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Zero Waste Stories From Africa is a compilation of zero waste case studies from six different African countries. This publication celebrates the grassroots organisations leading these zero waste initiatives by documenting how their zero waste models work, best practices and the milestones in these projects. These organisations include: Association Zéro Déchet Sénégal, Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FOEN), Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO), Nipe Fagio, groundWork (gW), Asiye-eTafuleni (AeT), Urban Futures Centre (UFC) from the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Zero Waste Association of South Africa (ZWASA).

The Brand Audit Report 2023

BFFP calls on consumer goods companies to Reveal their plastic use by providing public data on the type and quantity of packaging used in different markets, and the chemicals in that packaging. End support for false solutions such as burning plastic and chemical recycling. Redesign business models away from single-use packaging of any type - including novel materials such as bio-based or compostable plastics. Invest in accessible, affordable reuse, refill or packaging-free product delivery systems in all markets, while ensuring a just transition for all relevant workers.

Annual Report 2023

Nipe Fagio had a significant impact on the waste management sector in 2022/2023, being able to move forward many, if not all, of its goals. This year, we engaged approximately 45,167 people in various activities across 183 sites in Tanzania. Notably, our commitment to addressing marine litter and the "Let's Do It" Campaign resulted in the collection of an impressive 8,231 bags filled with waste. The total weight of waste collected from all our activities amounted to a staggering 605,337.64 kilograms, equivalent to a remarkable 505.4 tons of waste. Nipe Fagio’s Zero Waste expansion has also achieved significant milestones, with adequate waste management provided to 5125 households in Dar es Salaam and 6005 Arusha and 1.2 tons of segregated waste collected per day in each Zero Waste neighbourhood. Our vision for systemic change is shaped by the powerful implementation of a Zero Waste system that is designed for Tanzania. These numbers underscore the collective power of our communities and partners in making a real and measurable difference in our region.

Zero Waste to Zero Emissions

As the climate crisis deepens, urgent action on all fronts is required to both eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to a rapidly changing climate. The waste sector offers a prime opportunity for cities to take action that will dramatically reduce emissions, strengthen resilience, and provide substantial public health and economic benefits. The waste sector is the third largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions, whose reduction will deliver rapid benefits through avoided warming. In fact, good waste management practices can reduce emissions in other sectors, delivering more than 100% emissions reductions. Simultaneously, this approach, known as zero waste, can reduce flooding, deter disease transmission, improve soil health, and deliver economic opportunities. This report explains how zero waste is an essential part of any climate plan.


In the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, in collaboration with 32,151 participants, we were able to conduct waste and brand audits in community and beach cleanups to highlight the waste composition in Tanzania. After analyzing 350,000 units of waste, the results show that, on average, 64% of the waste in the sample bags audited is plastic waste. In 2021 plastic waste accounted for 76% of all waste collected.


Within the past 30 years, we have seen an increased acknowledgement and understanding of the impact that plastic waste, especially single-use plastic, has had on our marine and the broader environment. Despite such recognition, plastic production continues to be on the rise. Statistics show that since the early 1950’s the global production of plastic stands at 8.3 billion tons [1], of which around half of that was produced in 2004[2]. Between 1950 and 2021 it is estimated that 60% of this plastic has ended up in landfills or littered in the natural environment [3]. These numbers are not the only thing that has contributed to the global recognition of the impact of plastic waste. Global media channels have played a vital role in providing stark images that validate the impact that plastic has had on our marine life and environment in general. Videos and photographs of marine life withering away after being stuck in our plastic waste or after having ingested dozens of different plastic materials have increased our awareness of the plastic waste pandemic that we face globally.

The Brand Audit Report 2018-2022

The mission with our brand annual audit is to identify the world’s top polluting corporations. By gathering data on plastic waste collected at community cleanups around the world, brand audits allow us to challenge the plastic industry and demand real solutions. Our reports have revealed that the true driving forces of the plastic pollution crisis are the corporations producing all this plastic in the first place. This year, we analyze five years of global brand audit data findings. We also examine what the top plastic polluters have done - and failed to do - to address plastic pollution. Finally, we outline what we anticipate the next five years will bring.


Being an environmentalist is also a decision. A decision that makes a huge contribution to the well-being of the world— helping secure a healthy environment and rich biodiversity. The way in which environmentally-minded people work outside of their comfort zone—trying to find ways to create a positive impact despite the challenges faced—is also a decision. The year 2022 will go down in the history books as the one with the greatest challenges for so many nations— as well as for the environment, and ultimately for the entire world. Our collective decisions, and united actions in the spirit of togetherness, give strength and support in times of great challenge: through wars, climate crises, and economic recessions.

The #BrandAudit2021 Report

Over 99% of plastic is made from fossil fuels. To truly “turn off the tap” on plastic pollution, corporations must stop producing so much plastic and keep fossil fuels in the ground. That’s why the #breakfreefromplastic (BFFP) movement is challenging the corporations fueling both plastic pollution and the climate crisis to Reveal, Reduce, and Redesign their products now. BRANDED Volume IV: Holding Corporations Accountable for the Plastic & Climate Crisis exposes the world’s worst corporate plastic polluters that continue to produce plastic despite its harmful impact on the climate, our environment, and our future. This report is a collaboration of Break Free From Plastic members, allies and all 11,184 volunteers who conducted 440 brand audits across 45 countries. Together, they collected 330,493 pieces of plastic waste, 58% of which was marked with a clear consumer brand. Special thanks to the new generation of youth activists around the world fighting for a livable planet, especially our Break Free From Plastic Youth Ambassadors. This report is dedicated to you.

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