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“Collective action is a key piece in the success of our network” – Q&A With The Campus Kitchens Project

October 11, 2017 |

In order to run a successful Campus Kitchen, you need the support of your dining services, fellow students, school administration and the local community.Read More

“It’s Also Important To Realize That College Students Are Also Struggling With Food Insecurity” – Q&A With Food Recovery Network

August 28, 2017 |

FRN’s model offers a national backing to supporting local solutions to food issues that affect people in every corner of the country. Read More

“When We Waste Food, We End Up Wasting All Of The Resources That Went Into Growing The Food Too.” – Q&A With Imperfect Produce

August 22, 2017 |

Growing food that goes to waste ends up using up 21% of our fresh water, 19% of our fertilizer, 18% of our cropland, and 21% of our landfill volume.Read More

“Recycling Cannot Be Taken As a Panacea That Solves Everything” – Q&A with WIEGO

August 15, 2017 |

We need to pay attention to the role of outreach campaigns in shaping the minds of the general public to be more responsive to the 3 RsRead More

“Waste Does Not Exist – We Consider It Raw Material” – A Q&A With Basurama

August 8, 2017 |

We believe that citizens should know more about the production and consumption processes and the waste related to them.Read More

2017 be Waste Wise Pioneers – Universities & Media

August 1, 2017 |

This year, we are introducing a new category of be Waste Wise Pioneers, which includes universities & media.Read More

be Waste Wise Co-founder, Ranjith Annepu Recognized among 40 Under 40 by Waste360

June 16, 2017 | 1

Ranjith Annepu has created and is running be Waste Wise since 2013. Read More

2017 be Waste Wise Pioneers List – Individuals

June 5, 2017 |

30 individuals that are effectively sharing solutions to waste management and stories about their workRead More

2017 be Waste Wise Pioneers List – Organizations

May 15, 2017 | 8

We analyzed 900 accounts to find this year’s Waste PioneersRead More

Let’s Talk Menstrual Waste – A Twitter Chat

May 8, 2017 | 1

 

Harriet Parke & Katharine Blacklaws are consultants at Eunomia Research & Consulting. Feminism In India is a feminist platform based in India. All three of them came together to discuss the problems of menstrual waste & the … Read More

Waste Management in Developing Countries – A Beginner’s Guide

February 23, 2017 |

Want to learn about waste management in developing countries, but don’t know where to start? Begin your learning with this guide, which refers to articles & panel discussions across several #wastedialogRead More

Creating change through knowledge | An year in one post

January 30, 2017 |

Results from 2016 show that we’re moving towards the goal of an engaged global community faster. In 2016, we also started providing knowledge dissemination services. We made high-quality capacity building affordable by savings 65% of costs in a project funded by the European Union. Towards the end of last year, a student told us that be Waste Wise gives him access to diverse perspectives, easily. A scientist told us that our work helped his group reorient their research and provides new ideas. be Waste Wise’s model of knowledge dissemination has a great potential to impact the world. The results show that we have just started scratching the surface.Read More

Reducing Waste Through Green Procurement Practices – A Twitter Chat

January 16, 2017 |

We were joined by Piotr Barczak & Carston Wachholz in the discussion about Green Procurement Practices. We discussed practices in government offices, products vs services, and laws & regulations defining green procurement practices (GPP) worldwide.

Here is a … Read More

A Message From be Waste Wise’s Co-founder, Ranjith Annepu

January 4, 2017 |

Ranjith Annepu has a message for everyone, about PDFs, what can be done to disseminate knowledge, experiences in 2016 and people & organizations who played a big role in be Waste Wise’s success. Happy new year!Read More

Food Waste – A Quick Guide

December 21, 2016 |

While 800 million people do not have enough food, we waste 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for our consumption. This food we waste is enough to feed the hungry twice.
Want to learn more about food waste? Use this quick guide which refers to articles & panel discussions across several #wastedialog.Read More

Informal Waste Economy – A Quick Guide

November 28, 2016 |

We put together a guide with resources like panels & articles that discuss various aspects of informal waste recycling, including the economics, the stigma and the challenges. Read More

Circular Economy – A Beginner’s Guide

November 7, 2016 |

Have you been hearing about circular economy, but don’t know where to start learning about it? Here you go.Read More

Does Recycling Create More Waste? – A Tweetchat

November 4, 2016 |

Recycling must not become only “R”. Education is needed on the Reduce & Reuse parts Read More

Consumption & Waste Management – A Beginner’s Guide

October 24, 2016 |

Here we have a quick and easy guide for you to treat as a beginner’s resource to learning about the consumption, its impacts and what you can do.Read More

Climate Change & Waste Management – A Quick Guide

October 13, 2016 |

Climate change & waste management are linked. Here we have a quick and easy guide for you to treat as a beginner’s resource to learning about the connection, its impacts and what you can do to mitigate climate change through better waste managementRead More

Oceans and Plastic Pollution – A Quick Guide

October 5, 2016 |

  • Start your learning by listening to this discussion about the Status of Oceans & Plastic Pollution panelists from Plastic Pollution Coalition, Save Our Shores, 5Gyres & Plastics for Change give you information about what the exact problem is and … Read More

Are Light Emitting Diodes (LED) e-waste?

October 4, 2016 |

Prof. Brajesh Dubey, from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, tells us about LED (light emitting diodes) and what happens when they become waste.

Recently, we received a query from the community enquiring about LED (light emitting diodes), their … Read More

“One of the things often missed is what developed world can learn from developing world.” – Interview with Margaret Bates

September 11, 2016 |

 

Margaret Bates is Professor Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton. She has been involved in wastes management for over 25 years and undertook her PhD on landfill microbiology. She is the curator of this month’s #wastedialog.

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Bilikiss Adebiyi on Waste & Wellbeing : bWW Essays

July 14, 2016 | 1

Improper waste management can have far reaching negative impact, which go beyond immediate negative externalities and can significantly impact the frame of mind of people inhabiting those areas.Read More

“People will look back to this era as the ‘Plasticene’ – plastic is the best marker of human ‘civilization’!” – Interview With Anna Cummins

June 23, 2016 | 1

We chatted with Anna Cummins about the impact of the plastic problem on earth, communicating about the ocean plastic problem, the 5 Gyres Ambassador Program, and their planned Arctic Expedition, among other things.Read More

Adam Read On Waste & Wellbeing – bWW Essays

June 16, 2016 |

As part of our #WasteDialog around the 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, we posed a question to visionaries and leaders in waste management. We will share their answers to how good waste management can improve well-being.  Here’s the response from Adam Read, Ricardo-AEA’s … Read More

“Coastal cleanups empower people to take simple actions in their communities!” – Interview With Nicholas Mallos

June 14, 2016 |

 

Nicholas Mallos is a Marine Debris Specialist, who currently works at Ocean Conservancy as the Director of the Trash Free Seas Program. He has spent the past decade researching the ecological, economic and behavioral components associated with ocean … Read More

Eric Lombardi on Waste & Wellbeing: bWW Essays

May 30, 2016 | 4

As part of our #WasteDialog around the 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste, we posed a question to visionaries and leaders in waste management. We will share their answers to how good waste management can improve well-being.  Here’s the first response from Eric Lombardi, … Read More

Announcing the 2016 Global Dialogue On Waste – Press Release

May 23, 2016 |

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 practices. We believe change and leadership can arise from every part of the … Read More

The Story Of Chennai’s Kabadiwalla Ecosystem

May 20, 2016 |

Kabadiwallas refer to the informal sector that comprises a robust ecosystem of scrap dealers who recover and recycle incredible amounts of waste everyday. Read More

Sonia Dias on the Informal Economy of Waste Pickers

May 16, 2016 | 1

WIEGO released the Informal Economy Monitoring Study’s (IEMS) comparative report for waste pickers with responses collated across 5 cities.Read More

“Living plastic-free develops creativity and ingenuity in discovering alternatives to plastic. It’s actually fun!” – An Interview With Beth Terry

May 8, 2016 |

Beth Terry is a waste activist from Oakland, CA. She went plastic free and also started the plastic challenge to help assess individual’s plastic footprint. She is author of the book, How I Kicked The Plastic Habit and How … Read More

2016 be Waste Wise 30 Influencers – Organizations

April 7, 2016 | 3

We are proud to announce the list of 30 organizations which made it to our Waste Influencers List this year. We analyzed 750 accounts to find this year’s Waste Influencers, an increase from 440 in 2015 and only 95 in 2013. The … Read More

An Interview With Jordan Figueiredo About The “What The Fork Are You Doing With Your Produce” Campaign

April 7, 2016 |

Jordan Figueiredo is a zero waste professional and food activist from California. He started the End Food Waste campaign & website, which offers easy solutions to fight food waste. The website informs, connects, and motivates people all around the world through … Read More

2016 be Waste Wise 30 Influencers – Individuals

March 15, 2016 | 2

We’re are proud to announce the 30 individuals who made it to our Waste Influencers List in 2016. We analyzed 750 accounts to find this year’s Waste Influencers, an increase from 440 in 2015 and only 95 in 2013. The list … Read More

Waste Pickers’ Day – An Interview With Bharati Chaturvedi from Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group

March 1, 2016 | 1

March 1st is commemorated as Global Waste Pickers’ Day in memory of a massacre in Colombia where 11 workers were brutally murdered in 1992. To commemorate the Global Waste Pickers’ Day, we organized a Twitter interview with Bharati Chaturvedi, the … Read More

A Twitter Interview About Swacha Graha – A Composting Initiative in India

February 22, 2016 |

The Solid Waste Management Round Table, Bengaluru, India launched a new citizen-led initiative called Swacha Graha to encourage more locals to start a “green spot”. This 3-step process encourages people to compost at home, and grow and cook vegetables grown in … Read More

be Waste Wise’s Journey in 2015 in Numbers

January 2, 2016 |

Here is what we did in 2015 – represented in numbers. Read More

Segregation – The First Step to Keeping 60% of our Waste Out of the Landfill

October 19, 2015 | 1

Why is it important to segregate?

All waste management interventions are futile if they don’t address one fundamental problem:  the lack of waste segregation at source. As long as people put their recyclable, organic, hazardous and sanitary waste in the … Read More

Models of Inclusion Part II | Self-Organization in the Informal Sector

September 30, 2015 | 1

 

In the 1980s, waste-pickers in Colombia faced the most intense forms of social stigmatization and attack. A group of vigilantes, intent on ‘socially cleansing’ the urban landscape, began to launch targeted attacks on what they perceived as unclean elements … Read More

Models of Inclusion in Informal Waste

August 31, 2015 | 1

…scavenging is illegal in several urban centres in Colombia, India and the Phillipines, where waste-pickers are often discriminated against because of their perceived association with dirt.

 

In most cities in the developing world, waste-pickers provide between 50 to 100 … Read More

Commingled versus Source-Separated Collections from a UK Perspective

August 29, 2015 |

Waste management consultant, Victoria Hutchin of Ricardo-AEA, considers what the key drivers are for the choice of collection systems in the UK.

Unfortunately, in the UK it is no longer simply a case of implementing the option which is easiest … Read More

2015 be Waste Wise 30 Influencers – Individuals

August 4, 2015 | 1

We are proud to announce the list of 30 individuals who made it to our Waste Influencers List this year. Every person on this list is there because they communicated about waste management in a way that resonated with their … Read More

Selling in the dark: Information asymmetry in the informal waste ecosystem

July 31, 2015 |

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. – Benjamin Disraeli

Learning from the experiences of the Agricultural Sector:

What do Indian farmers and ragpickers have in common? At … Read More

2015 be Waste Wise 30 Influencers – Organizations

July 15, 2015 | 4

We are proud to announce the list of 30 organizations which made it to our Waste Influencers List this year. These organizations are here because they are effectively sharing stories about their work and solutions to waste management. They were chosen based on a … Read More

Waste Networks: Economics, Informality and Stigma

June 30, 2015 | 1

Trash talking; there’s more than cities can manage

As consumption patterns across the globe are soaring, so is the corresponding generation of waste – and some of the statistics related to this are alarming. A recent World Bank study estimates … Read More

Introducing a new member to the be Waste Wise team, David Lerpiniere

June 18, 2015 |

be Waste Wise is pleased to introduce a new member to our growing team, David Lerpiniere. David will be joining be Waste Wise as an Associate and the UK and Europe Representative.

“As quantities of waste generated across the world continue to grow … Read More

Results from the 2015 Global Waste Survey

June 15, 2015 |

In April, be Waste Wise conducted the 2015 Global Waste survey. The survey asked our community members to choose the waste topics they wanted to hear about. Readers chose from a long list of nuanced topics ranging from questions about … Read More

Introducing a new member to the be Waste Wise team, Tejaswini Pagadala

June 6, 2015 |

be Waste Wise is pleased to introduce a new member to our growing team,Tejaswini Pagadala. As be Waste Wise’s Community Builder, Tejaswini will engage with waste influencers and media and follow up on upcoming conversations around waste. She’ll also work … Read More

Historical Perspectives on the Informal Waste Sector

May 31, 2015 | 1

 

Like most countries that are growing quickly and witnessing rapid urbanization, India is beginning to face serious concerns regarding the disposal of its waste. Until now, most urban local governments have adopted an approach to waste management that is … Read More

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