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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff 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 Nov 1, 2016

Statements on Extended Producer Responsibility in Europe

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

Urban Ore, the material recovery enterprise in Berkeley, CA, and ILSR have been working partners for over 30 years. In recent years our collaboration has focused on the effort to substitute corporate dominated Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for our current recycling sector players comprised of diverse interests including organized citizens, environmental groups, haulers, processors, manufacturers,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Review of the “Facts” that Guide Waste Management, Inc.’s CEO

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-increases-economic-value-contrary-to-waste-managements-commentary/

The CEO of Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) commented to CNBC that, based on the facts, glass and organics should not be collected because they lack economic value for shareholders. In a related panel discussion, the need for top-down legislation to help recycling was deemed unnecessary. Accordingly, WMI is reducing its investments in recycling. “As profits in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016

Murray J. Fox, The “Johnny Appleseed” of U.S. Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/murray-j-fox-the-johnny-appleseed-of-u-s-recycling/

In my career of five decades of working in the recycling field for ILSR there is only one person I consider a true “Johnny Appleseed of Recycling” in the U.S.  His name is Murray J. Fox and he remains a sage of recycling, whose own history provides insight into today’s policies and issues. He never… Continue reading

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filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2016

Fixing the Future in Sweden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fixing-the-future-in-sweden/

Sweden will try to assist companies that aim to repair products by exempting those services from the Value Added Tax (VAT).  If legislation submitted recently by the Social Democrat and Green party coalition is enacted, the tax will be cut to 12% from 25% under the proposal. “We believe that this could substantially lower the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2016

Gay Gordon-Byrne on the Right to Repair

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/gay-gordon-byrne-on-the-right-to-repair/

The right to repair computers and related machines is one answer to the growth of E-Scrap in the U.S. waste stream. ILSR’s working partner, Gay Gordon-Byrne (Executive Director of The Repair Association), was interviewed for a feature article that was published in Waste Dive on September 14, 2016. Read the full story here.   Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2016

Eureka Recycling: Efficient, Cost Effective and Socially Beneficial Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eureka-recycling-efficient-cost-effective-and-socially-beneficial-recycling/

Grassroots recycling companies were a critical link in the United States as the transition from the drop off recycling centers that sprung up after Earth Day in 1970 and municipal curbside service that emerged in the mid 1970s. Non-profit and for profit enterprises demonstrated the feasibility of curbside collection and by the mid 1980s municipal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2016

Sweden is not recycling 99% of its waste.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sweden-is-not-recycling-99-of-its-waste/

In a recent article from Lloyd Alter in Treehugger.com, he notes that Sweden may be sending amount of waste to their landfills, but the fact is “they incinerate about 50 percent of their waste to make heat and energy. And even in their own website, they admit that is not the best approach, that it… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2016

Prince George’s County Has Officially Declined To Move Forward With Garbage Incineration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/prince-georges-county-has-officially-declined-to-move-forward-with-garbage-incineration/

Prince George’s County has officially declined to move forward with garbage incineration as part of its future solid waste and recycling management system. On 9 August, the County notified all bidders that it has “determined that the project may not be in the best interest of the County at this time.” Robin Lewis of Don’t… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2016

HERC’s Emissions and Toxic Ash Make it a Far Cry from Best Practices in Dealing with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/hercs-emissions-and-toxic-ash-make-it-a-far-cry-from-best-practices-in-dealing-with-trash/

MinnPost – August 1, 2016 The HERC garbage incinerator is not the best solution to Hennepin County’s trash problem — far from it. While the county is doing well at 46 percent recycling, composting and reuse, it is far from the best practices in cities and counties across the country that have moved to 70… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2016

Zero Waste to Landfill?

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

All incinerators need landfills despite the myth of “zero waste to landfill” put forward by garbage incineration proponents. Citizens in Saugus, MA, have been trying to close an ash landfill for 14 years. The need to expand the facility to take more incinerator ash gives them a new opportunity. Zero waste sends less materials to… Continue reading