New CIWM president David Wilson launches toolkit for community waste management

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New CIWM president Professor David C Wilson

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) and waste management charity WasteAid have launched a toolkit on waste management in low and middle income countries.

The report, ‘Making Waste Work: A Toolkit- Community Waste Management in Low and Middle income Countries', was introduced by new CIWM President David Wilson at his inauguration in London.

It predicts 2 billion people have no waste collection, with uncollected waste and open dumping in coastal areas of developing countries as a contributor to more than half of the plastics entering the oceans.

In his inaugural speech, Wison said the results were a “global waste emergency”, yet argued they highlight an opportunity for business.

He said: “If we can increase the proportions of existing international development finance being directed at solid waste management then we can extend waste collection to all and eliminate open dumping and burning of waste."

The toolkit and accompanying how-to guides have been written in plain English and are freely available to share.

Guidance has been produced in mobile-friendly and printed versions.

Mike Webster, WasteAid UK chief executive said, “The essential waste management skills and recycling techniques we share in Making Waste Work can help a typical community 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."

The full report can be found here.

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