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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 Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2017

Leash the Lid Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/leash-the-lid-legislation/

California Assembly Member Mark Stone (D, 29th Assembly District – Monterrey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties) introduced Assembly Bill 319, which would prohibit retailers, by 2020, from selling beverages in bottles with a cap that is not tethered to the container. The Save the Albatross Coalition considers “Leash the Lid” legislation an important policy… Continue reading

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

Scarborough Will Be Worse Off With Privatized Garbage Collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/scarborough-will-be-worse-off-with-privatized-garbage-collection/

A new report, Protecting Scarborough’s Success: How Contracting Out Could Harm Scarborough’s Waste Diversion Performance, from the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) finds people living in Scarborough have nailed it when it comes to recycling, but that wouldn’t necessarily be the case if garbage collection was privatized. The report had a big and immediate impact.  On January… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

The Community Purchasing Alliance in Washington, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-community-purchasing-alliance-in-washington-dc/

The Community Purchasing Alliance  of Washington, DC is making waves demonstrating the results of cooperative purchasing for energy, waste and recycling, and many other building management goods and services. Learn  a little bit about who they are and what they are accomplishing by watching their introductory video below.   Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

Working Partner Update: Successful Internship at Filbert Street Garden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-successful-internship-at-filbert-street-garden/

The Filbert Street Garden in Curtis Bay (neighborhood in Baltimore, MD) has been a mainstay of community activity and organizing. Rodette Jones is the coordinator of the facility for the Chesapeake Children and Youth Center (CCYD) that has been serving the community for over 40 years. The Garden includes practical programs for children and youth… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2017

Incinerators Old and New Making News

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/incinerators-old-and-new-making-news/

The new year has brought us a number of news stories about new and old incinerators. The European Commission wants to defund garbage incineration, which has dominated the solid waste management landscape for 60 years. (see recent ILSR story here). Baltimore’s 31-year-old garbage incinerator will need tens of millions of dollars to add pollution equipment… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

European Commission Calls for Defunding Waste to Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/european-commission-calls-for-defunding-waste-to-energy/

There was some welcome news about garbage incineration coming out of Europe recently.  The European Commission published a communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy. The text, although non-binding, provides clarity for the implementation of the waste hierarchy and gives guidance for Member States to avoid problems such as incineration overcapacity.   “We… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Vermont’s Universal Recycling of Solid Waste Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/vermonts-universal-recycling-of-solid-waste-law/

Vermont’s Universal Recycling of Solid Waste law requires recyclable materials, leaf and yard debris, clean wood waste, and food scraps to be diverted from landfills.  The summary information below of the Vermont program was contained in a January 2017 report from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services’ titled, Solid Waste and Recycling Management in Maryland… Continue reading

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