Principles for a Zero Waste Just Recovery

Transition is inevitable. Justice is not.

If our cities and communities are to fully recover and rebuild from the ashes of the broken system we find ourselves in, we must pivot away from extractive industry and create just zero waste systems that hold strong when disaster strikes. Our members around the country are demonstrating that zero waste is an essential part of a Just Recovery, and is intertwined with the wider movement for economic, racial, and environmental justice.

This statement uses the People’s Bailout and Movement Generation’s (MG) Just Recovery principles to organize the principles GAIA proposes for a just transition to zero waste and just recovery in the context of waste systems.

We are grateful for all those who contributed to the development of the People’s Bailout and MG Just Recovery principles, which we hope to expand on here.