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At WasteAid, we work with communities and policy makers in low and middle-income countries to implement waste management and recycling programmes. Our work improves the livelihoods of some of the poorest and most marginalised, supports grassroots entrepreneurs and promotes circular economy innovation contributing to a cleaner and healthier future for all. Waste management helps address some of the world’s most pressing issues and is critical to achieving sustainable development.

Welcome to WasteAid

1 in 3 people worldwide are forced to dump or burn their waste, causing disease, polluting the oceans, and contributing to the global climate crisis.

Our work improves livelihoods, promotes circular economy innovation and contributes to a cleaner and healthier future for all.

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What We Do

WasteAid’s programmes tackle 4 major waste streams that have a significant and detrimental effect on people and planet in the countries where we work. We constantly strive to find new ways of tackling each of these waste streams and new areas of need that would benefit from WasteAid’s support.

Plastics

Organic

Textiles

Electronics (WEEE)

To tackle these issues, we promote and share locally-appropriate, evidence based, and inclusive waste management and recycling practices. We support communities and local structures to take positive action to support themselves.

Our 2022 impact at a glance

Human Impact

151,642

Positively impacted since 2020

Increased Infrastructure

1
New regional coordination structure convening formal & informal waste sector
55
New & strengthened recycling enterprises & waste management systems
10
Local authorities engaged

Livelihood Opportunities

81%
Of training participant with improved livelihoods
214
People in work

Increased Skills & Knowledge

166
Attended workshops & training to build their skills and self-confidence
122
Entrepreneurs completed business incubation training
1,469
Attended circular economy webinars, networking events & campaigns

Supporting innovation

19
Waste entrepreneurs supported through seed funding
1,100
Circular Economy Network members
£93,003
Invested in waste entrepreneurs
3
Challenge competitions

Latest News

Read more about Circular Opportunities for E-waste repair and reuse of electrical and electronic equipment in South Africa

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Circular Opportunities for E-waste repair and reuse of electrical and electronic equipment in South Africa

by Angela Ludek, WasteAid’s Project Officer – Informal Sector Engagement, South Africa About 360,000 tonnes of e-waste is generated each year across South Africa,...

Read more about An end of year message from our CEO

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An end of year message from our CEO

As this year draws to a close, I am delighted to reflect on what has been a very successful year for WasteAid, delivering our...

Read more about WasteAid extends partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management to help The Gambia tackle its waste crisis

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WasteAid extends partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management to help The Gambia tackle its waste crisis

A second initiative to support the development of a formalised approach to waste management in The Gambia has been announced by WasteAid, a UK-based...

Read more about We have seven days to raise £10,000!

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We have seven days to raise £10,000!

We are taking part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge. It’s the UK’s biggest match-funded campaign and will enable us to double the...

Read more about WasteAid launches ambitious £1 million fundraising campaign to mark a decade of making a difference

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WasteAid launches ambitious £1 million fundraising campaign to mark a decade of making a difference

WasteAid, the UK-based environmental and development charity, is aiming to celebrate its 10th anniversary by raising £1 million over the next two years. The...

Read more about Global Plastics Treaty – a Blog by Michelle Wilson, Director of Programmes, WasteAid

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Global Plastics Treaty – a Blog by Michelle Wilson, Director of Programmes, WasteAid

This week as part of the pathway to an internationally legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, known as The Plastics Treaty, the Intergovernmental Negotiating...

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