Grant holder: Dr M Samson
Institution: University of Witwatersrand
Duration: 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2019
Project outline: There is increasing recognition that integrating waste pickers into municipal waste systems is critical to maximizing the economic, social and environmental benefits from revalorization of waste. Many South African municipalities are attempting to integrate waste pickers. However, they are doing so in relative isolation and policy development is not informed by these experiences. This research critically assesses current integration efforts in two South African municipalities – Johannesburg and Metsimaholo – to develop evidence-based guidelines for waste picker integration. The guidelines will facilitate more effective policy-making and implementation in this crucial area of municipal waste management.