Fact Sheet: Chemical Recycling

  Questions and Answers: Chemical Recycling Industry is now pushing for a new technological fix for plastic waste, called "chemical recycling." New proposals are popping up in Australia, the EU, Indonesia, Malaysia,Thailand, and the U.S., increasingly...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste Kiel

Zero Waste Kiel e.V., Germany   Interview with Marc Delapierrière from Zero Waste Kiel, by Rossella Recupero   Hi Marc, can you give us a brief introduction to Zero Waste Kiel e.V.? Hi, of course! Zero Waste Kiel e.V. was founded in 2016 and has been a member of the...

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Meet Our Members – CESTA

  CESTA, Amigos de la Tierra, El Salvador   Interview with Ricardo Navarro, founder and president of CESTA and 1995 Goldman Prize recipient, by Camila Aguilera CESTA, the Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, was founded in 1980 and it is El Salvador's first...

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International Zero Waste Cities Conference 2019

Organized by GAIA and Consumers’ Association of Penang Hosted by Seberang Perai Municipal Council 14-15 October 2019 | Penang, Malaysia Zero Waste challenges the “take-make-waste” mode, focusing on collective responsibility and waste prevention. To date, more than 25...

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Meet Our Members: Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN)     Interview with Young Sarah Grguras from Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), by Claire Arkin Hi Young, can you give us a brief history of your organization? Post-landfill action network (PLAN) started as a moveout program on the...

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Zero Waste Academy in Indonesia

Zero Waste Academy in Indonesia Creating zero waste communities, one city at a time   by Maria Sonia G. Astudillo   Zero Waste Asia is no longer a dream but a possibility. GAIA-Asia Pacific and YPBB held the 1st Zero Waste Academy (ZWA) in Indonesia this past month of...

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Meet Our Members – Hnutí DUHA

Hnutí DUHA   Interview with Romana Kacklíková from Hnutí DUHA, by Rossella Recupero   Hi Romana, can you give us a brief introduction to Hnuti’ DUHA’s focus? Hnutí DUHA was founded in 1989, 30 years ago, since then, we have been working to solve some of the most...

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Meet Our Members – PlastiCo

PlastiCo Project, Ecuador   The beginning: from frustration to action PlastiCo Project is an organization from Ecuador that through its three main programs: education, consulting, and production, seeks to raise awareness about the problem of single-use plastics,...

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We are hiring: Climate and Zero Waste Finance Associate

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we...

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We are hiring: Resource Mobilization Associate

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptom of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we...

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New Report: The Age of Incinerators in the U.S. is Ending

Today, The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School in New York City has released a report that confirms what we’ve long known to be true: the people who have the least responsibility for the waste crisis in the U.S.--low income communities and...

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Meet Our Members – Mother Earth Foundation

Mother Earth Foundation, Adressing Solid Waste Management in the Philippines   Maria Sonia G. Astudillo   If one talks of Zero Waste program implementation in Southeast Asia, one organization readily comes to mind: Mother Earth Foundation (MEF). MEF was...

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Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet

Everyone knows what causes climate change: fossil fuels. What’s less known is that plastic is also a climate polluter, as it is made from fossil fuels, such as crude oil, coal, and natural gas.  New research published by Center for International...

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The Hidden Climate Polluter: Plastic Incineration

By Doun Moon, Research Associate and co-author of Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet Everyone knows what causes climate change: fossil fuels. What’s less known is that plastic is also a climate polluter, as it is made from fossil...

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UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping

Major Plastic Waste Producers Must Get Consent Before Exporting their Toxic Trash to Global South FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 10, 2019 Geneva, Switzerland — Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic...

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Meet our Members ZWE – Za Zemiata

Za Zemiata     Interview with Evgenia Tasheva, from Za Zemiata by Sarah Martin   Za Zemiata (ZZ) is an independent non-profit non-governmental organization established in 1995 to work for environmental justice and sustainable and equitable life on our planet, without...

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Toxics & Climate Activists Unite Against Covanta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2019 Contact: Lisa Arkin, Beyond Toxics, larkin@beyondtoxics.org 541-465-8860 Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR, damon@oregonpsr.org, 303-913-5634   Toxics & Climate Activists Unite Against Covanta Coalition calls on Oregon State Senators to...

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Meet our Members: Ecology Center Berkeley

The Ecology Center: Turning the recycling crisis into an opportunity for Zero Waste     On April 22nd, 1970, communities across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day. This national event-- the largest mass demonstration in the country until the...

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Why I Am Joining the Greenpeace Ships

By Froilan Grate Guimaras—that’s the name of the island  where I grew up. Located in Central Philippines, it is blessed with powdery white sand beaches, the sweetest mangoes, and some of the warmest people in the planet. I remember spending my childhood in the...

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Are Businesses Ready to Beat Plastic Pollution?

Millions of tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the world’s oceans every year. Though these are local, the problem of plastic production, waste generation, and plastic pollution is global. Global plastic production has increased steadily and has reached 320 million...

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Meet our Members ZWE – Ecological Recycling Society

Ecological Recycling Society (ECOREC)  Interview with Eugenia Skoufi, from ECOREC by Yianna Sigalou  Hi Eugenia, can you give us a brief introduction to Ecorec’s focus? The Ecological Recycling Society was founded in 1990, as a response to the narrative at...

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Plastics and health

We Can’t Burn Away Our Plastic Problem By Claire Arkin, Communications Coordinator     When we hear about plastic pollution, it often takes the form of sea turtles with straws up their noses, seals with plastic nets around their necks, and seabirds with...

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Meet our Members: Surfrider Maroc

Sufrider Maroc: protecting our oceans, beaches and waves   The world’s toxic romance with plastic started in the early 20th century, when this synthetic material was first manufactured. As the century progressed, plastics quickly became ubiquitous in our...

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An Island Crusader Takes On The Big Brands Behind Plastic Waste

  Goats and Soda   STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD January 15, 20195:02 AM ET   Heard on Morning Edition CHRISTOPHER JOYCE Plastic waste washes in from Manila Bay and the ocean, covering the beach and mangrove trees of Freedom Island, a protected area in the bay....

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The Philippines to the World: We Are Not Your Dumping Ground

Manila, Philippines (January 14, 2019) — Philippine members of Break Free From Plastic (BFFP), a global movement campaigning against plastic pollution, laud the swift and decisive action taken by the Philippines’ Bureau of Customs (BOC) to repatriate the illegal...

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Meet Our Members: Earthlife Africa

Earthlife Africa: 30 years of Environmental Justice activism   by Makoma Lekalakala and Muna Lakhani   30 years ago, at the height of the state of emergency and oppressive apartheid system in Souht Africa, a small and diverse group of people founded...

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The Chemicals Lurking in Your Carpet

What's a consumer to do when carpets-- even those with the most "environmentally friendly" certifications-- are shown to contain toxic chemicals that could threaten your and your family's health? Toxics and recycling policy expert Miriam Gordon warns of...

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Implementing Zero Waste: Easier over Time

By Sherma E Benosa   “I've already got loads of things to do, and you also want me to segregate my waste?” The man, perhaps in his mid-60s, sounded and looked annoyed. We asked him to segregate their waste before giving them to the waste collector next time. “It’s...

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Meet our Members ZWE edition – ZW North West

Zero Waste North West   Interview with Maeve O'Neil, chair of Zero Waste North West by Yianna Sigalou Hi Maeve, can you give us a brief introduction to Zero Waste North West’s focus? Zero Waste North West formed in March 2013 to oppose plans for a...

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Green groups challenge ADB to innovate, not incinerate

Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 9 November 2018 — Green groups today challenged the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to live up to its stated mandate and stop financing any form of waste incineration. Incineration, including so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) incineration,...

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YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste

YPBB: Indonesia’s Pioneer in Zero Waste When you talk of Zero Waste communities in Indonesia, three cities come to mind: Bandung, Cimahi, and Soreang. These cities, which used to struggle with managing their waste, have in recent years become leaders in...

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GAIA Members At the Frontlines of the Brand Audit Revolution

When it comes to plastic pollution, all too often consumers are the ones who get the blame. Not anymore. The #breakfreefromplastic movement has taken the same-old beach clean-up—where citizens gather to pick up trash—and added a twist: the brand audit. Now...

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GAIA Response to World Bank Report, “What a Waste 2.0”

For Immediate Release              October 2, 2018 Contact: Claire Arkin, Campaign and Communications Associate, GAIA, claire@no-burn.org, 510-883-9490 ext: 111   Experts Urge Drastic Waste Reduction Measures Following Release of World Bank Waste Report   FOR...

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OUT NOW! Waste Not Asia Quarterly

GAIA Asia Pacific is pleased to share the second issue of its official quarterly, Waste Not Asia, covering the period April to March 2018. The issue features stories from the World Environment Day in June, profiles on Zero Waste heroes, and updates from China,...

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[PROFILE] Taking on Giants

By Sherma E. Benosa It was like a modern version of the biblical story of David and Goliath, where the young boy David took on the giant Goliath—an uneven battle that saw the underdog eventually emerging victorious. In our version, Froilan Grate, regional coordinator...

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New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance: 26 Years fighting for waste equity   For over two decades, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) has been uniting grassroots organizations in low-income neighborhoods and communities of...

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S.F. invites world to join in zero-waste initiative

San Francisco’s color-coded trash bins — the black, the blue and the green — marked a breakthrough in waste reduction when they hit the curbs nearly two decades ago. Now, the pioneering program that encouraged residents to separate their recyclables and...

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Incinerators in trouble

As part of a series of projects planned to support and elevate grassroots efforts against trash incinerators in the U.S., GAIA released a factsheet on failing incinerators, featuring five key locations. Commerce Refuse-to-Waste Facility (CREF)...

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Bring Your Own Bag, Say No to Plastic Bags

In conjunction of Plastic Bag Free Day on 3rd July, the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) distributed free cloth bags made from discarded t-shirts to market-goers in Bagan Ajam Market in Butterworth, Penang. The event to mark the global day of action was a joint...

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As a lead-up to World Environment Day on June 5, environmental justice groups are launching today an unprecedented coordinated waste and brand audits in key cities in India.

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GAIA Rejects Dangerous Reform of Buenos Aires Zero Waste Law

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and all its members around the world express our disappointment and concern for this process and its results. By removing the clause that prevented incineration, this is no longer a Zero Waste Law, since the Zero Waste concept excludes incineration technology and its variants.

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Zero Waste Cities: Tackling the Global Waste Problem

By Kripa Ramachandran In 2015, a report titled ‘Stemming the Tide’ commissioned by Ocean Conservancy, an environmental advocacy group based in the United States, claimed that five Asian countries—China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand—together account for...

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#Youth For Zero Waste

By Paula de Castro The youth are a crucial force in Zero Waste implementation in the Asia Pacific region. And to highlight just how important their roles are, three youth-centered initiatives were given the spotlight during the recent International Zero Waste Cities...

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Implementing Zero Waste: Challenging But Doable

By Sherma E. Benosa As the world scrambles to solve the plastic waste crisis, two Asian cities stand tall for having made huge strides not only in waste management but also in waste reduction. Trivandrum City in Kerala, India, and the City of San Fernando in Pampanga,...

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Dumaguete Youth to Lawmakers: Ban Plastic Bags Now

By Sherma E. Benosa Hundreds of Dumaguete youth added their voice to the ongoing youth-initiated petition urging the countries’ lawmakers to pass a national ban on single-use plastics. The call came during the 5th Zero Waste Youth Convergence held early this year at...

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Corporations Told: Own Up to Global Plastic Crisis

BANDUNG, Indonesia (March 8, 2018) — Companies producing and earning from their problematic products should take on the responsibility for the global plastic pollution. “It's unfair for companies, who earn billions of dollars annually, to pass the burden and...

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Facts about “Waste-to-Energy” Incinerators

Incinerators are facilities that treat waste by burning it. They come under many names such as “mass burn incinerators,” “thermal treatment facilities,” or so-called “waste-to-energy” (WTE) plants, and involve processes such as combustion, pyrolysis, gasification, or...

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Recycling is Not Enough

Industry is planning to quadruple the amount of plastic on the planet by 2050. Even with the best possible global recycling rate, the amount of plastic polluting the environment would still DOUBLE. Recycling is not enough, we need less plastic.

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Dumaguete Youth Converge for Zero Waste

Over 1,000 Dumaguete youth are expected to gather at Foundation University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental today to learn from and share ideas and experiences with youth leaders from Zero Waste model communities across the country during the 5th Zero Waste Youth...

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Ways to Zero Waste Photo Contest

Are you into Zero Waste? GAIA invites nationals residing in Asia Pacific countries to share how they practice Zero Waste by joining our #WaysToZeroWaste social media photo contest! Simply take pictures of the ways you practice Zero Waste and post them on your social...

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Carpets and Cancer: In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s Time for Carpet Manufacturers to Disclose their Toxic Secrets: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Miriam Gordon, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) October was named Breast Action Awareness month for a reason. One in eight women born in...

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Say NO to Dow’s Dirty Energy Bag!

DOW Chemical and Keep America Beautiful’s latest greenwashing scheme, the Hefty Energy Bag program, wants to dupe us into thinking that burning plastic in cement kilns is recycling. In reality this is a toxic disposal method.

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