Crowdsourcing reliable data about plastic waste
Wastebase DATA is the world's only platform to collect structured data about plastic waste.
Visualise waste data
By demonstrating where their products end up in the environment, our data can help producers to understand the full lifecycle of the plastic-using products they design, make and sell.
Enhance brand audits
Local audits clean up specific areas. They also give our partners instant data to present to local decision-makers. This helps improve municipal waste collections to manage waste more efficiently, diverting ocean-bound plastic into the municipal solid waste (MSW) system.
Multiple data points
We connect multiple data points to each product. Our data is validated, robust and credible as evidence for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) initiatives and lifecycle analysis.
Inform your research
Our Wastebase DATA cloud platform connects a global network of individuals and organisations working towards a circular economy for plastic. Anyone can access, filter and extract Wastebase data to support their research, or use our app to speed up audits in their region.
for campaigners, researchers and communities
Our free app makes it easy to record and analyse data from waste and brand audits:
simple scan or search by barcode
auditing features to help you collect data from a specific location
see product data in the app
We can help produce the data you need to make a case for better practice.
Contact us to book free training for faster, cheaper data gathering and sharing.
for campaigners, researchers and communities
Use our free platform to:
see instant data from your brand audits
view waste monitoring data from a specific country or region
look up a manufacturer or brand to find out where we've detected their waste
filter data and download reports
use our map to find data hotspots
Visit wastebase.org to use our interactive data dashboard for monitoring single-use plastic waste.
Scan waste with our app
Try for free
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Install the app
go to wastebase.app on your phone (Android or iPhone)
you can search for data as soon as you install, but if you would like to record data you can register using your email address
Wastebase for communities
We offer free training to community groups who'd like to use Wastebase to find out more about the plastic waste in their area:
find out which brands and companies are responsible for waste
download reports that you can share with your community, local retailers and local government
help your community make more informed choices about which brands they buy
share photos and bottle data on social media using our sharing features
Case study: Repensar Environmental Cooperative
"It's so much quicker and easier when we can focus on collecting the PET waste and get the detailed information out of the system back in the office." Josela Capassura, Project Coordinator
Repensar Environmental Education Cooperative is an organization working to reduce plastic waste in the waterways around Maputo, Mozambique. Set up by local lawyer, Carlos Serra, in 2014, it started out by clearing up glass waste left on the city's beauty spots by groups of beer drinkers. Repensar shifted their focus to plastic when Carlos discovered that thousands of bottles were making their way into the mangroves and rivers that surround the city.
Unwaste.io connected with Repensar in 2020. Carlos and his team had already been carrying out local waste audits, mobilizing a group of volunteers to clean up a specific area and to raise awareness by engaging the local community and passers-by. Manual data collection was time-consuming.
We worked with 6 activists to complete their Data Partner training in 2021. This involved field based practical training and classroom learning in their office to log, extract and visualise data in Wastebase.
By the final field session, a team of 8 activists supported by 20 volunteers had collected, sorted and logged over 2,800 plastic waste items in 2 and a half hours.
Repensar's use mid-range PCs and volunteers' own Android phones. These are typically lower end smartphones with around 1Gb of RAM. Repensar's Macaneta coordinator Adelson Mutemba said, "I use my phone for everything and probably have too many apps installed. I was surprised Wastebase worked first time."
After the training, Repensar used Wastebase to immediately build up a picture of the most commonly discarded waste by brand. While the most prominent brand was Coca-Cola, second place went to 'Fizz', a local brand of flavoured soft drinks. The 'leading' mineral water brand, Água de Nammacha (a local brand) took seventh place after six soft drinks brands.