Reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for waste pickers and waste workers

23. June 2020

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for waste pickers and waste workers

Waste pickers provide essential sanitation and solid waste management services. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, collecting and sorting what others throw away puts them at risk for infection. New resources for urban cleaning services and responsible agencies as well as outsourced companies and informal waste pickers help reduce the risks.

Waste pickers provide essential sanitation and solid waste management services. Since the COVID-19 pandemic gathering, collecting and sorting what others throw away puts them at risk for infection. New resources for urban cleaning services and responsible agencies as well as outsourced companies and informal waste pickers help reduce the risks.

In March 2020, Universidade de Brasília (“Pare, Pense, Descarte [Stop, Think, Discard]” Extension Program and the Research Group on Access to Medicines and Responsible Use – Amur) and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO‘s Cuidar Project) partnered to develop a technical note, Recommendations for the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among solid waste workers. This technical note was developed to guide urban cleaning services and responsible agencies, as well as outsourced companies and informal waste pickers working from sorting centers who work with solid waste. It provides specific guidelines for waste pickers on how to protect themselves against exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) associated with their waste collection work. A poster and shareable, worker-friendly materials were also created in 4 languges.

With the support of Springloop Coöperatie U.A, Foundation Bluelink, CIFA online, China Integrated Waste Management NAMA Project and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit this highly shareable content is now available in an additional 12 languages, please visit https://www.wiego.org/safer-recycling to access these resources.

Poster: WIEGO