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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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In Waste Management World: EPR in US Set to Kick off Debate on State Self-Governance

In Waste Management World: EPR in US Set to Kick off Debate on State Self-Governance

Aarushi Sen

August 25, 2021

Waste Management World outlines Neil Seldman's argument surrounding EPR. More specifically, that the American political system is better suited to handle a grassroots approach led by consumers than a top down method.  READ MORE


Local Initiatives Pave the Way to Zero Waste

Local Initiatives Pave the Way to Zero Waste

Neil Seldman

August 25, 2021

Website developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency provide an important series of resources that document the success of bottom-up recycling initiatives that can transform municipal waste programs, re-localize control of recycling, and end the stagnation caused by Big Waste and Big Soda  READ MORE


Zero Waste Efforts Bring Benefits, Build Community in Gainesville  — Episode 131 of Building Local Power

Zero Waste Efforts Bring Benefits, Build Community in Gainesville — Episode 131 of Building Local Power

Jess Del Fiacco

July 22, 2021

Host Jess Del Fiacco and Neil Seldman, Director of ILSR's Waste to Wealth initiative, interview three zero waste advocates from Gainesville, Fla.  READ MORE


In Waste Dive, ILSR Argues That the U.S. Can’t Directly Follow the European Model of EPR

In Waste Dive, ILSR Argues That the U.S. Can't Directly Follow the European Model of EPR

Neil Seldman

July 13, 2021

In a new opinion piece published in Waste Dive on July 8, ILSR's Neil Seldman argues that Europe and the U.S. "live in different recycling and wasting landscapes" and that the European model may not be applicable to the US.  READ MORE


ILSR Op/Ed in Baltimore Brew: Baltimore’s Recycling Program Needs New Thinking, Not Shiny New Carts

ILSR Op/Ed in Baltimore Brew: Baltimore's Recycling Program Needs New Thinking, Not Shiny New Carts

Neil Seldman

July 11, 2021

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