The Bogota Waste Pickers Association is a great example of a social economy initiative in Latin America, where vital actors in the informal economy had made a difference providing benefits to their communities, their municipalities and the environment.

For the past 22 years, the Bogota Waste Pickers Association has been fighting for recognition of their work. Its persistence, leadership and high organisation has guided them through this struggle, leading to the creation of collaborative spaces between waste pickers and the local government. This long struggle has generated local and national laws, policies and programs that recognise their work and sets tools to include informal waste pickers in the recycling and waste management processes of Colombian cities.