I’m Zoë Lenkiewicz, an international waste management and circular economy specialist. My work supports the development of policies, partnerships and technologies that keep resources in the loop and prevent pollution.
I’ve been providing waste management expertise to industry, government, academia, communities and the non-profit sector since 2002, with a focus on improving the way wastes are managed globally.
Sustainable waste management relies on a combination of science and creativity. Systems need to be both technologically appropriate and socially deliverable, and that’s where my skills and experience come into play.
I help businesses, governments and communities design and deliver locally suitable recycling, resource management and waste recovery initiatives.
I have delivered training on appropriate waste management to a broad range of public, private and community sector stakeholders, and deliver interventions worldwide to reduce the impacts of waste on human health and the environment.
Working professionally in sustainable resource management since 2002, I have been an advisor to government agencies, recycling businesses and the global smart materials industry in the UK and internationally.
- International government trainer on the Clean Oceans through Clean Communities programme led by the International Solid Waste Association (2020)
- Chatham House Common Futures speaker (2020)
- Judge in the Africa Green Grants Awards (2020)
- Alumnus of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Leaders Programme (2019)
- Among the “100 Women Creating a Better Africa” (2019)
- A Woman of Influence in The Planner (2018)
- Awarded an ISWA publication prize for the WasteAid Toolkit (2018)
Around half the world’s population lives without proper waste management. Poorly managed waste can threaten people’s health as well as the environment, but if managed correctly wasted materials can provide for sustainable livelihoods. Waste has been recognised by the UN as a cross-cutting mega issue and is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals.