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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 Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2015

Update on One-Bin Systems in Medina, OH, and Houston, TX

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/update-on-one-bin-systems-in-medina-oh-and-houston-tx/

Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) and the Zero Waste Houston coalition have been organizing for two years against a misguided proposal to replace an increasingly successful single-stream recycling program with a dirty MRF, referred to as a ‘one-bin’ system. A stream of support from many groups has aided our efforts across the country 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 7, 2015

How to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Value of E-Scrap: Does EPR Make A Difference?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/how-to-maximize-the-economic-environmental-and-social-value-of-e-scrap-does-epr-make-a-difference/

There are two highly successful non-profit, community based e scrap enterprises operating in Oregon. They have stellar records of efficiency and integrity. They are rivers of wealth for the two cities in which they thrive. The NextStep in Eugene, OR is a repair and distribution center founded in Lorraine Kerwood’s garage as MacRenewal. By 2002… 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 Mar 9, 2015

Model Recycling Communities: Lane County, OR, Pop. 350,000

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/model-recycling-communities-lane-county-or-pop-350000/

There is no one best way for communities to recycle. San Francisco has a highly successful program under an exclusive franchise system. Across the Bay, Berkeley has an equally successful program under a highly decentralized system based on for-profit, non-profit and government agency operations. One of the main reason why recycling grew so fast from… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

2nd National Reuse Contest Winners Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2nd-national-reuse-contest-winners-announced/

The Reuse People of America (TRP) has concluded its 7th annual and 2nd National Reuse Contest.  Over 100 entries were received in two categories; Art & Furniture, and Remodeling & Construction. “The contest gets to be more fun each year as we are hearing from an expanding deconstruction and reuse sector”, said Ted Reiff, TRP… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2015

March 11th Waste to Wealth Event: Bringing Recycling and Composting Jobs to Baltimore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/march-11th-waste-wealth-event-bringing-recycling-composting-jobs-baltimore/

The Waste to Wealth = Green Jobs event (free to attend) is being held to present the potential for developing small minority-owned companies in the reuse, recycling and composting sectors in the Baltimore area. ILSR is co-sponsoring this event. Wed, March 11, 2015; 7pm–9pm Baltimore City Community College 2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2015

Reuse Based Enterprises

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reuse-based-enterprises/

Every city, county, and state must think about waste. For most it is a headache, but for a growing number of forward-thinking locales it is a boon for economic development. If your community is interested in green jobs, the discard stream is a logical place to start. When handled properly, the items in the discard… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Zero Waste Community Enterprises in Atlanta

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

In 2009 Atlanta declared four neighborhoods within the city as zero waste zones. The effort’s goals include helping local businesses find ways to reduce trash, create jobs, save money and educate others about the advantages of zero waste. In addition to reducing consumption, raising recycling rates, and establishing new resources for composting, Atlanta businesses and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Open Letter to Carroll County Citizens – from Neil Seldman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/open-letter-carroll-county-citizens-neil-seldman/

Dear Neighbors, Carroll County citizens now join tens of thousands of their peers across the nation who have stood up to the silly and dangerous plans to build incinerators. Since the 1970s over 300 such efforts have succeeded. In 2014 alone 14 planned garbage incinerators were defeated by coalitions of organized citizens, small businesspeople and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Baltimore’s Curtis Bay Community Says No to “Clean” Incinerator Electricity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/baltimores-curtis-bay-community-clean-incinerator-electricity/

Curtis Bay is an industrial area located at the southern tip of Baltimore, MD. Residents have been subject to heavy doses of industrial pollution for decades. When a 4,000-ton per day garbage incinerator was proposed, students and alumni of Benjamin Franklin High School reacted with a sophisticated organizing campaign to stop the plant that has… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Heads Up from Zero Wasters in Wales, and the Zero Waste International Trust, Plasnewydd, Wales, UK

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/heads-wasters-wales-waste-international-trust-plasnewydd-wales-uk/

Mal Williams, director of the Zero Waste International Trust, alerts us to some good news from the UK by forwarding the recent government report on just how much potential there is in the Zero Waste world for wealth creation and sustainable jobs, “Resource Management: A Catalyst for Growth and Productivity,” UK Department for Environment, Food… Continue reading