Trash to Cash: A Circular Economy Challenge

What is the Trash to Cash Challenge?

The competition where young people turn trash into cash.

Our Trash To Cash Challenge: is a Circular Economy Challenge which unlocks the creativity of young people to combat the mountain of waste that is harming our environment.

Participants in the Challenge launch a business which has a positive impact on the environment around them. It encourages young people to become ECOPRENEURS - doing good in their community by removing waste, while developing key life and business skills.

We are enormously proud to announce the visionary people who are CHAMPIONS of the Trash To Cash Challenge 2024. Over the next months they will share their insights and experience. Stay connected to find out more.

CLICK HERE to meet our CHAMPIONS 2024

Inspiring participants from 2023

In 2023, our Ecopreneurs from 32 different countries collected 7,832 kilograms of trash - 4x more than they collected in 2022. They repurposed their trash into saleable products, together making a profit of US$9,117

Nada and Aya from the Dakahlia STEM High School in Egypt used their scientific knowledge to transform waste animal bones into saleable products, inspiring the judges and winning the Teen Eco Innovators Award.

Nada and Aya reached out to local restaurants and butchers shops, waste management companies and local authorities to organise an impressive process for collection, transportation and storage of waste bones. They used their science knowledge first to persuade business owners of the potential value of separating out animal bones from other waste and then to transform the bones into 3 different products - a heterogeneous catalyst (used in various industries for biodiesel production), a bio-fertiliser, and a Collagen Type 1 skin moisturiser, resulting in an income of US$48.53.

But Nada and Aya did not stop there, they organised seminars in their school to inspire other students to use their skills and knowledge to tackle environmental degradation. They plan to use their prize to grow their business.

The opening date for the next Trash to Cash Challenge will be announced here

If you would like more information about this challenge - how you can do it yourself or how you can help others to do it – visit the Trash To Cash website

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