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UK pledges 2 million pounds to support WasteAid

A British charity that takes waste management and recycling skills into the world’s poorest communities is turning to the streets of Manchester for a big fund-raising effort.

The annual sponsored Walk for WasteAid event is now in its fifth year and the UK Government has pledged to match public donations up to £2 million (EUR 2.2 million).

UK-based charity WasteAid is raising funds to develop plastic recycling training centres in which local people learn how to turn waste into useful products like floor and roof tiles. The centres train disadvantaged women, young people and people with disabilities to transform the waste into wealth, and pollution into economic opportunity.

Walking the walk

Zoë Lenkiewicz, WasteAid’s head of programmes and engagement, says: ‘The sense of togetherness and resilience in Manchester makes it the perfect choice for this year’s Walk for WasteAid. We are raising awareness about ending global plastic pollution by sharing skills with people around the world who live in poverty. In doing so, we are helping communities become self-sufficient and environmentally-friendly, which ultimately benefits us all.’

The walk on 6 July starts at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. The route ends 25km later at the Etihad Stadium, where Premier League champions Manchester City play.

‘We’re grateful to our sponsors, Biffa and Dsposal, and to Manchester City Council, the Science and Industry Museum, and the football clubs of Manchester United and Manchester City for their hospitality,’ Lenkiewicz adds.

The campaign was launched together with UK waste management company Biffa. This enabled WasteAid to construct a beach hut made from plastic waste.

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