Skip to content
Man getting an injection from a doctor

Help waste workers out of poverty and into good health

The issue

Informal waste pickers and their communities in Africa face marginalisation, suffering and large-scale disadvantage. They often work in poor conditions that put their health at risk without being paid a fair wage for the important job they do.

What can we do about it?

Mr. Green Africa has found a solution that gives waste pickers a higher income and a recognised role in society. By offering fair and stable prices for the waste they collect, this helps to create pathways out of poverty for them.

The recyclable waste they collect is processed into valuable raw material and fed back into plastic manufacturers’ supply chains – enabling them to achieve their circular economy goals and creating a positive environmental impact.

Waste workers typically work in high-risk environments and have very limited access to healthcare, so the programme also provides comprehensive health checks by highly qualified clinical staff. You can help support a waste worker by donating the cost of a health check now.

Similar ways to take action (16 items)

More from Unilever

A photo of three Dove whole-body deodorants: one cream, one stick and one spray. Packaging is white with pastel lettering.

How do whole-body deodorants work differently?

Our Dove, Dove Men+Care and SheaMoisture brands have all launched whole-body deodorants, responding to rocketing consumer demand. Here, a scientist from our Deodorants R&D team explains how these new products are designed to work almost everywhere.

Unilever employees walking next to solar panels.

Why we’ve updated our Climate Transition Action Plan

Our updated Climate Transition Action Plan (CTAP) sets out Unilever’s ambitious new climate targets. Discover how we’re focusing our efforts so we can deepen our impact by 2030, and why we believe taking urgent climate action now is good for our business in the long term.

Back to top