GAIA’S WORK IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
A beautiful and diverse region, Latin America and the Caribbean is also highly urbanized, with 80% of its population living in cities and a sharp increase in waste production annually. The inadequate disposal of waste in marginal communities is one of the multiple expressions of environmental injustice. Our work aims to both address the current inadequate waste management in the region that results in inequality, abuses and exploitation, and implement zero waste solutions that help overcome these injustices.
Promoting and supporting zero waste strategies and changes in legislation presents an opportunity to enhance the role of waste pickers and affected communities, safeguarding traditions that survive in the region. Today, GAIA counts 15 waste picker groups from 11 countries as part of national alliances and projects led by our members. Over the last 10 years, we’ve stopped dozens of incinerator proposals and continue to resist privatized processes that rely on end-of-pipe solutions such as landfills, incineration and co-incineration.
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