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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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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2015

Orillia, Ontario, goes to every-other-week garbage pickup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/orillia-ontario-goes-to-every-other-week-garbage-pickup/

Mary Lou Van Deventer, Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA reports:  The city of Orillia, Ontario, is making financially sensible Zero Waste resource system choices, and it focuses its PR on telling citizens what they need to know, not what they want to hear. The tone is excitement, shared responsibility, and getting in the habit of responsible… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2015

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) & Incineration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/the-clean-power-plan-cpp-incineration/

The Global Anti Incineration Alliance (GAIA) has summarized the impact that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will have on incineration.  In a nutshell: The CPP allows for only the biogenic portion of the waste burned in a municipal solid waste (MSW) incinerator to be counted as renewable. Only incinerators with electricity capacity built after… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2015

Environmental Justice Victory in DC, as Mayor Pulls Incinerator Contract

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/environmental-justice-victory-in-dc-as-mayor-pulls-incinerator-contract/

Recycling advocates had stopped any ideas of building a garbage incinerator in the District of Columbia. Now, we are trying to stop the city from sending its garbage to Fairfax County for incineration. Mike Ewall of Energy Justice Network, coordinator of this latter effort, describes the recent victory as the city has tabled a proposal… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2015

Neil Seldman: Letter in Response to Washington Post Recycling Article

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/neil-seldman-letter-in-response-to-washington-post-recycling-article/

Neil Seldman – Letter to Editor Dear Editor, The Washington Post’s feature “American recycling is stalling” (June 20), correctly points to problems caused by large single-stream recycling bins. But clarifications are needed. Avoided costs: Cities do not make money from recycling. They reduce their overall costs of solid waste management because recycling costs less than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Greys Paper Will Build Small Scale Recycled Paper Plants in U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/greys-paper-will-build-small-scale-recycled-paper-plants-in-u-s/

The Greys Paper Company, Edmonton, Canada will build the first two small-scale high grade recycled paper mills in the US in Texas and Kansas. ILSR recommended this company to ILSR’s long time working partners the MId America Regional Council of Governments (MARC), Kansas City and the Department of Resource Recovery, Austin, TX. Both agencies followed… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2015

Expert thwarts progress of pro-incineration bill in Philippines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/expert-thwarts-progress-of-pro-incineration-bill-in-philippines/

The Philippines is the only country that has banned garbage incineration. Constant vigilance is required to keep it that way. The following press release from the Ecowaste Coalition explains the role of Dr. Jorge Emmanuel in presenting to the Philippines’ Congress. An environmental scientist told pro-incineration representatives during a committee meeting that burning wastes is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Update on “Denmark Without Waste”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/update-on-denmark-without-waste/

Shlomo Dowen of GAIA-Europe provided this article from Edward Perchard on Denmark’s transition away from its network of 26 garbage incinerators that lead the country on the ‘wrong path’. Also see, ILSR’s 2014 update, A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark A BURNING ISSUE By Edward Perchard | 27 April 2015 To most, Denmark brings to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2015

Sweden Piles Up Toxic Ash on Norway Island

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sweden-piles-up-toxic-ash-on-norway-island/

From Antonia Bruno from no-burn.org: Sweden is frequently touted as a model for the U.S. to follow, with its low landfilling rates, high “recycling” rates, and “waste-to-energy.” However, there are some major problems with these claims. Sweden burns more than 50% of its waste and calls it recycling. Furthermore, they count the toxic ash produced… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2015

ILSR Seeks Recycling and Economic Development Specialist

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-seeks-recycling-and-economic-development-specialist/

The Waste to Wealth Initiative of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is looking to fill a full time, associate-level position. The job involves developing recycling, composting and reuse enterprises throughout the US. The associate will be responsible for assisting local governments, small businesses and community develop organizations develop viable value added enterprises and policies that… 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 Apr 29, 2015

The benefits of public solid waste services: Lessons for Toronto

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/the-benefits-of-public-solid-waste-services-lessons-for-toronto/

Public municipal solid waste services are fundamental to the quality of life in our communities. How we collect and dispose of our garbage and recycling is essential to our health, our environmental future and the appearance of our cities and towns. Landfills are reaching the end of their lifespan, and carry a high financial and environmental… Continue reading