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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

China’s New Recycling Import Policy and the Future of US Municipal Recycling

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

This post was written in conjunction with fellow ILSR co-founder and Public Good initiative director David Morris. China’s recent ban on the import of many categories of scrap has sent tremors through the American recycling community, for good reason. China has become by far the world’s largest consumer of scrap, increasing ten-fold its imports from… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2017

Working Partner Update: The Lifecycle Building Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-the-lifecycle-building-center/

The Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) has released its 2017 annual report indicating its continued growth and impact on Atlanta area communities. The enterprise makes building materials available to the public at deep discounts instead of placing those materials into landfills. Customers purchase materials at prices ranging from $0.15-$0.50 on the dollar and nonprofits receive free… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2017

Empowering Our Communities to Redesign: Is Incineration Compatible with Recycling?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/empowering-our-communities-to-redesign-is-incineration-compatible-with-recycling/

The answer is “no”. According to a new report from Zero Waste Europe, “Deliver or pay”, or how waste incineration causes recycling to slow down.” Municipalities (in Italy) had implemented a door-to-door separate collection scheme in line with European Waste Framework Directive in order to meet national recycling targets of 65%. Separate collection in the… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2017

A Tribute to Gretchen Brewer, Pioneer Recycler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-tribute-to-gretchen-brewer-pioneer-recycler/

Gretchen Brewer died this year. Here is a booklet that Mary Lou Van Deventer published from selected parts of some extensive writing she did before she passed. Dan Knapp and I passed out paper copies at the memorial service for Gretchen that we organized at the Brower Center. “I think Gretchen’s analysis of the plastics… Continue reading

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

Working Partner Update: Container Recycling Institute

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-update-container-recycling-institute/

Our allies at the Container Recycling Institute have issued a response to Pepsi-Cola’s recently announced support for bottle bills/container deposits and the status of California’s bottle bill recycling system. The nonprofit Container Recycling Institute is a leading authority on the economic and environmental impacts of used beverage containers and other consumer product packaging. Its mission is to make… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2017

What To Do About Germany’s Packaging Explosion?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/what-to-do-about-germanys-packaging-explosion/

A business report from the German group Deutsche Welle paints a very confusing picture for those looking at Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for paper, packaging and products, or PPP, in US. Does EPR in Germany, the leader in EPR policy for the past three decades, work? The original report from Deutsche Welle is available here…. Continue reading

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