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WasteAid shares waste management and recycling skills in the world’s poorest places.

1 in 3 people worldwide have to dump or burn their waste, causing the spread of disease, polluting the oceans and adding to the climate crisis.

Together with our partners, we develop waste collection and recycling programmes to build a cleaner and healthier future. You can help.

SPECIAL RESOURCES – COVID-19 and waste management

WasteAid safety guidance for waste collectors in lower-income countries


Ready to print posters  

Working with waste? COVID-19 Manage the risks

Managing our waste safely

Respect your waste collection crew

Thanks to friends at ISSL, Open University and Barefoot College for help developing these guidelines.


UNEP Factsheets on COVID-19 and Waste Management

WasteAid welcomes the COVID-19 and Waste Management factsheets published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):

The United Nations Environment Programme COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheets provide guidance on how to mitigate the adverse impacts of the pandemic on the global environment.

UN Environment Programme
WasteAid 2021 Calendar

Celebrating “the Wonders of Waste”


Every year, WasteAid honours the growing global community of waste collectors, recyclers, repairers and upcyclers with the Wonders of Waste photography competition.


This year’s winning photos are from Bonaire, India, Laos, Nigeria, Uganda, the United Kingdom and South Africa, and are a glorious celebration of human ingenuity and resilience.

See the winning Wonders of Waste photographs

Order a WasteAid 2021 Calendar

By buying a WasteAid calendar you can help recyclers around the world to innovate and earn a better income, while preventing plastic pollution and reducing climate change emissions from waste.


There’s never been a better time to support WasteAid.

    Order your 2021 calendars today and be inspired by the wonders of waste all year round.

    WasteAid toolkit for community waste management

    Our award-winning WasteAid toolkit, Making Waste Work, helps people start up community waste management and recycling businesses, keep neighbourhoods clean, and generate an income. Visit the toolkit for technical and safety tips and more ideas for turning waste into useful products. #makingwastework

    Watch: How to turn plastic bags into paving tiles (youtube)

    Explore the full WasteAid toolkit and 12 how-to guides

    Spanish toolkit: Residuos Útiles: Una caja de herramientas

    Celebrating two years of the WasteAid toolkit!


    Join in

    Be part of the WasteAid movement calling for better waste management for all. By acting now we can help protect future generations from serious pollution, the spread of diseases, and the harmful impacts of climate change.


    Support our new appeal: Waste Collectors Rock!

    Try out our craft library and turn trash into treasure

    Be a WasteAid eyewitness

    Help solve a WasteAid challenge

    Visit the shop for unique & handmade gifts

    Explore more ways to get involved

    Donate to help spread recycling skills around the world


    WasteAid news and events

    Inspiration and ideas

    Be inspired by stories of people making waste work in their communities. Send us your ideas and stories about transforming waste materials into something useful. #makingwastework

    Take part! Join the Eyewitness campaign

    Can you solve a WasteAid challenge?

    A school built from plastic bottles in Cambodia

    Innovating with agricultural waste in India

    Help us do more

    With your support more people can create recycling jobs, building a healthier future for everyone.

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