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We are pleased to send you the second newsletter of 2015 from WASTE.
In addition to the move of our office many more things have happened. There is much news from Malawi, where we have a WASTE office, some reports have been produced and events are coming up.
Normally we only write short messages with links to our website, but as the website is being updated, we have slightly longer text.

Feel free to pass this bulletin on to others, this can be done via the footer. If you have any comments please send them to

Verele de Vreede, Information Officer WASTE

Internal news

New address
From the 1st of April, WASTE has relocated to The Hague. Our new address is: Lange Houtstraat 26, 2511 CW The Hague, the Netherlands. A map is posted on
We are still waiting for new telephone numbers but for now we can still be reached at our old number: +31 182 522 625

New logo
With the change of address we have also modernized our logo, proudly presented here.

Blantyre City Council launches K1bn sanitation project

Blantyre City Council in Malawi is geared to build and rehabilitate about 100 public toilets in the city to improve sanitation especially in markets and other public places.

WASTE supports the City Council in this project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The activities aim at improved management of market toilets and developing pit latrine emptying services and in the treatment of faecal sludge. A big emphasis is put on the actual development of the private sector to ensure sustainability.

An article on this has also appeared in  the Malawi Nyasa Times

Example of market toilet before and after improvement

Presentation on Banking opportunities in Mozambique a big success

Banco Oportunidade de Moçambique (BOM) is starting to give out loans for sanitation and has launched this with a campaign in Chimoio. The Bank's main goal is to fight poverty by offering loans to Mozambicans.
The FUSP project, with support from WASTE, has convinced the Bank that loans for improved sanitation can be viable as many people are interested to realize a toilet in their house, but often have other priorities in daily life.

Not only households will have access to the micro-credit, but also sanitation businesses, who get the opportunity to improve the quality of their work, from building better toilets to improving latrine emptying.
The demand creation is taken up by the community workers so-called activistas, who explain the necessity of good sanitation.

Article on plastics published

Sophie van den Berg, WASTE's plastic expert, is co-author of the article which is published in SEED: Creating inclusive value chains in plastic waste management is paramount for a green economy.

The article gives an overview on the value of plastic recycling, the value for the environment and the value for the income of the recyclers, both formal and informal.

The article can be read on the website of SEED.

Mason training on offer as full package

Within the FINISH programmes, WASTE has developed a comprehensive mason training. A 7 step roadmap makes the training package adapted to the local wishes and requirements. It is based on a so-called cascade training, whereby a maximum number of masons can be reached.
Most important is that locally used designs are evaluated and improved and unnecessary costs are cut out, thus making a household toilet cheaper and of better quality.

If you would like to use this training approach in your sanitation programme to build good-quality toilet systems and to scale up local successes, do get in touch with WASTE ( or Valentin Post ( for more information.
You can download the brochure on the mason training on our website.

The film Let’s Make it Right bags the gold award in best social development campaign category

The film Let's Make it Right received this Gold Trophy in FLAME AWARDS 2014 held in Delhi in March this year.

The film has also received Golden Drop Award at the 6th World Water Forum 2012. The film was produced to promote the Indian FINISH Programme, to explain the reasons for building a toilet. The prime objective of the Film Let’s Make it Right was to trigger the rural masses by a simple yet effective medium to instigate behaviour change regarding sanitation & hygiene.

You can find a trailer of the film via the WASTE website.
More information on the film can be obtained from Valentin Post (

Recycled plastic for 3D printing

Our colleague Priska Prasetya recently joined Pioneers into Practice (PiP) Programme organised by Climate-KIC. Under this programme, she will be developing a project in relation to climate change and business development and she has decided to do a project on ‘Business opportunities in 3D printing from recycled plastic’!
WASTE will be the host organisation for Priska under this project for the period of May and June, with Sophie van den Berg as her supervisor. The project will result in a publication reporting on the current developments in 3D printing, possible business cases, challenges and opportunities, and suggestions on how to pursue business opportunities within this field.
Currently, Priska would like to get in touch with people that have experience in 3D printing from recycled plastic and who are willing to give her input for her research. Please contact Priska Prasetya at
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