A working group representing 15 mil. waste pickers worldwide was formed on the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit, This initiative is administered by the Meridian Institute and partnered with leading organizations worldwide.


Helping waste picker communities gain access to health care, living wage training, and micro-financing loans.

Connecting these communities with global market leaders to stabilize secondary plastics markets.

Key Contributors


Since its inception at the Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit, POW has received over $100K in funding from major organizations across the globe, funding  programs in India, Brazil, Haiti and Kenya. You can read the full impact in the POW report — Waste Pickers and the Circular Economy (1).