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Be part of the WasteAid movement calling for better waste management for all. Join us in making a noise and raising money to help share recycling skills, create jobs, and keep plastics out of the oceans.
Donate a regular amount to help communities get their waste sorted. For the price of a weekly cup of coffee, you can make lasting change. Donate now.
£2 per week could help support a local waste collection, reducing indiscriminate dumping and burning of waste.
£10 per month could enable a local recycling team to turn waste into wealth.
£15 a month could fund a training scheme for communities to learn to manage their waste safely and sustainably.
Be inspired with our fundraising ideas and scroll down to see our Hall of Fame!
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Corporate Social Responsibility
WasteAid receives crucial support from businesses with shared values.
Becoming a WasteAid supporter will help you:
- Meet your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives
- Help communities linked through your supply chain
- Make a positive impact on global poverty, pollution and climate change
- Motivate your staff and encourage team building
Visit our CSR page to find out more about becoming a WasteAid supporter.
Solve a WasteAid challenge
Get involved with some real-world problem solving!
We are looking for ideas and solutions for a wide range of common waste materials and recycling activities. Can you help?
From hands-on recycling ideas to research questions and equipment designs, take part and help make a difference.
Team up with your friends and colleagues and have fun creating solutions to these WasteAid challenges.
WasteAid Hall of Fame
See what our inspiring WasteAiders have been up to!
If you’ve been fundraising for WasteAid, we’d love to hear from you!
Share your fundraising stories with us
Harrogate Grammar School links sustainability curriculum with WasteAid fundraising
“Each year the Charities’ Committee of Harrogate Grammar School chooses a project around which all of the school’s fundraising efforts during that year are centred. This year we chose the charity WasteAid meaning that we have been able to support key current projects in rural Kenya, and Douala (in Cameroon) through various annual fundraising events and by working in tandem on different projects with our Eco-Schools group. These projects have been linked to sustainability which we are addressing across different elements of the curriculum as well as within the Charities committee.
Although our usual Charities calendar has understandably been hampered by the current pandemic, students, their families and staff have all stepped up their fundraising efforts commendably recently, by raising money online for Marathon style feats and hair-raising challenges. Prior to lockdown restrictions, whether it was efforts on creative stalls at break time, non-uniform donation or helping at the festive coffee morning – thank you all for your help in raising over £8000 this year for WasteAid!”
The Dixon Foundation making a lasting positive impact
The Dixon foundation focuses on supporting the environment, education, and nature.
“Our support for WasteAid comes from Emily wishing to donate her 18th birthday present to this charity. She is passionate about marine wildlife, and feels this direction could be the best long term way to reduce the pollution getting into the oceans.”
Eco Warriors hold a bake sale
Pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Luton, Bedfordshire, formed an Eco Warriors group and fundraised for WasteAid by running a bake sale.
The Eco Warriors began as four passionate pupils, and they are now a group of seven. They raised £148 and have plans to do more fundraising as well as keeping their area clean and inspiring others to join in!
Well done to the Sacred Heart Eco Warrirs for setting such a great example in your community.
Flying the frisbee for WasteAid
At the end of August, 100 players descended on Hillsborough Arena in Sheffield for the annual ‘Sheffield Hat’ #shefhat ultimate frisbee tournament. I was very keen to highlight the potential and actual waste issues caused through sporting events and we worked on ideas to try and minimise the environmental impact of our event, through the reduction of paper waste, upcycling and using non-plastic products for prizes, and using playing jerseys made from recycled plastic bottles.
We have always raised money for a chosen charity so supporting WasteAid this year was a no-brainer. It completely fit with the ethos of our event this year and we were delighted to be able to raise some funds to support the great work!
Young Leaders in Northumberland stage Shakespeare production for WasteAid
The Pioneers Class at Felton C of E Primary School (Years 5&6) produced and staged a production of William Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children decided the profits of their ticket sales would be donated towards WasteAid.
The children needed to take part in a community project as part of their Young Leaders Awards for The Archbishop of York Youth Trust. After studying the global issues of single-use plastic at the start of the academic year, the children were inspired to create a project that could raise money for their global community and wished to return to the issue and an end-of-year project.
Kyle Hutchens and Event Management Students at Bournemouth University
Kyle represented WasteAid at an event to raise awareness of plastic pollution on our beaches and oceans. “I chose to support WasteAid after seeing the shocking conditions all across the globe, caused by waste that had been mismanaged. We are dealing with a huge crisis, which ranges from plastic filling the ocean, to huge dumping grounds for waste destroying habitats on land. We are the problem, but we are also the solution. It is important that we stand up, take action and create a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable world together, through organisations like WasteAid.”
Llanfair choir raise the roof for WasteAid
Llanfair singers, from Llanfair Waterdine on the Welsh Border with Shropshire – joined Mig’s band to raise funds for WasteAid. Jennifer Perry (2nd row, 3rd from left) nominated WasteAid and delivered a presentation on the night to a packed audience. Jenny says “It was great to be able to raise our eyes above local concerns and think about the wider implications of the waste we produce and how simple, sensible actions can transform lives long into the future.” The choir raised £500 and are looking forward to joining the Walk for WasteAid 2019!
Big Green Week at UWE
Students and staff at the University of West England raised £240 in the Big Green Week, which their sustainability team matched bringing the total to £480. WasteAid is the UWE sustainability team’s charity of the year and they will be organising awareness raising and fundraising events throughout 2019.
A group of friends and neighbours raised €500 to support WasteAid’s work with Women’s Initiative the Gambia. The WasteAid party was hosted by a local musician, Maya Raciborska. Visitors enjoyed an entertaining talk on the plastic pollution problem and positive steps being taken to tackle it, followed by dancing to world music into the night. People were also encouraged to bring a Gambian-themed dish, and people gave donations for food and drinks.
Deer Shed Festival 2018
Deer Shed festival invited WasteAid to be its charity of the year! We took a team of volunteers and had a fantastic weekend talking to children and parents about recycling around the world. If you’d like to book WasteAid for your festival or event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Aljezur International School
The Aljezur International School in the Algarve, Portugal, raised money for WasteAid’s partners Womens Initiative the Gambia with their community play, Pirates of the Can of Beans: The Curse of the Black Plastic Bag. Everyone had a fun time, whilst raising awareness of the plastic pollution problem and what can be done about it! Well done everybody!
More than 100 people take part in the Walk for WasteAid 2018
We had a record-breaking number of participants join us in London for the Walk for WasteAid 2018, raising over £10,000 to help spread recycling skills around the world!
Cath Wilson of Zero Waste Scotland in the Stirling Great Run
Cath Wilson, an avid WasteAider has successfully completed the Stirling Great Run, raising over £400 for better waste management around the world. Cath is a knowledgeable waste management specialist and heads up WasteAid campaigns in Scotland.
Congratulations on completing the marathon Cath – impressive stuff!
Ecommunication scaling the heights in the Lake District for WasteAid Week 2017
Gareth Morton, Managing Consultant at Ecommunication took Bob (aka the Big Orange Bin) for a walk up England’s third highest mountain as part of WasteAid Week. Supported by family and friends he carried Bob through snow, ice, strong winds and sub-zero temperatures to reach the summit of Helvellyn on November 25th. “I wasn’t able to do either of the recent Walks for Waste so decided to do my own thing instead! Despite practising, it was still an effort and conditions were ‘quite interesting’ at times but we were fully equipped and up for the challenge.” It was a great day out and raised over £600.
Fool’s Gold Clothes Sale and Live Music Event
On 3 October, Fool’s Gold Events are hosting a quality clothing swap and sale event about finding value in otherwise forgotten places. Taking place at Juju’s Bar and Stage in Shoreditch, London, Fool’s Gold promise an evening of pop-up sales, “bestover” food, drink and a live band and DJ – all in aid of WasteAid!
For event info visit the Fool’s Gold facebook page.
Resource Futures Ramble in the Mendips
The Resource Futures team is venturing out into the Mendip Hills on 23 September to raise money for WasteAid UK. Senior Consultant, Ed Cook, who spent time with the charity in The Gambia earlier this year is leading the group on an eight-mile trek. “It was fascinating to see how innovative people are being with resources whilst in The Gambia with WasteAid. The charity’s work supports communities in setting up effective waste management practices and ways to make the best use of resources in their community. This walk is one way we felt that we could help contribute to that important work, as well as continuing to support their engagement work.”
Dunton Environmental face the Peak District Challenge
Dunton Technologies is taking part in a sponsored 25km/16 mile walk for WasteAid. The Peak District Copper Challenge is a 25km (16 mile) walk through the Peak District at Hathersage/Derwent Valley. “Joining the walk will not only be heaps of fun, create new memories and offer a physical challenge but it will also provide an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful clean countryside which we work to restore.”
Frith Resource Management’s Cash for Trash Game
At the waste management exhibition RWM in September, regular WasteAid supporters Frith Resource Management created a new fundraising game, Cash for Trash. Participants had to guess the value of the net of recyclable items, and for every entry, Frith donated £1 to WasteAid. The game proved so popular that the team raised over £200! Thanks everyone who entered, and to Frith RM and sister company Credibly Green for the great idea!
Paul Sinha hosts CIWM Gala Dinner to raise over £5.5k
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s annual Gala Dinner at RWM exhibition once again supported WasteAid. Well known stand-up comedian and TV talent Paul Sinha hosted the evening and helped raise the profile of WasteAid among hundreds of professional waste managers. A great night was had by all, and everyone was hugely generous, raising a fantastic £5,500!
Waste World Cup 2017
The waste industry’s premier football tournament supported the charity WasteAid UK, to help raise funds for waste services in developing countries. Taking place at Northampton University on Friday 1 September, this year marked the 15th anniversary of the mixed-gender waste industry football tournament. Over 250 visitors from across the sector attended on the day.
Fundraising for WasteAid UK will also be taking place throughout the day including via the ‘WasteAid Crossbar Challenge’. WasteAid’s Mike Webster said, ““Our goal is to help people deliver low-cost and local waste management, wherever they are. Adopting a community-scale approach to waste management helps score the hat-trick of improved health, better jobs and a protected environment.”
Charlie Wild takes on the Jurassic Coast
WasteAid supporter Charlie Wild embarked on an epic litter pick of the Jurassic Coast to support waste management in low-income countries. Congratulations on completing your goal Charlie! Anyone can run their own litter picking fundraising challenge – simply set up your JustGiving account and get the sponsorship rolling in. Every £1 supports projects and advocacy for better waste management for all.
Walk for Waste 2017 to England’s highest peak
A team of 25 waste management enthusiasts climbed Scafell Pike and raised almost £6,000! The climb took them group through fog, hail, 50mph winds and horizontal rain, and they amazingly kept smiling all the way! This is the second annual Walk for Waste, WasteAid’s most popular fundraising event. Keep in touch and join us next year, it’s a great way to make new friends and tackle a challenge together.
Frith Resource Management trek for trash
Two members of the FRM team completed the Bridgnorth Walk a 22-mile trek which includes walking up and down Brown Clee hill (the highest hill in Shropshire (1170ft)). They completed the walk in just over 5 hours and raised just under £200 in sponsorship through JustGiving. They thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, the weather conditions were perfect and not too many blisters either!
Material Matters Art Exhibition, Turner Gallery
Artist Matt Phillips nominated WasteAid as his chosen charity for the Turner exhibition entitled “Material Matters”. Curated by GoFigurative for Turner Media, the exhibition took place in the London home of CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network. Matt’s artwork can be seen at his online gallery – and he is continuing to support WasteAid – thank you Matt!
CDEnviro’s WasteAid Week 2016
CDEnviro sponsored a week full of different fundraising events in support of WasteAid Week 2016! Ranging from a Tacky Tie contest, to Guess the Number of Sweets, to a clothing drive and multiple litter-picks throughout the community, the week flew by as CDEnviro featured various activities to raise both awareness and money for WasteAid UK. Finishing up the week with a 5K run, CDEnviro was excited to receive support throughout the company in order to finish the week of fundraising on such a high note with incredible participation and engagement. In just one week, our fundraising heroes at CDEnviro raised over £1,400! Huge thanks to everyone involved.
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Gala Dinner 2016
In September 2016 the UK waste management sector came together for the RWM exhibition and glittering CIWM Gala Dinner. Thanks to the generosity of individuals who appreciate the importance of waste management around the world (and some superb auctioning by the BBC’s Garry Richardson) we raised over £7,000! A huge thanks to CIWM and everyone who attended the event.
The Great Re-Cycle raises over £1,000 for WasteAid UK
Having covered a 70 mile route covered the entire length of the Basingstoke Canal, along the River Wey and finally the River Thames, our team of cyclists completed their sponsored bike ride at London Waterloo Station, raising a whopping £1,000 in sponsorship through JustGiving. Congratulations to everyone who participated and thanks for supporting WasteAid UK, let’s hope you inspire others too, because #wastematters!
The sky’s the limit
Carolyn Couch, Waste and Recycling Manager at the University of Southampton, has leapt from a plane to raise money for WasteAid UK. There’s still time to sponsor Carolyn for this brave feat please, so please visit our JustGiving page. Thanks Carolyn – what a star!
Walk for Waste 2016 is a Fundraising Success
WasteAid UK’s first major fundraising event saw twenty five people climb to the top of Mount Snowdon to help tackle the global waste crisis. Our sponsorship page is looking incredible and we’d like to congratulate the Walk for Waste team for their amazing support. This was the first major fundraising event for WasteAid UK and we have been thrilled at the enthusiasm shown by everyone involved. It’s not easy climbing a mountain, and the view from the top looks, well, a little grey – but your efforts were well worthwhile!