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.
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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.
Groundwork's cement kiln portal top page. It outlines the general description of waste burning in cement kilns, and the manufacturing process of cement. All around the world communities are fighting cement kilns. With the current drive to reduce CO2 emissions, save on the cost of fuel and get rid of all kinds of waste, many cement companies are burning, or considering burning, what are politely called "alternative fuels" but should really be called waste.
Groundwork's overview of alternative fuels and raw materials (AFR). Explains the points most often used as justifications of AFR, emissions of toxics from used tyres, and different kinds of alternative fuels. The term "Alternative Fuels" is generally a euphemism for waste.
Groundwork's well-summarized report on energy and fuel in cement kilns. Shows how different fuels affet the emission levels of toxics from cement kilns, how mercury or dioxin is emitted. Because the process of turning limestone into clinker requires high temperatures, the cement industry is one of the most energy intensive industries, consuming about 10 times more energy than the average required by industry in general.