Why WasteAid needs your support to raise £1 million by 2025

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Author: Jessica Stickland

Published: 18 April 2024

As part of the countdown to our 10-year anniversary in 2025, we’ve committed to raising £1 million. We’re on a mission to help people and the planet thrive.


Our fundraising campaign will allow us to support even more people impacted by the daily consequences of the global waste crisis. We need to expand our reach and build our programmes further across plastic, organic, electronic, and textile waste.


WasteAid’s approach is anchored by inclusive circular economy principles. We bring together people at every stage of the waste management chain from waste collectors and village leaders to policy makers and major business leaders. Through mentoring and coaching programmes, access to investments and technical knowledge sharing we work with communities to find lasting solutions to their waste challenge.


Across the globe, one in three people has no waste management service which leads to high levels of pollution, health challenges, and contributes significantly to global warming. Burned and dumped waste releases more CO2 than the aviation industry, while children in communities suffering the worst effects of waste are eight times more likely to suffer health complications.


Our vision is to create a world in which waste causes no harm, and where people in communities impacted by poor waste management are empowered to recover value from dumped materials.


Positively impacting one million people


More than a million people were positively impacted by our projects in Cameroon, Egypt, The Gambia and South Africa between 2022 and 2023. With your support, we want to benefit a million more.


What’s more, our programmes successfully saved 244.20 kilotons of C02 emissions through waste being reused or recycled. Shockingly, this is the equivalent of travelling around the earth’s equator by car 37 times!


Our programmes include plastic recycling schemes, supporting entrepreneurs and green businesses, e-waste and textile upcycling, food waste reuse and developing circular economy networks.


How will we use £1 million to transform lives?


Empowering women and youth waste collectors: Our ‘wastepreneur’ programmes provide waste collectors and green micro-business owners with the skills, knowledge, and investment they need to improve their earning potential from waste.


Mentoring and knowledge sharing: WasteAid brings together people at every stage of the waste value chain from policymakers to waste collectors. Our innovative partnerships share best practice insights, mentoring, and training between our partners in the UK and countries where we’re active.


Circular Economy Network: Inclusive circular economy principles are at the heart of our approach. We’ve seen the transformational power of our circular economy network in The Gambia, Vietnam, South Africa and India and plan to evolve and develop this approach further.


Innovative, lasting solutions: Ultimately, WasteAid works with community leaders, business owners, academics, politicians, and environmentalists to develop tailored solutions that will deliver lasting economic, environmental, and health benefits.


How you can help?


Donations of all sizes will help us achieve our fundraising target.


For businesses, partnering with WasteAid is a great way to support your ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals while bringing teams together to support an important environmental cause. Whether a one-off donation or longer strategic support, we will work with you to create a customised support package that meets your internal and external objectives.


Or why not challenge yourself to a fundraising activity? Bake sales, charity runs or raffles are all fun and effective ways of raising money for a charitable cause that’s close to your heart. If you’re lacking inspiration about how you can support us, we can provide you with a fundraising pack that is full of ideas.


You can donate to our 10th anniversary campaign here.


To discuss becoming a charity partner or to organise an event in support of us, get in touch with jessica.stickland@wasteaid.org.