Waste pickers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Joshua Palfreman on The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers website, May 2015.

Waste recycling in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is not spearheaded by any government, private or civil society initiative but rather by the efforts of an informal army of self-employed, micro-entrepreneurial waste pickers. Such a substantial human resource can play an instrumental role in cleaning up Tanzania’s capital if sufficiently understood and mapped out, however previous scholarship covering this invisible sector does not exist. One on one interviews and focus group discussions are conducted with fifty waste pickers across Dar es Salaam. A total of fifteen informal recycling transfer stations and one official government managed dumpsite is mapped out across the city that respectively support the operations of approximately 1,237 waste pickers. Waste pickers were found to have a collection capacity of up to twenty kilograms per day and an income potential of $108USD per month based on identified market rates for the most commonly traded waste materials.

Available to read online via The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers website.

Image via eutrophication&hypoxia.



Publication Type Online article
Publisher Global Alliance of Waste Pickers
Year 2015
Author(s) Joshua Palfreman
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