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WasteAid UK to start work in West Africa

A UK charity set up to help developing countries with their waste and recycling infrastructure is to conduct a waste audit in The Gambia in order to kick start the local recycling economy.

WasteAid UK chairman Mike Webster told MRW he is travelling to The Gambia in early April, with help from EU funding and the Concern Universal aid agency.

“First of all we will be carrying out a waste audit to understand what waste is produced in the largest urban area in The Gambia,” he said.

“Then we are going to looking at bringing in some simple technologies that can be applied elsewhere in Africa, specifically looking at plastic and food waste.

“We are also going to be setting up collection points in 15 or so businesses, aiming at hotels, collecting materials and processing them.”

Webster will also be working on a waste composition analysis at a local landfill site.

“Data is the biggest issue,” he said. “With a composition analysis people can see what is there and it will inform our business development to know what to focus on.”

WasteAid UK became a charity earlier this year. The organisation was started by WasteAid International, which is formally incorporated in Canada.

It was the first recipient of the RWM Ambassadors fund donated by event organiser, i2i Events. Trustees include Ray Georgeson, managing director of the Resource Association.

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