This zero waste plan is the first of its kind in the U.S. It describes policies and strategies for reaching zero waste in Del Norte (CA). Other communities aiming for zero waste will find this plan essential reading. by Del Norte Solid Waste Mgt. Authority staff, Self-Reliance Inc. staff, and other consultants 2000, 170 pages… Continue reading
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Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse and recycling. This report provides information to understand and advocate for deconstruction locally, regionally, and nationally, emphasizing partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit practitioners. A collaborative project of the Materials for the Future Foundation (San Francisco)… Continue reading
These case studies- Fitchburg, WI, Portland OR, and Seattle, WA, were conducted by ILSR for the US Environmental Protection Agency, and are part of a larger study called Cutting the Waste Stream in Half: Community Record-Setters Show How (download full report or fact sheet packet). Each case study presents that city’s recycling strategies as well as the laws and policies from which the… Continue reading
Deep Pockets or Open Hans: Credit Unions Struggle Over Size — Hogging the Market — Got (Local) Milk — A Case of the Good Stuff Continue reading
Feature Stories: The Buck Starts-and-Stops Here, Getting a Slice of the Pie, States Take the Bull by the Horn, Now We Have Plenty of Bananas, Microradio Struggles to Regain a Place on the Dial, and Outlandish Taxes.
Place Rules: Consumer coupons could boost local business in Japan, Indie bookstores break ground online at booksense.com, and Mayors and counties charge pro-industry slant on Congressional e-commerce tax commission.
Property taxes encourage speculation, sprawl and property depreciation. Switching to a land value tax could help combat these urban ailments. By Pam Neary Continue reading
Feature Stories: The National Bank Robbery — Franchising: The Worst of Both Worlds — Seeing the Light — Paying for Past Mistakes — Sound Decisions — Making Waves. Continue reading
NEWS RELEASE New Fact Sheet Packet Highlights Record-Setting Food Recovery Programs January 1999 For immediate release Contact: Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance – 202-898-1610 Washington, D.C. — Food comprises almost 7% by weight of the total U.S. municipal solid waste stream. This translates to 14 million tons of food discards each year. Only a… Continue reading
Multi-family buildings are often overlooked when communities offer their residents recycling services. This fact sheet packet features four model apartment buildings and complexes, from garden apartments to high-rises, that are recycling between 20 and 65% of their discarded materials. Also profiled are five communities that provide recycling service to their multi-family dwelling sector. by Kelly… Continue reading