Make a difference in the world
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.
Be a WasteAid Eyewitness
Do you live somewhere with poor waste management? We are gathering evidence from around the world to influence decision makers and make waste management a priority. We would like to hear from you about your experiences with waste where you live. Visit the Eyewitness campaign page and join the movement.
Buy ethical gifts and support WasteAid and partners
Browse our online shop for unique handmade gifts from our partners Women’s Initiative The Gambia.
From crocheted purses and laptop bags to keyrings and necklaces, you’ll be sure to find something special.
Treat yourself and your friends to the 2020 WasteAid calendar and branded water bottles and help spread recycling skills around the world.
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.
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.
Sign up to payroll giving to support WasteAid directly from your pay. Pay no tax: because the donation is taken from your gross pay, every pound you give will only cost you 80p, or only 60p if you are a higher rate tax payer. Sign up today.
Reduce waste and raise money for WasteAid by sending an e-card to friends and family. Choose from a range of cool designs.
Tell everyone about us
Wear a WasteAid T-shirt – choose from our range of ethically accredited clothing. Visit online store.
Get social – Help us spread the word by inviting your friends and colleagues to follow our news! Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Join our LinkedIn group and sign up and share our newsletter.
Support WasteAid while you shop
Whenever you shop online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting FREE donations for WasteAid. It couldn’t be easier, and it won’t cost you a penny.
Thinking of sending a card in the post? Choose an e-card instead and donate the cost of a card to WasteAid.
Invite us to talk at your conference or event, or to launch your WasteAid fundraiser.
Are you a Waste or Development Professional who could contribute time and expertise? WasteAid and VSO have partnered to offer volunteering opportunities abroad. If you would like to gain hands-on experience developing waste and recycling systems in low-income countries, this is the perfect opportunity! See our CSR page for further information.
We welcome new partnerships with development organisations and the international donor community. Please contact WasteAid for further information about how we can help you achieve your goals through waste management and recycling projects.
WasteAid Hall of Fame
Share your fundraising stories, and see what our inspiring WasteAiders have been up to…
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 email@example.com
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!