1 out of 3 people worldwide are forced to dump or burn their waste causing the spread of disease, polluting the oceans and contributing to the climate crisis. At WasteAid we work with communities and policymakers to implement waste management and recycling programmes, that lift people from poverty.
Consequences of poor waste management are severe, causing serious negative environmental and human impacts. Environmental issues include: - Burning waste contributes to up to 10% of global GHG’s, far higher than the aviation industry - Contaminated soil and waterways put ecosystems at risk - Pollution from unmanaged waste degrade the environment There are increased mortality rates for those living in extreme poverty, made worse due to the issues arising from the burning and dumping of waste.
WasteAid works with partners in the public, private and community sectors to understand the needs of the local community. We then design interventions that are inclusive and that build local capacity, ensuring the long-term sustainability of our programmes. Project activities range from training and skills development for disadvantaged groups, to community behaviour change and recycling projects, providing livelihood opportunities that empower people to lift themselves from poverty.