South Africa: Johannesburg Is Threatening to Sideline Informal Waste Pickers. Why It’s a Bad Idea

Like all cities in the world, Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital, has a waste management problem. In 2018/19, more than 290 000 tonnes of waste was illegally dumped in neighbourhoods across the city. Illegal dumping will likely increase, as the four legal landfills will be full in less than three years.

Various efforts have been made over the years to try and manage the problems better.

A contentious, and politically sensitive issue in all of these efforts has been the role of waste…


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