Chemical Recycling Technical Assessment and Briefing

GAIA has released a new technical analysis authored by chemical engineers Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo. The report reveals that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures, and concludes that it...

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Chemical Recycling: Distraction, Not Solution

GAIA has released a new technical analysis authored by chemical engineers Dr. Andrew Neil Rollinson and Dr. Jumoke Oladejo. The report reveals that chemical recycling is polluting, energy intensive, and has a track record of technical failures. The plastic pollution...

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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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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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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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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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Concrete Troubles: A GAIA and CEM report about emissions from cement plants in India

In 2010, the Indian Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released the “Guidelines on Co-processing in Cement/Power/Steel Industry” which gave an official sanction for co-incineration of industrial and municipal wastes in cement plants. This directive will effectively allow cement plants across India to incinerate a range of hazardous, post-production waste from manufacturing and a variety of post consumer municipal waste.

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The Green Climate Fund and community control

The Green Climate Fund is a new, global institution which is supposed to channel billions of dollars to support climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. But it is critically important that communities retain control of which projects get funded.

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Celebrating Community: GAIA 10 Report Offers Snapshots of First Decade

GAIA’s first decade ended in December 2010—and we spent 2011 putting together stories and images to share a snapshot of the alliance’s collective work.

GAIA’s values include taking the time to appreciate one another and to celebrate our success and work together. We hope this report, “GAIA 10: 10 Years of Community Action for Zero Waste Solutions,” will be an opportunity for collective reflection and celebration.

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groundWork: Reclaiming Livelihoods – A Report on Wastepickers

This report focuses on the contributions of reclaimers to social and environmental sustainability. It explores the work that reclaimers do, how they use salvaging of commodities from the waste stream as a way to support themselves, and how they are being affected by municipal waste management policies.

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Wasting the Nation: Making Trash of People and Places

This report by groundWork with forward by Annie Leonard, presents a detailed account of the world’s waste problems today, the people that are affected the most, and the strategies that are needed in order to address the major health and environmental justice issues that increase daily.

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Report analyzes leading brands packaging and sustainability

The new report released by As You Sow titled “Waste and Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report”, discusses the billions of waste containers that go wasted each year. Here you can read an article from Waste News discussing the publication and find a link to the report itself on As You Sow’s website.

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Incinerators Trash Community Health Report

The incinerator industry often promotes incinerators as having “zero emissions” or as being “safe for community health”. The truth, however, is that all incinerators contaminate people and the environment with toxic and cancer-causing emissions.

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Stop Trashing the Climate Report Connects Waste and Global Warming

In June activists in countries such as the Philippines, Canada and the United States took action to call attention to the findings of a groundbreaking new report. The Stop Trashing the Climate report, written by GAIA, the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Eco-Cycle, provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse, recycling, and composting programs — that is, aiming for zero waste — is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change.

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