WasteAid UK works with communities in developing countries to address the waste emergency.

Our impact

In our first year, WasteAid UK supported partner organisations across 9 countries, to develop 34 community recycling facilities, where we’ve trained 363 recycling entrepreneurs, and had a positive impact on the lives of 124,000 people!

Skills: Waste awareness and training

  1. Community health, hygiene and wellbeing
  2. Community clean-ups and waste surveys (land and marine)
  3. Training in waste reduction
  4. Benefits of separating waste materials, re-use and recycling
  5. Small-scale recycling techniques (making products to sell)

Skills: Capacity building and working together to make change happen  

  1. Community consultation and participatory decision-making
  2. Forming effective working partnerships between communities, local authorities and the private sector
  3. Data collection and management for better waste management
  4. Introduction to regional and international support networks
  5. Using the internet to inform, share and grow

Case study: Community waste management

In Kenya, WasteAid UK was invited to support the Kwa Muhia community to improve their grassroots waste management system. WasteAid UK worked with local committee members to understand the community and the challenges faced in establishing a financially sustainable waste and recycling programme.

The two-year plan developed with the help of WasteAid UK has the potential to become a beacon for similar communities all over Kenya. Read more about WasteAid UK’s approach to community waste management programmes here.

Case study: Training in simple recycling processes

In the Gambia and Senegal, with support from WasteAid UK, people are being trained at new waste reprocessing centres so that they can turn waste into wealth.

Plastic bags can be recycled into paving slabs

  • Providing a cheaper alternative to concreteWasteAid UK_Charcoal briquettes for sale
  • Reducing plastic litter
  • Reducing mosquito breeding grounds
Leaf litter can be recycled into charcoal
  • Providing a cheaper fuel than ordinary charcoal
  • Reducing the need for firewood & deforestation
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Fish waste can be recycled into fishmeal
  • Providing a cheaper food for aquaculture
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing smell, flies and disease
Food waste can be recycled into compost
  • Providing a cheap, nutrient-rich fertiliser
  • Reducing pollution from chemical fertilisers
  • Reducing greenhouse gases

Simple recycling processes help people clean up their environment, improve their health and provide a decent income – from waste. Download the worksheets that WasteAid UK developed from our work in The Gambia:

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