Unit Pricing for Waste in Washington D.C.

Thanks to the persistence of local organizations, Washington D.C. is expected to undertake a pilot study of Save As You Throw (SYT), sometimes called Pay As You Throw (PAYT) or Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART).

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is required to undertake this task under the 2014 Solid Waste Management Reform Act. Citizen and Environmental groups under the leadership of Global Green’s DC Environmental Network helped secure $100,000 in funding for this project. The DPW is expected to issue an RFP for the SAYT Pilot by September.… Read More

Chinese Recycling Policy Induce Return to Local Recycling in New Jersey

Clean stream recycling is the name of the game in this era of Chinese restrictions on imported recyclable materials from the US. The town of 13,000 people reinstated dual stream after five-years of single stream recycling based on economics. “It was continually costing us more per ton to recycle single-stream throughout 2017,” Eugene MacMahon, Oakland, N.J.’s recycling coordinator, as a result of China’s policies.… Read More

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Waste Incineration

Date: 19 Jul 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within weeks of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo coming out against waste incineration in the Finger Lakes region, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu vetoed a bill that would have provided more subsidies to the state’s six biomass incinerators, saving rate payers over $100 million over the next three years.… Read More

Nebraska’s Largest Recycler Ends Commercial Single Stream Processing Due to Contamination, Costs

The First Star Recycling Company in Nebraska has halted single stream from commercial participants as of June 1st, 2018. The pressure causing them to end this practice stemmed from new international recycling specifications.

The company has reported contamination rates of 40 percent and their resulting labor costs have become too great. … Read More

Local Reuse Advocate Blasts Waste Management’s Misleading Public Comments on Recycling

Date: 11 Jun 2018 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following is shared with us by our friend and ally Dan Knapp of Urban Ore in Berkeley, California. For more from Dan Knapp and his partner Mary Lou Van Deventer, please listen to our Building Local Power podcast where we interviewed both of them:Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43).… Read More

A Teaching Moment on ‘Pay As You Throw’ Recycling Policy in Connecticut

Neil Seldman ILSR’s co-founder and director of its Waste to Wealth Initiative, quoted in Falls River Herald News on unit pricing of solid waste and recycling: Stands corrected. Seldman stated that he was not aware of any community that ended its Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program when interviewed by Herald News reporter Jo C. Goode. After the interview he learned of one such community, East Lyme, Conn.… Read More

In the Finger Lakes of New York, a Garbage Incinerator Proposal Comes Under Fire

Date: 8 Jun 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 15th, 2018 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying that the proposed incinerator plan is, “not consistent with my administration’s goals for protecting our public health, our environment, and our thriving agriculture-based economy in the Finger Lakes.”… Read More

Working Partner Update: Zero Waste Wales

Date: 25 May 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Mal Williams, our friend and Zero Waste campaigner representing the Zero Waste International Trust, based in Cardiff, Wales, UK is updating William Shakespeare for modern times, “The fault is not in our stars, or China. But in ourselves.” In a response to a surge in alerts, opinions, videos against the ‘plastic plague’ and the way we simply discard this ubiquitous material, Mal wants us to keep our eyes on the prize: Recycling and zero waste worldwide is part of a change to a new world where we take great care of our habitat, not just one material as important as that material may be.… Read More

Working to Keep the Waste Stream Local & End Incineration in Baltimore

Date: 17 May 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is assisting its working partners in an important campaign to stop Baltimore from sending its garbage to a privately-owned garbage incinerator, Wheelabrator Baltimore. ILSR joins United Workers, Energy Justice Network, and the Baltimore City Council in a strategy that includes passing more stringent air pollution regulations needed on the aging incinerator – more stringent than what is allowed by the state. Maryland is one of the few states in the US that allows local jurisdictions this right.… Read More

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