International Alliance of Waste Pickers

About the Alliance

International Alliance of Waste Pickers

The International Alliance of Waste Pickers (IAWP) is an international union committed to advancing the rights and strengthening organizing of waste pickers. IAWP is in the process of becoming a formal entity, with its constitution approved by waste pickers’ movements in 34 countries around the world in October 2022 and will be hosting its first international elective congress to elect the duty bearers of the organization in 2024.

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

Key moments in IAWP history #

These are a few key moments in IAWP history. Explore more in our Global meetings section.




Where are we?

This is the map of the that shows where our affiliates, and prospective affiliates, are. The full list of affiliates and detailed information is also available.

Link to this map.

Governance at IAWP

This is a graphic introduction of the governance structures at the IAWP.

A bit of history

A timeline (1989-2019) of events with the waste pickers international organization struggle:

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