Explore Stories of Zero Waste Around the World

400
municipalities have committed to Zero Waste in Europe alone
80%
waste diversion from landfills and incinerators has been achieved in cities in Asia and Europe
48%
of global carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 2030 through switching to a circular economy
1.5 million
jobs could be created with a 75% diversion rate in the U.S.

Case Studies

From Buenos Aires to Boston, Sardinia to San Fernando, communities across the world are transitioning to Zero Waste. Zero Waste is both a goal and a plan of action. The plan encompasses waste reduction, composting, recycling and reuse, changes in consumption habits, and industrial redesign. In these case studies, you can learn "best practices" from GAIA members and partners in regions around the globe who have led their cities towards Zero Waste, and find strategies that your community can use to join the movement!

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Vegetable waste to zero waste in La Pintana, Chile

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Zero Waste by 2020 in San Francisco

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Missoula: citizens push for Zero Waste

Photo credit: (c) Rommel Cabrera/GAIA
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Boulder: city leadership, community partners & environmental ethic overcome economic challenges

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Arlington, VA: convenient services for everyone, everywhere

Photo credit: (c) Rommel Cabrera/GAIA
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The Story of RePack

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Roubaix, France

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Making waste work. The South African Waste Pickers’ Association’s success stories

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Parma, Italy

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wastepickers on the environmental frontlines

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Mumbai, India

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