Dsposal to launch new online waste facility service at WasteAid fundraising event

Green start-up Dsposal is celebrating the launch of its new online service that connects waste producers to licensed waste facilities with an event in Manchester on 15 March, with all proceeds going to waste management charity WasteAid UK.

The event will see a panel of global experts from the surrounding Greater Manchester area and further afield, including Professor Stephen Jenkinson from Manchester Metropolitan University and Jane Gardner from Axion, who will discuss the global challenge of plastic pollution, how individuals can make a difference and how Greater Manchester can display leadership in this field.

The issue of plastic waste has, of course, dominated the news agenda in recent months, largely down to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series beaming the consequences of plastic waste on the environment directly into our living rooms. Plastics feature prominently in the government’s recently released 25 Year Environment Plan, which commits the UK to zero ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042 and calls for the extension of the five pence plastic bag levy to all retailers in England.

Dsposal to launch new online waste facility service at WasteAid fundraising event
Dsposal co-founders Sophie Walker (L) and Tom Passmore (R)

Last year, Manchester City Council had the second highest bill in the country for cleaning up after fly-tippers. With the proliferation of online marketplaces like Gumtree or Facebook it’s easier than ever for unlicensed operators to win business by undercutting legitimate companies, but ultimately passing the cost of disposal onto the taxpayer through illegal dumping.

Dsposal, which was founded in 2016, cuts those unlicensed companies out of the picture by utilising the Environment Agency database coupled with a directory of over fifty thousand waste terms to make it easy for everyone to find a suitable licensed waste company to meet their needs. It also acts as a hub for duty of care documents, making compliance quick and easy.

Commenting on the event announcement, Sophie Walker, Dsposal Co-founder and COO, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching our service in Manchester. We’ve really benefited from the city’s amazing support for start-ups and with Greater Manchester’s ambitious Climate Change Strategy 2017-50 we feel like we’re in the right place at the right time.”

Tom Passmore, Dsposal Co-founder and CEO added: “Dsposal is the first interconnected, collaborative waste management platform for everyone. We’re on a mission to help tackle waste crime, promote waste as a valuable resource and drive the circular economy.

“The evening will be informative and friendly, with plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion. We chose to host the event at KPMG because of their commitment to promoting tech and business in the region, not to mention the amazing views over the city!”

Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive of the Resource Association, commented: “People are increasingly concerned about what happens to their plastic waste so this event is timely. Dsposal have created a platform to help people stay in control of their recycling, while WasteAid are improving how plastic is dealt with in developing countries. The evening promises an interesting debate around a hot topic.”

The proceeds from the event will go to WasteAid UK, the award-winning charity that teaches replicable, small-scale recycling and resource management techniques to marginalised communities, often in upstream communities where inadequate waste management systems can contribute to the flood of plastic waste entering the marine environment every year.

It has been a busy year for the charity, launching the ‘Making Waste Work: A toolkit - Community Waste Management in Low and Middle Income Countries’ document in partnership with CIWM, designed to provide communities with less developed waste management infrastructure the tools and knowledge to employ low-cost ‘waste to wealth’ technologies, while CEO Mike Webster came top of the Resource Hot 100 2018 power list of influencers in the world of waste and resource.

Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Communications at WasteAid, said: “Plastic pollution in the marine environment is a growing problem, and much of it comes from parts of the world where there is no waste management at all. We’re grateful to Sophie and Tom of Dsposal for turning their launch event into a WasteAid fundraiser, which will help us train more communities in keeping plastics out of the oceans.”

The event will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday 15 March. For more information and to book tickets, visit the event’s Eventbrite page.

You can find more information on Dsposal on the company's website.

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