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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 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

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

Model Recycling Communities: Lane County, OR, Pop. 350,000

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/model-recycling-communities-lane-county-or-pop-350000/

There is no one best way for communities to recycle. San Francisco has a highly successful program under an exclusive franchise system. Across the Bay, Berkeley has an equally successful program under a highly decentralized system based on for-profit, non-profit and government agency operations. One of the main reason why recycling grew so fast from… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

2nd National Reuse Contest Winners Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/2nd-national-reuse-contest-winners-announced/

The Reuse People of America (TRP) has concluded its 7th annual and 2nd National Reuse Contest.  Over 100 entries were received in two categories; Art & Furniture, and Remodeling & Construction. “The contest gets to be more fun each year as we are hearing from an expanding deconstruction and reuse sector”, said Ted Reiff, TRP… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2015

March 11th Waste to Wealth Event: Bringing Recycling and Composting Jobs to Baltimore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/march-11th-waste-wealth-event-bringing-recycling-composting-jobs-baltimore/

The Waste to Wealth = Green Jobs event (free to attend) is being held to present the potential for developing small minority-owned companies in the reuse, recycling and composting sectors in the Baltimore area. ILSR is co-sponsoring this event. Wed, March 11, 2015; 7pm–9pm Baltimore City Community College 2901 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215… Continue reading