Privacy Policy


The Fair Circularity Initiative company members are taking steps locally and globally to address social impacts in the informal waste sector. 

As part of the convening process of the Fair Circularity Initiative, Tearfund is hosting this website. For the purposes of this policy, ‘us’, ‘we’ and ‘our’ refer to Tearfund. References to Tearfund include Tearfund Trading Limited, our trading company.

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development charity registered in England and Wales (number 265464) and Scotland (SCO 37624). Our company number is 994339 and our registered office is 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE.

Tearfund is committed to keeping your data safe in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018, the UK GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, and to honouring the rights of data subjects. Your privacy and peace of mind are important to us. We only collect data from people for specific purposes. Once that purpose has finished, we won’t hold on to the data.

This Privacy Policy explains why and how we collect and use your personal information, how we protect and share that information, and what to do if you have a question or concern about this use. This Privacy Policy only applies to personal data processed in connection with the Fair Circularity Initiative.

A full list of the organisations that are part of the Fair Circularity Initiative can be found on the homepage.

What information we collect

We collect data from this website for a number of reasons, primarily to provide you with the most useful and relevant information in relation to the Fair Circularity Initiative. We do this by collecting personal data that you provide to us online and by collecting and analysing data from the website.  In some areas of our website, for example forms, emails, comments, polls and survey submissions, you may provide us with personal data.  Website usage information is collected using cookies.

The information collected is likely to include:

  • Personal details like your name, 
  • Contact details, like your email address and the organisation you represent
  • Communication preferences

Why we’re interested

The information we gather helps us to communicate with you updates and information on the Fair Circularity Initiative.

We use the personal information that you provide for the reasons you have supplied it and for any other reason for which you have given us permission to do so.

The Fair Circularity Initiative may use your personal information in the following ways:

  • To educate and inform you about the Fair Circularity Initiative and its work
  • To promote events, learning and advocacy resources that are aligned  with the Fair Circularity Initiative. 
  • To respond to your comments or questions
  • Or for any purposes that the Fair Circularity Initiative may specifically communicate at the time of collecting your personal information.

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will inform you (prior to collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us.

Our basis for processing

We are required by data protection law to have an appropriate legal basis for the processing of your personal data. When processing your personal data we rely upon:

  • Where you have given us your consent to contact you or hold your information.
  • Where it is in our legitimate interests to do so as outlined above
  • Where we rely upon our legitimate interest to process your data (including contacting you), we only do so after carefully considering how it might impact upon you and your rights and weighing this up against our need to contact you.

Collected how

Tearfund collects personal and sensitive information from you directly in relation to the Fair Circularity Initiative.  Most commonly, you provide that data to Tearfund by registering your interest on the Fair CircularityInitiative website, providing details over the phone or email, or by participating in one of our events where you voluntarily provide or input personal information.

Some of your personal information may also be collected automatically as set out below.


We collect data using cookies. A cookie is a text file that is sent from a website and stored on your computer’s hard drive by your web browser to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. Most browsers allow you to turn off the cookie function, however if you opt to do this you may be unable to access certain parts of the site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site

In addition to information given explicitly by you, cookies may be used to collect information about your visit to our website (for example, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, device information, communication data, the date and time of your visit and the pages that you view). This information is collected in aggregate form and is anonymous. This kind of data helps us to understand how our visitors use our site so that future website development can better meet your needs.

We may also use this automatically collected information for the following:

  • to customise the content on the website and to such visitors’ current and future needs
  • to process any requests, applications or transactions undertaken by you
  • for internal administration and analysis

The use of cookies is an industry standard of most major websites.  A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including and  If you do not wish to receive cookies you can easily modify your web browser to refuse cookies, or to notify you when you receive a new cookie.

If you register with us or if you continue to use our site, you agree to our use of cookies.

Use of IP Addresses

We collect IP addresses to obtain aggregate information on the use of this website. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by a web server when you’re on the web. When you are on our site, we have a server that logs your computer’s IP address.

We only use the information we find out from tracking IP addresses in the aggregate, such as how many users entered a specific area of our site, and not to track a specific IP address to identify an individual user. However, we may use such information to identify a user if we feel that there are or may be safety and/or security issues or to comply with legal requirements.

Third parties

Tearfund does not sell, rent, or disclose any personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes.

Tearfund does not purchase or use personal information supplied by third parties. We will not access or make use of any personal information you may have shared previously with the Fair Circularity Initiative member organisations directly unless you have given specific consent for this.

The personal information we collect from you will be stored on a centralised Fair Circularity Initiative database.  This database is accessible by specified staff within the Fair Circularity Initiative membership organisations.  You will only receive communication (if you opt in) from one of the Fair Circularity Initiative member organisations (the default position is that Tearfund will communicate with you unless you are already a subscriber to one of the other Fair Circularity Initiative s organisations) in relation to the Initiative.  You will not receive marketing communications from the Fair Circularity Initiative  member organisations unless you have specifically  opted in.

Tearfund may also share your information:

  • With third parties who are providing service in support of the Fair Circularity Initiative.  For example, to an email application such as Mailchimp for the purposes of mailing information or:
  • In accordance with legal requirements.  

In these limited cases, Tearfund will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the data is secure and used only for the intended, single purpose.  Appropriate confidentiality and use agreements are in place with the members of the Fair Circularity Initiative to ensure security and privacy of data.

Respecting your privacy

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) where appropriate safeguards are in place. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for Tearfund, another Initiative member, or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. Tearfund will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Tearfund endeavours to keep the data we hold about you up to date. Should you spot any errors, or you no longer wish to receive information from us, please contact us.

Safe and secure

We maintain a high level of physical and electronic security in relation to the collection, storage and disclosure of your information. We take reasonable steps to ensure that any information we hold about you is protected.

While we make every reasonable effort to ensure that information sent to us is done so securely, we cannot warrant the security of information transmitted to us through the internet. When you transmit information to us via the internet, you do so at your own risk.

We will keep your personal information only for as long as we consider it necessary to carry out each activity. We take account of legal obligations, accounting and tax considerations as well as considering what would be reasonable for the activity concerned. We implement this in accordance with our data retention policy.

How to contact us

Tearfund holds and processes personal details in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation or any other data protection legislation in force and is registered with the Information Commissioner, as data controller.

If you have any queries about how your information is handled or have any queries about this privacy policy please contact us on or you can write to us at:

Data Protection Officer
100 Church Road
TW11 8QE

Your rights

You have the right to:

  • ask us to erase your personal data;
  • restrict processing of your personal data;
  • object to processing of your personal data, for example where we have relied upon legitimate interest for processing your personal data;
  • object to automated decision making and profiling;
  • personal data portability (ie asking for your data to be made available electronically for another organisation);
  • access to your information. You have the right to request details of the information we hold about you. We will respond within one month of receiving your request.
  • ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.

You can exercise these rights at any time by:

writing to us at:

Data Protection Officer
100 Church Road
TW11 8QE

emailing us at:

calling us on +44 20 3906 3906

For more information about your rights under the General Data Protection Regulation you can visit the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office at

Changes to Tearfund’s privacy statement

This policy was last updated in October 2022. From time to time, we may make changes to this statement to keep it up to date and relevant. Please make sure you check regularly to see what’s changed.


If you have any concerns or if you wish to make a complaint you can do so as follows:

Calling us on: +44 20 3906 3906

Emailing us on:

Writing to us at:

Data Protection Officer
100 Church Road
TW11 8QE

You also have the right to lodge a complaint about the use of your personal data with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK data protection regulator. You can do so by calling the ICO helpline or through the ICO website. Details can be found at