After pressure from GAIA members and allies worldwide, McDonalds vows to eliminate foam packaging from its global system by the end of 2018.





Two GAIA members win the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.


Manny Calonzo of IPEN is awarded for his instrumental role in persuading the Philippine government to enact a national ban on lead paint.




Makoma Lekhalaka of Earthlife Africa in partnership with Liz McDaid built a coalition to stop a $76 billion nuclear power project, protecting her community from the expansion of nuclear power and the resulting radioactive waste.




GAIA Asia Pacific launches a quarterly newsletter detailing successes and best practices throughout the region. Read the first issue here!






In the Western Cape of South Africa, the Wellington Association against the Incinerator (WAAI) and the Drakenstein Environmental Watch (DEW), both community based organisations, worked tirelessly alongside another GAIA member – groundWork, to defeat an MSW incinerator proposal in the region.  Read the story.





Chile becomes first country in South America to approve a nation-wide ban on single-use plastic bags.





Facing massive operating costs, the city of Commerce announces that the incinerator would be “decommissioned.” The facility’s demise comes after environmental justice advocates succeeded in blocking state renewable energy subsidies from going to the incinerator. Without subsidies to prop up its astronomical expenses, the incinerator is forced to shut down. Read the story.



From May 16 to 26, ten GAIA member organizations and partners conduct unprecedented clean-up and waste and brand audits in 18 states in India, and announce the results on World Environment Day. Not only do the audits embarrass top brands, it gives GAIA members more leverage to lobby for policy change. As a result of this increasing pressure GAIA members and other civil society leaders, the Indian Government announces plans to ban all single-use plastic by 2022.



In a landmark decision, European Parliament and Council require Member States to phase out subsidies for waste incineration in the Revised Renewable Energy Directive. EU’s decision brings Renewable Energy Directive more in line with a Circular Economy and Zero Waste future.



New York’s push to end equality extends to garbage as Mayor Bill De Blasio and City Council pass a law that caps the amount of garbage that can be handled at transfer stations in poor and minority parts of North Brooklyn, Southeast Queens and the South Bronx that are burdened with 73 percent of the city’s trash. This waste equity law will have striking impacts, with a reduction of 120 to 180 garbage trucks per day and a reduction of 1,200 to 1,800 tons of trash per day, in the four community board districts targeted by the law.


Madrid plans to phase out incineration by 2025  and takes a key step towards better management of resources that align with European and Spanish goals of recycling and reuse. Congratulations to our members Amigos de la Tierra who long campaigned for the Valdemingomez incinerator facility to close, this is a great victory!y the law.



The largest incinerator proposal in the southern hemisphere, the Next Generation incinerator planned in Western Sydney, is defeated by the powerful grassroots movement in the region led by the National Toxics Network’s – Zero Waste OZ campaign – which supported and empowered the host communities, numerous Australian ngo’s including Greenpeace AP, Environmental Justice Australia, and others. 


GAIA launches its new blog series, “Meet Our Members,” that will feature a new member of the GAIA network’s legacy and campaigns each month. We started out with a feature on the  New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.




After an unprecedented number of waste and brand audits conducted by GAIA and Break Free From Plastic members around the world, BFFP releases a report naming the top polluting companies found most in the clean-ups in over 40 countries.




In an election in the city of Bandung, one of Indonesia’s largest cities and the capital of West Java, a new mayor eager to expand zero waste programs takes office, and the former mayor is elected governor of West Java. Both officials are champions of zero waste, and are already sending the message that cities across the Province should adopt zero waste culture and circular economy. The ZW Cities project began pilots in Bandung and two neighboring cities, Cimahi and Soreang. The program has already grown from 2 to 4 districts.



A comprehensive single-use plastics ban is approved by the European Parliament, a giant step forward towards plastic reduction in Europe.


European Parliament’s Environment Committee votes to cut funding for incineration, sending the message that waste-burning is quickly falling out of favor in the region.




Kiel becomes the first German municipality to officially commit to going zero waste.






National and regional environmental groups unite their strength to form “Alianza Residuo Cero”, a Zero Waste alliance in Spain





After continuous pressure from members and other members of civil society, Zambia bans single use plastic bags.