Widening the Net: keep our rivers and seas plastic free
Thank you for supporting our 2019 UK Aid Match appeal to stop plastic pollution. Your donations will be used to build a plastics recycling training centre in the coastal city of Douala, Cameroon.
Trainees will learn to make products from plastic waste, stopping it entering rivers and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.
Although aid match ended on 31 July, all donations still have a big impact.
Protecting wildlife from plastic pollution in the Cameroon estuary
The Cameroon estuary in the east Atlantic is a global marine biodiversity hotspot.
The mudflats and mangrove forests are home to many waterbirds, and are internationally important breeding grounds for fish, sea turtles, African manatees and other wildlife.
The mangrove forest provides spawning grounds for many types of commercial fish, which provide income for 40% of Cameroonians. Around a third of the fish caught in the Cameroon estuary is exported to Europe.
Rivers of rubbish
With no rubbish collection, waste accumulates in dry riverbeds.
When monsoon season arrives, rain washes the plastic into the fragile Cameroon estuary. It becomes tangled in the mangrove forest, and mistaken for food by hungry turtles and gentle manatees.
Eventually the tide flows out to the wide Atlantic Ocean, sweeping vast amounts of plastic to sea.
Sir David Attenborough: there’s No Time To Waste
Tackling the Plastic Pollution Crisis Before it’s Too Late
In May 2019, Sir David Attenborough launched the report by Tearfund, FFI, WasteAid and IDS, No Time To Waste, saying: “This report is one of the first to highlight the impacts of plastic pollution not just on wildlife but also on the world’s poorest people.”
Read the report: No Time To Waste
Fighting poverty and plastic pollution
We are aiming to train 300 people near the Cameroon estuary to recycle plastic waste into useful products, like paving tiles and roof tiles.
Your donation will give people in poverty life-long skills so they can put plastic waste to good use and help keep our oceans healthy.
WasteAid’s plastics recycling specialist Pierre Kamsouloum will be our inspirational resident trainer. He will share his recycling skills with unemployed youths, marginalised women and people with disabilities.
Together, we will create jobs and keep plastic out of riverbeds, the Cameroon estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.
The incredible story of Pierre Kamsouloum
Pierre used plastic waste to work his way out of poverty. Today he is WasteAid’s plastics recycling specialist, helping people in the poorest parts of the world to turn plastic into useful products. Read more.
Train a village, save the ocean
Our pilot project in the coastal village of Gunjur, the Gambia is showing signs of success. In the first two months the team recycled a million plastic bags. Read the latest update.