The CIWM and WasteAid UK Guide to Recycling for lower-income countries is taking shape, with the input of experts from around the globe.

Focused on what communities can do for themselves when it comes to managing waste, the first part of the Guide will give “waste management essentials”, including why work with waste, and the health, financial and environmental benefits of managing solid waste properly. It will also give instructions on how to carry out a waste audit and decide which materials to work with.

The second part of the Guide will give step-by-step guidance on a variety of appropriate recycling technologies, including converting organic waste into charcoal, biogas, fertiliser and animal feed; and repurposing and recycling plastics, metals, paper and glass. The aim is to give people enough information to enable them to set up small recycling enterprises and earn sustainable livelihoods.

Mike Webster and Zoë Lenkiewicz of WasteAid UK are writing the Guide, with research support from Resource Futures. The initiative is happening thanks to generous support from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, under the President’s Fund. The Guide will be packed full of detailed illustrations by Susan Hatfield, making the instructions easy to follow and appealing to as broad an audience as possible.

In April, WasteAid UK will be trialing the draft Guide at a conference in The Gambia, at which community waste management specialists from across sub-Saharan Africa will be sharing their knowledge and experience.

Illustration of charcoal briquette process

One of Susan Hatfield’s illustrations for the WasteAid Guide to Recycling

If you have experience of working with appropriate recycling technologies in lower-income countries and would like to get involved or find out more about the Guide, please contact

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