The waste management sector accounts for 5-15% of human-made climate impact. Growing amounts of mismanaged and uncollected waste are rapidly increasing the sector’s total negative impact on climate, environment and health. Our goal is to increase municipal solid waste collection rates in low and middle income countries, as currently 1 in 3 people globally have no access to waste collection services. To achieve this goal we are building a global action network - a new type of organisation, that is neither government, nor business, nor civil society, but a structure that combines the resources and competences of all of these.

Samudra will:

  1. develop and support peer-like relationships among funders (e.g. IGOs, development banks), problem-owners (e.g. national and city governments, companies), methods leaders (e.g. research centres, companies that design and build infrastructure), capacity developers (e.g. waste management companies, NGOs) and other stakeholders. We will focus on stakeholders that are the most motivated to overcome waste management challenges and that are in the strongest position to implement changes on a global level.

  2. facilitate the development and implementation of a global waste management strategy in full technical detail and ensure that the strategy keeps evolving along with changing circumstances, instead of becoming outdated.

  3. act as a global orchestrator to develop synergies between different efforts (especially those that don’t agree with each other), making them complementary. Such a stewardship organisation is necessary to amplify the positive impact of all stakeholders and to identify and address gaps, duplications and conflicts that impede the change on a global level.

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Our work contributes to 15 SDGs set by the UN

We contribute to 15 out of 17 SDGs by improving waste management systems around the world, increasing the coverage of waste collection services, reducing climate impact and environmental pollution associated with waste, minimising the impact of waste on human and ecosystem health, and creating collaborative solutions where everyone’s contribution is truly appreciated instead of being expected.

5-15% of the climate emergency is associated with waste

The World Bank estimated that about 5% of total global GHG emissions were generated from solid waste treatment and disposal in 2016, not including waste-related transportation. Additionally, a 2019 study demonstrated that black carbon emissions from open burning of waste have an impact equal to 2–10% of global CO2-equivalent emissions.

Aligning waste management efforts

Thousands of stakeholders (national and local governments, companies big and small, funders, IGOs, NGOs, universities, etc.) are already working towards addressing waste management challenges around the world. Often their impact is limited not by the lack of funding or talent, but by each other - their many efforts cancel each other out. Our mission is to increase everyone's positive impact by aligning these efforts instead.

Waste management challenges are urgent

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