Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Berkeley, CA 94704
Tax ID45-3543427

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The organization works to promote and assist in the shaping of environmental justice in communities around the world, local environmentally sustainable economies, and creative zero waste solutions. We sustain a network that shares information, strategies, and campaigns.


ZW Cities & Plastics Solutions: In the Asia Pacific region, we are moving forward full throttle with the establishment of ten flagship zero waste cities, half of which are megacities or are adjacent to megacities. We have completed projects in 26 cities in this region, ranging from pilot projects to citywide implementation. Where we have invested in zero waste models, local governments have likewise stepped up with funds significantly exceeding our investment. Working with our sister organization Zero Waste Europe, GAIA's global network has also supported advances in Europe, where an impressive 361 municipalities with a total of 7.4 million people are going for zero waste, including Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. For our nascent zero waste work in Africa, we were able to secure seed funding to initiate efforts in South Africa, Ghana, and Tanzania. We built the capacity of zero waste models through Zero Waste Academies in the Philippines and Vietnam and study tours in the Philippines. In the Philippines, in November 2018, we held the first annual Zero Waste Global Academy, which had participants from three continents in attendance, included an immersive study tour, and added an essential leadership development component for key member leaders at the end. We provided training for African members at the Philippines Academy, and Zero Waste Europe has organized many skillshares and tours for European members. GAIA was also deeply involved in the International Zero Waste Seminar and side events organized in Chile. Our work to embed best practices for waste management into policies and funding flows has been extensive. In January, GAIA Philippines released "Enabling Sustainable Cities Through Zero Waste: A Guide for Decision- and Policy-Makers." The report highlights six best practices for supporting zero waste systems through policy and then details four specific regulations that can be undertaken at the local level plus another four that should be implemented on a national level. Single-use plastics remain a central problem in achieving zero waste, and GAIA worked globally to address root causes. We published "Plastic Exposed: How Waste Assessments and Brand Audits Are Helping Philippine Cities Fight Plastic Pollution," the first report of its kind in generating a national estimate of the plastic waste burden for a Southeast Asian nation. The media uptake has been phenomenal, with a dozen outlets doing stories, interviews, or other pieces on it; news websites reporting on this reach over 131 million people online every day, with print publications and two television interviews extending the reach even more. We organized a webinar for 25 organizations from the Latin America region, and we supported members in conducting 19 brand audits to understand the sources of plastic waste that escapes collection/recycling. We were also involved in the "Great Action for the Oceans" organized in Brazil to raise awareness of the lifecycle of plastic materials. By documenting and framing the emerging plastic waste trade crisis in the Recycling Is Not Enough report, we grew our reputation with journalists as a source of data, context, and on-the-ground stories. We also worked with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and other Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) collaborators to build the case around the health impacts of plastic pollution in the stirring report The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, which detailed through data and stunning visualizations the dangerous health harms of burning waste. By participating in Basel Convention events over the past year, we collaborated with key global partners to demand greater controls on the trade of plastic waste trade through the Basel Convention prior informed consent procedure, which will be considered in May 2019. We also sent a delegation of representatives from Indonesia, Tanzania, South Africa, Chile, and Brazil to UNEA-4, where global plastics policy was a key issue.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The mission of the non-profit, as stated in the filing, is “To promote and assist in the shaping of environmental justice in communities around the world, local environmentally sustainable economies, and creative zero waste solutions.”.

When referring to its tasks, they were described as: “The organization works to promote and assist in the shaping of environmental justice in communities around the world, local environmentally sustainable economies, and creative zero waste solutions. we sustain a network that shares information, strategies, and campaigns.”.

  • The non-profit is operating legally in the state of CA.
  • The non-profit's address for the year 2020 is listed as 1958 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94704 in the filing.
  • The form submitted by the non-profit organization for 2020 reports 14 employees.
  • Does not operate a hospital.
  • Does not operate a school.
  • Does not collect art.
  • Does not provide credit counseling.
  • Has foreign activities.
  • Is not a donor advised fund.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is $179,056.
  • The CEO compensation package within the organization is established through a review and approval process by an independent body.
  • The organization has a written policy that describes how long it will retain documents.
  • The organization has 5 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2011.
  • The organization has a written policy that addresses conflicts of interest.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule B.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule O.
  • The organization engages in lobbying activities.
  • The organization pays $665,546 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $112,902 in fundraising expenses.
  • The organization provides Form 990 to its governing body.
  • The organization has minutes of its meetings.
  • The organization has a written whistleblower policy.
  • The organization has grants to organizations.
  • The organization's financial statements were reviewed by an accountant.

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