This report, completed for Greenpeace China, critiques plans to build a waste incinerator in Hong Kong and presents a more rationale non-burn discard management strategy. It provides a blueprint for moving toward zero waste policies and programs in Hong Kong. The report presents zero waste as a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st… Continue reading
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More than 70% of soda and beer containers are refilled in Finland, Denmark, and Germany, where policies are in place to require, if not support refilling. In the U.S., less than 5% of beverage containers are refilled. U.S. beverage companies offer their products for sale in Europe and elsewhere in refillables. Why not in the… Continue reading
Institute for Local Self-Reliance/Connecticut Institute for Municipal Studies Deconstruction Conference Hartford, CT March 11, 2002 Nearly 100 people participated in the “ReBuilding Communities Through DeConstruction Enterprises” conference. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and the Connecticut Institute of Municipal Studies, Inc. (CIMS), the event was held in the State Capitol Building in Hartford,… Continue reading
The Bozeman, Montana city commission is expected to vote later this month on a zoning ordinance that would require proposals for stores larger than 50,000 square feet (less than half the size of a typical Wal-Mart) to undergo an economic impact review before gaining approval.
In late January, after more than two hours of mostly favorable public testimony, the Board of Commissioners in Hood River County, Oregon voted unanimously to bar new retail stores over 50,000 square feet. The new ordinance also establishes a design review process for new retail buildings between 25,000 and 50,000 square feet.
The ordinance applies to land that lies outside the Hood River town limits, but is still within the community’s urban growth boundary.
Less than a month after announcing it would replace locally roasted coffee with Starbucks at its Alaska stores, the Safeway supermarket chain is backing down.
A barrage of protest from angry residents and a strongly worded letter from Governor Tony Knowles forced the retailer to reconsider its decision to eliminate two Anchorage roasters in favor of Starbucks at its in-store coffee bars.
Voters in five California cities—Agoura Hills, Mountain View, Reedley, Calexico, and East Palo Alto—went to the polls Tuesday to consider measures on big box development.
AGOURA HILLS: In Agoura Hills, a town of 20,000 north of Los Angeles, voters banned retail stores larger than 60,000 square feet. The measure bars the city from allowing any exceptions to the ordinance; variances can only be granted by voters.
Citizen Perseverance Pays Off; Still a Way to Go for a Zero Waste City By Neil Seldman and Kelly Lease Neil Seldman is Director of the Waste to Wealth Program and Kelly Lease is the program’s Senior Research Associate at ILSR. Seldman is a co-founder of the National Recycling Coalition and the GrassRoots Recycling Network…. Continue reading
Deconstruction, an alternative to demolition, is the systematic dismantling of commercial and residential buildings. The materials from that building are then evaluated for resale. Deconstruction projects can address the needs of low-income people living in distressed areas and provide a pathway to stable, well-paying employment to those on the fringes of the economy. These photos… Continue reading
These links to organizations like the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Northwest Product Stewardship Council provide insight on the state of Extended Producer Responsibility in the US and abroad. Continue reading