Transport: Waste collection

Waste materials need to be transported from where they are generated to where they are processed. Transport can be one of the most expensive parts of any waste management system, and we are keen to minimise this cost. A bicycle is an obvious solution although it can...

Safety: Waste electrical and electronic equipment

Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges and TVs contain substances that can pose serious environmental and health risks. Most e-waste is not properly managed, wasting valuable and scarce resources that could be of value to local economies. What is the...

Research: Benefits of community waste management

Help make a positive impact by contributing to our evidence base. At WasteAid we believe that communities are best placed to deal with their waste and take some benefit from it. By reducing transport costs (environmental and financial), and keeping the value of the...

Research: Climate change

Measuring the benefits of our impact: open dumping and burning of waste are sadly commonplace all over the world and are having a significant impact on climate change. Dumped biodegradable waste releases methane, a very potent greenhouse gas, and open burning releases...

Safety: Workshop ventilator / extractor fan

Waste management processes sometime release gases or smoke which can be harmful to people working with them. Exposure can be reduced by working in a well-ventilated area and using well-fitting good quality face masks. Passive ventilation is better than none, but we...

Safety: Safe artisanal smelting of aluminium

A common process all over the world, tens of thousands of people make a living by smelting aluminium to make new products. The process itself is polluting and produces dangerous fumes. We are looking for ways that can improve the health and safety of workers during...

Plastics: PET (polyethylene tetraphthalate)

While PET (polyethylene tetraphthalate, used for drinks bottles) is technically 100% recyclable, much of it ends up as litter in the environment. Why? Most uses for PET are in food and drink packaging. Using recycled PET in food and drink packaging is costly because...

Plastics: OPP (oriented polypropylene)

Flexible packaging plastic known as OPP and BOPP (oriented and biaxially oriented polypropylene) is a very shiny plastic, often perfectly clear or brightly coloured, and not stretchy at all. It is commonly used for packaging and presentation e.g. the outer packaging...

Plastics: EPS (expanded polystyrene)

What useful products can be made from waste expanded polystyrene (EPS)? This white foam-like plastic is used in packaging applications like the molded chunks around televisions and packing peanuts. It prevents products from being broken in transit and is the lightest...

Energy: Sustainable heat source

Many recycling processes require a source of heat. Options include firewood, charcoal, solar thermal, solar electric etc. We are looking for an optimised and controllable way to heat material to 300C, for example to melt LDPE plastic. Good solutions will be...

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