Roadsides and riverbeds full of plastic


Plastic pollution and poverty

Children growing up in areas without waste management suffer from respiratory illnesses, diarrhoea, and increased incidences of water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases.

Read our report, No Time To Waste. Sir David Attenborough said it was “one of the first to highlight the impacts of plastic pollution not just on wildlife but also on the world’s poorest people.”

Plastic pollution and the marine environment

The monsoon rains wash the plastic waste from these dry riverbeds into the Cameroon estuary, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the globally important ecology of the Cameroon estuary.

You can help make an impact today but donating to our appeal. All donations to WasteAid by 31 July will be doubled by UK government, so there’s never been a better time to make a positive impact.

Our photographer spent a day documenting the plastic pollution challenge in Douala, Cameroon.

With no rubbish collection, waste accumulates in drainage channels and dry riverbeds. Sometimes people set it on fire. When the monsoon arrives, all this plastic will be washed out into the Cameroon estuary, and into the Atlantic Ocean.

By training people to turn plastic into useful products, we are actively preventing plastic pollution. Please support our appeal.


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