Our Approach

We’re helping to tackle the waste crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities.

These are neighbourhoods which do not have their rubbish collected, so people feel they have no choice but to burn their waste or dump it in the open. So people live and work surrounded by mounds of rubbish, which spreads disease, blocks local rivers and damages the environment.

Our partners are setting up small enterprises to collect and recycle waste, and encouraging local people to sign up for these services. They’re also raising awareness about the impact of waste on health and the environment, and encouraging people to reduce their plastic use. And they’re lobbying governments and multinational companies to help reduce the amount of waste being produced in the first place.

Social enterprises

We are providing seed funding to help set up social enterprises that provide affordable waste management for the very poorest neighbourhoods.

These initiatives collect rubbish, dispose of it safely, and recycle as much as possible. Many of these projects recycle waste into products they can sell – from compost to paving blocks.

All of this creates jobs and restores dignity for local people, as well as protecting people’s health and cleaning up the local environment.

Advocacy

Our partners are also lobbying hard for a reduction in the amount of waste being generated – and are encouraging local communities to press for more action too. They’re calling on:

  • companies to cut down on waste such as single-use plastic packaging, and set up recycling initiatives to provide safe jobs for informal waste pickers
  • governments in developing countries to introduce strong regulation on how much waste is produced and how it’s managed, and to make sure these laws are upheld

Bin Twinning’s parent charity, Tearfund, is also pressing for multinational companies and governments in developed nations to embrace more sustainable models of economic development and support poorer nations to do the same.

At least a third of the world’s waste is dumped in the open or burnt – creating smoke- and toxin-related diseases

Litter Larks

Litter Larks

The 'Litter Larks' from Dunscore Church in Scotland are passionate about making life better for the world’s poorest people. Their sponsored litter-pick covered the equivalent of 20 miles of verge.

Litter Larks