GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 8
The Zero Waste Masterplan
Manages the waste crisis - China’s
ban on waste imports has created an
unprecedented challenge for municipal
waste management. At the same time, the
volume of waste created continues to grow.
Straightforward strategies to reduce waste
and sustainably manage materials can
alleviate this challenge.
Mitigates climate change - landfilling and
incineration are major climate polluters.
Moving away from these outdated forms
of waste management towards zero waste
This toolkit is for policymakers, sustainability
professionals, environmental advocates, and
grassroots organizers seeking to replace
outdated forms of waste management at
the municipal level with smarter and more
sustainable materials management practices.
Together, we can build a green and just future
for our cities.
Defining Zero Waste
The peer-reviewed and internationally-recognized
definition of zero waste is:
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
1 Zero Waste International Alliance. (2018). Zero Waste Definition.