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2018 Waste Pioneers List – Organizations

2018 Waste Pioneers List – Organizations

Methodology developed by Eric Metelka

Data Analysis by Ranjith Annepu

Authored by Ranjith Annepu and Swetha D


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We are proud to announce the 2018 be Waste Wise Pioneers List which recognizes organizations that are effectively sharing solutions to waste management and stories about their work. We analyzed more than thousand social media accounts to find this year’s Pioneers. In its earlier versions, this was called the Waste Influencers List.

We believe in the power of communications and active knowledge dissemination in supporting waste management across the world. Our aim behind recognizing Waste Pioneers is to encourage such communications and enhance opportunities for collaboration.

Next week, we will publish a list of individual Waste Pioneers. Keep following this space, for regular updates.

To find these influencers and others who connect the world to great ideas and solutions, check our Twitter list with the name —Waste Influencers— which is updated constantly. If you think we are missing some, please tweet at us with their handle.

Remember to follow these influencers or subscribe to the Twitter List to see what they’re sharing about waste.


Organizations are ordered alphabetically.

CalRecycle’s mission is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs.

Follow @CalRecycle

Campus Kitchens builds student-run social incubators that empower young leaders nationwide to use food as a tool to make change in their communities

Follow @CampusKitchens

Circle Economy works on accelerating the transition to a circular economy.

Follow @CircleEconomy


The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), is the professional body which represents over 5,500 professionals in the waste, resources and sustainables sector. 

Follow @CIWM

City of New York, Department of Sanitation, keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. 

Follow @NYCSanitation

Economie Circulaire is a National Institute of Circular Economy in France.

Follow @Eco_Circulaire

EcoWASTE exhibition is a leading international platform for advancing sustainable waste management and recycling across MENA and beyond.

Follow @EcoWasteUAE

Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur Foundation works with business, govt. & academia to build a framework for a circular economy that is restorative & regenerative by design. Curated by the same organization, their online festival Disruptive Innovation Festival also featured in our Waste Pioneers list.

Follow @circulareconomy & @thinkDIF_


FareShare is a charity fighting hunger and food waste by saving good quality in-date surplus food and redistributing it to charities across the UK. 

Follow @FareShareUK

FoodCycle combines surplus food, spare kitchen space and amazing volunteers to create free, community meals across England.

Follow @FoodCycle

Hungry Harvest is a produce delivery service on a mission end food waste and hunger.

Follow @HungryHarvest

Imperfect Produce helps people eat better and helps the environment by sourcing “ugly” and surplus produce that might otherwise go to waste and delivering it to peoples doors for a discount.

Follow @Imperfectfruit


iScrap App is a directory of scrap yards in the US & Canada.

Follow @iScrapApp

Keep Britain Tidy is an award winning environmental charity.

Follow @KeepBritainTidy

Litterati is a community that’s “crowdsource-cleaning” the planet.

Follow @Litterati

Phila Streets Dept.

Phila. Streets Department‘s works to provide clean, safe and green streets in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Follow @PhilaStreets

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.

Follow @PlasticPollutes

Recyclebank inspires & rewards smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future. They bring together people, businesses & communities to achieve real world impact.

Follow @Recyclebank

Scrap Monster provides accurate and updated recycling news, prices, along with connecting buyers and sellers of global markets.

Follow @ScrapIndustry

Suez supports towns and industries in the circular economy to maintain, optimise & secure the resources for our future

Follow @Suez

TerraCycle Global leader in collecting hard-to-recycle waste to be recycled or upcycled

Follow @TerraCycle

The Restart Project fixes our relationship with electronics by helping us waste less.

Follow @RestartProject

The Story Of Stuff is a nonprofit organization transforming the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is better for people and the planet.

Follow @StoryOfStuff

The Ugly Fruit And Veg campaign celebrates imperfect fruit & veg and fights all wasted food. Jordan Figueiredo who runs this campaign, also speaks at End Food Waste

Follow @UglyFruitAndVeg & @EndFoodWaste

Veolia UK

Veolia UK resources the world through their waste, water & energy services. They help to drive the UK towards a circular economy.

Follow @VeoliaUK

Waste Management

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions in North America.

Follow @WasteManagement

WIEGO is a global network focused on empowering informal workers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods

Follow @WIEGOGlobal


WRAP works collaboratively to create a world where we use resources sustainably. A special mention to Love Food Hate Waste and Recycle Now, which are also curated by the same group. 

Follow @WRAP_UK, @LFHW_UK & @Recycle_Now

Zero Waste France is an environmental protection association that advocates for the reduction and more sustainable management of waste.

Follow @ZeroWasteFR

Zero Waste Scotland helps Scotland create a more circular economy & realise the economic, environmental & social benefits of using resources sustainably. 

Follow @ZeroWasteScot

We decided to include a bonus 31st organization who almost made it to the list, but for a tiny margin.

Mr. Trash Wheel is a project of the Healthy Harbor Initiative of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore that has gained international attention for combining old and new technology to harness the power of water and sunlight to collect litter and debris.

Follow @MrTrashWheel

If you are in this list or on the Twitter list, to find how you did relatively to others, write to us at We’ll be glad to share the data. be Waste Wise is a non-profit organization and our motive is to enhance collaboration and the dialogue on waste solutions. We would love to work with the curious ones among you to explore other ways to use this data to achieve our collective objectives. You can also tweet to us @bewastewise.

You can check an earlier list, to learn more about the methodology.

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