The Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers

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.


Our Work

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Research focusing on waste management techniques, informal waste chains and status of waste-pickers and informal waste collectors.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Contact details

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:

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.


Toolkit for integration of waste-pickers and informal waste collectors


Social entitlement training manual for wastepickers organizations

Wastepickers integration roadmap in Solid Waste Management Rules 2016

Business (livelihood) opportunities for wastepickers -Training manual

Organic waste management manual for training wastepickers

Organic waste management manual for training wastepickers

A Mirage Assessment of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and SWM Rules 2016: Wastepickers Perspective Across India (PDF)


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