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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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Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2015

Neil Seldman: Letter in Response to Washington Post Recycling Article

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/neil-seldman-letter-in-response-to-washington-post-recycling-article/

Neil Seldman – Letter to Editor Dear Editor, The Washington Post’s feature “American recycling is stalling” (June 20), correctly points to problems caused by large single-stream recycling bins. But clarifications are needed. Avoided costs: Cities do not make money from recycling. They reduce their overall costs of solid waste management because recycling costs less than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Greys Paper Will Build Small Scale Recycled Paper Plants in U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/greys-paper-will-build-small-scale-recycled-paper-plants-in-u-s/

The Greys Paper Company, Edmonton, Canada will build the first two small-scale high grade recycled paper mills in the US in Texas and Kansas. ILSR recommended this company to ILSR’s long time working partners the MId America Regional Council of Governments (MARC), Kansas City and the Department of Resource Recovery, Austin, TX. Both agencies followed… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2015

Expert thwarts progress of pro-incineration bill in Philippines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/expert-thwarts-progress-of-pro-incineration-bill-in-philippines/

The Philippines is the only country that has banned garbage incineration. Constant vigilance is required to keep it that way. The following press release from the Ecowaste Coalition explains the role of Dr. Jorge Emmanuel in presenting to the Philippines’ Congress. An environmental scientist told pro-incineration representatives during a committee meeting that burning wastes is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Update on “Denmark Without Waste”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-on-denmark-without-waste/

Shlomo Dowen of GAIA-Europe provided this article from Edward Perchard on Denmark’s transition away from its network of 26 garbage incinerators that lead the country on the ‘wrong path’. Also see, ILSR’s 2014 update, A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark A BURNING ISSUE By Edward Perchard | 27 April 2015 To most, Denmark brings to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2015

Sweden Piles Up Toxic Ash on Norway Island

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sweden-piles-up-toxic-ash-on-norway-island/

From Antonia Bruno from no-burn.org: Sweden is frequently touted as a model for the U.S. to follow, with its low landfilling rates, high “recycling” rates, and “waste-to-energy.” However, there are some major problems with these claims. Sweden burns more than 50% of its waste and calls it recycling. Furthermore, they count the toxic ash produced… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2015

ILSR Seeks Recycling and Economic Development Specialist

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-seeks-recycling-and-economic-development-specialist/

The Waste to Wealth Initiative of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is looking to fill a full time, associate-level position. The job involves developing recycling, composting and reuse enterprises throughout the US. The associate will be responsible for assisting local governments, small businesses and community develop organizations develop viable value added enterprises and policies that… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2015

The benefits of public solid waste services: Lessons for Toronto

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/the-benefits-of-public-solid-waste-services-lessons-for-toronto/

Public municipal solid waste services are fundamental to the quality of life in our communities. How we collect and dispose of our garbage and recycling is essential to our health, our environmental future and the appearance of our cities and towns. Landfills are reaching the end of their lifespan, and carry a high financial and environmental… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2015

Update on Digital Rights

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

Do citizens and businesses have a right to repair their computers and related products? ILSR asked Sophia MacDonald to describe the efforts of Digital Right to Repair Coalition (DRTR) to secure these rights for consumers.    See ILSR’s story, Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets? New York State’s pro-repair… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2015

Update on One-Bin Systems in Medina, OH, and Houston, TX

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/update-on-one-bin-systems-in-medina-oh-and-houston-tx/

Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) and the Zero Waste Houston coalition have been organizing for two years against a misguided proposal to replace an increasingly successful single-stream recycling program with a dirty MRF, referred to as a ‘one-bin’ system. A stream of support from many groups has aided our efforts across the country that… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2015

How to Maximize the Economic, Environmental and Social Value of E-Scrap: Does EPR Make A Difference?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/how-to-maximize-the-economic-environmental-and-social-value-of-e-scrap-does-epr-make-a-difference/

There are two highly successful non-profit, community based e scrap enterprises operating in Oregon. They have stellar records of efficiency and integrity. They are rivers of wealth for the two cities in which they thrive. The NextStep in Eugene, OR is a repair and distribution center founded in Lorraine Kerwood’s garage as MacRenewal. By 2002… Continue reading