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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2017

Maryland Moving to Cut Emissions from BRESCO Trash Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-moving-to-cut-emissions-from-bresco-trash-incinerator/

Baltimore Sun Agrees: Baltimore Deserves Better Than the BRESCO Incinerator. Last year, the garbage incinerator located in downtown Baltimore burned 700,000 tons of municipal solid waste from the city and surrounding jurisdictions; 161,000 came from residents and businesses in Baltimore. 1,100 tons of nitrous oxides were released from BRESCO. Even more alarming, these nitrous oxides… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

If You Study Garbage You Will Not Be Unemployed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/if-you-study-garbage-you-will-not-be-unemployed/

In 2000-2001, the Hartford, CT Housing Authority was the first in the nation to make building deconstruction required under its HUD HOPE VI grant to demolish the sprawling Stowe Village Public Housing Project. The project was a component of the Authority’s innovative Family Reunification program. Ten unemployed Black and Latino men and women were trained… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2017

What is Baltimore’s Garbage Future? Economic and Public Health Considerations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-is-baltimores-garbage-future-economic-and-public-health-considerations/

The city of Baltimore, its citizens, and its businesses should pay close attention to solid waste and recycling management; it impacts the city’s economic bottom line and its public health. Costs Baltimore’s system for managing waste and recycling is well within the acceptable operational and cost parameters for cities in the mid-Atlantic region. Waste is… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2017

How Baltimore can kick the landfill, littering and incinerating habit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-baltimore-can-kick-the-landfill-littering-and-incinerating-habit/

Baltimore Brew – May 30, 2017 Written by Neil Seldman Strewn in streets and alleys. Dumped in a landfill. Burned in an incinerator and, ultimately, inhaled by residents. About 20% of Baltimore’s residential trash is recycled. That’s extremely low compared to the 35% national average for cities. Some jurisdictions have achieved 50% and 60%. West… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2017

Baltimore’s Camp Small Zero Waste Initiative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/baltimores-camp-small-zero-waste-initiative/

Since 2016, Shaun Preston, a native of Anne Arundel County, has been operating a unique city-owned wood enterprise at Camp Small in north Baltimore. The enterprise, the result of collaboration between the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Division of Forestry and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, is designed to reduce city expenses managing wood waste,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost – Episode 19 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-19-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR’s Project Manager for the Composting for Community initiative, Linda Bilsens, sit down with composters Sophia Hosain and Guy Schaffer to discuss how their composting projects are… Continue reading

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/nsr-master-composter-course-bmore-fall-2016/

The City of Baltimore is dedicated to developing sustainable local food systems by encouraging urban farming. Compost is an important ingredient for filtering and immobilizing pollutants from our soils. ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative is proud to help support the City’s food growing goals by partnering with ECO City Farms, Civic Works’ Real Food Farms, and Urban Farm Plans by bringing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community! Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2017

Report: Why Should Baltimore Recycle More?

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

There are two primary reasons why Baltimore should invest in more recycling. Establishing high recycling levels will position the city’s residents and businesses for the future, when the costs of incineration and landfill will be more expensive. The city could save citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars by shrinking its waste stream for the next generation. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Brenda Platt Interviewed on Marc Steiner Show’s “Sound Bites: Food Waste and Recovery”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-interviewed-on-marc-steiner-show-sound-bites-food-waste-and-recovery/

The Marc Steiner Show – March 2, 2017

ILSR co-director and Waste to Wealth initiative director was interviewed on WEAA 88.9 FM’s March Steiner Show on March 2nd, 2017 to discuss food waste recovery. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Bike-Powered Food Scrap Collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bike-powered-food-scrap-collection/

As part of ILSR’s collaboration with the Chesapeake Youth Development Center to launch a bike-powered food scrap collection service in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood of Baltimore, ILSR interviewed 17 owners and founders of bike-powered collection services in 11 states. Read our article, Bike Powered Food Scraps Collection in the January 2017 issue of BioCycle Magazine. Continue reading