Waste management company Biffa has announced a three-year partnership with charity WasteAid, to help support it financially and offer expertise to help communities in developing countries improve the management of its waste.
In many developing countries, a waste management service does not exist, with one in three people having no access to any such facilities, said Biffa.
This means that 40% of the world’s waste, from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals, and industry, is not collected or treated and is often dumped.
WasteAid head of programmes and engagement Zoë Lenkiewicz will be speaking at The Recycling Event on 2 July. Plus, for every ticket sold, £5 will go to WasteAid to help its work. Info: https://www.therecyclingevent.com/
Much of the waste ends up in the oceans, with 70% of plastic marine litter coming from destinations without waste management facilities.
WasteAid works with communities in developing countries to share low-cost approaches to waste management and recycling. Its projects include teaching communities how to turn water bottles into eco bricks and build homes and schools, as well as converting plastic bags into paving slabs which can be sold to local businesses.
By partnering with WasteAid, Biffa will be able to bring financial support and experience in addressing complex waste issues in the UK to areas with no previous access to waste management.
Biffa chief executive Michael Topham said: “Waste management and plastic pollution is a huge global issue and threat 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.”
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 employees, customers and suppliers will have the chance to get involved in fundraising for the company wide partnership to support the work of WasteAid, in both the UK and overseas.