The pandemic exacerbated the deeply rooted issues in cities around the nation — but the youth of Worcester, Massachusetts, decided that they wanted to enact change to create a better now. Their action lead to the formation of the Worcester Youth Cooperatives. On this episode of Building Local Power, we are joined by two youth collaborators Mario Harper and Samuel Posner and an adult ally Addison Turner.… Read More
Neil Seldman, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative is published at Waste Dive detailing how corporate dominance over municipal recycling has proven to be a recipe for disaster.… Read More
ILSR has been assisting grass roots organizations in Baltimore to fend off new incinerators and shut down an existing aging and polluting garbage incinerator in Downtown Baltimore, planning for and implementing Zero Waste practices. These practices would also help the city and communities address other pressing problems in the city; including the need for more good jobs, reduced recidivism, elimination of the ‘digital divide’, and creation of new small businesses, community based food production and environmental education.
The following article makes suggestions for transforming the current recycling system, and an update on community based activity in the context of rapidly changing markets, technology and entrepreneurial opportunities.… Read More
Surcharges on waste disposed at landfills and incinerators can raise significant revenue to support financial assistance programs for building local recycling programs and infrastructure. Learn more on ILSR’s February 15th webinar. … Read More
Brenda Platt joins Charlie Pioli on “The Community Composting Podcast” to discuss the history of community composting, the implementation of state-wide composting policies, and institutionalizing zero waste. They dive into local and state wide composting policies and the necessary paradigm shift to become a zero waste nation. … Read More
The RIIT coalition is hosting an ongoing series of webinars to ensure the plan is part of federal infrastructure discussions and rulemaking. These webinars are free to attend, and anyone working in waste and reuse or advocating around these issues is welcome to register.… Read More
On this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Neil Seldman, Director of ILSR’s Waste to Wealth initiative. Jess and Neil interview Gary Liss, Vice President of Zero Waste USA, and Bob Gedert, President of the National Recycling Coalition, about the Recycling Is Infrastructure Too (RIIT) campaign and the proposed American Recycling Infrastructure Plan (ARIP).… Read More