A report from an in-depth investigation by Greenpeace was published in May 2021 which has opened the can of worms on where our waste is going.
A report from an in-depth investigation by Greenpeace was published in May 2021 which has opened the can of worms on where our waste is going. The report suggests waste exported from the UK is being illegally dumped and burned across southern Turkey. Since this report was published, other countries have stated they also have been taking exported waste, much of which is not being recycled and is finding its way into the environment.
Anywaste.Com Founder and CEO, Damian Lambkin said: “Over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste are produced globally every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. Only 16% is recycled and 46% is disposed of unsustainably. And it is a problem that is set to grow by 70% by 2050.”
The UK government has said the industry needs a crackdown and Jo Churchill, the recycling minister, is setting out to collaborate with the waste industry to solve the problem.
South West tech start-up, Anywaste.com has developed a new, first of its kind, system to help tackle the problem to help businesses, brokers, processors and consumers before the impending crackdown and enforcements come in. They will be ready to move forward to digitally track their waste.
AnyWaste.com’ s online waste booking platform is designed to help waste brokers and collectors manage their collections. It is embarking on a 12-month pilot in the UK and is seeking funding for the next stage of its development and preparation for global rollout.
The new platform will have a positive impact on the environment by simplifying licensed waste collection, whilst reducing waste and waste crime. Once fully operational AnyWaste.com will enable customers to book waste collections directly, with full transparency about how their waste is recycled.
“I was motivated to set up AnyWaste.com because I knew there was a better way to run our waste systems. I’ve got three beautiful children and I fear for the future they will inherit if we don’t take action to change things now,” said Damian Lambkin.
AnyWaste.Com is now recruiting UK waste companies onto a pilot to test out and refine its booking platform.