GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 87
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) 87
EMPLOY WITH CAUTION
MECHANICAL RECYCLING OF PLASTIC
Plastic includes a wide range of different resins
or types. Each of these types of plastic are only
recyclable separately, and only under certain
conditions. It requires separate collection, low
contamination and material complexity, proper
infrastructure, and markets for recycled material,
Can’t keep up with the increasing rate of plastic
Justifies further plastic production.
Focus on reducing waste at the source;
phase out production of hard-to-recycle
products and packaging.
Improve education, policies, and
infrastructure for proper sorting.
Develop and use domestic end markets for
Implement policies that increase refill and
Burning anaerobic digestion-derived biogas
Do not prioritize biogas production over
zero-emissions energy sources.
Do not grow foods specifically for AD
If AD for food waste makes sense for the
community, make sure byproducts are
composted, not landfilled.
“REGRETTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS” FOR SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
Perpetuate the throw-away economy.
Have adverse environmental impacts.
Complicate the material recovery process.
Often end up in landfills or incinerators.
Prioritize reuse/refill systems.
Ensure that products marketed as
biodegradable /compostable are certified
Ensure products are going to facilities that
can process them.
Ban the use of toxic materials in plastic