For over 10 years, waste pickers, also known as informal recyclers or reclaimers, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa have struggled for access to the recyclable materials that make their livelihoods possible. In December 2008, around 100 protesters, most of them residents of Ash Road informal settlement, marched to the City hall to hand over a memorandum to the Msunduzi Municipality . They were angry at the everyday physical abuse that they were suffering at the hands of the municipality’s security guards stationed at the Msunduzi New England Road landfill site. The site is used to dump material from companies in Pietermaritzburg, including expired food and dangerous objects . Marching with them were members of groundWork, a local environmental justice organization, and leaders of the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement, which fights for the rights of shack dwellers. After the mayor and municipal manager both declined the memorandum, the community development process manager Mandla Zuma accepted it . Besides demanding protection from abusive security guards who had previously harmed and shot reclaimers working at the landfill, the protesters also wanted to be included in any decisions that affect their operation at the site. While Zuma claimed that there are laws that prevent the municipality from allowing people free movement inside the dump, the waste pickers stated clearly in their memorandum that, “The National Environmental Management Waste Bill allows for ‘salvaging’ of waste off landfill sites. Developments at the site, such as the gas extraction project and recycling proposals have excluded the waste pickers and not sought their opinions on such developments”  Zuma responded by saying that the City would look into the matter , but this case would turn out to be one of many of instances of the City’s abusive and negligent approach towards its waste pickers.