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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And check out GAIA’s blog, Zero Waste World!

For more information about zero waste, visit here.

News and Current Campaigns

Meet our Members ZWE edition – ZW North West Zero Waste North West   Interview with Maeve O'Neil, chair of Zero Waste North West by Yianna Sigalou Hi Maeve, can you give us a brief int...
YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste When you talk of Zero Waste communities in Indonesia, three cities come to mind: Bandung, Cimahi, and ...
GAIA Response to World Bank Report, “What a ... For Immediate Release              October 2, 2018 Contact: Claire Arkin, Campaign and Communications Associate, GAIA, claire@no-burn.org, 510-88...
S.F. invites world to join in zero-waste initiativ... 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 t...