ILSR Submits Testimony in Favor of Maryland Anti-Styrofoam Bill

On February 15th, 2017, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation conducted a hearing on House Bill 229: “Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale.” The legislation, which was introduced by Maryland Delegate Brooke Lierman (District 46), seeks to ban polystyrene (otherwise known as styrofoam) food service products due to its adverse impacts on disposal, the waste stream generally, and the environment.… Read More

Community Composters Gather at Conference in Los Angeles

Date: 10 Feb 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum, January 2017, made clear that community composters serve an integral and unique role in both the broader composting industry and the sustainable food movement. … Read More

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation (Episode 11)

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.… Read More

Resources from Cultivating Community Composting Workshop and Forum

Date: 9 Feb 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2017 was the fourth national forum sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle. See the presentations that the speakers brought with them to the events.… Read More

Press Release: Brenda Platt Receives Major Composting Award for Grassroots Advocacy

Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) co-director and director of ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, was honored on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, with the US Composting Council’s prestigious H. Clark Gregory Award, “for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.” The award came at the closing ceremony of the US Composting Council’s annual conference, this year held in Los Angeles.… Read More

Official Agendas Available, Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Date: 13 Jan 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is releasing the agenda for the Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum. See the agendas here.… Read More

IREX Scholars’ Exit Interview – International Community Composting

Between mid-August and early December the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted two International Research and Exchange (IREX) fellows. To celebrate our fellows’ work with us, ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman interview both Md. Monirul Islam (from Bangladesh) and Wisdom Nyondoh (from … Read More

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Strategic Plan to Advance Composting

Date: 10 Jan 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 28th, 2016, Montgomery County’s chief executive Isiah Leggett signed the “Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use, and Food Waste Diversion in Montgomery County,” culminating a process that was in-the-works for much of 2016.

The law, which is available here, requires Montgomery County’s Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) to “develop a Strategic Plan to advance composting, compost use, and food waste diversion” by October 1st, 2017. The law also required the DEP to submit an annual report each year documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the plan.… Read More

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