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Metering Residential Garbage Can Pave the Way to Zero Waste

Date: 15 Aug 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Pay As You Throw (PAYT) a proven global waste metering system is the vital first step to reaching Zero Waste. For all those municipal leaders that have made a commitment to reducing waste, but have not yet implemented PAYT, it’s time to move from stagnant to progressive recycling based on how residents pay for trash.… Read More

Working Partner Update: Right to Repair

Happy Fifth Birthday to Right to Repair which has been fighting for our rights to reduce waste, save money and share skills.

Just five short years ago the Repair Association’s Right to Repair initiative took up the challenge of forcing manufacturers to allow independent repair through legislation. It was an audacious step fighting against many of the biggest names in the electronics industry.… Read More

In Memoriam of Generous Recycler & Activist, Bernie Meyerson

Bernie was a role model and tutor to ILSR going back to the mid-1970s as ILSR first engaged in the waste and recycling world. He was an experienced paper broker who gave time freely to recycling organizations, individual recycling groups and newcomers to the recycling movement. He was a World War II veteran and accepted the task of fighting for the climate with vigor. Late in life he fumed at the losses to the environmental movement which he helped build.… Read More

Unit Pricing for Waste in Washington D.C.

Thanks to the persistence of local organizations, Washington D.C. is expected to undertake a pilot study of Save As You Throw (SYT), sometimes called Pay As You Throw (PAYT) or Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART).

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is required to undertake this task under the 2014 Solid Waste Management Reform Act. Citizen and Environmental groups under the leadership of Global Green’s DC Environmental Network helped secure $100,000 in funding for this project. The DPW is expected to issue an RFP for the SAYT Pilot by September.… Read More

Chinese Recycling Policy Induce Return to Local Recycling in New Jersey

Clean stream recycling is the name of the game in this era of Chinese restrictions on imported recyclable materials from the US. The town of 13,000 people reinstated dual stream after five-years of single stream recycling based on economics. “It was continually costing us more per ton to recycle single-stream throughout 2017,” Eugene MacMahon, Oakland, N.J.’s recycling coordinator, as a result of China’s policies.… Read More

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Waste Incineration

Date: 19 Jul 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within weeks of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo coming out against waste incineration in the Finger Lakes region, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu vetoed a bill that would have provided more subsidies to the state’s six biomass incinerators, saving rate payers over $100 million over the next three years.… Read More

Nebraska’s Largest Recycler Ends Commercial Single Stream Processing Due to Contamination, Costs

The First Star Recycling Company in Nebraska has halted single stream from commercial participants as of June 1st, 2018. The pressure causing them to end this practice stemmed from new international recycling specifications.

The company has reported contamination rates of 40 percent and their resulting labor costs have become too great. … Read More

Green America Webinar Focuses on Benefits of Local Recycling

Date: 27 Jun 2018 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Neil Seldman, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and a researcher for the Waste to Wealth initiative, joined Beth Porter of Green America for a webinar in November of 2017.

This webinar focuses on the history and practical aspects of recycling in America. ILSR and Green America (formerly Coop America) have been working partners since the inception of both organizations in the mid 1970s.… Read More

Local Reuse Advocate Blasts Waste Management’s Misleading Public Comments on Recycling

Date: 11 Jun 2018 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following is shared with us by our friend and ally Dan Knapp of Urban Ore in Berkeley, California. For more from Dan Knapp and his partner Mary Lou Van Deventer, please listen to our Building Local Power podcast where we interviewed both of them:Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43).… Read More

A Teaching Moment on ‘Pay As You Throw’ Recycling Policy in Connecticut

Neil Seldman ILSR’s co-founder and director of its Waste to Wealth Initiative, quoted in Falls River Herald News on unit pricing of solid waste and recycling: Stands corrected. Seldman stated that he was not aware of any community that ended its Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program when interviewed by Herald News reporter Jo C. Goode. After the interview he learned of one such community, East Lyme, Conn.… Read More

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