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 Waste. … Read More

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

Date: 20 Oct 2016 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 this … Read More

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

Date: 12 Feb 2015 | posted in: Press Release, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

Date: 28 Jan 2015 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 and … Read More

Review: 40 Years of Curbside Recycling

Date: 11 Sep 2013 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Date: 16 Aug 2013 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Whatcha Workin’ On, Neil Seldman? Podcast Episode 3

Date: 12 Mar 2013 | posted in: Podcast, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Welcome to our third episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On? podcast. Lisa Gonzalez interviews Neil Seldman, Ph.D., President of ILSR and the heart and soul of our Waste to Wealth Initiative. Neil tells us about the program and describes the many concurrent projects he is handling. Dr. Seldman also outlines some upcoming work for the Waste … Read More

Letter to the Editor: EPR Debate Needs Some Perspective

Date: 3 Sep 2012 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 balanced … Read More

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