Our world has a rubbish problem

Two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste because their rubbish isn’t collected. That’s one in four people on the planet who are drinking polluted water, breathing toxic air and battling sickness. This causes up to a million deaths a year – and the waste mountains are growing.

Companies are making this worse by selling billions of single-use plastic products in countries where waste isn’t collected. They know full well that communities will have no choice but to live among this rubbish or burn it – which also contributes to climate change.

But this rubbish situation can change, if we act together.

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Email Hazel MacIver, Tearfund Scotland Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, on hazel.maciver@tearfund.org if you have any questions or want to get more involved.