Community Action Propels the Taiwanese Government Towards Zero Waste

By Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

In the 1980s, the island of Taiwan was facing a massive waste crisis due to a lack of space to expand its landfill capacity. When the government proposed large-scale incineration, fierce opposition from the community not only stopped the construction of dozens of burners, but also drove the government to adopt goals and programs for waste prevention and recycling that were so effective that the volume of waste decreased significantly, even while both population and gross domestic product increased.

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Europe’s Best Recycling and Prevention Program

By Cecilia Allen and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives   

The Flemish region of Belgium boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe. Almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted. Since the first Waste Decree was approved in Flanders in 1981, regional goals (for overall residential waste generation, separate collection, and residual waste after source separation and home composting) have been met and then exceeded, allowing more ambitious goals to be set in subsequentwaste plans that are developed every four to five years. With these successes, the emphasis of waste management policies transitioned from disposal to source separation and recycling, and finally to waste prevention. Per capita waste generation in Flanders has held steady since 2000, showing a rare example of economic growth without increased waste generation.

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Adidas Expelled from Cornell: The sporting apparel giant is losing university contracts over its labor practices.


Cross-posted from In These Times.

BY Nyki Salinas-Duda
December 4, 2012

As public awareness of sweatshop labor has increased, Adidas has been doing some fancy footwork to preserve its image. In addition to working with groups like the Fair Labor Association to monitor production, the sportswear company conducts internal audits and
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