The Municipal Government of the city of São Bernardo do Campo (state of São Paulo) wants to have an incinerator installed to provide heat for a thermoelectric plant which will also be built. The Usina Verde plant, as it is called, will be composed of a Waste Processing and Re-utilization System (Spar) and an Energy Recovery Unit (URE) to generate energy. This project appeared after the Municipality was condemned judicially for having polluted the region of Alvarenga where the city's landfill was located. The pickers opposed to the project for several reasons. They feared that they would lose job opportunities in the region and have spoken to the press about how the Municipality was not including them in initial conversations and hearings about the project. They also denounced that, once the plans for the incinerator came up and they opposed it, the pickers’ cooperative started losing support from the municipal government, which stopped providing trucks for them to collect waste around the city. In 2011, two women pickers filed an action demanding the suspension of the project. The pickers argued that the incinerator is in opposition to the Solid Waste National Policy, which encourages reuse and recycling. Also, the plant will be built in the Alvarenga region, which the pickers argue, became a preservation area for the recovery of water springs polluted by the landfill. This conflict is one of the long-lasting cases against incinerators in Brazil, in which waste pickers have been playing a crucial role. One of the first oppositions happened in 1995 in the neighborhood of São Matheus, city of São Paulo, very close to São Bernardo. From then on, the waste pickers in Brazil have been positioning themselves against incinerators and in 2009 the National Movement of the Pickers of Recyclable Material (MNCR), made a public statement in this sense. A “No Incineration” campaign/website was also launched, with material about incinerators. In August 2010 the Solid Waste National Policy was enacted under many criticism from the Movement because the National Policy considered incinerators as an environmentally adequate solution to waste. In June, a meeting was held in São Paulo, where the Anti-incineration Coalition was formed. With over 30 representatives from 15 social organizations and MNCR, GAIA attended this significant meeting and has since given its support to the Coalition. The Coalition is made up of a wide scope of people and organizations: the MNCR, which itself represents 23 states; Polis Institute and Projecto Colecta Selectiva Brasil-Canada (both of them GAIA members, as is MNCR); and many other organizations, networks and individuals interested in waste issues. In an unprecedented move, two state coordinators of the National Waste Picker Movement (MNCR) in Diadema and San Bernardo filed a public lawsuit against Cetesb (São Paulo State Environment Company). The lawsuit, signed by Maria Mônica da Silva and Francisca Maria Lima, requests the annulment of the project to build an incinerator in the Alvarenga neighborhood, on the boundary of the two municipalities. The announcement of the filing of the lawsuit was made during a demonstration held in São Bernardo in July, which brought together approximately 200 waste workers from the area. In April 2013 a public debate took place in São Bernardo with specialists and the Secretary of Urban Services of the city about incineration and 150 pickers that went to the debate had to wait outside because there was no space for them in the room. The 30 pickers that were able to get in wore masks to call attention to the pollution produced by incinerators. In November 2014 there was another demonstration conducted by the Women Pickers of the MNCR in the streets of São Bernardo do Campo. As of Sept 2016, the plant is under construction. The Municipality was able to find an old law to support its intention to build the plant close to a water reservoir and in an area of underground water recovery.