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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 Aug 14, 2017

Letters: Prince George’s residents are making too much of a stink about trash collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/letters-prince-georges-residents-are-making-too-much-of-a-stink-about-trash-collection/

The Washington Post – August 14, 2017 Written by Neil Seldman The decision to cut twice-a-week garbage collection to once a week is a reasonable response to budget overruns. In today’s world of tight budgets, many cities have made this transition, particularly with the introduction of recycling, which reduces the amount of garbage to be collected…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Washington, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brief-history-of-solid-waste-management-and-recycling-in-washington-dc/

The history of solid waste and recycling in the District of Columbia is long and diverse. In the early years of the 20th Century low-income girls and women were hired to pick through garbage on sorting tables to recover materials. In the more recent past, recycling of newspapers and metals was a key fundraising tool… Continue reading

Article filed under Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

North Sea Foundation Report on Bottle Caps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-sea-foundation-report-on-bottle-caps/

The North Sea bottle cap report provides the most thorough research effort to understand and prevent this deadly form of plastic pollution in our oceans. The North Sea Foundation undertook the ‘bottle cap survey” in order to document the quantity, type and origins of the bottle caps that pollute the country’s North Sea and its… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Elizabeth Walsh | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

Now You Can Recycle While Online Shopping

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/now-you-can-recycle-while-online-shopping/

If you are looking to shop for unique goods without feeling guilty, Kuttlefish is the ecommerce site for you! Kuttlefish offers a platform for sellers and buyers of upcycled and recycled goods. Products only qualify to be sold on Kuttlefish if they meet their material origin promise. The promise requires that at least 5% of… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2017

Curb Sort Recycling is a Viable Option in Rural and Urban Settings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/curb-sort-recycling-is-a-viable-option-in-rural-and-urban-settings/

ILSR has been looking into curb sort recycling in an effort to help citizens of Fayetteville, Arkansas defend their curb sort system against efforts to change to a single stream system. Follow this link to one of ILSR’s articles on the matter. Maria Kei Oldiges, an intern with ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Initiative, helped research… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Elizabeth Walsh | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2017

Valuing Overlooked Resources Improves Life In Chicago: The Resource Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/valuing-overlooked-resources-improves-life-in-chicago-the-resource-center/

Overview One organization in Chicago has figured out how to extract value from resources that the economy deems useless. The Resource Center works by coupling valuable resources that would otherwise become trash with valuable workers who would otherwise be unemployed. Their work ultimately minimizes the waste the city produces and creates good jobs that enhance… 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

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 31, 2017

The (Small) Private Sector to the Rescue: RoadRunner Recycling, Inc.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-small-private-sector-to-the-rescue-roadrunner-recycling-inc/

There is not much information about private sector recycling in US cities. Recycling studies and statistics typically focus on household recycling while the commercial recycling levels are mostly educated guesses. The US EPA estimates that 35% of commercial and household municipal waste is recycled. Cities in the last decade have adopted single stream recycling at… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Homeboy Recycling, A California Social Purpose Enterprise

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/homeboy-recycling-a-california-social-purpose-enterprise/

Today Homeboy Recycling operates an electronic recycling enterprise that is part of the state’s Advanced Disposal Fee system for e scrap (SEE, ilsr.org/working-partner-update-tracking-history-and-developments-in-u-s-e-scrap.). Upon purchase of electronic products in the state, the consumer pays an addition fee to a state run fund that reimburses companies for handling any covered items under the California Electronic Waste… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

City of Frederick Key to Recycling in Frederick County, Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/city-of-frederick-key-to-recycling-in-frederick-county-maryland/

Twelve and a half years ago, Frederick County proposed to build a 1,500 ton-per-day garbage incinerator to manage its waste. The County was forced to kill the proposal 2.5 years ago when organized citizens pointed out the financial risks. The City of Frederick, with 70,000 of the County’s 250,000 population, its own collection crews, landfill… Continue reading