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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as its President. Under ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program he specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

Waste as a Boon for Economic Development with Neil Seldman – October 22nd

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/waste-boon-economic-development-neil-seldman-october-22nd/

How can we create jobs from our recycling program? What are other communities and regions doing to reduce waste while supporting economic development? What type of impact can community composting programs have on job creation? On October 22nd, from 10am-12 noon, the Town of DeWitt Sustainability Committee, the CNY Recycling Jobs Task Force, NYS Assemblyman… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2014

Review: Zero Waste: “Nil to Landfill” Is Now a Practical Goal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/review-waste-nil-landfill-practical-goal/

Changes in solid waste management have indeed made a great social impact in the past few years. However, the Wharton School’s Social Impact report gives only a glimpse of how new expectations have shifted attitudes, technologies and practices about what recycling can do for a local economy in the near future. Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2014

Working Partner Update: Zero Waste Canada and Zero Waste International Alliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-waste-canada-waste-international-alliance/

ILSR has been working with grassroots recyclers, Zero Waste Canada and Zero Waste International Alliance  to prevent garbage incinerators and improper EPR regulations in British Columbia, Canada. Incineration As is typical in garbage incineration efforts, environmental groups are the first to be alarmed at proposed garbage incineration, followed by business interests that fear increased taxes… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Stafford Incinerator in Virginia Not “Financially Beneficial”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stafford-incinerator-virginia-financially-beneficial/

The Regional Solid Waste Management Board that oversees the County and City of Fredericksburg landfill will not pursue a garbage and industrial waste incineration-gasification facility. The County received no bid that it considered financially beneficial to the County and City and dropped the project. StopTheStaffordIncinerator.com has submitted an FOI Request to obtain copies of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Purchasing Alliance, Washington DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-purchasing-alliance-washington-dc-working-partner-update/

Through working with the national organization Partnership for Working Families, ILSR was introduced to Community Purchasing Alliance in our hometown of Washington, DC. The introduction was timely as CPA was in the middle of negotiating garbage and recycling contracts with local haulers. ILSR is pleased to assist and be associated with this faith-based community development network. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Working Partner Update: Austin Gets $1 Million Grant for Eco-Industrial Park

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-austin-1-million-grant-eco-industrial-park/

ILSR and the City of Austin, Texas, have been working partners since the late 1980s, when a coalition of environmental groups, small businesses and progressive City Councilors rejected a garbage incinerator already under construction. The City Council closed down the project and initiated a path toward recycling, composting and use of low cost landfill which… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

International Conversation on Zero Waste, May 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/international-conversation-waste-2014/

During a recent e-mail interchange, Mal Williams of Zero Waste Wales, Plasnewydd, Cardiff, reported on disappearing waste in that country. In order to maximize efficiency, add value to collected recyclables and reduce available materials for incineration, co-mingled recycling (single stream), is being phased out. Nancy Gorrell, Berkeley, CA commented: Hooray for Wales! Here in Berkeley,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta, GA, Established in December 2011

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/lifecycle-building-center/

ILSR prepared a zero waste plan for the Atlanta Office of Sustainability in 2011-12. During site visits ILSR and Saint Vincent De Paul provided assistance to several community based reuse enterprises. In turn these new community businesses became working partners in ILSR’s and Saint Vincent De Pauls’ national networks. Neil Seldman serves as an advisor… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

It’s Not Just San Francisco Anymore! A Report on San Diego’s First Zero Waste Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/its-san-francisco-anymore/

Neil Seldman summarizes presentations from the first San Diego County Zero Waste Conference that was held under the sponsorship of Zero Waste San Diego (ZWSD) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). Continue reading