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Zero waste is not only possible, it’s happening. In small towns and big cities, in communities rich and poor, in the global North and South, innovative plans in place today are making real progress toward the goal of zero waste.
ze·ro waste | \ ˈzē-(ˌ)rō ˈwāst
The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health. – Zero Waste International Alliance
Once they were harassed and even jailed, just for trying to feed their families by collecting recyclables that would have otherwise been wasted. Thanks to fearless organizing, now recycling cooperatives of Buenos Aires have won a decent and dignified living and are bringing their city closer to zero waste.
The word “cero” in spanish means “zero,” and that’s the focus of this composting cooperative in Boston: moving the city towards zero food waste, and building stronger, more equitable communities in the process. The seeds of CERO were first planted at a meeting where local community members gathered to discuss how to improve recycling rates and create good jobs for marginalized communities.
Six years ago, the city of Tacloban in the Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, and struggling to rise from the wreckage, and the overflowing dumpsite that plagued the community. These days, when people talk about Tacloban City, it is no longer just about how a massive typhoon brought what was then a burgeoning city to its knees, it is also about how, in six years, people got back up on their feet; and how the community, in its bid to rise from the devastation, found its way on the road to Zero Waste.
Potrero’s Journey to Zero Waste Sherma Benosa Several years ago, no one would have thought that Barangay Potrero, a village in the coastal city of Malabon in the Philippines,...
Far from being a poster child of global plastic pollution, Asia is actually a treasure trove of Zero Waste solutions. Sherma E. Benosa For many years, developing countries in...
Catalina Díaz’s workday starts at 6pm. She and her fellow recyclers at El Amanecer de los Cartoneros, a recycling cooperative in Buenos Aires, Argentina, chat and joke with one...