The Maldives is an island country located in the Indian Ocean with Sri Lanka and India in the proximity of 700 km away. It is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries, as well as the smallest Asian country by both land area and population. The average height is 1.4 meter and the highest point is 2 meter above sea level. Thus, the Maldives is known as the lowest lying country in the world. What is taken for granted in most industrial countries, still appears to be a constant challenge in most places of the world: Waste management. In the Maldives, every third person dumps their waste informally. But even the regular infrastructure lacks a sustainable system. Small dumps on individual islands cause immense pollution, particularly during reoccurring floods. Some islands are in fact exclusively used as landfill. Thilafushi is one of these ‘garbage islands‘ located nearby the capital of Malé, and it is growing continuously. As part of their Development Plan for the Maldives, the United Nations now contrive to initiate a new waste infrastructure to the island state. By introducing lsland Waste Centres, the Maldives will not only be given a new system for waste separation and treatment but a spatial setting to implement it. Moreover, they can become a place of working and learning as to educate the wider population about the benefits of circularity.