Zero waste is both a goal and a plan of action. The goal is to ensure resource recovery and protect scarce natural resources by ending waste disposal in incinerators, dumps, and landfills. The plan encompasses waste reduction, composting, recycling and reuse, changes in consumption habits, and industrial redesign. But just as importantly, zero waste is a revolution in the relationship between waste and people. It is a new way of thinking that aims to safeguard the health and improve the lives of everyone who produces, handles, works with, or is affected by waste-in other words, all of us.

This set of zero waste case studies profiles nine diverse communities, each providing a real-world example of authentic progress toward the goal of zero waste.

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Promoting zero waste models The GAIA network is rich with models of successful zero waste initiatives, and we make a particular effort to share these models on our online pla...
The Story of Parma In the North of Italy, the City of Parma presents a vivid example of a transition from traditional waste management to Zero Waste in only 4 years. The...
Darjeeling: Two Sides of the Mountain – Forest Far... For zero waste and ecological justice to be positive, liberating forces, we need to replace the colonial infrastructure and the colonial mindsets that...
The Story of Gipuzkoa The province of Gipuzkoa, in Spanish Basque Country, has managed to almost double their recycling rates in 4 years. In 2011 they struggled to meet EU ...