Waste management company Biffa is partnering with the WasteAid charity to help developing countries manage their waste.
Around 40% of the world’s waste – businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry – is not collected or treated. An estimated 70% of plastic in the oceans come from places with no waste management facilities.
WasteAid works with communities to provide simple solutions to waste management. These include turning plastic bottles into eco-bricks to build homes and schools, and turning plastic bags into paving slabs.
WasteAid head of programmes and engagement Zoë Lenkiewicz said: “One in three people globally do not have a waste management service and have to burn or dump their waste, much of it ending up in the oceans.
“This transformational partnership with Biffa will mean that together we can help tackle the issues at the source of global waste pollution.”
Biffa is offering WasteAid financial support and its waste management experience. It has already supplied personal protection equipment including safety boots, high-visibility clothing, face masks and litter pickers to an existing WasteAid project in Gunjur, Gambia.
Biffa chief executive Michael Topham said: “Waste management and plastic pollution are huge global issues and threats to the environment. We are proud to support WasteAid and bring our expertise in waste management to places in the world that urgently need our help to tackle this complex issue.
“Our financial support will help WasteAid to expand its operations, ensuring that more projects can be supported and ultimately help to alleviate global waste issues.”
Biffa will also be fundraising for WasteAid with its employees, customers and suppliers.
Future WaterAid projects include working with the local community on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, where they grow flowers for the European cut flower market. The project will involve collecting, managing and recycling waste to create a cleaner environment and greener jobs.