The Alliance of Indian Wastepickers is more than a decade old national coalition of organizations working with waste-pickers and other informal waste collectors. The alliance was created to have coordinated efforts to ensure the inclusion of waste pickers in various national-level programmes. Organizations/members of the alliance represent more than 40000 waste-pickers and other informal waste-pickers in India. Secretariat of the alliance has been rotating amongst member organizations starting from Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), Pune. After that, Bangalore based organization of wastepickers- Hasiru Dala hosted the secretariat for 3 years. Currently, the Secretariat of the coalition is hosted by Stree Mukti Sanghatana, Mumbai. From April 2019, Dalit Bahujan Resource Centre (DBRC) will be hosting the secretariat of the Alliance.
- Policy analysis and recommending policy measures to all levels of governments- Union, state and urban and rural local governments, different departments within each level of three-tier governments, for the inclusion of waste pickers and informal waste collectors in solid waste management and social protection measures.
- Capacity building of member organizations and municipal authorities to facilitate the integration of waste-pickers by undertaking training sessions on social entitlements, financial literacy, organic and dry waste management.
- Research focusing on waste management techniques, informal waste chains and status of waste-pickers and informal waste collectors.
- Awareness generation about the role played by waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in keeping the cities clean, mitigating climate change and contributing to manufacturing. In other words, waste-pickers and informal waste collectors are an important link between Swachh Bharat, India’s commitments for mitigating climate change and Make in India.
- Helping member organizations to strengthen themselves by providing a networking platform to learn from each other.
Eligibility and process to become a member of the alliance:
Waste-pickers groups and groups working with waste-pickers can become the members of the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers. It is suggested that one or two members of the alliance should give recommendations for those who are aspiring to become the member. Further, one of the network members (or coordinator or convenor) is invited to visit the interested organization’s field of work to learn about their work with waste-pickers.
The alliance has a Programme Committee for taking the decisions. Some of the members of the alliance volunteer to be a part of the decision-making body. There is a deliberate effort made to ensure that the diversity of the network is represented in the programme committee.
The network structure is very loose. There is no membership fees. The members are encouraged to make a contribution in whatever ways they find possible. In past, some members have hosted workshops and meetings for the alliance members. They organized it with their own resources. In some meetings, members travelled on their own. Members have committed lunch or food arrangements in some of the meetings. This is considered as the contribution towards the network. The membership of the alliance extends to more than thirty-four cities and ten states. There are an online Google-group and few Whatsapp groups for regular communication within the network. Once the membership is accepted, the new members are immediately added to Whatsapp and Google Group for regular updates.
If you want to be the member of the alliance, you can reach out to the Secretariat of the Alliance- Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, C/o Stree Mukti Sanghatana, 31, Shramik, Royal Crest, 1st Floor, Lokamanya Tilak Vasahat Road No. 3, Dadar (East), Mumbai – 400 014, Maharashtra, India. Tele-Fax: +91 22 24174381 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about wastepickers integration with the tools created by the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers
The process outlined for the integration of waste-pickers and informal waste collectors outlined by the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers. This based on the roadmap prescribed in Solid & Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 notified by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
Asia – Global Alliance of Waste Pickers | globalrec.org The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries.
Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on April 6, 2020
06 April 2020 To Shri B. S. Yediyurappa Honourable Chief Minister Government of Karnataka Bengaluru Subject: Suggestions for being considerate to the needs of migrant workers, single women, children and the aged in the COVID 19 relief operations Respected Sir We appreciate the COVID 19 relief operations undertaken by the Government of Karnataka and Bruhat » read the post
Include waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on April 2, 2020
2nd April 2020 To Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman Honourable Union Finance Minister New Delhi Subject: Inclusion of sanitation workers including waste-pickers and informal waste collectors in the INR 50 lakh insurance cover programme rolled out for the health-care workers. Respected Madam We the members of the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, welcome the relief package announced by » read the post
COVID-19 awareness driven by wastepickers’ children in India
by GlobalRec on March 27, 2020
As the world grapples to fight off the Novel Coronavirus, it has now become everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of the basic hygiene and adhere to them strictly. Chintan’s response towards the spread of COVID-19 has been developed to keep away from community transmission of this disease and save as many lives as possible. One » read the post
Waste pickers in Philippines face Coronavirus
by GlobalRec on March 26, 2020
We have received from Philippines a series of answers to our call for information of actions by waste picker organizations from 5 groups (4 from Metro Manila, and 1 from Cagayan de Oro City in southern Philippines) thanks to the EcoWaste Coalition. Organizations that participated in the survey: Samahan ng mga Mangangalakal ng Scrap » read the post
Fight the Battle against the Coronavirus COVID-19 (SWaCH, Pune, India)
by GlobalRec on March 24, 2020
As we fight the battle against the Corona Virus COVID-19, it is important to remember that waste management and disposal is a crucial service. It is imperative that waste be collected and hygiene be maintained during such times as this helps contain the illness and also stems the spread of other infections that might be » read the post
Waste-picker & informal waste collectors of India seek safety measures from Indian government to safeguard against COVID-19
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on March 23, 2020
To Shri Narendra Modi Honourable Prime Minister of India New Delhi Subject: Safety of the waste-pickers and informal waste collectors during Covid 19 pandemic. Respected Sir We the members of the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers, welcome your address to the nation given on 19th March 2020, where you called sanitation workers defenders of the nation. » read the post