Our Approach

WasteAid promotes and shares locally-appropriate, evidence-based and inclusive waste management practices, supporting and empowering others to take positive action.


WasteAid Theory of Change

  • We work with the most vulnerable and marginalised in target communities to provide waste management and recycling training and livelihood opportunities.
  • We support innovation and deliver appropriate systems for first-step resource management to maximise recovery and reuse of waste materials.
  • We foster sustainable social enterprises, social programmes with private sector companies, and local and global networks.
  • We undertake evidence-based advocacy to create an enabling environment for safe, sustainable waste management and recycling.


Short to medium-term outcomes

Knowledge, attitudes and practice on waste management and recycling are improved among public, businesses and decision-makers.

Safe livelihood opportunities from waste management are identified and supported.

Resource recovery is increased, bringing waste back into value chains.

Long-term impacts

Environmental Impact: Reduced water, soil and air pollution preserves natural resources and reduces climate change emissions.

Economic Impact: People’s socio-economic conditions are improved.

Human Impact: Negative impacts from poorly managed waste on the most vulnerable and marginalised communities are eliminated.