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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 | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Review of the “Facts” that Guide Waste Management, Inc.’s CEO

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-increases-economic-value-contrary-to-waste-managements-commentary/

The CEO of Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) commented to CNBC that, based on the facts, glass and organics should not be collected because they lack economic value for shareholders. In a related panel discussion, the need for top-down legislation to help recycling was deemed unnecessary. Accordingly, WMI is reducing its investments in recycling. “As profits in… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Earning Rewards For Recycling

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

Neil Seldman authored an article published in the October 2013 issue of BioCycle. One of the remarkable stories about recycling in the U.S. is the intensive and creative approaches to introduce it even though, at first, recycling was an add-on cost to solid waste management. This occurred during the 1970s and 1980s when small businesses… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Review: The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/review-waste-solution-untrashing-planet-community-time/

A Review of The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time (By Paul Connett, published by Chelsea Green Publishing) Review by Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC Neil Seldman is President and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). He is a specialist in recycling and the history… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 4, 2012

Illinois’ Game-Changing E-scrap Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/illinois-game-changing-e-scrap-law/

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act is breaking the mold of 25 state e-scrap laws. Under the law, passed in 2008 and amended in 2011, companies that reuse machines get twice the credit of those companies that recycle the materials. Continue reading

Rule filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2012

Illinois – Electronics Take Back Law

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

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2106) is breaking the mold of 25 state e-scrap laws. Under the law, passed in 2008 and amended in 2011, companies that reuse machines get twice the credit of those companies that recycle the materials. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2012

Letter to the Editor: EPR Debate Needs Some Perspective

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

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2012

Austin, Texas’ Road to Zero Waste

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/austin-texas-road-waste/

The release of the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan marks a new achievement in the zero waste and economic development movement. The plan will save other cities that choose to start on a similar pathway hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees. The Resource Recovery Master Plan was completed in fall 2011. It was… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Recycling Stimulates Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recycling-stimulates-economic-development/

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. recycling movement benefitted from the decentralized nature of our government. Today in the midst of the Great Recession, decentralized recycling is proving its worth to the country once again. The recycling industry has created well over 1 million jobs and is projected to add another million jobs as recycling levels continue to divert more and more material to industry and agriculture. The following stories introduce just a fraction of the new job creating and job sustaining endeavors from around the U.S. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2012

Twenty Jobs Created at Bridgeport Mattress Refurbishing Plant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/twenty-jobs-created-bridgeport-mattress-refurbishing-plant/

ILSR, working under a recycling and economic development grant from US EPA Region 1 and the Office of Mayor Bill Flint of Bridgeport, CT, facilitated the development of a mattress refurbishing and recycling plant that opened for business on June 27. Continue reading