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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 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

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2016

Technology Industry Kills Right to Repair Bill in New York State Senate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/%ef%bb%bftechnology-industry-kills-right-to-repair-bill-in-new-york-state-senate/

If your cell phone or computer has broken down recently, you may have noticed how hard it is to get repaired. Manufacturer repair services (think the Apple Genius Bar) are often so expensive that it makes sense to buy a new product rather than get it repaired. If you want to fix your electronics yourself,… Continue reading

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

Community Forklift: A Blueprint for Reuse Success

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-forklift-a-blueprint-for-reuse-success/

Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center located just outside Washington, D.C. , in Edmonston, Maryland, is notable for its rapid growth and relative financial success in an industry where profits are often elusive. Specializing in appliances and salvaged building materials, the center was founded in November 2005 with four employees and has since grown to… Continue reading

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

Recent Developments in the World of Mattresses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recent-developments-in-the-world-of-mattresses/

ILSR long term working partner Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County, OR, has added another program to expand its role as refurbisher and recycler of old mattresses through a unique arrangement to distribute mattresses manufactured by Boston based Tempur-Pedic Company to needy families. From 2015 Annual Report of Saint Vincent De Paul, Lane County,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2016

The Repurpose Project– Building Community Through Reuse

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-repurpose-project-building-community-through-reuse/

Old art supplies and materials from deconstructed buildings may be unwanted by traditional thrift stores, but the Repurpose Project of Gainesville, Florida, gladly accepts them. The decision to accept and sell such a wide range of items at this creative reuse center generates a lot of work for employees and volunteers, but benefits the surrounding… Continue reading