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We're a growing company. We're on the look out for people with an interest in the circular economy and waste management in the global south. Check this page for details of current opportunities, or email community @ unwaste.io if you think you could help us achieve our mission.

Data Volunteer

Published: May 2024

Status: Now closed to applications


Start date (proposed): May/June 2024

Duration: 3 months (with option to extend)

Required hours: 10 hours per week (approx - can be flexed but with minimum 7.5 hours)

Reporting to: Laura Smith, Partnerships and Comms Lead

Location: remote, applications welcomed from freelancers based in the global south. Must be able to join occasional meetings within UK working hours.


Unwaste.io is a UK based social enterprise using data to create a circular economy for plastic. Our free app, Wastebase and cloud platform, wastebase.org, collect data about plastic waste found in the environment. We want to use this data to encourage adoption of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation. In other words, we want producers to take responsibility for where their waste ends up. Our data can help them do that.


We’re looking for a volunteer with a love of data and a passion for social impact. We’ve collected data points from over 360,000 plastic products in a dozen countries, including information about manufacturer, brand, product material, weight and location. We need you to help us tell the story of these products. This would be great experience for someone who wants to apply their skills in a real environment. We'll give you the space to be creative and suggest new ways to use our data.

Essential requirements

Desirable requirements

Regular tasks

As part of this role, we will train you to complete certain regular tasks. Please use your creativity and experience to suggests improvements to these tasks:


Product records

Working with our partners, you will check and update products on wastebase.org where we are missing data. This is important to ensure our data is robust and accurate. You will also engage with our partners to support them to carry out data audits using Wastebase and to use our data in their reporting. 

Data report

Every month, we publish a data report on our website and through the Mailerlite platform. This is sent to a subscriber list and contains a summary of our data, for example, global polluter leaderboards and country totals. We would like you to:


Kaggle

Every month we export our data to https://www.kaggle.com/wastebase. This allows anyone in the data science community to experiment with our data. Working with our Managing Director, you will update this data once per month and create the ‘waste ownership map’ visualisation. 

How to apply

Please send a brief cover email to laura@unwaste.io explaining:



Applications without a cover email will not be considered.


You should include a CV, LinkedIn profile or link to a website that tells us a bit more about your experience.


Closing date for applications: Closed to applications - please follow our socials to find out about any upcoming roles