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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 Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2017

Guangdong Protesters Hail Victory As Government Backs Down on Incinerator Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/guangdong-protesters-hail-victory-as-government-backs-down-on-incinerator-plan/

After mass citizen protests in China’s Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province,  government officials vowed on Wednesday to cancel plans for a waste incinerator plant. Here’s the story, reproduced from Radio Free Asia: Guangdong Protesters Hail Victory As Government Backs Down on Incinerator Plan Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong vowed on Wednesday to cancel… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Homeboy Recycling, A California Social Purpose Enterprise

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/homeboy-recycling-a-california-social-purpose-enterprise/

Today Homeboy Recycling operates an electronic recycling enterprise that is part of the state’s Advanced Disposal Fee system for e scrap (SEE, ilsr.org/working-partner-update-tracking-history-and-developments-in-u-s-e-scrap.). Upon purchase of electronic products in the state, the consumer pays an addition fee to a state run fund that reimburses companies for handling any covered items under the California Electronic Waste… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

City of Frederick Key to Recycling in Frederick County, Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/city-of-frederick-key-to-recycling-in-frederick-county-maryland/

Twelve and a half years ago, Frederick County proposed to build a 1,500 ton-per-day garbage incinerator to manage its waste. The County was forced to kill the proposal 2.5 years ago when organized citizens pointed out the financial risks. The City of Frederick, with 70,000 of the County’s 250,000 population, its own collection crews, landfill… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

ILSR’s response to Washington Times Article: A more complete assessment of burning garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-response-to-washington-times-article-a-more-complete-assessment-of-burning-garbage/

The Washington Times – May 5th, 2017 Trash burning costly, polluting By Neil Seldman Rather than provide an article on burning garbage for energy, The Washington Times chose to publish what was essentially a press release from a garbage-incineration company (“The many benefits of ‘turning trash to power,’” Web, May 1). The article praises a… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

ILSR Testimony on Cuts in DC’s Recycling Budget: Poor Timing in the Face of Opportunities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-testimony-on-cuts-in-dcs-recycling-budget-poor-timing-in-the-face-of-opportunities/

Letter submitted to Washington D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh: May 4, 2017 Dear Council Member Mary Cheh, Unfortunately I was not available to testify in person on the fiscal budget for 2018 budget for recycling. I hope you will consider my comments on the recycling component of that budget. ILSR is opposed to the Mayor’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2017

Two Alerts from Global Anti-Incineration Alliance, May 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/two-alerts-from-global-anti-incineration-alliance-may-2017/

Opposition to credits for burning garbage California Assembly Bill 655 (AB 655) would allow the state’s waste incinerators to qualify as renewable energy, giving these polluting facilities a financial bailout. The state RPS will not work if it includes facilities that create pollution. See http://www.no-burn.org/oppose-california-ab-655-no-rps-for-burning-waste/.   California’s carpet recycling law California’s Carpet Stewardship Law is the first… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2017

Large Incinerator Being Fought in Puerto Rico

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/incinerator-being-fought-in-puerto-rico/

Claims of Corruption and Danger to the Island from Garbage Incinerator Planned for Arecibo The Coalition of Anti-Incineration Organizations (prohibidoincinerar.org, Facebook, & Twitter) is battling against a ‘mega incinerator’ similar to the one proposed for the Curtis Bay community in Baltimore. (See, Activists Win The Day: Huge Grassroots Victory Over Curtis Bay Incinerator) Like the… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2017

Garbage Incineration in the People’s Republic of China

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/garbage-incineration-in-the-peoples-republic-of-china/

Lawsuits and protest demonstrations confront proposed garbage incinerators in China as they have around the world from the US to the Philippines, to India, to Mexico. According to the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, China will be experiencing more anti garbage incineration activism as officials plan to burn 1/3 of the country’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Alert From California Coalition Opposed to Plastic Industry Recycling Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alert-from-california-coalition-opposed-to-plastic-industry-recycling-program/

Say NO! To AB 1659: California Legislation Proposed by Manufacturers of Plastic Products ILSR has joined California allies opposed to plastic industry sponsored recycling Bill 1659. The bill proposes meek solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the urban, rural and ocean environments. Among the concerns of the coalition1 are: AB 1659 only… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2017

Working Partner Update: DC Environmental Network

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

The DC Environmental Network reports on the budget implications for recycling in Washington, DC and  vows to make changes. See DCEN director Chris Weiss’ report:   Mayor Bowser Cuts Recycling Budget! April 17, 2017 DC Environmental Network: Last Wednesday, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN), DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), and District Department of Public Works… Continue reading