Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) logo in blueThe Chartered Institution of Wastes Management have been long-term partners of WasteAid, as there is such a natural fit between the CIWM’s purpose to move to a world beyond waste and WasteAid’s vision of a world in which waste causes no harm, and where people in poverty are empowered to recover its value.

Previous work with CIWM has funded the development of WasteAid’s free community toolkit, which to date has been downloaded over 250,000 times. This year, funding from CIWM has allowed us to develop a circular economy network in the Greater Banjul Area, which has 94 members to date. As part of the project, we are facilitating an innovative Waste to Use challenge, which will allow ambitious waste entrepreneurs to have the opportunity to access sustainable business support. Additionally, WasteAid is launching an engagement scheme which will support the professional development of the network, as well as provide three councils and the environment agency (MECCNAR) with tailored support from experienced waste professionals in the CIWM community.

The involvement of CIWM during this 18-month partnership means knowledge sharing and mentoring opportunities can be leveraged to drive best practices and promote professional standards in waste management.

Sarah Poulter, CIWM CEO said: “Sustainable waste management is a global social responsibility and a core element of the CIWM’s ambition to move to a world beyond waste. The decision to support WasteAid’s work in The Gambia is underpinned by the country’s genuine desire to better manage the waste it produces and develop a more circular economy. We’re excited about the positive impact this partnership will have on people’s lives and are committed to helping educate and inspire the local professional community. In doing so there is the opportunity to dramatically improve resource efficiency and create an environment where circular strategies can flourish.”