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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2015

WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

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

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public control rather than corporate control over EPR programs. The implementation of corporate controlled EPR in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces have provide revealing experiences for analysis.  During this period major US consumer goods corporations formed the Closed Loop Recycling Fund and the Recycling Partnership – new voluntary initiatives to provide loans and grants to communities for recycling.

What exactly is the role of EPR in the U S recycling movement?

On Wednesday, August 12, six experts came together to discuss the future of EPR in the US. This is a recording of that discussion.

Part 1: Presentations: Matt Prindiville and Neil Seldman

Part 2: Panelist Discussion: Dan Knapp, Mary Lou Van Deventer, Dick Lilly

Part 3: Panelist Q&A: Moderated by Maurice Sampson

The Webinar discusses the transition of thinking and practice of EPR for packaging. Neil Seldman, ILSR and Matt Prindiville, from UPSTREAM presents. Maurice Sampson, Niche Recycling and board member of Clean Water Action, moderates.

In addition to those presentations, the Webinar featured responses to the presentations by key participants in the national EPR dialogue: Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer, Urban Ore, and Dick Lilly, former Seattle Metropolitan Solid Waste Authority.

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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

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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 21, 2015

Update on Digital Rights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/update-on-digital-rights/

Do citizens and businesses have a right to repair their computers and related products? ILSR asked Sophia MacDonald to describe the efforts of Digital Right to Repair Coalition (DRTR) to secure these rights for consumers.    See ILSR’s story, Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets? New York State’s pro-repair… 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