Waste management company Biffa has announced a three-year partnership with UK-based charity WasteAid, which will see the business support WasteAid financially and help communities in developing countries to improve the management of waste.
In many developing countries a waste management service simply does not exist, with one in three people having no access to any such facilities.
This means that 40 per cent of the world's waste - from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry - is not collected or treated and as a result, it is often dumped. Much of it makes its way to the world's oceans - 70 per cent of plastic marine litter comes from places without waste management facilities.
WasteAid works with communities in developing countries to share practical and low-cost approaches to waste management and recycling. Its projects include teaching communities how to turn water bottles into eco-bricks to build homes and schools, as well converting plastic bags into paving slabs that can be sold to local businesses.
Biffa will bring financial support and experience in addressing complex waste issues in the UK to areas with no previous access to waste management.