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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.

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2017

Working Partner Update: Captain Charles Moore’s TED Talk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-captain-charles-moores-ted-talk/

The following video is the latest report on the research on ocean plastics from Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research, Long Beach, CA. Captain Moore and Neil Seldman of ILSR are co-chairmen of the Save the Albatross Coalition, a project of Zero Waste International Alliance. From TED: Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2017

Clawing Back Against Bad Extended Producer Responsibility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clawing-back-against-bad-extended-producer-responsibility/

Califormia Governor Brown is expected to sign the first ever ‘improvement’ law to be enacted in the US to correct the critical shortcomings of EPR for carpets passed several years ago. Environmental groups, local government, waste haulers, unions and the carpet industry itself have urged Brown to sign the bill, AB 1158. The bill is an… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 31, 2017

Working Partner Update: Container Recycling Institute

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

Our allies at the Container Recycling Institute have issued a response to Pepsi-Cola’s recently announced support for bottle bills/container deposits and the status of California’s bottle bill recycling system. The nonprofit Container Recycling Institute is a leading authority on the economic and environmental impacts of used beverage containers and other consumer product packaging. Its mission is to make… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2017

What To Do About Germany’s Packaging Explosion?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-to-do-about-germanys-packaging-explosion/

A business report from the German group Deutsche Welle paints a very confusing picture for those looking at Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for paper, packaging and products, or PPP, in US. Does EPR in Germany, the leader in EPR policy for the past three decades, work? The original report from Deutsche Welle is available here…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Working Partner Update: The Reuse People

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

Our partners at The Reuse People have been busy with the growth of the reuse movement. Here’s a recent update from their president, Ted Rieff: The Repair Movement Boosts Reuse by Ted Rieff There’s a worldwide “repair movement” underway. That’s a fact I didn’t know until very recently, when a reader sent me several news… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2017

Great Britain’s Trash Burning Habits Makes Recycling Go Up in Smoke

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/great-britains-trash-burning-habits-makes-recycling-go-up-in-smoke/

This article caught our eye about the practice of burning trash in Great Britain from the Duetsche Welle. Highlights from the article include: The Eunomia report concludes that if all of the planned incinerators were built, the UK will only reach a 57 percent recycling rate by 2030. That is far below the 70 percent… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Portland, OR says no to burning 200K tons of garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/portland-or-says-no-to-burning-200k-tons-of-garbage/

On August 8, 3027, The Portland Metro Council rejected a proposal from a Covanta incinerator to receive one-fifth of the tri-county region’s garbage at its Brooks, OR facility. No less than 15 organizations including the Portland Branch of the NAACP, Oregon Physicians for Social responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air. Continue reading

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

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Washington, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brief-history-of-solid-waste-management-and-recycling-in-washington-dc/

The history of solid waste and recycling in the District of Columbia is long and diverse. In the early years of the 20th Century low-income girls and women were hired to pick through garbage on sorting tables to recover materials. In the more recent past, recycling of newspapers and metals was a key fundraising tool… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2017

Maryland Moving to Cut Emissions from BRESCO Trash Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-moving-to-cut-emissions-from-bresco-trash-incinerator/

Baltimore Sun Agrees: Baltimore Deserves Better Than the BRESCO Incinerator. Last year, the garbage incinerator located in downtown Baltimore burned 700,000 tons of municipal solid waste from the city and surrounding jurisdictions; 161,000 came from residents and businesses in Baltimore. 1,100 tons of nitrous oxides were released from BRESCO. Even more alarming, these nitrous oxides… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2017

Stop Burning Detroit’s Garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stop-burning-detroits-garbage/

Renewed Effort To Stop Burning Detroit’s Garbage Based On Pollution Levels And Environmental Justice. “Mayor Mike Duggan has taken recent actions, both quiet and public, that could signify a commitment to the health and well-being of Detroiters. Recently Duggan signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, committing the city to reducing carbon… Continue reading