Footsteps 107 - Waste

Footsteps 107 is packed with practical advice and inspiring stories about dealing with waste in our communities.


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Visit to download a free copy, or contact us to order paper copies. 

Making waste work: a toolkit

by Zoë Lenkiewicz and Mike Webster

The charity WasteAid has produced a toolkit filled with practical information on managing community waste. It includes 12 guides on topics such as how to organise a community waste collection service, how to prepare plastics to sell to market and how to convert organic waste into biogas. 

Visit to download a free copy in English. 

A community guide to environmental health

by Jeff Conant and Pam Fadem

This practical, easy-to-use guide covers many aspects of maintaining a healthy environment. It includes sections on managing solid waste, creating sanitary landfills and dealing with health care waste. Available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Visit to download a free copy or order a printed copy for 31.95 USD. 

Why advocate on waste and a circular economy?

by Julia Kendal

An overview of why and how to advocate about waste. Visit to download a free copy in English or Portuguese. 

Garbology Lite

The Indian organisation WasteLess has put together a series of fun, interactive lessons for children aged 6–15 on waste. Lessons include ‘Introduction to solid waste’, ‘Waste relay race’ and ‘Map my soft drink’. Visit and click on ‘Garbology Lite’ to download lesson plans in English or Tamil. Lessons are shared for free, one at a time, in return for feedback and social impact data. 

Agrodok 8: Preparation and use of compost

by Madeleine Inckel, Peter de Smet, Tim Tersmette and Tom Veldkamp 

Agromisa Foundation has produced a detailed guide to composting. It sets out a number of different composting methods. Visit to buy an electronic or printed copy for 5 or 10 USD in English, French or Portuguese. 

Useful websites

Available in English unless otherwise stated.
Practical Action provides technical information on development topics, including waste management.
A Rocha is a Christian environmental organisation working in 20 countries. Website available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
You can make ecobricks by stuffing plastic bottles with dry plastic waste. They can then be used in construction projects. Website available in English, German, Indonesian and Zulu. See also
The International Solid Waste Association website provides reports and training materials on solid waste management.
Renew Our World is a global campaign engaging Christians to act and pray for a just and sustainable world, focusing on climate change and caring for creation. Website available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.