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.
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