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Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2009

BioSpecs Purchasing Specifications for Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/biospecs-purchasing-specifications-for-compostable-biobased-food-service-ware/

The Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative (SBC) provides purchasing specifications for buyers of compostable food service ware. These specifications were designed to find products that are sustainable from cradle-to-cradle, including biomass production, manufacturing, and recovery. The specifications require that products meet certain standards and hold certain certifications of products to prevent purchasers from buying “greenwashed” items, which… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2009

New Economic Environmental Sustainability Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-economic-environmental-sustainability-network/

Recycling and composting are just the beginning. J. Michael Huls, an activist and pioneer in the US recycling movement since 1970, and an adviser to cities and industry, has expanded his horizons to Smart Media. Huls has now introduced “Green Street Scene Worldwide Webcast Network.” This is an excellent source for products, services, actions, policies,… Continue reading

Waste Diversion Options Study Cover 08-01-2009
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Waste Diversion Options Report, Dubuque, IA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-diversion-options-report-dubuque-ia/

ILSR’s series of workshops, supported by the Community Foundation of Dubuque and the Four Mounds Foundation, in 2008 led to the scope of work for this technical report. The report was completed by Huls Environmental Management, LLC. under the direction of the Dubuque Office of Sustainability. Read the executive summary (PDF) Continue reading

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Resource filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2009

Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics

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

The SBC’s Guidelines for Sustainable Bioplastics proposes goals and a roadmap for improving the sustainability of bioplastics – defined for this document as plastics in which 100% of the carbon is derived from renewable agricultural and forestry resources. While these Guidelines focus on biobased plastic replacements for fossil-fuel-based plastics, many of the principles apply to… Continue reading

Hawaii County report excerpt
Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2009

Zero Waste Implementation Plan for the County of Hawai’i

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/zero-waste-implementation-plan-for-the-county-of-hawaii/

The County of Hawai’i (a.k.a. Big Island), having signed a Zero Waste resolution in December 2007, has taken extraordinary steps toward sustainable resource management. This is the Zero Waste Implementation Plan, requested by the County Council and completed by Richard Anthony Associates, Hidden Resources and ILSR in March 2009. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2009

Zero Waste Planning Information and Resources

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/zero-waste-planning-information-and-resources/

Twenty-five years ago, many solid waste planners thought no more than 15% to 20% of the municipal waste stream could be recycled. Today numerous communities have surpassed 50% recycling, and many individual establishments — public and private sector — such as office buildings, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and supermarkets have approached 90% and higher levels. A handful… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2008

City of Austin’s Zero Waste Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-of-austins-zero-waste-plan/

Earlier this year, by adopting the State’s first Zero Waste Plan for a Texas community, the City of Austin took an important step to move toward a more sustainable future. Austin’s Zero Waste Plan takes into consideration Austin’s current and planned public and private solid waste infrastructure, as well as the city’s Climate Protection Program…. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Composting, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2008

Stop Trashing the Climate

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

Released to coincide with the UN’s World Environment Day on June 5th, 2008, this report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting. The study dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap to significantly… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2007

Waste to Wealth – 2007 Annual Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/13255/

Our program continued its tradition of solving problems in ways that reinforce economic and environmental security. Our work continues to help community development organizations, small businesses and government agencies increase productive employment, recover increasing amounts of valuable recycled materials and products, save environmental resources, and lower operating costs. Full Report (228 KB) Also a 2006 Report… Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Refill! Website Launched

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/reduce-reuse-refill-web-site-launched/

ILSR’s new web site is the only web site dedicated to promoting refillable beverage containers. It contains information on policies that support refilling, where they work, how to revive refilling in the U.S., and many links to more information. Launched with support from the GrassRoots Recycling Network. http://www.grrn.org/beverage/refillables/index.html Continue reading

Compost Tractor and windrow
Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2007

Recycling and Composting Policy Agenda Drafted; Comments Sought

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/recycling-and-composting-policy-agenda-drafted-comments-sought/

Twenty-three veteran recycling and composting activists met in a two-day retreat in June 2007 to prepare policy guidelines to accelerate diversion of discarded materials from landfills and incinerators. The document, upon refinement and approval by a broader number of activists, will be circulated among state, local and federal decision-makers for consideration. View the background statement,… Continue reading

Resource management in Delaware
Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2007

Resource Management in the State of Delaware

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/resource-management-in-the-state-of-delaware/

ILSR’s 2007 Report to the Delaware State Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) presents an approach for changing solid waste management to resource management in this small Mid-Atlantic state. ILSR recommends a surcharge to finance infrastructure development for the public and private sectors. The $6 per ton surcharge would raise $20 million in… Continue reading