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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

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2017

IREX Scholars’ Exit Interview – International Community Composting

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

Between mid-August and early December the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted two International Research and Exchange (IREX) fellows. To celebrate our fellows’ work with us, ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman interview both Md. Monirul Islam (from Bangladesh) and Wisdom Nyondoh (from Malawi) about their path to ILSR and their experience learning about composting during the fall…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2017

Waste to Wealth, 2016 in Review

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-to-wealth-2016-in-review/

Now that 2016 is firmly in the rearview mirror, we are looking back at some of the great work that we did in our Waste to Wealth initiative during the year. We’ve broken down some of our top content into the two active categories of our initiative: Composting Makes Sense & Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero… 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 Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Sophia Bennett | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2015

Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets?

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

The policy of discouraging or even prohibiting repair and reuse is definitely not a win for the environment, but it is also a serious consumer rights issue. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Young Activist Club | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Takoma Park Students to Host “Love the Earth, Don’t Trash it” Victory Celebration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/yac-love-the-earth-dont-trash-it/

VICTORY! Over the last 6 years, the Takoma Park Young Activist Club has been campaigning to get toxic styrofoam lunch trays out of Piney Branch Elementary School. While MCPS and the Board of Education rejected the proposal for their single school dishwasher project, as of September 2014 MCPS did replace all styrofoam trays systemwide with paperboard trays. Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/houston-one-bin-proposal-wrong-choice/

Neil Seldman, ILSR Waste to Wealth Program, Washington, DC continues to follow the one bin proposal in Houston, Texas. In his January 7th Letter to the Editor, Seldman underscores the fact that city’s pilot curbside recycling program is working well and is quite popular. Can you imagine how fast the program could spread, increasing the materials recovered… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Review: 40 Years of Curbside Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/review-40-years-curbside-recycling/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews “40 Years of Curbside Recycling: A Celebration of Our Culture’s Greatest Environmental Movement” published by Waste & Recycling News in August. Seldman finds some some curious lapses in their recounting of history but finds that the essays and tables presented will significantly add to the growing literature of recycling. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading