Driven By Purpose, Inspired by Progress
Bringing together diverse backgrounds and expertise from the public sector, nonprofits, businesses, and consultancies, we are a passionate group of changemakers.
Our mission is to redesign human systems for the good of people and the planet by developing innovative, scalable solutions.
At Delterra, we focus on the world’s most complex systemic environmental challenges, where incentives, information, and infrastructure are misaligned, making them appear too hard, too complex, or too costly to fix. To start, we’re tackling the broken recycling system in the global South.
We envision a world where human activities protect and restore a healthy planet.
Today, we are reimagining and redesigning the recycling systems in Argentina and Indonesia. Over the next few years, we plan to scale our operations to other countries struggling with the growing waste crises across Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
In the coming years, we aim to add other initiatives to our portfolio, all with the mission of developing innovative scalable solutions that redesign human systems for the good of people and the planet.
McKinsey & Company founded McKinsey.org, a private corporate foundation, to develop and incubate innovative approaches to the world’s most complex environmental and social challenges.
McKinsey.org launched Rethinking Recycling to help cities and communities transform their recycling and waste management systems, effectively improving environmental outcomes and boosting circularity while benefiting health, livelihoods and the economy.
Having reached an inflection point where we were ready to further accelerate our impact, Rethinking Recycling transitioned out of McKinsey.org to become the flagship initiative of Delterra, a new independent environmental nonprofit. McKinsey & Company continues to support Delterra’s work and remains our Founding Partner.
We are rapidly scaling our work in Indonesia and Argentina, with our flagship program Rethinking Recycling on track to reach 1.5M people with recycling and waste management services. Meanwhile with our second program, Plastic IQ, we are helping companies in Indonesia and Brazil rethink their packaging strategies with circularity in mind.
Deliver impact commensurate to the crisis
- We design for inclusion and act with the urgency that sustainability challenges demand.
Serve as an ecosystem force multiplier
- We work hand in hand with partners to scale what works.
Cultivate a high-performing, inclusive culture
- We inspire and support each other to do our best work.
1. We go beyond theory to create practical solutions
We rapidly test, learn, and iterate our solutions on the ground to create proven impact in the real world that affects real lives, because changing systems means first understanding the human and economic dynamics at the heart of it all.
2. We leverage partnership for impact
From technology to implementation partners, corporations to governments, entrepreneurs to activists, we team up with those who are best placed to drive and scale change for maximum efficiency and impact.
3. We commit to the biggest picture
To create change that matters, we look at the broader circular economy and refocus our resources as needed. We think about how to make the greatest impact from end to end, designing scalable solutions for real people.
4. We adopt an inclusive approach
An inclusive approach is essential to creating effective human systems as well as contributing to a more just and equitable society. We unite diverse perspectives and lived experiences, from global business leaders to local community members.
5. We bring a track record of high performance
We bring strategic and analytical rigor to every problem we solve. We bring creativity and persistence to consistently deliver results in the face of broken systems and inevitable setbacks.
At Delterra, we measure our progress and ambition against our core success metric: environmental impact. These numbers highlight our ability and ambition to deliver system-wide change on large-scale environmental problems while improving people’s lives.
By 2025, we are on track to deliver:
How We Think
As an independent nonprofit, we combine our purpose-driven mission with the rigorous problem-solving approach of our founding partner McKinsey & Company and the pragmatism of the community organizers with whom we collaborate.
The result: real people working together to create real change across the ecosystem.
We are Delterra.
The Circulate Initiative is a non-profit organization committed to solving the ocean plastic pollution challenge by supporting the incubation of circular, inclusive and investible waste management and recycling systems and generating insights that accelerate investment and scale.
Bintix Waste Research is a Hyderabad, India-based company and works in the field of waste management and recycling. Bintix believes that the optimal use of technology-driven operations optimisation is a key towards making waste management a more sustainable endeavour, both at the generator level (e.g. households) and at the processor-level (e.g. waste management entities). Bintix’s existing software has been field tested for nearly 2 years now and has been fine-tuned extensively across a customer base consisting of 5000+ customers in several cities/regions and has helped meticulously track and recycle>200 MT of waste into more than 30 streams.
Olavarría is located in the center of the Province of Buenos Aires and was founded on November 25, 1867. It has numerous green spaces and a large park that borders the Tapalqué Stream. Due to its strategic position, it has a great influence that has favored its growth. There is a balance between the harmony of a town and the hustle and bustle of a big city, generating an ideal environment to rest and/or to be able to choose to enjoy several activities to do and to feel new experiences in the free times. That is why the management of the environment and the improvement in the quality of life of its population is a strategic issue for the city.