Director of the Waste to Wealth initiative, Neil Seldman, was interviewed in Waste Dive about how cities and counties can be the primary drivers of recycling market development rather than their federal counterparts.… Read More
Neil Seldman was recently interviewed by Waste Dive on cities and counties as the primary drivers of recycling market development. This is a follow up post containing additional information relevant to the interview.
Urban Ore is a material recovery enterprise that began in 1980 as a scavenging organization at the Berkeley dump, three years before the balefill closed forever. Urban Ore had no capital and no financial support; just permission to salvage and sell … Read More
Peak Plastic provides rational and doable steps to both control the hemorrhaging of plastic into the environment and tame the material so that the natural world and this unique material can live side by side. The rise of open source manufacturing is in sight. Hopes for this future are based on the emergence of an open source system that will inform organized citizens, government agencies and private firms… Read More
If you read accounts of recycling in the mass media, you may be convinced that recycling is on its deathbed after a 45-year run. Reality is more complex and more encouraging. Recycling is not dying. The recycling movement born in the late 1960s and joined by the anti-garbage incineration movement in the late 1970s has captured the hearts and minds of the U.S. public and it is not losing ground. What is challenging is the recycling model offered by consolidated garbage hauling companies. Actual recycling is about to get a big stimulus from the recent restrictions on exporting materials to China. Recycling is reacting to a crisis that is not of its own making but for which it has solutions.… Read More
For recycling to break through the 35 percent recycling level, where we have stagnated for a decade, private and municipal investments need to focus on infrastructure that has a proven track record. These include investment in dual stream and properly scaled single stream processing, distributed composting, unit pricing and repair and reuse infrastructures.… Read More