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: email@example.com.
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.
Picking through the Memories of Women Wastepickers of Bengaluru
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on December 26, 2019
Five women gather in a room in the office of Hasiru Dala to talk of the life spent wastepicking. Chinnapillai (70), Sharada (60) and Aniyamma (58) have been at it for 45 years, Lakshmi (55) for 30 years while Nadtaimma (72) is still at it even after 40 years. Amidst frequent laughter, their individual and » read the post
Panchkula’s Wastepickers Left Dumpsite and Now Do Composting
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on November 29, 2019
Last year in July, I received a phone call from Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Panchkula (a town in the North Indian province of Haryana). As much as I like to work with municipal officers, it is very rare for me to receive such phone calls. He informed me that they are preparing a » read the post
Mangaloreans Initiate Removal of Plastic Waste from Their Coastline
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on November 26, 2019
When we think of marine/ocean plastic pollution, we think of now-famous images by western photographers – the seahorse coiled around a cotton bud, the turtle with a straw stuck in its nose, causing so much pain and fear. Whales with their bellies full of plastic, and seagulls with their beaks stuck in can rings. Our » read the post
The State of Waste-pickers Turned Sanitary Workers in 2nd Cleanest City of India: Irregular Salaries, No Occupational Safety Gear and No Medical Leave
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on November 12, 2019
The story of the second cleanest city in India-Bhopal and those who keep the city clean. The waste-pickers turned sanitary workers (Safai Karmacharis) in Bhopal are ill-paid, salary is irregular. They work for long hours and have no provision of medical leave. If skipped the day of work on the account of sickness, an amount » read the post
Dry Waste Collection Centres in Bengaluru are a Good Start, Design Changes Need to Be Made to Make Them Function Better
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on May 20, 2019
Bangalore based waste-pickers organization Hasiru Dala (India), along with researchers from an American university, undertook a research project to identify design flaws in existing dry waste collection centres. They came up with suggestion to better the collection centres. The current centres have been haphazardly planned, with infrastructure crumbling, pest problems, no ventilation or proper lightening, » read the post
India’s cleanest city Indore evicting waste-pickers from work
by Alliance of Indian Wastepickers on December 17, 2018
The Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers condemns exclusion of waste-pickers in Indore. To prepare for Swachh Bharat Survey 2019 (Clean India Survey 2019), the Indore Municipal Corporation is ‘catching, evicting, penalizing and assaulting waste-pickers for doing their work. This is in gross violation of fundamental ‘right to work’ of Indian constitution and Solid Waste Management Rules » read the post