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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 Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2016

A Response to Anti Recycling Ideology

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-response-to-anti-recycling-ideology/

I think the writers who periodically “trash” recycling as ‘broken’, ‘wasteful’, ‘outweigh the benefits’ are secretly in love with recycling. They write their pieces in order to give recyclers a chance to respond with proper answers on a broader platform. Bob Gedert’s article ‘National Recycling Coalition Sets the Record Straight’ (NRC News, January 7, 2016)… Continue reading

Strategies for Waste Reduction of Debris from Buildings
Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2016

Zero Waste: A Short History and Program Description

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-waste-a-short-history-and-program-description/

Origins In the last 20 years, No Waste, a simple term expressing the aspirations of recycling activists, became Zero Waste and a social movement bearing that name quickly took root in the USA, Europe, Asia and the entire globe. In 1995, Dr. Daniel Knapp of Urban Ore, Berkeley, CA[1] traveled to and toured Australia for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2016

DC Department of Public Works Gets Waste Diversion staff

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dc-department-of-public-works-gets-waste-diversion-staff/

ILSR is working closely with the newly appointed Waste Diversion staff of the DC Department of Public Works (DPW). The Waste Diversion staff was hired under provisions of the new solid waste law which ILSR and the DC environmental community sponsored in 2015. Annie White has been appointed by DPW as Manager of the Office… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2016

Update on Houston One Bin System Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/update-on-houston-one-bin-system-plan/

Melanie Scruggs of the Texas Campaign for the Environment provides this update on developments in Houston.   “The new Houston mayor will NOT pursue the dirty MRF program that may have included gasification or pyrolysis! The (national anti incineration) network has been indispensable in what we hope is a close victory.” Recent news on the issue:… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2015

Protests and Arrests In Baltimore Over Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/protests-and-arrests-in-baltimore-over-garbage-incinerator/

We pass along media coverage of the dramatic community protests at the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore, MD, on December 15, 2015. Citizens demanded that the Department rescind permits for a 4,000 ton per day garbage incinerator. United Workers Photo Gallery: 7 Arrested Demanding State Revoke Permit for New Baltimore Incinerator– Real News… Continue reading

Strategies for Waste Reduction of Debris from Buildings
Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2015

Cortland’s rejection of ash-for-trash deal will hurt Onondaga County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cortlands-rejection-of-ash-for-trash-deal-will-hurt-onondaga-county/

For the past three years, residents of Syracuse and Onondaga County, NY, have sent only 315,000 tons of garbage to the County’s garbage incineration plant. There has been less trash generated in the county and recycling programs have become more effective. Unless the tonnage sent to the plant increases the county  will incur a penalty… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2015

This Japanese Town Shows How ‘Zero Waste’ Is Done

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/this-japanese-town-shows-how-zero-waste-is-done/

Zero Waste (90% or more diversion from incineration and landfill) is a concept and a practical approach to managing the valuable materials in waste streams across the globe. Kamikatsu, Japan, with 1,700 residents, declared for Zero Waste in 2003 as an alternative to open burning of garbage. They are now at 80% diversion. Read the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2015

End Year Update on the Lifecycle Building Center

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

In its short four years of operation, the non-profit Lifecycle Building Center in Atlanta has diverted 500 tons of reusable building materials from area landfills. Thousands of dollars worth of flooring, plumbing fixtures, ceiling tiles, doors and more to an array of 60 non-profit organizations. Churches, schools, animal shelters and a non-profit land trust all… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2015

Curtis Bay Fending off Proposed Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/curtis-bay-fending-off-proposed-garbage-incinerator/

Citizens of Curtis Bay in south Baltimore are fending off  a 4,000 ton per day garbage incinerator proposed for their community of 15,000 residents already subjected to heavy industrial pollution.  The plant, which would burn garbage from outside the city will contribute 240 lbs of mercury and 1,000 lbs of lead to the air annually…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2015

Paul Connett’s Zero Waste and Anti Incineration Presentation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/paul-connetts-zero-waste-and-anti-incineration-presentation/

Paul Connett is a zero waste super star.  A trained chemist, Paul threw himself into the anti garbage incineration movement while teaching as a chemistry professor at Lawrence University in Canton, NY.  Now retired he travels constantly to garbage trouble spots, teaching, inspiring, singing and entertaining audiences around the globe. He is author of, “The… Continue reading