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WasteAid toolkit named in top three publications of the year

WasteAid UK and CIWM’s free online toolkit for community-led waste management has been recognised by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) as one of the year’s top three publications.

Making waste work: A toolkit – Community waste management in low and middle income countries’ was commissioned by CIWM 2017/18 President Professor David Wilson OBE and produced by WasteAid UK, and published in October 2017.

With two billion people in the world having no waste collection at all and the waste of over three billion people either dumped or subject to uncontrolled burning, the toolkit provides practical guidance on low-cost, ‘waste-to-wealth’ technologies, which involve minimal capital investment and can help communities turn their waste into useful products to sell locally.

And the ISWA has seen fit to recognise WasteAid’s contribution to the world of solid waste management with third place in its ISWA Publication Award, which attracted submissions from publications across the world tackling a variety of pressing topics on the global waste management agenda.

WasteAid toolkit named in top three waste management publications of the year
A WasteAid team of sorters at the beginning of a waste composition analysis in Gambia.

First prize was awarded to the book ‘Challenging changes, connecting waste hierarchy and circular economy' authored by Ad Lansink, the creator of the Ladder of Lansink waste hierarchy. The second prize went to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH for ‘Inclusion of informal collectors into the evolving WMS in Serbia - A roadmap for integration’. Third prize was awarded to ‘Making waste work: A toolkit’ by Zoë Lenkiewicz and Mike Webster from WasteAid UK.

Since its publication, more than 30,000 people from 193 countries have looked at the online toolkit. Lenkiewicz, Chief Author and Head of Communications at WasteAid UK, hopes the ISWA award will help attract an even greater number to take a look: "It’s very rewarding to see the WasteAid toolkit gain international recognition from ISWA. We wrote the toolkit to inform, inspire and motivate people to tackle the waste challenge within their own communities, creating recycling jobs, improving their children's health and protecting the environment. This ISWA award will help us put the spotlight on the urgent need for low-cost waste management systems and hopefully encourage more people to get involved.”

CIWM President Professor David Wilson said: “We are delighted that the ‘Making waste work’ toolkit has won recognition from ISWA. The toolkit is one small but important step in the fight against the global waste crisis that is blighting communities across the world, impacting on health and the environment, and contributing to marine plastics pollution.”

Lenkiewicz added: "In designing our toolkit, accessibility was also critical; if we are to tackle the waste problem collectively and urgently, it's vital that people can access up-to-date information wherever they are in the world. The toolkit is available in mobile and desktop versions and can be read online or downloaded for free and this has been widely welcomed by communities across the globe from small island states to megacities.”

WasteAid has gone from strength to strength in recent times, with Chief Executive Mike Webster coming top of Resource’s 2018 Hot 100 poll of the top waste and resources influencers, while a joint report from CIWM and WasteAid entitled ‘From the land to the sea’ called for more overseas aid for waste management in order to tackle marine plastic pollution.

You can read the ‘Making waste work: A toolkit – Community waste management in low and middle income countries’ in full on the CIWM website.

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