Back to top Jump to featured resources

Viewing all content from Neil Seldman

About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR’s Board of Directors.

Contact Neil   |   View all articles by Neil Seldman

Article filed under Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

North Sea Foundation Report on Bottle Caps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-sea-foundation-report-on-bottle-caps/

The North Sea bottle cap report provides the most thorough research effort to understand and prevent this deadly form of plastic pollution in our oceans. The North Sea Foundation undertook the ‘bottle cap survey” in order to document the quantity, type and origins of the bottle caps that pollute the country’s North Sea and its… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2017

If You Study Garbage You Will Not Be Unemployed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/if-you-study-garbage-you-will-not-be-unemployed-2/

In 2000-2001, the Hartford, CT Housing Authority was the first in the nation to make building deconstruction required under its HUD HOPE VI grant to demolish the sprawling Stowe Village Public Housing Project. The project was a component of the Authority’s innovative Family Reunification program. Ten unemployed Black and Latino men and women were trained… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

If You Study Garbage You Will Not Be Unemployed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/if-you-study-garbage-you-will-not-be-unemployed/

In 2000-2001, the Hartford, CT Housing Authority was the first in the nation to make building deconstruction required under its HUD HOPE VI grant to demolish the sprawling Stowe Village Public Housing Project. The project was a component of the Authority’s innovative Family Reunification program. Ten unemployed Black and Latino men and women were trained… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2017

Curb Sort Recycling is a Viable Option in Rural and Urban Settings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/curb-sort-recycling-is-a-viable-option-in-rural-and-urban-settings/

ILSR has been looking into curb sort recycling in an effort to help citizens of Fayetteville, Arkansas defend their curb sort system against efforts to change to a single stream system. Follow this link to one of ILSR’s articles on the matter. Maria Kei Oldiges, an intern with ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Initiative, helped research… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

U.S. Mayors Stand Up to Incinerator Industry in Landmark Renewable Energy Resolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/u-s-mayors-stand-up-to-incinerator-industry-in-landmark-renewable-energy-resolution/

In blow to the polluting incinerator industry, 250 mayors unanimously vote for a renewable energy plan that does not include municipal waste burning. The incinerator industry attempted to derail a historic resolution put before the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week which advocated for mayors across the country to commit to a 100% renewable energy… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2017

Waste 360 Article: Recycling E-Waste with Workers Looking for a Second Chance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-360-article/

Recidivism rates fall by two-thirds as workers build productive lives for themselves and their families. See the description of Indianapolis based RecycleForce, a non-profit enterprise that recycles electronic scrap. “That is a big a part of our job, to produce a workforce,” says Dawn Grimes, vice president of business and enterprise development, RecycleForce. “The revenue… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2017

What is Baltimore’s Garbage Future? Economic and Public Health Considerations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-is-baltimores-garbage-future-economic-and-public-health-considerations/

The city of Baltimore, its citizens, and its businesses should pay close attention to solid waste and recycling management; it impacts the city’s economic bottom line and its public health. Costs Baltimore’s system for managing waste and recycling is well within the acceptable operational and cost parameters for cities in the mid-Atlantic region. Waste is… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2017

Garbage Incineration in Europe: Subsidies Distort the Market

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/garbage-incineration-in-europe-subsidies-distort-the-market/

Zero Waste Europe concurs with a new draft report from the European Parliament that calls for an end to subsidies for burning garbage. “We have been calling for the elimination of financial support for energy extraction from mixed waste as this subverts one of the key cornerstones of the EU waste policy – the waste… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2017

New Report from the Pennsylvania Recycling Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-report-from-the-pennsylvania-recycling-center/

A new report from the Pennsylvania Recycling Center evaluates the economic impact of recycling in the Keystone State. Key findings include: The 6,373 companies that directly are part of Pennsylvania’s Recycling Marketplace employed over 66,000 people while stimulating almost an additional 110,000 indirect and induced jobs. For every job within the Pennsylvania Recycling Marketplace, an additional… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2017

Working Partner Update: Right To Repair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-right-to-repair/

CONGRATULATIONS to the ‘right to repair’ organizations and small businesses which have been struggling to win the right for consumers and businesses to repair electronic equipment. The Supreme Court has provided an important victory, overturning a lower court decision. The right to repair used printing cartridges refill and sell the product ” is necessary for… Continue reading