World Environment Day – 5 June 2019

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019


Did you know?

In 2017, world cities produced 1,3 billion tonnes of waste and this figure is calculated to rise to 2,2 billion tonnes by 2025.
FOCUS ON | Global waste | Waste Pickers | NIOH Campaign

Waste pickers

  • On World Environment Day, we acknowledge the contribution of waste pickers who are able to divert 16-24 tonnes of recyclable waste per re-claimer per year.

  • They enhance the lifespan of landfills.

  • They save municipalities a lot of money on waste collection services.

Waste pickers health and safety

Although waste pickers are informal workers, we need to acknowledge the hazardous conditions they encounter in their job.
  • Residential waste can contain some of the most biohazardous agents, such as blood, stool, and harmful microorganisms.
  • Often, the waste pickers do not have any protective wear, thus are at risk of infection and physical harm through cuts, contact and inhalation of contaminants.

The NIOH campaign
“Decent Work for All”

  • The NIOH’s Decent Work for All campaign, aims to bring health and safety awareness to the waste pickers.
  • The NIOH has offered teaching and training to waste pickers, on their work exposures and how they can protect themselves while working.
  • These initiatives continue to occur through various workshops.
For more information regarding the NIOH waste pickers initiative, workshops on health and safety and other relevant workshops:
Contact : Zubaydah Kirsten
email: ZubaydahK@nioh.ac.za
number: 011 712 6448
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