The Walk for WasteAid 2018 has raised over £10,000 to support better waste management around the world.

More than 100 supporters turned out for the 25km walk across the city of London on Saturday 23 June, zigzagging across the River Thames from Putney to Tower Bridge.

WasteAid Head of Communications, Zoë Lenkiewicz, said: “Waste management is a hugely neglected area around the world. Our annual fundraiser draws attention to the issue and the positive work being done by WasteAid to share recycling know-how with poorer communities, and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in this year’s successful Walk for WasteAid.”

A registered charity set up by British waste management professionals, WasteAid campaigns for increased investment in recycling initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. With plastic pollution hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis, WasteAid communicates the facts about the problem, and shares positive solutions:

  • Most plastic entering the oceans comes from normal household rubbish in places with no waste management.
  • Recycling is a very cost-effective way to keep plastic out of the oceans and deliver sustainable development.
  • Simple waste management and recycling enterprises benefit the most marginalised in society.

This was the third Walk for WasteAid, and the first in London, with previous years seeing supporters climb Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike.

WasteAid CEO Mike Webster said: “Choosing the capital for this year’s event helped us attract four times the number of supporters, and thanks to letsrecycle.com, who sponsored the t-shirts, we were definitely noticed!

“One in three people around the world don’t have proper waste management and the effects of this global pollution are now causing a health crisis, as well as choking wildlife and contributing to climate change.”

WasteAid would like to thank fundraising organiser Sally Talbot, as well as sponsors letsrecycle.com, Investec, SingularMARS and Wood.

The walkers started at Putney Bridge, and were hosted at Vauxhaull City Farm for lunch. Wybone leant litter pickers so walkers could clean the streets of London on their way, and Veolia collected the waste at the end of the walk.

Everyone who made it across the finishing line received a 3D printed medal made from recycled plastic by Singular MARS, with recycled ribbon donated by TRAID. London food waste fighters Day Old provided snacks at the end using food that would otherwise have gone to landfill.

NOTES for Editors

  • WasteAid is a UK registered charity set up by waste management professionals to tackle the global waste crisis. 2 billion people do not have their waste collected and 3 billion do not have a decent disposal site, and as a consequence waste ends up in rivers and ultimately the oceans.
  • WasteAid works with communities in low-income countries to address the root causes of climate change and marline plastic pollution.
  • WasteAid shares waste management knowledge and skills with communities in low-income countries; trains people to become self-employed recycling entrepreneurs; and influences decision-makers and the donor community to increase spending on waste management from the current 0.3% to 3% of international development aid.
  • 70 per cent of plastic in the oceans originates from household waste in poor parts of the world where there are no waste management systems. WasteAid trains communities in essential waste management and recycling skills, creating jobs, improving public health and protecting the local and global environment.
  • Previously the Walk for Waste (now renamed Walk for WasteAid) saw supporters climb to the peaks of Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike, the highest mountains in Wales and England. This year the organisers chose to move the event to the capital city to make the most of the current spotlight on marine plastic pollution.

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