S.F. invites world to join in zero-waste initiative

San Francisco’s color-coded trash bins — the black, the blue and the green — marked a breakthrough in waste reduction when they hit the curbs nearly two decades ago. Now, the pioneering program that encouraged residents to separate their recyclables and...

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Incinerators in trouble

As part of a series of projects planned to support and elevate grassroots efforts against trash incinerators in the U.S., GAIA released a factsheet on failing incinerators, featuring five key locations. Commerce Refuse-to-Waste Facility (CREF)...

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Bring Your Own Bag, Say No to Plastic Bags

In conjunction of Plastic Bag Free Day on 3rd July, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) distributed free cloth bags made from discarded t-shirts to market-goers in Bagan Ajam Market in Butterworth, Penang. The event to mark the global day of action was a joint...

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As a lead-up to World Environment Day on June 5, environmental justice groups are launching today an unprecedented coordinated waste and brand audits in key cities in India.

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GAIA Rejects Dangerous Reform of Buenos Aires Zero Waste Law

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and all its members around the world express our disappointment and concern for this process and its results. By removing the clause that prevented incineration, this is no longer a Zero Waste Law, since the Zero Waste concept excludes incineration technology and its variants.

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Zero Waste Cities: Tackling the Global Waste Problem

By Kripa Ramachandran In 2015, a report titled ‘Stemming the Tide’ commissioned by Ocean Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group based in the United States, claimed that five Asian countries—China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand—together account for...

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#Youth For Zero Waste

By Paula de Castro The youth are a crucial force in Zero Waste implementation in the Asia Pacific region. And to highlight just how important their roles are, three youth-centered initiatives were given the spotlight during the recent International Zero Waste Cities...

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Implementing Zero Waste: Challenging But Doable

By Sherma E. Benosa As the world scrambles to solve the plastic waste crisis, two Asian cities stand tall for having made huge strides not only in waste management but also in waste reduction. Trivandrum City in Kerala, India, and the City of San Fernando in Pampanga,...

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Dumaguete Youth to Lawmakers: Ban Plastic Bags Now

By Sherma E. Benosa Hundreds of Dumaguete youth added their voice to the ongoing youth-initiated petition urging the countries’ lawmakers to pass a national ban on single-use plastics. The call came during the 5th Zero Waste Youth Convergence held early this year at...

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Corporations Told: Own Up to Global Plastic Crisis

BANDUNG, Indonesia (March 8, 2018) — Companies producing and earning from their problematic products should take on the responsibility for the global plastic pollution. “It's unfair for companies, who earn billions of dollars annually, to pass the burden and...

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Facts about “Waste-to-Energy” Incinerators

Incinerators are facilities that treat waste by burning it. They come under many names such as “mass burn incinerators,” “thermal treatment facilities,” or so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) plants, and involve processes such as combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, or...

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Recycling is Not Enough

Industry is planning to quadruple the amount of plastic on the planet by 2050. Even with the best possible global recycling rate, the amount of plastic polluting the environment would still DOUBLE. Recycling is not enough, we need less plastic.

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Dumaguete Youth Converge for Zero Waste

Over 1,000 Dumaguete youth are expected to gather at Foundation University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental today to learn from and share ideas and experiences with youth leaders from Zero Waste model communities across the country during the 5th Zero Waste Youth...

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Ways to Zero Waste Photo Contest

Are you into Zero Waste? GAIA invites nationals residing in Asia Pacific countries to share how they practice Zero Waste by joining our #WaysToZeroWaste social media photo contest! Simply take pictures of the ways you practice Zero Waste and post them on your social...

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Carpets and Cancer: In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Time for Carpet Manufacturers to Disclose their Toxic Secrets: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Miriam Gordon, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) October was named Breast Action Awareness month for a reason. One in eight women born in...

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Say NO to Dow’s Dirty Energy Bag!

DOW Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing scheme, the Hefty Energy Bag program, wants to dupe us into thinking that burning plastic in cement kilns is recycling. In reality this is a toxic disposal method.

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California passes strong new carpet stewardship policy!

Read the full Press Release We applaud the signing of California’s AB 1158 into law as a significant step for the state and a new global standard in producer responsibility. California’s AB 1158 repairs the state’s Carpet Stewardship Program. As cities and states...

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No al incinerador en México! No incinerator in Mexico!

Los abajo firmantes se oponen a la construcción del incinerador Veolia propuesto para la Ciudad de México, que dañará el medio ambiente y la salud de la comunidad, desplazará a los recicladores y desincentivará las políticas de cero residuos en la región. Instamos a...

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Zero Waste Academy Produces First Batch of Graduates

By Sherma E. Benosa Two weeks after its launch, the Zero Waste Academy, a project of the Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), has produced its first batch of graduates. The participants, composed of NGO and...

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Community victory against incineration in Mexico

After a meeting of the Tizayuca Communities and the Hidalgo State Government, the Tizayuca incinerator project was temporarily cancelled in order to better address community concerns, including lack of transparency throughout the process.

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Toward a Zero-Waste World

By Sherma E. Benosa Against the backdrop of excessive garbage being produced daily, vendors aggressively market “waste-to-energy” incineration technologies (WtEs) as the answer that will not only solve this mounting waste problem but also produce energy. This pitch of...

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Root to Rise – The Women’s March, and How to Move Forward

History was made on January 21st, 2017, as millions of people took to the streets in solidarity to protest the new US Trump administration. GAIA’s US and Canada Regional Coordinator Ahmina Maxey was in Washington DC for the unforgettable day, and had the opportunity...

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Filipino Barangays – Leading the Way in Zero Waste Models

Communities in the Philippines that were once riddled with trash are being recognized for their revolutionary zero waste models. By implementing a combination of effective policy advocacy, powerful grassroots organizing, and meaningful community education...

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GAIA in the U.S.: Standing for strong waste and climate policy

GAIA's US & Canada program has been closely monitoring the Clean Power Plan in the last few months. California, where our U.S. office is based, has started the official process of developing a compliance plan with the federal Clean Power Plan. In September, GAIA was...

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Our thoughts following the United States elections

We recognize that a Trump presidency will increase the threats to people and the planet worldwide. Today we affirm GAIA’s commitment to unity, equity, and justice in the face of the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia that was emboldened during this election.

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Are you ready to #breakfreefromplastic with us?

An international group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) is coming together to do something big. Our goal is to work together to stop plastic pollution. We are trying to make this movement as big as possible, and we want you to join!

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Imported garbage to be returned from Philippines to Canada!

A few years ago, more than a 100 container vans of mixed waste that were falsely declared as plastics intended for recycling were illegally exported from Canada to the Philippines. GAIA and our members have fought hard against this, and last week, a regional trial...

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History and Victories

GAIA's founding meeting was held in South Africa in December 2000, with the participation of more than 80 people from 23 countries. Founding members identified incineration as an immediate and significant health threat in their communities and a major obstacle to...

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GAIA Paris Declaration on Zero Waste for Climate Justice

The participating organisations of GAIA stand in solidarity with Paris frontline communities carrying the pollution burdens and health impacts associated with waste incinerators. We declare our firm resolve and expanded commitment to work towards a safe climate future through zero waste solutions.

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Mesoamérica, un nicho de conflictos, luchas y esperanzas

Cuestiones tan fundamentales como aire limpio, derechos humanos y trabajo digno se contraponen en Mesoamérica cuando enfrentados a los residuos. En la región se concentran decenas de propuestas de incineración de residuos domiciliarios—un proceso que...

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Keeping Dirty Energy Out Of The Clean Power Plan

Activists Petition White House to Prevent Incentives for Burning Biomass & Waste Contact: Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives With President Obama’s Clean Power Plan expected to roll out next week, thousands of people across the country are...

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News from the GAIA network July 10, 2015

July 10th, 2015 Community Action Protects Clean Air, Health, and Justice [Global] On July 3rd, groups around the world celebrated Plastic Bag Free Day with actions around the world. In Europe, groups used the day to highlight new EU Directive which paves the way for a...

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Keep incineration ban intact, eco-groups to Philippine President Aquino

Eco-activist groups comprising of the EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Green Convergence, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), KULAY, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), and green advocates from local communities drummed up the call in time for the commemoration of the Earth Day to protest renewed moves from some lawmakers to lift the incineration ban.

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Nepal: Waste and Transformation in the Himalayas

It wasn’t too long ago that a popular movement ousted a 250 year old monarchy to establish the Democratic Republic of Nepal. For this Himalayan mountain nation, its been a difficult transition as they continue to struggle to find political consensus on a...

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The New York Times and the myth of the incinerator “comeback”

There they go again: Despite grassroots victories over the last two decades to stop new waste incinerators, and steady progress toward Zero Waste by communities from coast to coast, the industry is once more trying to convince a gullible mainstream news media that incinerators are making a comeback.

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Community Power for Zero Waste Solutions

This week was resounding proof that communities have the power to build zero waste solutions. GAIA members and allies participated in dozens of actions across six continents to celebrate our annual Global Day of Action with Reclaim Power, "Reclaim...

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Boston Builds Solutions

This is the third in a series of blog posts leading up to the People’s Climate March that highlights grassroots solutions. It is based on an interview with Alex Papali, an organizer with Clean Water Action and the Boston Recycling Coalition; and Lor...

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