Recycling Works! Campaign
Recycling Works! brings together waste workers, community leaders, and environmental justice activists to create resilient recycling programs that generate good jobs, combat climate change, foster energy independence, and revitalize community health. The campaign was initiated in 2009 by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).
Waste Pickers and Climate Policy Campaign
Waste pickers are workers in the informal economy who recover recyclable materials from waste. They labor on the frontlines of the fight against climate change, earning livelihoods from recovery and recycling, reducing demand for natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yet their successes are being undermined by “waste-to-energy” incinerators and landfills, and until 2009, they were notably absent from climate change discussions. Waste picker groups from Asia and Latin America have teamed up with GAIA to make a case for recycling rather than burning or burying waste at the UN climate change talks.
Toxic Waste Trade Campaign
Toxic waste trade poses a global threat to environmental health. In many cases, this trade is the result of neo-colonial trade agreements that attempt to force politically weaker governments to accept the discards of more economically powerful nations. GAIA's Toxic Waste Trade campaign supports efforts to block this waste colonization across the globe.
Zero Waste for Zero Warming Campaign
Aiming for zero waste is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. GAIA's Zero Waste for Zero Warming campaign supports community-based movements for environmental justice and real climate solutions.