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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Elizabeth Walsh | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2017

A Model Business In Waste Diversion: Zanker Recycling of San Jose, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-model-business-in-waste-diversion-zanker-recycling-of-san-jose-ca/

Zanker Recycling in San Jose, California is able to redirect 500,000 tons of materials from landfills every year. This is achieved through comprehensive recycling and composting efforts that transform materials which would otherwise end up in a landfill into landscaping products. Their marketing branch, Zanker Landscape Materials, is then able to sell the high quality… 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

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2017

ILSR Testimony on Cuts in DC’s Recycling Budget: Poor Timing in the Face of Opportunities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-testimony-on-cuts-in-dcs-recycling-budget-poor-timing-in-the-face-of-opportunities/

Letter submitted to Washington D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh: May 4, 2017 Dear Council Member Mary Cheh, Unfortunately I was not available to testify in person on the fiscal budget for 2018 budget for recycling. I hope you will consider my comments on the recycling component of that budget. ILSR is opposed to the Mayor’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Alert From California Coalition Opposed to Plastic Industry Recycling Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alert-from-california-coalition-opposed-to-plastic-industry-recycling-program/

Say NO! To AB 1659: California Legislation Proposed by Manufacturers of Plastic Products ILSR has joined California allies opposed to plastic industry sponsored recycling Bill 1659. The bill proposes meek solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution in the urban, rural and ocean environments. Among the concerns of the coalition1 are: AB 1659 only… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2017

Report: Why Should Baltimore Recycle More?

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

There are two primary reasons why Baltimore should invest in more recycling. Establishing high recycling levels will position the city’s residents and businesses for the future, when the costs of incineration and landfill will be more expensive. The city could save citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars by shrinking its waste stream for the next generation. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: DoxiCom Global Inc. – Jackson, Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-doxicom-global-inc/

DoxicomGlobal, Inc, started in 2011 by Sidney Wilson, Jr., sees itself at the young child with his finger in the dam stopping a flood and as a result great harm. The company’s mission is to reduce the flood of waste heading to the country’s landfills and incinerators. In 2016 they succeeded in diverting 30,000 tons from the waste stream for reuse by industry. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2017

Citizens in Fayetteville, Arkansas Protect Curb Sort Recycling from Single Stream Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/citizens-in-fayetteville-arkansas-protect-curb-sort-recycling-from-single-stream-recycling/

Hats off to Louise G. Mann, of Waste Reduction Resources and a network of Fayetteville, AR concerned citizens. On Tuesday, Feb. 21 Fayetteville City Council approved a resolution to move ahead with composting at commercial establishments, as well as recycling of construction & demolition waste. Continue reading