INFORMAL RECYCLING SECTOR DURING THE PANDEMIC
There are at least 20.000 waste pickers and scavengers in Greece and in the light of COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown, they are facing specific risks from handling contaminated materials to losing essential daily earnings when governments order work stoppages.
Their work entails high exposure to germs and high proximity to other people — for example materials, including medical waste, that may be contaminated with coronavirus. Yet these workers depend on their essential daily earnings.
“€800 stipend for Greek Waste Pickers and Scavengers” our Avaaz Community Petition
Meet people of the closed flea market of Votanikos during the lockdown
Writing about how COVID-19 changes waste workers lives and how much important is access to healthcare and social protection
Check out our leaflet with basic recommendations for the prevention of coronovarius
(based on the Global Alliance of Wastepickers information, https://www.wiego.org/waste-pickers-essential-service-providers-high-risk)