WasteAiders are doing incredible things!

You have found so many ways to make a positive impact on global plastic pollution.

The 2019 UK Aid Match appeal brought out fundraising heroes galore… Although the campaign ended on 31 July, all donations to WasteAid will still make a huge impact on the global waste crisis.

Read about the campaign.


Walking the talk

On Saturday 6 July, dozens of you turned out for the epic Walk for WasteAid in the glorious city of Manchester.

The 24km route took us from the home of Manchester United, winding all the way across town to the stadium of arch-rivals Manchester City.

Everyone had a fantastic time and together raised thousands to share recycling skills around the world.


Wheelie dedicated

Trevor Nicoll from South Cambridgeshire District Council pulled a wheelie bin the entire length of the Walk for WasteAid 2019, raising hundreds of pounds to beat plastic pollution and poverty.


Flipping supportive

WasteAid Trustee Ray Georgeson had a very special football kit made for the Walk for WasteAid. Ray is a life-long, die-hard Manchester United fan. He walked the entire length of the Walk for WasteAid in a kit that looked RED, then when we arrived at the Etihad Stadium he took a deep breath… and turned his shirt around to reveal Manchester City’s BLUE!

Anyone who loves their team will feel what a sacrifice this was!


Dsposal team up for Walk for WasteAid


Regular supporters and friends of WasteAid, Dsposal, kept everyone going along the loooooong walk through Manchester with zero-waste snacks and smiles!

Well done Team Dsposal for smashing your sponsorship target and thank you for being such fantastic WasteAiders 🙂

Tom and Sophie from Dsposal paused at the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, officially called Rise Up Women.

Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the suffragette movement in the United Kingdom.


Proud Partners going above and beyond

Waste management and recycling company Biffa has thrown its weight behind the WasteAid campaign, with hundreds of employees involved in the campaign.

Biffa colleagues have raised an enormous amount of money to help stop plastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean.

Planet Aware beach clean for a cleaner planet

Isle of Wight organisation Planet Aware is working to stop plastic entering the oceans by getting involved with the WasteAid campaign.

On 27th June Planet Aware volunteers spent the entire day walking and collecting beach rubbish from 10 miles of the south coast of the Island, raising awareness and hundreds of pounds for WasteAid. The event was supported by Biffa Isle of Wight.

Read all about this fantastic fundraising eco-team on the Planet Aware website.


No mountain too high for Hartej

The incredible Hartej Singh has completed the Three Peaks Challenge, raising well over £5,000 for the WasteAid appeal – which doubled with UK Aid Match is more than £10,000!

There’s still time to sponsor Hartej and give your support for completing an epic challenge.

All donations received by 31 July will be doubled by UK government, so there’s never been a better time to make an impact on plastic pollution.

Zero Waste Granny gets on her bike

The amazing Zero Waste Granny (also known as Jane Banfield) is cycling solo around South East Asia, raising money to help train people in poverty to beat plastic pollution.

In Jane’s own words: “Ever worried about piles of waste in poorer communities around the world? While volunteering in the Pacific and Central Africa, I felt sad and powerless at the scale of the issue: around 1 in 3 people globally don’t yet have decent waste management yet systems.

“WasteAid’s work to change this, community by community, inspires me. I’ve made a choice to offset my air miles through a donation to WasteAid and I’m hoping my cycling  journey will raise awareness and funds to support this UK non-profit organisation.”

Thank you Jane, what an adventure!

Environment Agency & CIWM South West hold an “auction of promises”

The Environment Agency’s Judy Proctor sent us this update:

“The Environment Agency decided to link up fellow waste professionals in the south west to raise money for WasteAid’s ‘Widening the Net’ Appeal. We saw this as not only a great cause but one that really resonated with our work to reduce plastics entering our environment. Providing a sustainable self-help community facility to enable the people of the Cameroon town of Douala to tackle their plastic waste, earn valuable income and make useful building materials got everyone inspired.

We raised money in several ways, ranging from baking cakes for team meetings, selling unwanted items, to our biggest success – an auction of promises held in our lunch hour in Exeter. Colleagues from across the Environment Agency, the Met Office, Defra, Animal Health and CIWM SW joined us in person or on the phone and eager bidding raised a whopping £1,300 in just one hour! This will be doubled by UK Aid Match!

“The promises ranged from people offering home-grown and homemade produce, wildflower seeds from our own wildflower patch, windsurfing lessons and offers of holiday accommodation.

“Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment & Business for the Environment Agency was keen to lend his support and successfully bidded for the fabulous WasteAid cake.”

CIWM’s Ian Poyser also ran a half marathon in support of the campaign! What a hero!

Creating a buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Long-time friend of WasteAid, the amazzzzzing Carolyn Cross, gave away a year’s supply of honey from her very own bees in exchange for donations to the WasteAid appeal. That’s a lot of sticky gold…

Did you know… honey bees have been producing honey in the same way for 150 million years, and they fly around 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.

WasteAiders are amazing. Thank you all!

These are just some of the ways you are getting involved and joining the fight against plastic pollution and poverty. 

Thank you to everyone who is still out there raising money to help stop plastic pollution. Although this campaign has ended, all donations to WasteAid help fight poverty, prevent pollution and reduce climate change emissions.

Who do you know who might like to get involved?

Read more about the 2019 aid match appeal

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