Back to Earth: Composting for Various Contexts

With organics making up more than 50% of solid waste in Asia, managing this waste stream will have a huge impact on waste management and the reduction of methane emissions. 

With superb illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, “Back to Earth” encourages people to explore every facet of composting: whether in a sprawling backyard or in a limited space such as a high-rise apartment, composting can be customized to suit any situation. 

The most important message, however, is that composting is a simple and yet effective step anyone can take to help alleviate the burden on our landfills, replenish soil nutrients, and reduce carbon and methane emissions. 


GAIA US Canada’s Community Tools for Anti-Incineration Organizing resource designed to support community organizers and advocates in both new and existing incineration campaigns. The toolkit is informed by the experiences of GAIA members around the world who have mobilized their own communities and allies to fight for a world without waste-burning. 

This guide is intended to help organizers mobilize around the Zero Waste Masterplan to advance zero waste campaigns in their communities. (2020)

The Zero Waste City Manual: A toolkit to establish city and community Zero Waste systems by GAIA member Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) presents a practicable plan for municipalities to process waste, aggregate recyclables and domestic hazardous waste at the zone level, and leverage the private formal and informal waste networks in all Indian cities. Prepared based on ground experience working with the Greater Chennai Corporation to transition from a centralized waste to a Zero Waste system, the manual can be adapted to other cities based on their local context.

This toolkit is for policymakers, sustainability professionals, environmental advocates, and grassroots organizers leading their cities into a green and just future through zero waste. (2020)

This publication aims to provide a diagnosis of the current global situation of wastepickers – informal waste workers that provide a waste management service, and contribute to public health and sustainability but lack social and health protection.

The Zero Waste Masterplan is the pioneering knowledge platform created by Zero Waste Europe and its members to support the further development of the zero waste model on a local level and turn circular economy in reality in Europe. Whether you are already “in-office”, preparing a campaign or building a movement, the Zero Waste Masterplan offers the building blocks that can truly help solidify you programme: providing you with the tools needed to implement a sustainable waste management, waste prevention activities, repair and reuse strategies and an overview on Zero Waste Business models.

A guide on how to run zero waste events. Produced by Zero Waste France, and translated by Zero Waste Europe.

Las comunidades que enfrentan un proyecto de incineración de residuos con recuperación de energía o “waste-to-energy” que pretende instalarse en su localidad, tienen derecho a conocer todos los detalles del proyecto y sus impactos en la salud de las personas y el ambiente. Esta serie de preguntas fue diseñada para apoyar a las comunidades en el desarrollo de un rol activo con la industria y el gobierno en relación a propuestas de incineración de residuos con recuperación de energía.