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News Articles
10,000 join protest against refuse incinerator in Guangzhou, China
by Mimi Lau in GuangzhouSouth China Morning Post
July 16th, 2013
Demonstrators march to township government offices to voice concern that plan will worsen pollution in leather-goods manufacturing centre
Rejected in Argentina, yet welcome in Chalai
by Aswin J KumarThe Times of India
January 3rd, 2013
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Innviron, the US-based company chosen by the state government to set up a gasification plant to treat municipal solid waste at Chalai, has a long history of 'breach of contract' and repeated failures in waste-management in Argentina.
Delhi bans plastic bags ‘of all kinds’
The India Express
September 12th, 2012
The Delhi government on Tuesday imposed a "blanket ban" on the use of plastic bags in the national capital, citing detrimental effect on the environment. The ban extends to the manufacture, sale, storage and usage of plastic bags, which have been deemed a "serious environmental and health hazard".

Press Releases
The levels of fine particulate pollution found air samples taken from two locations around the municipal waste incinerator in Sukhdev Vihar, Delhi would have "triggered a health warning of emergency conditions," had the incinerator been in the United States.
No Vetting of DENR Awardees
Quezon City, Philippines - GAIA's own Asia-Pacific coordinator Shally Vitan reacts to Holcim being awarded the "Official Seal of Approval" from the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources for its so-called "outstanding green policies".
EcoGroups Warns Cebu LGUs on the Hazards of “Waste-to-Energy” Burn Facilities
Cebu City – Environmental and health networks EcoWaste Coalition, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), together with the Philippine Earth Justice Center (PEJC), warn the local government units and other community stakeholders about pending proposals to put up waste incinerators masquerading as waste-to-energy facilities in the province and the hazards posed by such toxic facilities.

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.
A Beijing Recycler's Life
This film about a couple who have collected recyclables in one community in Beijing for 20 years shows their life as collectors in the daytime and their work to sell the materials to the recycling market in the evening.
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.

50 NGOs push for ban on endosulfan
MANILA, Philippines – Members of various citizens’ groups asked the government to ban endosulfan in the Philippines, stressing that its continued use is akin to a ticking “toxic time bomb."

GAIA and Allies in the News
Renewable Energy Scams On The Rise, Government Warned
by Jonathan L. MayugaBusiness Mirror
April 18th, 2011
Waste-and-pollution watchdog EcoWaste Coalition (EcoWaste) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (Gaia) said incinerator pushers are using the climate issue as an additional platform to peddle their polluting technologies.
Jairam Ramesh Makes A Promise To Ragpickers
by Kinjal DesaiDaily News & Analysis
January 29th, 2011
At the first ever national conference of waste pickers organised by the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers (AIW) in association with SEWA, mnister of state for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh promised to take adequate steps towards safeguarding waste picker's daily livelihood.
Groups push zero waste to create jobs
Philippines News Agency
November 28 (PNA), Manila, Philippines- Two major health and environmental networks made a pitch for green jobs through innovative Zero Waste programs that create sustainable livelihood from discards. At a seminar held last Thursday in Quezon City that attracted some 50 people, mostly community women, the EcoWaste Coalition and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) drew attention to the tremendous job potentials from clean recycling.

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