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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth 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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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2018

Zero Waste: A History & Primer

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

If you haven’t noticed, the U.S. recycling movement has become a Zero Waste movement, and the Zero Waste movement is spreading rapidly worldwide. Most recently, Vietnam’s Zero Waste Alliance joins scores of Zero Waste NGOs now on each continent. In the U.S., Dan Knapp of Urban Ore, Berkeley introduced the “Zero Waste concept and corollaries”… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

China’s New Recycling Import Policy and the Future of US Municipal Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/china-recycling-policy-opportunity/

This post was written in conjunction with fellow ILSR co-founder and Public Good initiative director David Morris. China’s recent ban on the import of many categories of scrap has sent tremors through the American recycling community, for good reason. China has become by far the world’s largest consumer of scrap, increasing ten-fold its imports from… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

California Legislation Ensures Plastic Manufacturers Bear Responsibility for Product Lifecycle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-legislation-ensures-plastic-manufacturers-bear-responsibility-for-product-lifecycle/

A bill introduced in California to protect the oceans has been developed and supported by the Save the Albatross Coalition, a project of  Zero Waste International Alliance, co chaired by Neil Seldman ILSR and Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research.  California legislation – AB 319 – would require manufacturers to use bottles that keep bottle… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2018

The Force of Law: Limitations to Industry-sponsored EPR & Single-use Plastics

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

Environmentalists, recyclers, zero waste advocates and citizens are clamoring to shut off the spigot of plastic roaming the earth. Single use plastic utensils, beverage containers, packaging and bags are obvious targets. Most recently, a Greenpeace-sponsored audit shows that the big three beverage companies, Coke, Pepsi and Nestles, are the worst contributors to this ongoing problem,… Continue reading

Article filed under Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2018

Working Partner Update: Save the Albatross Coalition

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

See below a letter from ILSR President, Neil Seldman, and Algalita Marine Research and Education Founder, Captain Charles Moore imploring further environmental groups to join the Save the Albatross Coalition: CALLING ON ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS TO JOIN THE “SAVE THE ALBATROSS” COALITION Click here to support our legislative campaign! The Save the Albatross Coalition  (SAC) is a bootstrap campaign dedicated to… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

Baltimore Incineration Plan Could Get Millions in Subsidies Thanks to Maryland Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/baltimore-incineration-plan-could-get-millions-in-subsidies-thanks-to-maryland-law/

Should burning garbage in downtown Baltimore be given $10 million in subsidies since 2011 because the state of Maryland calls it ‘green’? The garbage incineration/Renewable Energy Porfolio Standard (RPS) nexus is discussed in the Baltimore Sun‘s series Power Struggle; “How a Trash-Incinerator-Baltimore’s Biggest Polluter-Became ‘Green’ Energy”. The waste-to-energy industry helped write the state legislation that… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2017

Working Partner Update: Eco-Cycle; Boulder, Colo.

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

ILSR and Eco-Cycle have been working partners since the mid 1970s when both organizations were founded. During the beginning years of the post World War II resurgence in recycling in the late 1960s – early 1970s, community drop-off centers grew into community based curbside collection enterprises; often started in activists’ back yards and porches, gas… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2017

Recycling and Zero Waste in Wales

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-and-zero-waste-in-wales/

Thanks to zero waste campaigner Mal Williams for alerting us to the progress made in Wales, now the second best huosehold waste recycler in the world. The seven keys to success include: Mandatory separate collection of key dry recyclable materials. Mandatory separate collection of bio waste. Statutory targets for rates of recycling or the reduction… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2017

Zero Waste Europe — Proposed End to Subsidies for Garbage Incineration.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-waste-europe-proposed-end-to-subsidies-for-garbage-incineration/

Industry MEPs vote to exclude subsidies for waste-to-energy from mixed waste Press Contact: Janek Vahk, Development and Policy Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe janek@zerowasteeurope.eu +32 (0)49 355 3779 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels, 29/11/17 The Industry committee of the European Parliament voted yesterday to exclude renewable energy subsidies for incineration of mixed municipal waste. If the amendment… Continue reading

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

Working Partner Update: The Lifecycle Building Center

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

The Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) has released its 2017 annual report indicating its continued growth and impact on Atlanta area communities. The enterprise makes building materials available to the public at deep discounts instead of placing those materials into landfills. Customers purchase materials at prices ranging from $0.15-$0.50 on the dollar and nonprofits receive free… Continue reading