Community waste management and sustainable development
In our first year, WasteAid UK has:
Worked with partners in
community recycling facilities
Positively impacted the lives of
Help us do more!
Waste management is vital for public health, safe environments and strong economies, yet half the world’s waste isn’t properly managed. WasteAid UK is working to make an impact on the global waste emergency by:
- Partnering with grassroots organisations to help develop cost-effective waste management services.
- Building skills so that people can become successful recycling entrepreneurs.
- Raising awareness of the importance of waste management and campaigning for greater change.
The problem: Uncollected waste blocks drains and watercourses, causing infectious diseases. Burning waste leads to air pollution. Where waste is not collected children suffer the most, with six times the level of respiratory illness, doubled levels of diarrhoea, stunting (children are 4.5cm shorter by the age of 8 years old), nutritional malabsorption and educational underachievement.
The opportunity: Properly managed waste is full of materials that have value. WasteAid shares recycling know-how so that people can turn these materials into new products to be used in the home – saving money – or sold in the market. Recycling turns waste into an economic opportunity.
Support community waste management by joining us on the Walk for Waste 2017.
We train people to manage waste safely and become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs. Find out how our work is helping deliver the Global Goals.