ILSR Op/Ed in Baltimore Brew: Baltimore’s Recycling Program Needs New Thinking, Not Shiny New Carts

Date: 11 Jul 2021 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an op/ed published in Baltimore Brew on July 6, ILSR’s Neil Seldman urges Baltimore city officials to put a windfall of new funding towards a better approach to its existing recycling system, rather than investing in new carts while retaining its current “outmoded and inefficient” system.… Read More

Mother Jones Article: “New FTC Report Is Manna for the Right-to-Repair Movement”

Date: 7 Jun 2021 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FTC recently released a long-anticipated report to Congress examining the repair restrictions facing consumers, along with a summary of arguments for and against those restrictions. Its conclusion was stark: There’s “scant evidence” to support manufacturers’ justifications for restricting repair, while the solutions repair advocates have proposed are “well supported” by their testimonials.… Read More

ILSR Advises Hawaii to Avoid Solid Waste Combustion as a Waste Management Strategy

When widespread rollbacks in recycling programs throughout Hawaii led to renewed calls for waste-to-energy, Recycle Hawaii commissioned ILSR to analyze the status of technologies promoted as environmentally friendly. This memorandum highlights the findings of that analysis, which drew on the expertise of specialists familiar with pyrolysis and gasification technologies and also reviewed relevant trends as a means to create a context for Hawaii-based policy makers. ILSR found that both gasification and pyrolysis have failed to live up to the promise of a cost effective and nonpolluting technology.… Read More

Commentary: Cities and Counties Need Recycling Infrastructure Investment, But Is The “Breaking Free From Plastic” Bill The Answer?

Date: 10 May 2021 | posted in: waste - recycling, waste - zero waste | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The goal of needed infrastructure investment in recycling can be accomplished without undermining local control. “Municipal Stewardship EPR” is a clear option for making progress toward Zero Waste.… Read More

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Date: 9 Apr 2021 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Break Free from Plastic Bill seeks to address the problems of air, water and soil pollution from plastic waste.  But to do this, it includes Extended Producer Responsibility provisions that would force communities to cede control over their local recycling industries to the same large corporations that are responsible for designing and promoting the waste-generating products and packages.

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How The ReUse Corridor is Creating Wealth From Waste in Appalachia

Date: 31 Mar 2021 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The role of the ReUse Corridor has been to reverse the traditional linear investment in solid waste management that drains the potential resources of the Appalachian Region. Centered on the eight counties surrounding Athens (Hopkins County) in southern Ohio, including communities in Kentucky and West Virginia, the strength of the ReUse Corridor concept and practice is to restore access to and control over the resources that are now filling up local landfills and incinerators at great cost.

The Zero Waste program is based on sharing facilities, transportation and market information for recyclable and compostable materials and repaired products.… Read More

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