Widening the Net: keep our rivers and seas plastic free


Support our UK Aid Match appeal to protect marine wildlife from plastic pollution. All donations received by 31 July will be doubled by UK government, up to £2 million.

£30 doubled will stop 100,000 plastic bags reaching the ocean each year.

Help protect wildlife from plastic pollution in the Cameroon estuary

The Cameroon estuary in the east Atlantic is a global marine biodiversity hotspot.

The mudflats and mangrove forests are home to many waterbirds, and are internationally important breeding grounds for fish, sea turtles, African manatees and other wildlife. 

The mangrove forest provides spawning grounds for many types of commercial fish, which provide income for 40% of Cameroonians. Around a third of the fish caught in the Cameroon estuary is exported to Europe.

Mangrove forest

Mangrove forests provide a safe haven for spawning fish and other young marine animals. Learn more.

West African manatee

These gentle giants are vegetarian, feeding off grasses that grow among the mangrove. Learn more.

Leatherback turtle

The largest of all the sea turtles, leatherback turtles can dive deeper than any other marine animal. Learn more.

Rivers of rubbish

With no rubbish collection, waste accumulates in dry riverbeds.

When monsoon season arrives, rain washes the plastic into the fragile Cameroon estuary. It becomes tangled in the mangrove forest, and mistaken for food by hungry turtles and gentle manatees.

Eventually the tide flows out to the wide Atlantic Ocean, sweeping vast amounts of plastic to sea.

Help us make an impact – Stop Plastic Pollution

The plastic problem will only get worse unless we take action today.

From 1 May to 31 July public donations to WasteAid will be doubled by the UK government, creating recycling jobs in the poorest parts of the world and keeping plastic out of the ocean.  

By sharing skills we are enabling long-term sustainable change:

£6 doubled will stop 20,000 plastic bags reaching the ocean each year.

£30 doubled will stop 100,000 plastic bags reaching the ocean each year.

£300 doubled will stop a million plastic bags reaching the ocean, each year.

Thanks to UK Aid Match, there’s never been a better time to make an impact on global plastic pollution.

Fighting poverty and plastic pollution

We are aiming to train 300 people near the Cameroon estuary to recycle plastic waste into useful products, like paving tiles and roof tiles.

Your donation will give people in poverty life-long skills so they can put plastic waste to good use and help keep our oceans healthy.

WasteAid’s plastics recycling specialist Pierre Kamsouloum will be our inspirational resident trainer. He will share his recycling skills with unemployed youths, marginalised women and people with disabilities.

Together, we will create jobs and keep plastic out of riverbeds, the Cameroon estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.

The incredible story of Pierre Kamsouloum

Pierre used plastic waste to work his way out of poverty. Today he is WasteAid’s plastics recycling specialist, helping people in the poorest parts of the world to turn plastic into useful products. Read more.

Train a village, save the ocean

Our pilot project in the coastal village of Gunjur, the Gambia is showing signs of success. In the first two months the team recycled a million plastic bags. Read the latest update.

WasteAid on Sky News

Zoë Lenkiewicz of WasteAid and Mick Davis of Biffa were interviewed on Sky Sunrise on the launch of our aid match appeal. See our launch event.

Attenborough agrees: there’s No Time To Waste

Tackling the Plastic Pollution Crisis Before it’s Too Late

In May 2019, Sir David Attenborough launched our report, No Time To Waste, saying: “This report is one of the first to highlight the impacts of plastic pollution not just on wildlife but also on the world’s poorest people.”

Read our report: No Time To Waste

Read what the media said: The Independent, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Huff Post and Sky Ocean Rescue.

Save the ocean from plastic pollution

Turning plastic waste into paving tiles and other useful products means people can support themselves in the long-term. Trainees will create green jobs, keep the environment healthy and prevent marine plastic pollution.

The WasteAid training programme will enable people living in poverty to become self-sufficient and to create a cleaner living environment for future generations.

£6 doubled will stop 20,000 plastic bags reaching the ocean each year.

£30 doubled will stop 100,000 plastic bags reaching the ocean each year.

£300 doubled will stop a million plastic bags reaching the ocean, each year.

Fundraise with us

Join the Walk for WasteAid in Manchester on Saturday 6 July

Bring a team or come by yourself, have some fun and raise money to help stop plastic pollution.

This year we’ll be completing a 25km walk along canals and waterways through the iconic city of Manchester.

Come along and meet friendly people who care about ocean plastic pollution, like you do.

Sign up today and start fundraising – all donations received by the end of July will be doubled by UK government, so your support will go twice as far.

Fundraise for us

Supporters around the UK are putting the fun into fundraising. From local bake-offs to summer street parties and talent shows, we love hearing (and sharing) what you’ve been doing!

Help stop ocean plastic pollution by supporting our appeal.

Start fundraising today: all public donations we receive by 31 July will be doubled by UK government so there’s never been a better time to make an impact.

You can donate directly or fundraise through JustGiving.

Read more about our appeal

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