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Neil Seldman Advocates for Common Terminology Around Recycling Policy

Date: 27 Mar 2020 | posted in: Media Coverage, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Neil Seldman

March 27, 2020

Media Outlet: Waste Dive

In Waste Dive, ILSR’s Neil Seldman argues for common terminology in order to facilitate more productive conversations around recycling policy and the public good.

Here’s an excerpt:

In hindsight, past policy priorities — waste-to-energy, single-stream recycling, and long distance hauling to MRFs — were bad investments. [Extended producer responsibility] for packaging, paper and plastic products presents itself as a panacea for ailing cities. Yet in blurring its intent, officials and the public are missing out on an an alternative to assigning the entire recycling sector to brand name corporations that have vested interests directly opposed to the public good.

Here is an attempt to have a common definition of terms, so that discussions can be more fruitful and less confusing. Hopefully this will lead to a new consensus on best next steps.

Read the full story here.

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