Resources

GAIA and our allies have produced many quality resources. See below for some of our best.

Posters and Images for 2013 Global Day of Action
Don't Burn our Future! graphics to download in English and Spanish
GAIA pub shows how waste incinerators undermine recycling
October 22nd, 2013
Waste incineration undermines recycling. This conflict is particularly clear in so-called “waste-to-energy” incinerators, and is also true for burners that do not recover energy. The cases presented in this briefing paper clearly illustrate the many ways that incineration has worked against waste prevention and recycling in various locations around the globe.
How to Start a Rooftop Garden
This video is not a tutorial, but is meant to evoke your imagination, skills and interest to start a rooftop garden in your own style.
Facts Rule Out Trash Gasification
Since WW II attempts to gasify municipal solid waste (MSW) have failed repeatedly. Processing trash with high heat is (1) polluting; (2) expensive; (3) energy inefficient; (4) destroys resources that could be reused, recycled, or composted; and (5) generates slag and other “by-products” that have to be landfilled.
New Release: THE STORY OF CHANGE
In this new film, the Story of Change, the Story of Stuff Project calls on citizens to flex their citizen muscles: to share a big idea that gets to the heart of the problem, to work together with other people, and to take action.
On the Road to Zero Waste: Successes and Lessons from Around the World
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.
Incinerators: Myths vs. Facts
In recent years, the incinerator industry has tried to expand their sector by marketing their facilities as “Waste to Energy” (WTE), using misleading claims of “reducing climate pollution”, and being a “clean energy source”. This document dispels some of the most common myths about incinerators with real facts.
Delhi Waste Wars
This documentary takes a street-eye view, charting the wastepickers´ struggle for their rights and recognition, and gaining a local perspective on how to create a truly sustainable waste management system in one of the world´s biggest and most densely populated cities.
Cool Plasma Gasification Claims Just “Blowing Smoke”
by Monica WilsonThe Global Herald
July 22nd, 2011
Our own Monica Wilson refutes the claims of Kris Skrinak, CEO of a gasification company which creates syngas from waste.
Toxic Scandal, Toxic Threat and Environmental Racism
Greenaction for Environmental Health and Justice recently released this report on Sun Energy LLC's Louisiana Gasification proposal to build a "Plasma Arc Incinerator" in New Orleans, LO. Greenaction has been working with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and local community groups to build public opposition to this proposal for a toxic incinerator technology that is being proposed for a low income, community of color that is already burdened with a legacy of toxic industrial pollution and climate change impacts. To date, there are no commercially operating plasma arc incinerators in North America, due to growing public opposition and the inability of such facilities to demonstrate safe operations, electricity generation capacity and reasonable cost.
Organic pollutants may increase fetus' risk for neural tube defects (PR)
Food Consumer
July 19th, 2011
Researchers find that byproducts of incineration are associated with an increased fetal risk of neural tube defects.
CDM Misadventures In Waste Management
by Neil Tangri and Dharmesh ShahThird World Network
June 9th, 2011
The Clean Development Mechanism’s flagship waste management project in India is turning into a multi-faceted disaster, revealing flaws in both the carbon credit mechanism as well as the corporate-driven, technology-focused approached to climate change mitigation.
And the winner for greenhouse gas emissions is…
by Brian Nearingtimesunion.com
February 18th, 2011
A new report by the Environmental Integrity projects shows that emissions of carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas that is causing climate change, jumped sharply in the U.S. last year.
Updated Capital Cost Estimates for Electricity Generation Plants
US Energy Information Administration
November, 2010 - The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) just released this commissioned report looking at the comparative cost estimates for different forms of electricity generation, including Coal, Nuclear, MSW Incineration (WTE), and renewable energy sources such as Wind and Solar. The report, part of the EIA’s 2010 Annual Energy Outlook, identifies that MSW Incinerators (WTE facilities) bear capital costs ($8232 per kw/hr) that are double the cost of pulverized coal plants and 60% higher than nuclear energy. Operating and maintenance costs are even more staggering – with MSW incineration O&M costs being 10 times higher than coal, over 6 times that of coal with Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS - which US utility companies acknowledge is neither technologically or economically viable) and 4 times that of nuclear. The report highlights how, in addition to being one of the leading industrial sources of dioxins and other toxic pollutants, and being more carbon-intensive than coal power, WTE facilities are a "very expensive" means of destroying valuable resources, burning much-needed recycling jobs, and producing minimal electricity.
Harrisburg's Failed Infrastructure Project
by John BuntinGoverning
November, 2010 - A new incinerator was supposed to earn Harrisburg, Pa., $1 billion. Instead, it’s a cautionary tale for what happens when an infrastructure project goes bad.
New Jersey Pulls Plug on Camden Trash Authority Debt Support
by Dunstan McNicholBloomberg
November 12th, 2010
New Jersey won’t pick up a $26.1 million payment due Dec. 1 on the Camden County Pollution Control Financing Authority’s incinerator bonds after covering payments since 1999, a spokesman for Treasurer Andrew Sidamon- Eristoff said.
San Francisco watches its waste line
by Matt Baumegrist.org
October 12th, 2010
In San Francisco, garbage is treated like a resource that shouldn't be wasted. And that means formulating a plan to reduce the city's garbage output to zero. Yes, that's right: zero.
Respect for Recyclers: Protecting the Climate through Zero Waste
Reducing, reusing, and recycling municipal waste is one of the easiest and most effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides gainful employment to millions of people in the developing world, mostly in the informal sector (“wastepickers”). Yet rather than supporting these efforts, climate funds such as the Clean Development Mechanism are subsidizing incinerators and landfill gas systems, which compete directly with recycling and increase emissions, unemployment, and public costs. A new, non-market, climate finance mechanism is needed to support the formalization and expansion of the informal recycling sector.
Respect for Recyclers: Protecting the Climate through Zero Waste (Chinese)
Reducing, reusing, and recycling municipal waste is one of the easiest and most effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides gainful employment to millions of people in the developing world, mostly in the informal sector (“wastepickers”). Yet rather than supporting these efforts, climate funds such as the Clean Development Mechanism are subsidizing incinerators and landfill gas systems, which compete directly with recycling and increase emissions, unemployment, and public costs. A new, non-market, climate finance mechanism is needed to support the formalization and expansion of the informal recycling sector.
NEW REPORT: Half a million new jobs could be created in Europe by recycling more
Brussels - At least 500,000 new jobs would be created in Europe if countries recycled 70% of their waste finds a new study, 'More Jobs, Less Waste', launched by Friends of the Earth today.

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