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Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. 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.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2017

Fires at Dickerson Garbage Incinerator Cause for Concern

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fires-at-dickerson-garbage-incinerator-cause-for-concern/

Montgomery County’s garbage incinerator in Dickerson, Maryland, long-heralded as a model of success in the industry by incineration proponents, has not looked so successful in the last few months. Montgomery’s residents and businesses have long been told that the garbage incinerator was technologically and economically a boon to the county. However, realities are setting in… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2017

Keep Recycling Clean: Recycling in Fayetteville, AR

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/keep-recycling-clean-recycling-in-fayetteville-ar/

Louise Mann, Waste Reduction Resources, has been a recycling educator and activist for over thirty years. She is now focused on the effort to prevent single stream recycling in Fayetteville from replacing the city’s curb-sort recycling program. In this short video Mann summarizes the development of this dilemma for citizens, haulers and the city that… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2016

Dramatic Economic Impacts of Increased Recycling in South Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dramatic-economic-impacts-of-increased-recycling-in-south-carolina/

According to a new report from the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, if just one percent of all households in South Carolina were to recycle an additional eight newspapers per month, it could mean a gain of $3.8 million in economic activity annually for the state, including 16 new jobs and… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 13, 2016

Community Purchasing Alliance Expands Waste and Recycling Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-purchasing-alliance-expands-waste-and-recycling-services/

Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) is a Washington, D.C.-based purchasing cooperative that helps schools, churches, and senior facilities cooperatively buy basic services such as electricity, janitorial, landscaping, security, garbage and recycling services. Doing so helps these groups save money, as well as improving efficiency, and creating good jobs. CPA coordinates purchasing services and the cooperative then… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2016

Statements on Extended Producer Responsibility in Europe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/statements-on-epr-in-europe/

Urban Ore, the material recovery enterprise in Berkeley, CA, and ILSR have been working partners for over 30 years. In recent years our collaboration has focused on the effort to substitute corporate dominated Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for our current recycling sector players comprised of diverse interests including organized citizens, environmental groups, haulers, processors, manufacturers,… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Review of the “Facts” that Guide Waste Management, Inc.’s CEO

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-increases-economic-value-contrary-to-waste-managements-commentary/

The CEO of Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) commented to CNBC that, based on the facts, glass and organics should not be collected because they lack economic value for shareholders. In a related panel discussion, the need for top-down legislation to help recycling was deemed unnecessary. Accordingly, WMI is reducing its investments in recycling. “As profits in… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016

Murray J. Fox, The “Johnny Appleseed” of U.S. Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/murray-j-fox-the-johnny-appleseed-of-u-s-recycling/

In my career of five decades of working in the recycling field for ILSR there is only one person I consider a true “Johnny Appleseed of Recycling” in the U.S.  His name is Murray J. Fox and he remains a sage of recycling, whose own history provides insight into today’s policies and issues. He never… Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2016

Fixing the Future in Sweden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fixing-the-future-in-sweden/

Sweden will try to assist companies that aim to repair products by exempting those services from the Value Added Tax (VAT).  If legislation submitted recently by the Social Democrat and Green party coalition is enacted, the tax will be cut to 12% from 25% under the proposal. “We believe that this could substantially lower the… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2016

Gay Gordon-Byrne on the Right to Repair

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

The right to repair computers and related machines is one answer to the growth of E-Scrap in the U.S. waste stream. ILSR’s working partner, Gay Gordon-Byrne (Executive Director of The Repair Association), was interviewed for a feature article that was published in Waste Dive on September 14, 2016. Read the full story here.   Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2016

Eureka Recycling: Efficient, Cost Effective and Socially Beneficial Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eureka-recycling-efficient-cost-effective-and-socially-beneficial-recycling/

Grassroots recycling companies were a critical link in the United States as the transition from the drop off recycling centers that sprung up after Earth Day in 1970 and municipal curbside service that emerged in the mid 1970s. Non-profit and for profit enterprises demonstrated the feasibility of curbside collection and by the mid 1980s municipal… Continue reading