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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

New Video Shatters Myths of “Chemical Recycling”

An important and informative new 2 minute animated video focuses on the many flaws of the process the plastics industry calls “chemical recycling.” The video was produced by the Global Anti Incineration Alliance (GAIA), Zero Waste Europe, and Changing Markets Foundation.… 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

May 18 Hearing is Last Chance for Wisconsin Citizens to Weigh in on Controversial Landfill Proposal

Date: 12 May 2021 | posted in: agriculture, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 18, citizens in Waukesha County, WI will have one final opportunity to comment on a highly controversial effort to move a hazardous waste landfill at a hearing to be held by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.… Read More

Anti Incineration Update From ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Initiative For March and April, 2021

Anti Incineration Updates from Montgomery County, MD + Carroll County, MD + Hartford, CT + Springfield, MA + Cork Harbour, Ireland + Jeffrey Morris on the Cost of Incineration + Paul Connett on Video… 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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Letter to Biden-Harris Administration: Recycling is Infrastructure Too

Date: 31 Mar 2021 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self- Reliance and Zero Waste USA have just sent a letter to ask President Biden and Vice President Harris to establish policies and programs for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting that will stem climate disruption, address racial justice, and create thousands of jobs throughout the country. … Read More

Guest Commentary: Carroll County, Maryland Should Consider Zero Waste Solutions

Date: 19 Mar 2021 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bruce Holstein, longtime anti incineration and pro Zero Waste advocate from Carroll County, MD recently authored a guest commentary that appeared in the Carroll County Times. In it, he offered suggestions to county officials about the benefits of zero waste.… Read More

Prominent Lawyer Analyzes Extended Producer Responsibility Laws in California

Date: 19 Mar 2021 | posted in: waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Moore, based in Oakland, CA., is a board certified litigator who has practiced law for forty years and has been very active in solid waste and recycling law. In this article, Moore discusses and critiques Extended Producer Responsibility laws in California.… Read More

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