Imagine the bin men are on strike. Forever.

More than 3 billion people don’t have waste services.

It’s causing a public health and environmental crisis.

Proper waste management is a vital health service, and an engine for sustainable development.

With your support we can make the change.

Our vision is a world with equal access to waste services for all.

Waste management has a powerful and positive impact on people’s well-being. Helping communities and governments manage their waste properly is vital if we are to achieve 11 of the 17 the Sustainable Development Goals.

Forty per cent of the world’s waste – from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry – is not collected or treated. Open dumping and burning of waste causes many serious health problems and pollutes the environment. Open dumps encourage vermin, poison air, land and water, and often result in waste entering the sea and harming marine life.

Only 0.3% of international development aid is invested in solid waste management, yet it is crucial to delivering many of the Sustainable Development Goals. WasteAid is campaigning to increase international aid to 3% of total spend in order for waste management to fulfill its potential as an engine for sustainable development.

These reports provide detailed information about the global waste crisis – and economic, environmental and health benefits of better waste management:

WasteAid is actively seeking partners and donors within the development community. By working together with WasteAid, organisations can amplify the impact of solid waste management on sustainable development. Please visit the individual WasteAid sites to explore partnering opportunities.

Making Waste Work: A Toolkit

Essential information to help you set up community-led waste management systems and small recycling businesses, produced by WasteAid UK with funding from CIWM.

Waste and the Global Goals

Waste management is an essential service, and everyone is entitled to the health, economic and environmental benefits it brings.

WasteAid UK

WasteAid UK is working with partners in The Gambia and Senegal, training people in recycling technologies so they can improve their livelihoods, health and local economy.

WasteAid Australia

WasteAid Australia is developing sustainable waste management projects with discrete Aboriginal communities in New South Wales.

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