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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as its President. Under ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program he specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta, GA, Established in December 2011

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lifecycle-building-center/

ILSR prepared a zero waste plan for the Atlanta Office of Sustainability in 2011-12. During site visits ILSR and Saint Vincent De Paul provided assistance to several community based reuse enterprises. In turn these new community businesses became working partners in ILSR’s and Saint Vincent De Pauls’ national networks. Neil Seldman serves as an advisor… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

It’s Not Just San Francisco Anymore! A Report on San Diego’s First Zero Waste Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/its-san-francisco-anymore/

Neil Seldman summarizes presentations from the first San Diego County Zero Waste Conference that was held under the sponsorship of Zero Waste San Diego (ZWSD) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Free 3-Part Deconstruction Webinar Series

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/free-3-part-deconstruction-webinar-series/

This three part webinar series is brought to you by WasteCap Resource Solutions and is sponsored as well as presented by Ted Reiff, President of The ReUse People of America (TRP). Check out TRP’s website, www.thereusepeople.org, for more information. Ted has been in the deconstruction industry for many years. He will be sharing his vast… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

ILSR is Founding Member of Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-founding-member-chesapeake-sustainable-business-council/

ILSR is happy and proud to report that we are founding members of the newly launched Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council (CSBC).  The CSBC is a business-led educational and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote sustainable business viability, awareness, and impact within the Chesapeake region (MD, DC and VA). Over the next year CSBC will… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Update on the Proposed Frederick County and Carroll County, MD Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-proposed-frederick-county-carroll-county-md-garbage-incinerator/

Organized citizens and small business people of Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD have been fighting a proposed garbage incinerator for 8 years. Most recently the news has been filled with suggestions that the deal may be dissolving. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-paradigm-denmark/

Transitioning from incineration to recycling and composting in Denmark — A detailed article on this important policy  turn around is helpful in the debates on garbage incineration in the US, where incineration proponents point to the “success” of this technology in Northern Europe. Click here to read the full article on the Zero Waste Europe… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

New Help for Cities Auditing Private Trash and Recycling Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-auditing-private-trash-recycling-contractors/

ILSR and Sustainable Environmental Management Company (SEMCO) have joined to make state-of-the-art analytical tools available to city and county agencies overseeing solid waste and recycling programs. ILSR president Neil Seldman, and SEMCO president Jon Michael Huls will direct this new outreach effort. Seldman and Huls have been working partners for over 30 years in the field of resource management. Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Earning Rewards For Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/earning-rewards-recycling/

Neil Seldman authored an article published in the October 2013 issue of BioCycle. One of the remarkable stories about recycling in the U.S. is the intensive and creative approaches to introduce it even though, at first, recycling was an add-on cost to solid waste management. This occurred during the 1970s and 1980s when small businesses… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Review: The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-waste-solution-untrashing-planet-community-time/

A Review of The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time (By Paul Connett, published by Chelsea Green Publishing) Review by Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC Neil Seldman is President and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). He is a specialist in recycling and the history… Continue reading