International Development

Poor-quality solid waste management is having a damaging effect on global communities and the environment. Yet an estimated three billion people still have no access to waste collection and disposal services.

This entirely preventable situation is creating the conditions for serious flooding, spreading disease, contributing to air pollution, and is a significant source of marine litter. Effective waste and resource management is key to international development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals such as SDGs 11, 12 and 14.


Why Resource Futures?

With 30-years’ experience and a team of over 40 specialists, Resource Futures has the expertise needed to implement the correct policy interventions, investments and behaviour change required to embed sustainable change. Offering comprehensive, state-of-the-art solutions that are accelerating the transition to a circular economy, we combine extensive knowledge of global best practice with a deep appreciation of the needs and challenges in low- and middle-income communities.

Our participatory approach engages stakeholders, developing solutions collaboratively. We work across the globe with organisations including NGOs such as Tearfund, local and national governments, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, such as the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme. Together, we develop waste and resource management systems that protect the environment and deliver positive impacts for lives and livelihoods around the world.

Our International Development Service

Our 360-degree service covers the complete waste management spectrum, including:

Waste inventory and composition analysis

As a market leader in conducting waste composition analysis, we help our clients obtain the robust data needed to make informed and effective decisions on policy and investments.

Waste prevention, reuse and recycling

Preventing waste is at the heart of everything we do, helping to identify the opportunities for moving materials up the waste hierarchy.

Waste services optimisation

Using a robust, evidence-based approach we support local and national governments, and waste management operators, to implement effective and efficient waste and recycling services.

Policy development

Drawing on experience from across the globe, we help develop policy that has a real, long-term impact.

Behaviour change

Effective behaviour change is an essential ingredient in embedding sustainable change. With over 20 years of grass roots community engagement, we have a deep understanding of behaviour change theory and its application, developing communications and campaigns that work.

Carbon footprinting

With an estimated 45% of global GHG emissions associated with resource consumption, improving waste and resource management is key to achieving net zero targets. Guiding our clients, we identify the interventions that will make the biggest sustainable impact.

What our clients say

We tasked Resource Futures with revising and writing a new waste strategy for Herefordshire Council.

They quickly understood our requirements, engaging a range of stakeholders to agree strategic principles, enabling us to set ambitious new strategic goals and transforming our service for the future.

It’s a strategy we’ve now successfully adopted, and we are delighted to be implementing.

Joni Hughes

Herefordshire Council

Resource Futures supported us from ideation through to finished product. The project required deep understanding of commercial and environmental datasets, environmental law and best practice.

The final product allows our customers to interrogate data, analyse and forecast results, and extract insights specific to their business needs. Delivering value and actionable insight for years to come.

Will Ghali


Resource Futures compiled insights into local reuse organisations and potential ways of working together to achieve more through reuse. Their report identified and highlighted factors experienced by existing groups which will help us shape initiatives that overcome barriers and explore opportunities.

It is an important piece of research that helps us improve reuse and repair across Somerset

Julie Searle

Somerset Waste Partnership

Working with Resource Futures has unlocked the power of The 2 Minute Foundation’s BEACH CLEAN app data.

We are now able to quantify findings and present powerful evidence to engage stakeholders. The individuals, groups and families taking part are contributing valuable information through citizen science that can be used for better decision making and direct efforts to keep our beaches free from litter.

Nicola Green

The 2 Minute Foundation

Resource Futures produced a thorough report, reflecting considerable stakeholder engagement, data collection and analysis.

The effort that has gone into this information gathering has been exceptional given the timing of this project over the pandemic.

The outputs are invaluable and will be used to inform actions which will make a real difference to our marine industries and environment.

Morag Campbell

Marine Scotland