The beginning of the value chain
One of the biggest challenges in building an inclusive global circular economy, is that many waste collectors are only paid for the value of the materials they collect, and not for the value of their service to society.
The value of materials rise and fall with the price of oil, adding to the financial risks that collectors face. Different materials also hold different value, affecting which materials are collected and which remain as litter.
Understanding these market constraints enables WasteAid to design programmes that maximise value recovery and provide a buffer against market value fluctuations for waste collectors, who are often among the most vulnerable in society.