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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2017

What To Do About Germany’s Packaging Explosion?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-to-do-about-germanys-packaging-explosion/

A business report from the German group Deutsche Welle paints a very confusing picture for those looking at Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for paper, packaging and products, or PPP, in US. Does EPR in Germany, the leader in EPR policy for the past three decades, work?

The original report from Deutsche Welle is available here.

According to a study by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germans produce more packaging per capita (1.3 lbs. per day) than any other European country. Companies are actually making more money by using more packaging. Stephan Gabriel Haufe, German Environment Minister, announced that new packaging laws would provide stronger incentives to manufacturers to redesign and reduce packaging and better incentives for recovery of beverage containers.

Some companies can easily comply with new regulations as they have cut packaging by 20% on their own. What are we to make of this information? Apparently under the founding EPR system:

  • There has been no redesign of packaging.
  • There has been an increase in packaging.
  • There has been an increase in incineration capacity.
  • There has been a decline in refillable bottles and deposits.

The list is a fit, if not complete, summary of the critique of EPR – PPP in the US. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Working Partner Update: The Reuse People

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-the-reuse-people/

Our partners at The Reuse People have been busy with the growth of the reuse movement. Here’s a recent update from their president, Ted Rieff: The Repair Movement Boosts Reuse by Ted Rieff There’s a worldwide “repair movement” underway. That’s a fact I didn’t know until very recently, when a reader sent me several news… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2016

Webinar: Crowdfunding for Community Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/webinar-crowdfunding-for-community-composting/

On March 22, 2016 Brenda Platt was joined by Dustin Fedako of Compost Pedallers and Ethany Uttech of Ioby to talk about best practices for community composting. Below is the link to the recording, please pass it along to whomever you think would benefit from the conversation. If you’d like to be updated on ILSR… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2017

Waste to Wealth, 2016 in Review

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-to-wealth-2016-in-review/

Now that 2016 is firmly in the rearview mirror, we are looking back at some of the great work that we did in our Waste to Wealth initiative during the year. We’ve broken down some of our top content into the two active categories of our initiative: Composting Makes Sense & Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2015

WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/epr-webinar/

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public… Continue reading