GAIA ZW Cities

Although the Zero Waste Cities project is only in its eighth month, work has started in all areas we had planned on, and these early stage activities have created significant momentum toward our primary objectives:

  • Establishing zero waste city projects that measurably reduce plastic and other pollution from 16 high-impact zero waste sites within two years, resulting in health and economic co-benefits for residents as well as cleaner waterways.
  • Building a new narrative around the role of Asian communities and grassroots activists in leading efforts to address this crisis, through communications and globally supported networking activities that elevate positive stories of solutions-based organizing in frontline communities.
  • Mobilizing champions among city officials and zero waste practitioners with first-hand knowledge of the waste stream to speak against the most problematic plastics, the power of zero waste solutions, and the need for upstream redesign and policy solutions.

Through GAIA’s provision of capacity-building to groups in Indonesia, the government of Bandung is now considering an expansion zero waste efforts to a city-wide scale. All of the project partners have engaged in BFFP strategy meetings and GAIA-organized exchanges, and some have taken on additional commitments to take on sachet research projects funded by the Oak Foundation. Given the strong start, we believe that we are on track to reach our goals in the first two years and will be ready to further amplify the successes of zero waste systems for maximum impact.