When widespread rollbacks in recycling programs throughout Hawaii led to renewed calls for waste-to-energy, Recycle Hawaii commissioned ILSR to analyze the status of technologies promoted as environmentally friendly. This memorandum highlights the findings of that analysis, which drew on the expertise of specialists familiar with pyrolysis and gasification technologies and also reviewed relevant trends as a means to create a context for Hawaii-based policy makers. ILSR found that both gasification and pyrolysis have failed to live up to the promise of a cost effective and nonpolluting technology.… Read More
On May 18, citizens in Waukesha County, WI will have one final opportunity to comment on a highly controversial effort to move a hazardous waste landfill at a hearing to be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.… Read More
The goal of needed infrastructure investment in recycling can be accomplished without undermining local control. “Municipal Stewardship EPR” is a clear option for making progress toward Zero Waste.… Read More
Several U.S. cities have new building deconstruction initiatives. These programs have several benefits, including reducing the amount of demolition waste that ends up in landfills and, whenever possible, reusing materials from buildings that need to be torn down.… Read More
Anti Incineration Updates from Montgomery County, MD + Carroll County, MD + Hartford, CT + Springfield, MA + Cork Harbour, Ireland + Jeffrey Morris on the Cost of Incineration + Paul Connett on Video… Read More
In a new article published in Waste360, Neil Seldman notes that, when it comes to recycling and waste management, bigger isn’t better. To make a comeback, we need to “relocalize the recycling system in the U.S.”… Read More
The Break Free from Plastic Bill seeks to address the problems of air, water and soil pollution from plastic waste. But to do this, it includes Extended Producer Responsibility provisions that would force communities to cede control over their local recycling industries to the same large corporations that are responsible for designing and promoting the waste-generating products and packages.
The Institute for Local Self- Reliance and Zero Waste USA have just sent a letter to ask President Biden and Vice President Harris to establish policies and programs for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting that will stem climate disruption, address racial justice, and create thousands of jobs throughout the country. … Read More
The role of the ReUse Corridor has been to reverse the traditional linear investment in solid waste management that drains the potential resources of the Appalachian Region. Centered on the eight counties surrounding Athens (Hopkins County) in southern Ohio, including communities in Kentucky and West Virginia, the strength of the ReUse Corridor concept and practice is to restore access to and control over the resources that are now filling up local landfills and incinerators at great cost.
The Zero Waste program is based on sharing facilities, transportation and market information for recyclable and compostable materials and repaired products.… Read More