WasteAid events at COP26


Author: Admin

Published: 28 October 2021

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, is taking place in Glasgow this November. WasteAid has been collaborating with partners to put waste management on the agenda.


1 in 3 people globally do not have their waste collected, and so have to dump or burn their waste nearby. The impacts are huge – affecting childhood development, spreading disease, and contributing to marine plastic pollution and climate emissions.

Implementing a waste collection service is also good for climate resilience. Keeping plastic waste out of drains reduces flood risk, while composting food waste helps farmers in drought-prone areas to protect their soil.

For these reasons, WasteAid is advocating for climate finance to be directed towards waste management.

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Join WasteAid and partners at COP26

8 Nov: Panel discussion – A wasted opportunity: open burning of waste causes a climate and health calamity

9 Nov: Panel discussion – The case for mitigating black carbon – climate and health co-benefits

10 Nov: Exclusive journalists’ roundtable – Collaborating across the value chain for climate action

11 Nov: KEYNOTE EVENT – Panel discussion – The burning issue? Waste, climate, health and development

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A wasted opportunity: open burning of waste causes a climate and health calamity

Monday 8 November

1.15pm – 2.30pm and live streamed (recording available).

Multimedia Studio 2

An official side event at COP26, WasteAid will feature alongside partners from the International Solid Waste Association, Engineering X (Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Foundation), UN Habitat and more.

Hear diverse voices discussing the climate and health impacts of open burning, and examples of positive change from around the world.



The Case for Mitigating Black Carbon – Climate and Health Co-Benefits

Tuesday 9 November

5.00pm – 6.00pm

WHO Pavilion and live streamed.

How communities make the connection between the public health and climate benefits of mitigating waste emissions.

Effective strategies for reducing Black Carbon emissions from the waste sector, and how these can support Nationally Determined Contributions.

Techniques for reducing Black Carbon emissions, from ending open burning to closing dumpsites.

Strategies for ending open burning of waste, and tools to assess the benefits of mitigation strategies.

Where can governments start? Who can they call? What toolbox do they need?

Hosted by ABT Associates


Zoë Lenkiewicz, Senior Technical Advisor and Head of Communications, WasteAid

Carlos RV Silva Filho, President of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

Dr Pierpaulo Mudu, World Health Organisation (WHO)



Exclusive: Journalists’ Roundtable with WasteAid and Huhtamaki

Wednesday 10 November

3.30pm – 4.30pm


In advance of the scheduled panel discussion on 11 November, WasteAid and Huhtamaki are offering journalists the opportunity to join a roundtable discussion.

WasteAid and Huhtamaki have been working together since 2020 to help accelerate a circular economy, through the WasteAid Circular Economy Network.

The Zero Waste Cities Challenge, in Ho Chi Minh City, Johannesburg and Guwahati has enabled grassroots innovators and entrepreneurs to develop circular economy solutions in their cities. See the winners!

Find out more about the approaches taken by WasteAid and Huhtamaki to delivering climate action through a circular economy.

Journalists: please contact us on media@wasteaid.org


KEYNOTE EVENT: The Burning Issue? Waste, Climate, Health and Development

Thursday 11 November

10.00am – 11.30am

The Studio, 67 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE (outside the secure zone) and live streamed.

For a circular economy to flourish, all actors in the global value chain need to be equipped and empowered – from designing sustainable packaging to keep food safe from farm to fork, to implementing waste collection systems that bring social value.

Join us in Glasgow to hear how global leaders are delivering climate action through an inclusive, circular economy.

This is a free, public event. To attend in person, please register here.

Ceris Turner-Bailes – Chief Executive, WasteAid (sponsoring organisation)

H.E. Mr. Lamin B. Dibba – Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources of The Gambia

Maurice Golden MSP – Member of the Scottish Parliament and Convenor of Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Circular Economy

Charles Héaulmé – President and Chief Executive, Huhtamaki

Ryan Shorthouse – Director, Bright Blue (chair)




Written by Zoë Lenkiewicz