Resource Management in the State of Delaware

ILSR’s 2007 Report to the Delaware State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) presents an approach for changing solid waste management to resource management in this small Mid-Atlantic state. ILSR recommends a surcharge to finance infrastructure development for the public and private sectors. The $6 per ton surcharge would raise $20 million in 6 … Read More

Bye Bye Petro-Plastics, Hello Compostable Bioplastics?

Date: 13 Jul 2006 | posted in: biomaterials, Composting, plastics, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR launches its Sustainable Plastics Project, which is exploring the potential of bio-based and compostable plastics to substitute for harmful petroleum-based products and packaging. See ILSR’s article, “Crops Into Plastics: How emerging bioplastic technology could impact the waste stream” Waste Age (July 2006). In June 2006, the Oakland, California City Council passed an ordinance banning polystyrene … Read More

The Paradigm Shift in NYC’s Solid Waste Management

Citizen Perseverance Pays Off; Still a Way to Go for a Zero Waste City By Neil Seldman and Kelly Lease Neil Seldman is Director of the Waste to Wealth Program and Kelly Lease is the program’s Senior Research Associate at ILSR. Seldman is a co-founder of the National Recycling Coalition and the GrassRoots Recycling Network. Please … Read More

Record Setting Recycling and Composting Programs

Date: 14 Jan 2002 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Twenty years ago, many solid waste planners thought no more than 15% to 20% of the municipal waste stream could be recycled. ILSR’s 1988 publication, Beyond 25%: Materials Recovery Age Comes of Age, shattered this myth. It featured 15 communities recycling 25% or more of their residential and commercial/institutional discards. Our 1991 report Beyond 40%: Record-Setting … Read More

Office Building Models

Mini Trash Bins Help Office Settings Reduce Waste 50 Percent and More by Brenda Platt 2000Taking away people’s trash cans to reduce office waste is a novel concept-a concept that is spreading and resulting in high waste diversion. The heart of the system is making employees responsible for their trash by replacing their deskside trash can … Read More

Apartment Building Programs

Recycling in Multi-Family Dwellings by Kelly Lease 2000This case study, prepared for the California Integrated Waste Management Board, features programs and policies to encourage recycling in multi-family dwellings. It documents programs in Central Costa Contra, Davis, and Malibu (CA) as well as examples from across the U.S. Complex Recycling Issues: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction in … Read More

Food Scrap Recovery

Food Waste Recovery by Brenda Platt, 2000 This case study, prepared for the California Integrated Waste Management Board, features food recovery initiatives in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz County. It details collection systems for the commercial and institutional sector, collection of residential food discards with yard trimmings, and on-site composting of private sector food scraps. … Read More

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