Felipe Vallese room.
Public presentation of IAWP in CGT’s Felipe Vallese room.

4th Day: Field visits

Delegates with local waste pickers in the field visits.

Day 5: Why an International Alliance of Waste Pickers?

We, waste pickers, are very diverse, but we also share so many similarities. Among them, unfortunately, there are the threats we face in our work, but also the ways that our organizations respond to those threats.

A Video Summary of the Congress

About the Congress

The Congress is the Alliance’s highest decision-making body and is composed of all affiliated waste picker organizations and Congress’ Executive Council. We meet at least once every five years, according to our Constitution.

About the Alliance

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers is a union of 50 waste picker organizations representing more than 460,000 workers across 34 countries.


Follow us along on our 5 day journey through our first ever Elective Congress.


Curious to learn more? Here are all the documents you need to read about the Congress.


Want to know who’s attending? Check out our list of delegates, guests and observers.


Who are the candidates for the office bearers positions?


Wondering what were some of our biggest milestones yet? Read our foundational text to find out more.


Learn more about the 50 affiliated organizations who are a part of the Alliance.