UK Aid Match Appeal: Widening the Net

In the UK our rubbish gets collected regularly, but without binmen, what would we do?

People in places like Cameroon have to deal with rubbish themselves. Most people burn or dump their rubbish in gutters where it causes flooding and eventually reaches the sea.

Donate to the Widening the Net appeal and help empower people to stop plastic reaching the ocean. All donations received before 31 July will be matched by the UK government, doubling your impact, up to £2 million.

The problem with plastic

Plastic is one of the most common waste materials in Cameroon, and plastic pollution can be found throughout poor rural villages and large coastal cities.

In fact, up to 70% of plastic in the ocean is understood to come from the land, mostly places with poor waste management.

Children growing up in places without waste management suffer the most, with doubled levels of diarrhoea and six times the levels of respiratory illnesses.

What’s it like living somewhere that doesn’t have a rubbish collection?

Read eyewitness accounts from around the world.

Sharing recycling skills

WasteAid’s Widening the Net programme will train people living in poverty to capture and recycle ocean-bound plastic.

Using simple and affordable technology, people can transform plastic waste into paving tiles and other useful products.

The programme will create green jobs, keep the environment healthy and prevent marine plastic pollution. Our trainees in the Gambia (pictured, right) have already kept a million plastic bags out of the ocean!

Importantly, people in some of the poorest places in the world will be empowered to support themselves in the long-term.

WasteAid’s Widening the Net programme will train 300 waste managers in Cameroon, with all public donations received by 31 July being matched by UK Government.

£10 doubled could provide training for a family to manage their waste in a safe and sustainable way.

£55 doubled could pay for all the safety equipment a new apprentice needs to set up a recycling business.

£90 doubled could train someone to capture and recycle 2.5 tonnes of ocean-bound plastic per year.

Turning plastic pollution…

…into durable paving tiles

To protect the oceans, we need to take urgent action in poor parts of the world that are drowning in plastic.


From 1 May to 31 July all public donations to WasteAid’s Widening the Net appeal will be doubled by the UK government, empowering people in the poorest parts of the world to turn ocean-bound plastic waste into useful products.

Your donation will give people in the world’s poorest places life-long skills so they can put plastic waste to good use and help keep our oceans healthy. The training will share recycling knowledge to enable people to live independently and with dignity, and contribute to a more sustainable future for everyone.

Previous success stories

The WasteAid training programme will enable people living in poverty to become self-sufficient and to create a cleaner living environment for future generations. Here are some people already benefiting from the WasteAid plastic recycling training.

Help more people benefit from green recycling jobs in some of the world’s poorest places.

Empower them to keep plastic out of the ocean and create a healthier future for everyone.

Photo gallery: Plastic pollution in Douala, Cameroon




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UK Aid Match

All donations from the British public received by 31 July will help train people around the world to stop plastic pollution, and will be doubled by the UK government, up to £2 million.


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With your support more people can create recycling jobs, building a healthier future for everyone.

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