Trash Free Seas Alliance is taking action with a new signature initiative: ASPPIRe in partnership with iWrc, CECR in Vietnam and CEMPRE in Colombia.
In many areas worldwide, local governments lack the resources to properly collect and manage all the waste that is generated.
Mismanaged plastic and other types of pollution leak into sewers and waterways into the ocean.
Informal waste collectors prioritize their collection efforts on high-value materials, leaving lower value materials uncollected.
These low-value materials most frequently end up in pathways leading right to the ocean.
Waste pickers provide a vital service to their communities and the planet. Yet, they work in unsafe conditions for inadequate compensation.
ASPPIRe intends to enable informal waste sector workers to collect low-value plastic to reduce the amount of waste leakage to the ocean. The program aims to create increased income and safety for waste pickers.