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Our world has a rubbish problem

In association with: Renew Our World and TEARFund UK

Call on key global companies to be part of the solution

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Our world has a rubbish problem

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Why the Rubbish Campaign?

God has blessed us with a beautiful world to look after and treasure.

But right now, our world has a rubbish problem – and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest.

That’s why we’re launching The Rubbish Campaign, alongside our friends at Tearfund UK. This campaign focuses on one of the most pressing problems of today - averting the plastic pollution crisis.

Join with us to care for God’s amazing creation and show love for our global neighbours.

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The problem:

Two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste.

Why? The amount of single-use plastic is growing, but the capacity to collect and manage the waste isn’t. The effect on both people and the environment is devastating.

The result? The waste mountains are growing, and people are drinking polluted water, breathing toxic air and battling sickness. One million people die every year due to the mismanagement of waste and pollutants. That's 1 person every 30 seconds.

What can I do?

This situation can change, if we act together.

Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Taking action can be a loving act that cares for our global neighbours and honours God.

Here are 3 ways you can take action:

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1. Learn more

Subscribe to our TEAR Action emails to find out more about this issue and be equipped to respond.


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2. Sign Our Petition

Join us in calling on Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to take responsibility for their plastic waste in poorer countries.

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Spread the word

Watch our new video featuring TEAR Artist Ambassador and performance poet Joel McKerrow and share in your networks.

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Download the Rubbish Campaign church resource

This resource provides a range of fun and creative ways to involve your faith community in supporting TEAR’s Rubbish Campaign. Download.

Frequently asked questions

Common questions about the Rubbish Campaign. Read more.

No Time To Waste

Tackling the plastic pollution crisis before it’s too late. Download the report.

Can you imagine having to live among piles of rubbish?

This was the situation facing Rubina and her family. Read her story.

Sir David Attenborough

“It is high time we turn our attention fully to one of the most pressing problems of today - averting the plastic pollution crisis - not only for the health of our planet, but for the wellbeing of people around the world.”

– Sir David Attenborough

To beat poverty + injustice, we need to tackle waste.