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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

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

Maryland Considers Bill to Require Study of Organics Processing Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maryland-considers-bill-to-require-study-of-organics-processing-infrastructure/

WasteDive – February 6, 2017

Based on an executive order from former Governor Martin O’Malley, Maryland has a goal of diverting 60% if its organic waste by 2020. This is part of a larger goal of reaching 85% waste diversion and 80% recycling by 2040, which has been supported by current Governor Larry Hogan. According to a recent report, the state has an estimated 30 years of remaining landfill capacity and its per capita generation rate is higher than the national average. MDE could technically conduct this study at any time — and advised legislative staff that the proposed bill could be implemented using existing resources — but formally requiring it is seen as a necessary step. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

Montgomery County, Maryland Passes Strategic Plan to Advance Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/montgomery-county-maryland-2016-legislation/

On November 28th, 2016, Montgomery County’s chief executive Isiah Leggett signed the “Strategic Plan to Advance Composting, Compost Use, and Food Waste Diversion in Montgomery County,” culminating a process that was in-the-works for much of 2016.

The law, which is available here, requires Montgomery County’s Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) to “develop a Strategic Plan to advance composting, compost use, and food waste diversion” by October 1st, 2017. The law also required the DEP to submit an annual report each year documenting progress towards achieving the goals of the plan. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 2017

Next frontier in recycling: food

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/next-frontier-in-recycling-food/

The Christian Science Monitor – January 1, 2017 by Lonnie Shekhtman UPPER MARLBORO, MD. — At the end of a long, rural road 22 miles east of Washington, Prince George’s County’s composting facility is chewing through thousands of tons of leaves and tree branches that are trucked in daily from across the region. In the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2016

The Not-So-Great Side Effect Of Your Sheet-Mask Addiction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-not-so-great-side-effect-of-your-sheet-mask-addiction/

Refinery29 – November 12, 2016 by Fawnia Soo Hoo Don’t let the unseasonal heat wave fool you — winter is, eventually, coming. That means it’s time to stock up on those hydrating and repairing products. One of the most effective ones out there? Sheet masks. But as we drench our faces in donkey milk or… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2016

Brenda Platt Speaks to San Diego Food Waste Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speaks-to-san-diego-food-waste-summit/

On September 27th, Brenda Platt presented “Composting to Build Local Equity” at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Summit 2 in San Diego. Brenda outlined the benefits of composting and the importance of a distributed infrastructure in order to build local soils, local businesses, local jobs, and local equity. Her remarks set the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2016

Compost Combats Desertification: Download New Poster

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

June 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification. In 1994, the United Nations declared June 17th the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue. While the UN focuses on those countries experiencing serious drought or desertification, particularly in Africa, the United States is not immune. “The dust storms… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2016

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 on your daily life! 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! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL WEB-OPTIMIZED GRAPHIC… Continue reading

Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2016

The Benefits of Composting & Compost Use

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

Composting and compost use have numerous benefits in addition to green job creation and reducing the amount of waste destined for landfills and incinerators. At the same time we throw away tons of food scraps and yard trimmings, our soils are eroding and losing nutrients, while damaging receiving waters. Excess fertilizers from farms and suburban… Continue reading