Connecticut Legislators Say “No” to Turn Local Recycling Over to Beverage Companies

Date: 13 Feb 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite several years of efforts by the Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment (DEEP) and non-profit organizations promoting Extended Producer Responsibility for paper, packaging and plastic (EPR-PPP) the proposal was defeated. A task force created by Connecticut’s General Assembly to reduce consumer packaging waste released its final report and voted 6-3 against endorsing the measure which … Read More

Working Partner Update: Tracking History and Developments in U.S. E-Scrap

An Interview with Jim Lynch, Senior Staff Writer, TechSoup.org. TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1987 to provide donated and discounted mainstream software, IT equipment and technical assistance to 501c3 organizations, foundations, public libraries and churches in the US and overseas. Over one million organizations benefit from participating in TechSoup’s network, 250,000 … Read More

WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

Date: 17 Aug 2015 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public control … Read More

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of EPR … Read More

Is the $236 Billion Recycling Sector Threatened by a Hostile Takeover?

Date: 8 Jul 2013 | posted in: Press Release, waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For decades the US recycling movement has fought garbage incinerators that threatened to smother it in its infancy. Indeed, recycling is now a $300 billion industry in large part because of the success of a broad grassroots movement in halting the construction of hundreds of new incinerators. But, according to a policy review by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the specter of a revived incineration industry is again threatening the recycling industry and, ironically, this threat is being enabled by the application of new environmental strategy intended to increase re-use and recycling: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In British Columbia, for example, the EPR program has embraced the construction of three new incinerators.… Read More

ILSR Joins Zero Waste Committee

Date: 12 Nov 2012 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Neil Seldman, ILSR’s president and recycling-based economic development technical assistance provider, has accepted an invitation to serve as advisor to the Sierra Club’s National Zero Waste Committee. Seldman has worked extensively with local Sierra Club chapters throughout the US for over 30 years. Seldman will serve on the garbage incineration, extended producer responsibility (EPR), and economic … Read More

Letter to the Editor: EPR Debate Needs Some Perspective

Date: 3 Sep 2012 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Published in Waste & Recycling News, print edition  Please keep Waste & Recycling news reporter Shawn Wright assigned to cover the important extended producer responsibility (EPR) debate, such as in his story, “Study shows landfilled resources worth billions,” WRN, Aug. 6. His article is the first I have seen that approaches the subject in a balanced … Read More

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