PREVENT Waste Alliance – working together for the circular economy

Project description

Title: Sector Project on Concepts for Sustainable Waste Management and Circular Economy
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 2019 to 2022



Every year, around two billion tonnes of household waste are produced worldwide. In developing countries, only four per cent of waste is recycled and 15 to 20 million people work in the informal waste management sector, many of them under inhumane working conditions.

It is therefore imperative to find ways to move from a linear economic system to a circular economy. In other words, resources must be reused instead of being dumped or burned as they have been to date. There are already numerous workable solutions for this, but the global Sustainable Development Goals in the management of waste and recycling can only be achieved through joint action. A circular economy requires close cooperation between numerous participants along the global value chains.


Functioning and inclusive waste management and the circular economy reduce waste in the environment, especially in developing countries and emerging economies.



The PREVENT Waste Alliance brings together different actors from the private sector, academia, civil society and public institutions. It serves as a platform for exchange and international cooperation. The members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance work together for the prevention, collection and recycling of waste, and the reuse of resources.

PREVENT’s members

  • share their knowledge relating to the circular economy,
  • link different perspectives and act in international, cross-sectoral partnerships,
  • develop scalable solutions and test them in different countries,
  • help shape international guidelines and standards.

Priority topics include plastic waste, e-waste and the framework conditions for municipal waste management. The stakeholders involved also develop sustainable financing mechanisms and work to raise awareness and facilitate behavioural changes.

The project hosts the secretariat for the PREVENT Waste Alliance.

Stand: September 2021

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