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News Articles
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Waste picker wins Goldman prize
by Mike CeasarSF Chronicle
April 15th, 2013
Nohra Padilla began organizing waste pickers into recyclers in Bogota, Colombia, in 1990.
Colombian activist's work earns environmental prize
by Chris
April 15th, 2013
Nohra Padilla spent her childhood at a garbage dump in Colombia’s capital before going on to organize the city’s poor recyclers. Now the activist, who travels the world giving talks about waste management, has won one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes.

Press Releases
Promotores de Basura Cero son destacados por el "Nobel Verde" - el Premio Ambiental Goldman 2013
April 15th, 2013
Premiados de Colombia e Italia son lideres del reciclaje de base y de movimientos de Basura Cero.
Denuncian que en México siguen creciendo los permisos a empresas incineradoras
Difusión Cencos México D.F., 30 de septiembre de 2011. Por décimo año consecutivo, la Alianza Global por Alternativas a la Incineración (GAIA) celebra este 30 de septiembre el Día de Acción Global (DAG) contra la Basura y la Incineración para realizar un pronunciamiento global contra el uso de fondos públicos para financiar energías sucias a partir de la incineración/tratamiento térmico/ coprocesamiento de los residuos.
Nuevo estudio advierte sobre la contaminación por mercurio derivada de la quema de productos
Un nuevo estudio publicado hoy muestra que la quema de productos que contienen mercurio libera cerca de 200 toneladas de mercurio a la atmósfera cada año.

Nature is a Model for Waste Management
In this interview by Deer Park Institute, Ravi Gulati of New Delhi, India, talks about the importance of viewing waste in the spirit of nature, where there is no waste and where all discards are used rather than hidden from view.
Chronicle of a Fight for Inclusion
This short video tells the story of waste pickers in Bogota who worked to address their city’s garbage crisis in 2012.
Acceptance Speech by Nohra Padilla, 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Nohra Padilla won the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize for organizing Bogota’s marginalized waste pickers to make recycling a legitimate part of Colombia’s waste management.

Innviron suffered the fourth and final defeat in Cordoba province (Argentina)
Innviron suffered the fourth and final defeat in Cordoba province. We lacked time for describing all the long and successful process of fighting. Now this is the right time for acknowledging all those that contributed to such success.

GAIA and Allies in the News
No incineration in México City! say environmental and social organizations
Environmental and social NGOs suggested the Zero Waste strategy as the best alternative for the city.
Zero Waste In Buenos Aires (Argentina)
by Nora GoldsteinBioCycle June 2008
IN LATE 2005, the City Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina unanimously passed a law, “Integral Management Of Solid Urban Waste,” a Zero Waste law.

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