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Compost Soil Erosion Slide
Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2012

Controlling Roadway Soil Erosion with Compost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/controlling-roadway-soil-erosion-compost/

In this presentation given to the Maryland Highway Administration’s Recycled Materials Task Force, Brenda Platt outlines how compost use can control soil erosion. Continue reading

No Incinerator Video Clip
Article, Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Landfill in the Sky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/landfill-in-sky-video/

This creative and compelling video from the No Incinerator Alliance of Frederick County, Maryland, lays out the reasons the county should abandon its plan to burn. Continue reading

Sustainable Food Court Initiative logo
Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2012

Exemptions/Exclusions Added to Atlanta Airport Info Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-exemptions-added/

The Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Airport Pilot, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, works closely with the SFCI Team to bring sustainable operating practices to their operations, especially regarding food waste. In early 2012 the Atlanta Airport made a bold statement in the new concessionaire contract, the largest foodservice contract executed in North America. Continue reading

WtW Summit logo
Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Waste to Wealth Summit September 13 & 14

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

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative will bring together regional solid waste management stakeholders from Appalachian communities in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia for a two-day summit that will examine how to build and sustain rural wealth by increasing resource recovery and supporting the development of recycling-based businesses. Attendees will learn about exemplary rural recycling programs, innovative recycling-based businesses, the… Continue reading

CMREC farm composting
Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2012

Supportive Rules For Small-Scale Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/supportive-rules-small-scale-composting/

Composting is inherently local; it supports local green jobs, farmers and other businesses. Indeed, farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. They also have land, a necessary factor for developing the capacity to compost. State permitting rules can facilitate on-farm and other small-scale operators, thus helping… Continue reading

Atlanta Airport factsheet cover
Featured Article, Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Atlanta Airport Launches Compostable Foodservice Ware Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/atlanta-airport-launches-compostable-foodservice-ware-packet/

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) sends more than 19,000 tons of waste to Georgia landfills each year. Food scraps are the single largest component of HJAIA waste, making up about one-third of this tonnage. HJAIA has a goal to divert 50% of its waste from landfill disposal by 2015. Composting food waste is essential to reach this goal, and switching to compostable food packaging will enable successful food residuals recovery. Continue reading

Smokestack
Featured Article, Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2012

Living in Another Financial Reality

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

Sally Sorbello is a small business women and citizen activist from Frederick, MD. This letter to her local newspaper captures the essence of the case against a proposed incinerator. It is based on years of research and analysis of solid waste management in Frederick County and the state of Maryland. Continue reading

VOA screen capture
Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 29, 2012

Recycling and Economic Development for a Global Audience

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

Dr. Neil Seldman was interviewed on Voice of America Urdu’s Paak Pakistan with Amina Khan about recycling and economic development best practices. Presented in English with translation in Urdu. Continue reading

Lunches in plastic food service ware by USDAgov
Resource filed under Biomaterials, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2012

Biobased Products Procurement in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/upcoming-webinar-biobased-products-procurement-u-s/

This webinar explores biobased products procurement. Learn from experts how US federal laws and regulations create demand for biobased products. View existing purchasing specs for compostable food service ware and hear from a government procurer about the variety of biobased products they purchase. Continue reading

zero waste zone
Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2012

Chattanooga Building a Green Brick Road

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

Zero Waste Zone, April 14, 2012 In perfect timing with Earth month, The City of Chattanooga is exploring how to bring zero waste practices to the residential and corporate community.  The main ingredients for success are in place: 1) solid local government support, 2) corporate community enthusiasm, and 3) strong local markets for recyclable material. Chattanooga Director of Sustainability… Continue reading

PLA webinar
Resource filed under Biomaterials, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2012

Recycling PLA Webinar

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

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a plant-based plastic resin with applications in a wide range of nondurable and durable products from take-out food service items to textiles. PLA can be composted at industrial sites and is technically mechanically and chemically recyclable. One obstacle to PLA recovery is its current low volumes in recycling streams. This makes… Continue reading

Biobag
Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2012

Compostable Plastic Bags: A Glance of What’s Packed in the Bag

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

Compostable plastic bags are increasingly used to collect food scraps for composting. Their main benefit? Removing the “ick factor” associated with collecting food residuals by keeping collection containers clean and odors at bay, while also breaking down at the composting site. Unfortunately, many plastic bag makers claim that their products are “biodegradable” or environmentally preferable… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Biomaterials | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2012

Sustainable Biomaterials: Criteria, Benefits, Challenges & Market-Based Tools

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sustainable-biomaterials-criteria-benefits-challenges-market-based-tools/

The development of bioplastics and other biobased materials holds great promise to mitigate many of the problems associated with plastic derived from nonrenewable sources. However, they are not an automatic panacea. In this presentation, Brenda Platt shares the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative’s efforts to promote market-based tools such as purchasing guidelines and Working Landscape Certificates. Continue reading

Cover Compostable Plastics 101: Overview & Issues
Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2012

Compostable Plastics 101: Overview & Issues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-101-overview-issues/

This presentation covers the basics of compostable plastics:  what they are (and are not), where they are being successfully used, key challenges such as identification and labeling, and certification and standards. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Composting Plastics Symposium US Composting Council Conference & Trade Show January 21, 2012 Austin, Texas Continue reading