Samudra is an international organisation dedicated to improving waste management systems globally. Our goals are to reduce climate impact and environmental pollution associated with waste, and to minimise the impact of waste on human and ecosystem health. We plan to achieve these goals by:

The long-term aim for Samudra is to become an IGO that will act as a global orchestrator aligning efforts of major stakeholders in the waste management sector, and to have sufficient capacity to facilitate decision making 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

Today 2.6 billion people that have no access to waste collection services faced a choice of what to do with their waste. Today 32,877 tonnes of plastic waste ended up in our oceans. The damage done in the past 24 hours will have long lasting effects. The good news is that this can be changed. If we postpone implementing the necessary changes to waste management systems around the globe, they will not become any easier to implement but the benefits of doing so will be diminished by the previously accumulated irreversible damage. That is why it is important to act now. Keep reading >