There is enormous scope for innovation to reduce pollution from waste and build an inclusive circular economy. WasteAid’s programmes support and promote innovators and entrepreneurs in lower- and middle-income countries, recognising that the best ideas often come from those facing the waste challenge every day. Afterall, necessity is the mother of invention.

Our Zero Waste Cities Challenge, in South Africa, India and Vietnam, supported 36 small businesses in bringing their innovations to life. An important distinction with WasteAid programmes is that we aren’t just looking for solutions to waste, but specifically solutions that are inclusive, building opportunities for vulnerable and marginalised groups to share in the benefits of a circular economy.