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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the Director 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 Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Alert From California Coalition Opposed to Plastic Industry Recycling Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alert-from-california-coalition-opposed-to-plastic-industry-recycling-program/

Say NO! To AB 1659: California Legislation Proposed by Manufacturers of Plastic Products ILSR has joined California allies opposed to plastic industry sponsored recycling Bill 1659. The bill proposes meek solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the urban, rural and ocean environments. Among the concerns of the coalition1 are: AB 1659 only… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2017

Working Partner Update: DC Environmental Network

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

The DC Environmental Network reports on the budget implications for recycling in Washington, DC and  vows to make changes. See DCEN director Chris Weiss’ report:   Mayor Bowser Cuts Recycling Budget! April 17, 2017 DC Environmental Network: Last Wednesday, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and District Department of Public Works… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2017

Report: Why Should Baltimore Recycle More?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-baltimore-recycle/

There are two primary reasons why Baltimore should invest in more recycling. Establishing high recycling levels will position the city’s residents and businesses for the future, when the costs of incineration and landfill will be more expensive. The city could save citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars by shrinking its waste stream for the next generation. 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 Mar 22, 2017

Working Partner Update: Tracking History and Developments in U.S. E-Scrap

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-tracking-history-and-developments-in-u-s-e-scrap/

An Interview with Jim Lynch, Senior Staff Writer, TechSoup.org. TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1987 to provide donated and discounted mainstream software, IT equipment and technical assistance to 501c3 organizations, foundations, public libraries and churches in the US and overseas. Over one million organizations benefit from participating in TechSoup’s network,… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2017

Youth Employment, Community Equity and Green Space from Composting in Brooklyn, NY

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/youth-employment-community-equity-and-green-space-from-composting-in-brooklyn-ny/

BK ROT, a social composting enterprise in the center of Brooklyn has inspired the Filbert Street Garden in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, to replicate this successful model. ILSR working partner Chesapeake Children and Youth Development manage the garden. For details read, “Building Community Composting in Bushwick, Brooklyn,” BioCycle magazine March/April, p. 46-48. Follow the Institute for… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2017

Dramatic Impact of MASSDEP Organics Action Plan since 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dramatic-impact-of-massdep-organics-action-plan-since-2014/

Results in Massachusetts are a clear signal that focusing on composting can be a major jobs and wealth producer for the entire country. Total growth includes: Jobs 910 Labor income $46.8 million Value added $76.8 million Industry activity $174.6 million State and Local taxes $5.4 million For full details see “Calculating Economic Impact of Commercial… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2017

Working Partner Update: Second Chance is Paying It Forward

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-second-chance-is-paying-it-forward/

Second Chance is a deconstruction and resale social enterprise in Baltimore, MD. The non-profit enterprise employs 165 workers recruited from hard to employ residents of Baltimore. It literally provides a second chance for people as well as building commodities. In this March 2017 report we find heartwarming and uplifting stories about their adventures in reuse. Thanks to Second… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Hear, Hear for Women in Deconstruction and Reuse: BMRA Honors International Women’s Day

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/hear-hear-for-women-in-deconstruction-and-reuse-bmra-honors-international-womens-day/

Thanks to the Building Materials Reuse Association – BMRA (https://bmra.org/) – for sharing this unique celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017. Congratulations to ILSR friends Ruthie, and Diane, pictured, and all the other women in deconstruction and reuse. Proof that women hold up half the sky (at least). BMRA’s newsletter featuring these excellent… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: Digital 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-digital-right-to-repair/

States move forward on right to repair legislation, one veteran’s view, and Right to Repair expands to eight states. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: DoxiCom Global Inc. – Jackson, Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-doxicom-global-inc/

DoxicomGlobal, Inc, started in 2011 by Sidney Wilson, Jr., sees itself at the young child with his finger in the dam stopping a flood and as a result great harm. The company’s mission is to reduce the flood of waste heading to the country’s landfills and incinerators. In 2016 they succeeded in diverting 30,000 tons from the waste stream for reuse by industry. Continue reading