Organized by GAIA and Consumers’ Association of Penang
Hosted by Seberang Perai Municipal Council
14-15 October 2019 | Penang, Malaysia
Zero Waste challenges the “take-make-waste” mode, focusing on collective responsibility and waste prevention. To date, more than 25 cities across the Asia Pacific region have established Zero Waste models, showcasing innovations in source separation, organics management, materials recovery, and plastic regulation.
Several of these cities have also incorporated brand audits in their baseline studies, exposing plastic waste as one of the most problematic aspects of their waste streams. While plastic bans have greatly reduced the number of carrier bags and plastic straws, governments continue to struggle with the volume of single-use plastic, often spending millions of dollars in transportation costs for landfilling, or even incineration.
This year’s Zero Waste Cities Conference gathers government officials, civil society organizations and Zero Waste communities and practitioners in Penang, Malaysia, on 14-15 October 2019. Building on previous editions held in Indonesia and the Philippines, the event features Zero Waste champions from cities in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United States, the European Union and Malaysia. Follow #IZWCC2019 for updates.