Brenda Platt Presenting At Maryland Recycling Network – June 19, 2014

ILSR co-Director, Brenda Platt, is speaking on a zero waste panel on June 19, 2014, at the Maryland Recycling Network’s annual conference.   Her presentation, “The State of Composting in the U.S.,” will highlight cutting edge composting programs around the country.  Management and reduction of organics in our waste streams is a hot topic for many communities … Read More

Brenda Platt to Speak at 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

Date: 11 Mar 2014 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference, May 6-9, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. Register at the USZWBC website www.uszwbc.org [NOTE: ILSR readers can get a 20% discount using the discount code nzwbc14ilsr if you register by March 21st] The conference is … Read More

Ten Ways to Strengthen DC’s Proposed Ban on Polystyrene

Date: 15 Jan 2014 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week the DC City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013 (Bill 20-573), which aims to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for District residents.  Brenda Platt, director of ILSR’s Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects, testified in support of the bill’s ban on … Read More

Sample Legislative Language from Select Cities Restricting Polystyrene Use in Foodservice Ware

Date: 14 Jan 2014 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Exemptions for Undue Hardships San Francisco “Any person may seek a waiver from the requirements of Section 1604 of this Chapter by filing a request on a form specified by the City Administrator. The City Administrator, consistent with this Chapter, may waive any specific requirement of this Chapter for a period of up to one year … Read More

Reasons to Restrict Polystyrene for Foodservice Ware in Washington, DC

Date: 14 Jan 2014 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WHEREAS, the District of Columbia has a duty to protect the natural environment, the economy, and the health of its citizens; and WHEREAS, single-use disposable polystyrene plastics are widespread, persistent environmental pollutants; and WHEREAS, polystyrene food ware is commonly used by foodservice establishments in the District of Columbia; WHEREAS, polystyrene constitutes a significant portion of the … Read More

Ten Ways to Strengthen Passage and Impact of DC’s Proposed Ban on Expanded Polystyrene

Date: 14 Jan 2014 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Implement earlier than January 1, 2018: Consider making this part of the bill effective within one year of passage.  This is typical of the dozens of laws passed by other jurisdictions including Santa Monica County (effective 1 year after passage), San Francisco (effective 7 months after passage), and Seattle (effective 6 months after passage). Allow business … Read More

Health Implications of Polystyrene

Date: 14 Jan 2014 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Polystyrene is made from the styrene monomer, which is a known neurotoxicant and was elevated in 2011 from being a possible human carcinogen to being reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. [See the US Department of Health and Human Services, 12th Report on Carcinogens (2011), which is a congressionally mandated, science-based, public health document prepared … Read More

Health Implications of Polystyrene

Date: 12 Jan 2014 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Polystyrene is made from the styrene monomer, which is a known neurotoxicant and was elevated in 2011from being a possible human carcinogen to being reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.1 This means there is a huge body of evidence now linking styrene to human cancers. No polymerization process is 100% efficient, so styrene remains in polystyrene … Read More

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