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2007wtwreport
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
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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

Windows in reuse store
Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2007

Susquehanna Deconstruction Pilot Project Report

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

In 2004, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) a grant to assess the supply and demand for recoverable residential building materials in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This report presents our findings and recommendations. Continue reading

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Deconstruction Assessment in Cleveland, Ohio

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

Spring 2007 The George Gund Foundation of Cleveland funded ILSR to research, conduct site visits, and prepare a report about the current status of deconstruction in Cleveland with recommendations for supporting the industry’s growth. ILSR staff, Neil Seldman and Linda Knapp, met with key public and private stakeholders in Cleveland from May 24-26, 2007. Research… Continue reading

unbuilding
Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2007

Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unbuilding-salvaging-the-architectural-treasures-of-unwanted-houses/

The country’s two leading expert advocates for salvaging parts of unwanted houses rather than demolishing them explain the “green” art of unbuilding (or deconstruction) and take the reader on a fascinating tour of the process. Continue reading

Waste to Wealth 2007 Activities Report
Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 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/waste-to-wealth-2007-annual-report/

For 33 years ILSR’s “Waste to Wealth” program has helped to convert wastes from environmental and economic liabilities into valuable resources that contribute to community development. In 2007, our work has focused on the following: encouraging sustainable biomaterials to replace fossil-fuel-based plastics developing green industrial parks salvaging building materials through deconstruction deterring waste incineration projects… Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 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/12951/

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

WtW 2006 Annual Report
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Waste to Wealth – 2006 Report on Activities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-to-wealth-2006-report-on-activities/

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. Read Waste to Wealth 2006 Report (PDF) Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2006

Susquehanna Deconstruction Pilot Project Summary

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

Spring 2006 ILSR in cooperation with Penn State’s Hamer Center for Community Design conducted a second deconstruction pilot project to determine cost-effective methods to remove lumber and other materials from an NTI abandoned house. The US Environmental Protection Agency funded the project and the City of Philadelphia provided the house for deconstruction. Kevin Brooks Salvage… Continue reading

Builders' Guide large
Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2006

Builders’ Guide to Reuse & Recycling: A Directory for Construction & Demolition Materials in the Metropolitan Washington Region

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/now-available-builders-guide-to-reuse-recycling-a-directory-for-construction-demolition-materials-in-the-metropolitan-washington-region/

This 44-page pocket-sized directory — produced by ILSR for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments — lists 110 businesses reusing or recycling building materials in the Washington, DC region. It also includes Tips for Recycling Success at the Job Site and Frequently Asked Questions on how to recycle construction and demolition materials. June 2006 Directory… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2006

Extended Producer Responsibility Tools

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

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), based on the “polluter pays” principle, entails making manufacturers responsible for the entire lifecycle of the products and packaging they produce. These are some of the tools being employed by EPR advocates. Continue reading

Remanufactured Lumber
Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2005

Regulatory and Policy Issues for Reuse and Remanufacture of Wood Materials Coated With Lead-Based Paint

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/regulatory-and-policy-issues-for-reuse-and-remanufacture-of-wood-materials-coated-with-lead-based-paint/

This paper describes the current regulations and standards relative to lead-based paint (LBP) in buildings (in particular LBP on lumber and timber products), LBP mitigation, and disposal of LBP-containing waste, and the applicability of these regulations and standards to recovering and reusing building materials. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2004

Resources Up in Flames: The Economic Pitfalls of Waste Incineration versus a Zero Waste Approach in the Global South

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/resources-up-in-flames-the-economic-pitfalls-of-waste-incineration-versus-a-zero-waste-approach-in-the-global-south/

by Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance for GAIA (Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance/Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) Download the Press Release (PDF) Decision-makers in any community considering a waste incinerator will find Resources up in Flames essential reading. Pitfalls such as high capital costs, tonnage shortfalls, expensive pollution control equipment, and hampering least-cost options such as… Continue reading