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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 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

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/houston-one-bin-proposal-wrong-choice/

Neil Seldman, ILSR Waste to Wealth Program, Washington, DC continues to follow the one bin proposal in Houston, Texas. In his January 7th Letter to the Editor, Seldman underscores the fact that city’s pilot curbside recycling program is working well and is quite popular. Can you imagine how fast the program could spread, increasing the materials recovered… Continue reading

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Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

Cascade Alliance Network Grows Stronger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cascade-alliance-network-growing-stronger/

A unique network of eight social service agencies gathered in Eugene, OR last month. The Cascade Alliance meeting was the coming out event for the network of East Coast agencies along with their anchor organization, Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County. The agencies located in cities from Lowell, MA to Orlando, FL have become entrepreneurs,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Another Contraction in the Garbage Incineration Industry

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/contraction-garbage-incineration-industry/

The Big Island of Hawaii has just pulled back from a garbage incinerator planned for the town of Hilo. The Hawaii County mayor withdrew a Request for Proposal (RFP) in response to widespread and intense organizing against the proposal. “We had an educated public and no way were we going to be steamrolled into a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Trash Incinerators: Don’t Call it a Comeback

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/trash-incinerators-call-comeback/

Mike Ewall, director of Energy Justice Network (EJN), Washington, DC, responded to the recent article in The New York Times on garbage incineration. ILSR works closely with EJN assisting grassroots organizations to stop planned garbage incineration and move their communities to recycling, local economic development and zero waste.   Here is the link to his… Continue reading

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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