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The True Value of Recycling and the Waste Stream – Episode 2 of the Building Local Power Podcast

| Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Welcome to the second episode of our Building Local Power podcast.

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Neil Seldman, ILSR co-founder and senior staff member of the Waste to Wealth initiative about the hidden value in our waste stream and, specifically, some recent comments made by the CEO of Waste Management, Inc. disparaging the value of recycling.

“The recycling movement in the United States not only has created 60,000 companies, 1 million jobs, and delivers 200 million tons of raw material a year to industry and agriculture,” says Seldman. “It also produces citizen leaders and national leaders.” This engaging conversation between Neil and Chris gets to the heart of why the waste stream is such an important part to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s mission. By moving materials (such as organics or glass cullet) from landfills to composting arrays or glass reclamation facilities, we can increase the economic development of communities and reduce overall waste.


For more information on Neil’s work, check out his recent article: Eureka Recycling: Efficient, Cost Effective and Socially Beneficial Recycling.

If you missed the first episode of our podcast you can find that conversation here, also to see all of our episodes make sure to bookmark our Building Local Power Podcast Homepage.

Audio Credit: Funk Interlude by Dysfunction_AL Ft: Fourstones – Scomber (Bonus Track). Copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license.