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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 Composting | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2014

Failure of the Wilmington Compost Facility Underscores Need for a Locally Based and Diverse Composting Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/failure-wilmington-compost-facility-underscores-locally-based-diverse-composting-infrastructure/

The rapid increase in community-scale composting in the Mid-Atlantic is sorely needed. The recent closing of the Wilmington Organics Recycling Center in Delaware, due to the loss of its operating permit, has pushed the need for a distributed and diverse composting infrastructure to the fore. Source separated food discard programs from New York City to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2014

The Comic Book that Started a Movement: The Lone Recycler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/comic-book-started-movement-lone-recycler/

Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear, when the Lone Recycler, lead citizens in the SF Bay Area against the cruel intentions of the garbage incineration industry; which lead to a national movement that continues to this day. From 1980 through 1982, five planned garbage incinerators in the SF Bay Area were… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2014

Working Partner Update: Recycling Advances in Delaware

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-recycling-advances-delaware/

Rick Anthony recalls a conversation he had in 2007 with officials from the Delaware Chamber of Commerce about recycling. An official stated that the only way to require recycling in Delaware was to show a considerable economic payoff. Anthony and Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, under contract with the state Department of Natural Resources… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

Training The Zero Waste Workforce

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

Community Environmental Services, part of Portland State University, trains and employs students to offer zero waste management services to companies, institutions and public agencies. CES works in the private sector with clients such as supermarkets to establish a baseline for material flow and then deliver specific recommendations for reducing waste. The movement for zero waste… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2014

Zero Waste Now a Worldwide Movement

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

Zero Waste is now a world wide movement. The emergence of this effort to turn wasted materials into raw materials was recently documented by Paul Connett in Zero Waste: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time, Chelsea Green Books, 2014.    In a recent piece for Future Structure, writer Indrajit Basu provides a timely update… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

Maryland Counties Scrap Waste-to-Energy Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/maryland-counties-scrap-waste-to-energy-project/

Organized citizens and small business owners in Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD just completed a 10-year battle to stop the implementation of a 1,500 ton per day mass burn garbage incinerator facility. The effort brought out the best in local activism: careful analysis of the contract and its financial implications, sophisticated use  of media, many… Continue reading

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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