WasteAid partners with waste management company Biffa to tackle global waste issues
Biffa will share its experience and expertise to make a genuine difference in communities without waste management
Biffa plc, a leading UK integrated waste management company, today announces a three-year partnership with UK based charity WasteAid, which will see the business support WasteAid financially and offer its expertise to help communities in developing countries improve the management of waste.
In the UK and developed countries, the collection and management of waste is taken for granted. However, in many developing countries a waste management service simply does not exist, with one in three people having no access to any such facilities. This means that 40% of the world’s waste – from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry – is not collected or treated and as a result, it is often dumped. Much of it makes its way to the world’s oceans, with 70% of plastic marine litter coming from places without waste management facilities.
WasteAid works with communities in developing countries to share practical and low-cost approaches to waste management and recycling. Its innovative projects include teaching communities how to turn water bottles into eco bricks to build homes and schools, as well converting plastic bags into paving slabs which can be sold to local businesses.
By partnering with WasteAid, Biffa will be able to bring financial support and its extensive experience in addressing complex waste issues in the UK to areas with no previous access to waste management. As a leading waste management business that collects 4.1m tonnes of waste from UK homes and businesses a year and processes and treats over 3.7m tonnes of waste and recycling, Biffa is well placed to put its knowledge and operational expertise to good use. The work with WasteAid will not only benefit the environment on a global scale, it will also help to bring a better quality of life to people in these areas as well as create jobs and opportunities.
For full details of the partnership visit wasteaid.org/biffa
UPDATE – August 2019
Biffa colleagues have pulled out all the stops and achieved amazing things! WasteAid’s UK Aid match appeal benefitted hugely when Biffa staff got on board, raising over £30,000 in a matter of weeks. From cake bakes to bicycle rides, Biffa people showed what they could do to help beat global plastic pollution.
Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Programmes and Engagement at WasteAid said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of Biffa employees. Raising such a large amount of money in support of WasteAid’s recent UK Aid Match campaign shows the level of commitment for this relationship. The exciting thing is, it’s still only the start – imagine what we can achieve over this three-year proud partnership. Thank you to everyone at Biffa who contributed their time, money and energy to the WasteAid appeal!”
Pictured is the rug made by the Kwa Muhia Environmental Group (KMEG) in Naivasha, Kenya. The rug was presented to Dean Willett of Biffa on his visit to the WasteAid project, and now hangs in the reception of Biffa HQ.