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| be Waste Wise | September 21, 2023

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About Us

be Waste Wise (bWW) is a non-profit organization addressing the need for knowledge dissemination in waste management by bringing the best minds in the world together to build a global waste management community. be Waste Wise provides educational resources, direct access to experts and networking for free and builds momentum around the global challenge of waste.

be Waste Wise also manages grants and provides consultancy services in knowledge transfer and training, communications and content marketing, networking and community building, conference support and waste management.


Waste is a global challenge with local solutions. Billions of people need solutions to and through waste, and yet they lack access to relevant knowledge and best practice.

Improper waste management continues to impact the health of entire communities and cities; pollute local water, air and land resources; contribute to climate change and ocean plastic pollution; hinder climate change adaptation; and accelerate depletion of forests and mines. These problems cannot be solved without solving waste. Compared to solid waste management, we can consider that the world has achieved significant success in providing other basic necessities like food, drinking water, energy and economic opportunities. Solving waste leads to tangible results in improved public health and quality of life, clean air and drinking water, renewable energy, economic opportunities to the poorest sections of our society and climate change mitigation and adaptation. No other organization is addressing these issues at scale.

be Waste Wise believes change and leadership can arise from every part of the society. We believe that anyone working with waste, wherever they are in the world, deserves access to the latest thinking, enlightening case studies, and the sheer wealth of experience that others have.

be Waste Wise was co-founded by Ranjith Annepu and Katrina Mitchell in 2013 with the belief that consistent education leads to sustained long term change.


• Sponsorship: Various levels of sponsorship are available. Please send us a message or write to [email protected] and we’d be happy to discuss your options.

Media Partners: We need your help in taking solutions to waste to a larger audience. Please send us a message or write to [email protected] to learn how we can help you back.

• Community Partners: We need your help to spread the word and engage communities globally. Please send us a message or write to [email protected] to learn how we can help you back..


Ranjith Annepu, Co-founder

“Damage to public health and quality of life –because of reasons like improper waste management, which already have technological solutions– keeps me on my feet.”

Katrina Mitchell, Co-founder

“The more I look, the more I see elegant and inspiring examples of innovation in waste at the grassroots level in the informal sector. Waste is a wonderfully complex problem worthy of a lifetime’s inquiry”