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Letter to Biden-Harris Administration: Recycling is Infrastructure Too

Letter to Biden-Harris Administration: Recycling is Infrastructure Too

Neil Seldman

March 31, 2021

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


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New Video Shatters Myths of “Chemical Recycling”

New Video Shatters Myths of "Chemical Recycling"

Neil Seldman

May 25, 2021

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

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

Neil Seldman

May 17, 2021

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  READ MORE


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

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

Neil Seldman

May 12, 2021

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


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

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

Neil Seldman

May 10, 2021

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


Update on Building Deconstruction Initiatives in Several U.S. Cities

Update on Building Deconstruction Initiatives in Several U.S. Cities

Neil Seldman

May 3, 2021

Several U.S. cities have new building deconstruction initiatives. These programs have several benefits, including reducing the amount of demolition waste that ends up in landfills and, whenever possible, reusing materials from buildings that need to be torn down.  READ MORE