The RWM Ambassadors have announced that Waste Aid, a new organisation that connects vulnerable communities to waste management resources and expertise, will receive the first £15,000 Ambassadors’ fund.
The donation was made by the RWM event organisers (i2i Events) to help encourage new initiatives in resource management and help support the sector, and another £15,000 fund will be made in 2015.
Waste Aid was selected from a range of suggested initiatives, with discussions taking place at the regular ambassador meetings and a final vote last week amongst the 25 industry leaders.
Mike Webster, Waste Aid International – “It means we can work closely with our partners in the developing world and start making a significant difference in helping them deal with and generate income from waste”
The Ambassadors Group includes representatives from across the business supply chain, retail and waste management, as well as the public sector and academics, including SITA, Nestle, Co-op, BAM Construction, CIWM, LARAC, LGA, ESA and WRAP.
Waste Aid will shortly be invited to present ideas to the Ambassadors on how the money might be spent. There are currently seven partner Waste Aid organisations in developing countries, already delivering waste management projects in countries such as Kenya, India and Ghana.
Mike Webster, chair of Waste Aid International said: “This £15,000 fund from the RWM Ambassadors means we can make a quantum leap as an organisation in the UK. It means we can work closely with our partners in the developing world and start making a significant difference in helping them deal with and generate income from waste.
“This funding is a key building block for our new organisation and the beginning of something big.”