How your support makes a difference
By supporting Wastebase, you can help us use data to make big differences. Here are some examples:
At a local level (for example, in a city):
One of our partners, Repensar Environmental Cooperative, carries out regular clean ups in Maputo, Mozambique, a city famed for its sandy beaches. They collected data about the waste they picked up, then took it to the city’s municipal waste authority. By showing them where most of the waste collected (around local beauty spots), they convinced the waste authority to change the routes for their waste collection trucks, to prevent this waste from ending up in the city’s waterways.
At a national level:
Many countries in Africa face huge, systemic challenges with managing waste. These are often driven by rapid growth in consumerism alongside economic growth. Municipal authorities struggle to find effective ways to manage the sheer volume of waste produced. Working with partners at a country level, we can help municipal authorities to make more informed and sustainable decisions about how to collect and process waste. In March 2022, we worked with the Global Green Growth Initative (GGGI) to launch Wastebase as an official plastic monitoring platform in Rwanda, though an initiative supported by the national Environmental Management Agency (REMA).
At a global level:
Data is more powerful when there is lots of it. Wastebase connects data about plastic waste to make it more credible. People and organisations who want to reduce plastic waste can use our data to demonstrate the problem to industry and government decision-makers, and make a stronger case for change. We recently spoke at the Let’s Do It World Clean Conference, are associate members of Break Free from Plastic and members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance, and are in discussions with research institutions in North America and Europe about how they can use our data.
We won’t let plastic producers hide behind a lack of data. We’ll show them exactly where their products end up. This map shows where we found bottles (in red) linked to where manufacturers are based (in blue). See the live map at kaggle.com/wastebase