GAIA's note on extended producer responsibility. To get to the root cause of waste, communities need to stop picking up after the producers of products that become waste and begin demanding that they do so themselves. The embodiment of this idea is Extended Producer Responsibility, which requires companies that manufacture or sell products to be responsible for such products after their useful life.
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GAIA's note on medical waste management. In order to fulfill the medical ethic to "first do no harm," health care providers have a responsibility to manage waste in ways that protect the public and the environment. The first step is waste minimization and separation, and the next is treating infectious waste to prevent the spread of disease.
GAIA's policy statement "Recycling works!" Recycling Works! brings together waste workers, community leaders, and environmental justice activists to create resilient recycling programs that generate good jobs, combat climate change, foster energy independence, and revitalize community health. The campaign was initiated in 2009 by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).
GAIA's policy statement "waste pickers and climate policy" Waste pickers are workers in the informal economy who recover recyclable materials from waste. They labor on the frontlines of the fight against climate change, earning livelihoods from recovery and recycling, reducing demand for natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
GAIA's policy statement on toxic waste trade. Toxic waste trade poses a global threat to environmental health. In many cases, this trade is the result of neo-colonial trade agreements that attempt to force politically weaker governments to accept the discards of more economically powerful nations. GAIA's Toxic Waste Trade campaign supports efforts to block this waste colonization across the globe.
GAIA's policy statement on zero waste for zero warming. Aiming for zero waste is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. GAIA's Zero Waste for Zero Warming campaign supports community-based movements for environmental justice and real climate solutions.
Los recicladores y las recicladoras son trabajadores de la economía informal que recuperan materiales reciclables de la basura. Su trabajo, clave en la lucha contra el cambio climático, les da una fuente de ingreso a través de la recuperación y el reciclaje, y además reduce la demanda por extraer recursos naturales y disminuye las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero.
GAIA's note on waste picker rights. In many parts of the developing world, collecting and sorting waste "informally" provides a livelihood for large numbers of the urban poor, who often work in deplorable conditions. GAIA believes that advocating for waste picker rights is an important part of working for environmental justice.
GAIA's note on incinerators. Burning waste has many negative environmental,social and health consequences. From polluting our air,land and water to harming our economies,warming the climate,violating the principles of environmental justice, and fueling an unsustainable system of consumption and wasting,incinerators are simply the worst of all waste management options.
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GAIA's note on waste and climate. Burning and landfilling waste drives climate change by releasing greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide from incinerators and methane from landfills. Waste disposal also drives climate change by depriving the economy of reused, recycled and composted materials, fueling a linear consumption system that requires the use of more energy and raw materials to create new goods.