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CIWM launches community toolkit for developing countries

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has commissioned a guide to help communities in developing countries recycle up to 80% of their waste, recognising how critical resource and waste management is to public health and the environment.

Making Waste Work: A Toolkit - Community Waste Management in Low and Middle Income Countries was commissioned by CIWM’s incoming president David Wilson (pictured above).

Making his inaugural speech at a reception in London, he called on members to work together to promote the fact that solid waste management was one of the essential utility services underpinning our society.

“We must not lose sight of where we have come from, that the service exists first and foremost to protect public health,” he said.

Wilson identified three key goals:

  • that protection of public health and the environment is not undermined by cuts in local authority spending or by deregulation following Brexit
  • continuation of the transition from the linear to a circular economy, embedding ’reduce, reuse, recycle’ and increasing resource productivity
  • ensuring waste collection is extended to all people, and that uncontrolled dumping and open burning is eliminated

Wilson said: “Two major priorities for CIWM are to ensure that following Brexit we have continuity of the strong regulations on which the very existence of the waste and resources industry depends, and the continuing fight against waste crime.

”An important part of that regulatory underpinning is health and safety and CIWM is also committed to reducing the unacceptable fatality rates in the industry.”

The toolkit was prepared by the charity WasteAid UK whose chief executive Mike Webster said: “The essential waste management skills and recycling techniques we share in Making Waste Work can help a typical community to recycle up to 80% of its waste.

“We are confident that our model is effective and that simple waste management brings major improvements to people’s lives. We are now urgently seeking funders and partners to help us train more people to become recycling entrepreneurs.”

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