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ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Maryland’s ‘zero waste’ plan has been scrapped — and maybe that’s OK

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/marylands-zero-waste-plan-has-been-scrapped-and-maybe-thats-ok/

Waste Dive – July 5, 2017 Written by Cole Rosengren Maryland’s “zero waste” plan came to an unceremonious end last week, and so far, even avowed “zero waste” supporters don’t seem to mind. Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to repeal the 2015 “zero waste” executive order put in place by his predecessor, Martin O’Malley, came as a surprise. An editorial in The… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2017

UPDATE: Maryland Gov. Hogan signs 2 bills to increase focus on organics processing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/update-maryland-gov-hogan-signs-2-bills-to-increase-focus-on-organics-processing/

Waste Dive – May 7, 2017 By Cole Rosengren UPDATE: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills on May 4 that were supported by local organics processors and groups such as the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The first, HB0171, takes effect on July 1 and will require the Maryland Department of the Environment to study existing organics processing… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

Press Release: Maryland Governor Hogan Signs ILSR-led Bipartisan Bills to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-maryland-governor-hogan-signs-ilsr-led-bipartisan-bills-to-advance-composting/

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, May 4th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed two bills to advance composting in Maryland. One will bolster recovery of food waste and other organic materials by expanding infrastructure in the state. The other will reduce contamination at compost sites by preventing the false labeling of plastics as compostable or biodegradable. In signing the bills, which were among dozens of environmental bills passed by the Maryland legislature in 2017, Governor Hogan thanked the state’s elected officials for the real bipartisan effort in passing laws to “protect our soil, our air, and our water… and grow the investment in jobs in our state.”

HB171/SB99, the “Yard Waste and Food Residuals Diversion and Infrastructure Act,” requires the Maryland Department of the Environment to study and report on existing compost manufacturing infrastructure in Maryland, as well as laws in other states that divert food scraps and organics, and to then recommend how to improve infrastructure and funding opportunities to expand composting in the Maryland. The bill requires the Department to consult with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, along with a number of ILSR’s allies including the MD-DC Compost Council, the American Biogas Council, the Maryland Horse Council, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Press Release: Composting Builds Soil Health, Earth Day 2017 Resources Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-composting-builds-soil-health-earth-day-2017-resources-available/

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first Earth Day in 1970 sparked not only the beginning of the environmental movement, but also the birth of the modern recycling movement. Today, recycling of paper, bottles, and cans is the norm, but food waste recovery remains paltry. Less than 5% of food thrown away is recovered. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), almost half of typical garbage could be converted into compost (Source: ILSR’s Infographic).

Compost is recognized for its ability to enhance soil fertility, soil water holding capacity, and soil carbon storage. To celebrate Earth Day 2017, ILSR has released a series of posters illustrating these benefits, along with other resources to spur community scale composting projects. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

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

Composting protects the soil and climate while creating jobs. Learn how in our series of posters, available in a variety of formats for easy sharing and distribution. Each poster is available for your use (with attribution to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance) so you can educate your community about the benefits of composting. All posters are… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

Infographic: Compost Impacts More Than You Think

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

From healthy soils, to good local jobs, we bet you didn’t know that compost can have such an impact! So think twice before you throw away your compostable food scraps… because one person’s trash is another’s black gold. Please help us spread the word! You can view the individual infographic sections here, but below is… 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

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation – Episode 11 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/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

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. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/release-platt-grassroots-award/

LOS ANGELES – Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) co-director and director of ILSR’s Waste to Wealth initiative, was honored on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, with the US Composting Council’s prestigious H. Clark Gregory Award, “for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.” Continue reading