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WASTE NL is an internationally operating non-governmental sustainable development organization (NGO) in the areas of waste management and sanitation. WASTE designs and implements innovative programmes and systems-thinking approaches to ensure impact that is lasting and locally relevant. We strengthen collaboration between expert partners and capacitate key local stakeholders such as local communities, governments, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs.

WASTE specializes in the fields of

WASTE employs a holistic approach to this work, addressing (at household, enterprise, and institutional levels) demand generation, capacity development, government engagement, business development, with an increasing focus on circularity (circular economy). Interventions prioritise sustainability, not only facilitating that infrastructure and business models are set up but are maintained and continue to be used long after WASTE and its partners step away. Our work works to address the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on SDGs 11 (sustainable cities & communities), 6 (clean water & sanitation), 8 (decent work & economic growth) and 5 (gender equality).


million toilets are constructed

one toilet every 4 minutes


million workdays

in toilet construction alone


million € generated locally in 5 years

by households investing in sanitation improvements


tonnes of human waste

converted to compost


tonnes plastic waste

prevented from dumping/open burning


"I thank WASTE for their great training, we have learnt a lot about plastic recycling and new business opportunities. WASTE brings the right public to the table to really have an impact.”

Modou Fall, director Expertises et Solutions International

"WASTE, with its Financial Inclusion For Improved Sanitation and Health (FINISH) programme & Diamond Approach inspires us with an innovative holistic approach, which reaches results at scale. [...] WASTE makes a difference in people’s lives in all the countries it works in. WASTE punches well above its weight!’

Pim van der Male, Thematic Expert Water at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

"WASTE is really WEALTH and indeed RDO Trust is proud and privileged to have such a partner to look at sanitation in a holistic way. WASTE has provided a wealth of technical and financial support to reach the poor in India. WASTE's contribution is not only in formulating, but also in technically guiding RDO Trust" 

RDO Trust (our partner in India)


Securing Water for Food
Circular economy with blackwater and greywater recycling for cultivation of vegetables in India
Sanitation for all by integrating the demand and supply side of the sanitation challenge in India
Assessing the potential for complementary local urban environmental services