The city of Alaminos is pioneering zero waste in the Philippines with an energetic fusion of bottom-up planning and community participation. The outcome has been stunning: whereas in 2009 almost every city dumping field had a pile burning, there were almost none two years later. With sky-high waste separation and composting rates, Alaminos has become a trend-setter for other Filipino cities.
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After rejecting new incinerators, residents of Spain’s Gipuzkoa Province undertook an experiment in waste collection and disposal: door-to-door pick up of separated wastes.