Because each city and town is unique, we cannot assume that an integration programme that works well in one place will be appropriate or work well in another. This is why the Guideline does not present models that can be copied and pasted into new contexts.
Here we share case studies of different approaches to integration that highlight why they were adopted, how they worked, and lessons learned. By providing real world examples, the case studies can spark ideas and discussions about what type of approach and programmes could be appropriate and relevant in your specific context.
The three main case studies are presented first. They focus on paying reclaimers to provide a separation at source collection service, the creation of innovative infrastructure to promote integration, and why landfill waste pickers chose to form a cooperative. The stories of these case studies are told through detailed written overviews, a poster, videos, reclaimer profiles, and photo essays to provide a holistic understanding of each case.
The three shorter case studies look at integrating landfill waste pickers, separation at source by a waste picker cooperative, and the importance of zoning regulations.
Paying reclaimers for a separation at source collection service
Infrastructure for integration
This case study is on the Palmer Street Recycling Facility created by the eThekwini municipality and the NGO Asiye eTafuleni for women waste pickers in Durban. It shows how an NGO, municipality, and waste pickers can collaborate to create much needed infrastructure for street waste pickers.
This case study focuses on cooperatives created by waste pickers at the Mangaung Landfill. It explores why they chose to form cooperatives, the ways this has benefitted them, the challenges they face, and their dreams for the future.
Integrating landfill waste pickers
These short case studies look at four different efforts to integrate landfill waste pickers, identifying both successes and problems to watch out for.
Webinar – Integrating landfill waste pickers
Separation at source by a waste picker cooperative
This case study focuses on the South African Waste Pickers Association’s Vaal Park Recycling Centre integration pilot project. The project includes a waste picker cooperative providing a separation at source collection service, running a drop-off centre, aggregating material, and selling collectively.