In a ground breaking move ELA Johannesburg branch working in partnership with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives/Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance) piloted the first Zero Waste project in South Africa. The pilot Zero Waste project launched at the civil society’s Global Forum of the WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) in Johannesburg, in 2002, employed 96 people over three weeks and succeeded at diverting 80% of materials that would normally have been lost to landfilling, or as sometimes does happen, to incineration.

Much of the challenge then and still continuing is the perception that Zero Waste is a goal. If Zero Waste is not a goal, what then is it?

Zero Waste is a process – a way of thinking that seeks to change how society manages its natural resources and products by eliminating the use of toxic substances at production while reclaiming those materials that can be recycled, reused or composted. To achieve these objectives Zero Waste promotes the use of non-toxic alternatives by influencing changes in industrial processes and products through supportive policies and legislation that may include incentives for the reduction, recycling, reuse and composting of reclaimed materials. Since the WSSD project in 2002, iLima – a community based environment organ in Diepkloof, and ELA Jhb Zero Waste campaign have joined hands to roll out the WSSD Zero Waste project plan to local communities.

November 28, 2013

Open Letter / Press Release: Send Eskom to rehab for its coal addiction

On behalf of groundWork, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg is sharing their open letter regarding the international Public Eye Award: Dear friends, Eskom coal-fired power stations surround the […]
July 16, 2013

Alert: Civil society marches on Pollution Profiteers

Johannesburg, 16 July 2013 – Civil society organisations are going to answer Earthilfe Africa’s call for action on Tue, 6 August 2013. Activists are going to […]
December 3, 2008

Press Release: Global Movement Pushes for “Zero Waste” to Combat Climate Change

Earthlife Africa Jhb 6 December 2008, Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa. As thousands of government officials, civil society advocates and other participants gather in Poznan, Poland […]