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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

filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2003

Washington, DC

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

2002-2003 In 2002, ILSR inaugurated its Washington, DC deconstruction training program at the Stanton Dwellings public housing complex, working closely with the DC Housing Authority and Just U Wait’N See CDC (JUWNS), a community development corporation serving the residents of the Stanton community. ILSR provided screening and training guidelines to JUWNS to facilitate the selection,… Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2003

Philadelphia Rowhouse Deconstruction Pilot Project

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

Summer 2003 ILSR conducted a Phase One deconstruction pilot project in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) during the summer 2003. NTI is a multi-year strategy for eliminating blight ad revitalizing communities in Philadelphia. ILSR’s Jim Primdahl supervised the two City-chosen demolition contractors in the pilot project that resulted in the… Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2002

Roseburg, Oregon

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

2002 ILSR helped the Umpqua County Community Development Corporation (UCCDC) prepare a successful application to HHS, providing funds to create 13 new jobs in deconstruction over three years. (Six low-income workers already have been trained and employed at this writing.) Once funds were awarded, we helped train UCCDC staff, primarily in business management and development… Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2002

Alameda County Waste Management Authority Heralded as One of the Nation’s Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/httpwww-ilsr-orgrecyclingdecondecon-in-action-htmlrebuilding-center/

ILSR’s 20-page booklet, Innovation, Leadership, Stewardship, features Alameda County’s (California) record-setting recycling programs. The county diverts almost 60% of its municipal solid waste. The Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board deserve much credit. This glossy booklet — chock full of case studies and photographs — features the Board’s… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2002

Community Record Setters

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

ILSR has been tracking and documenting community-wide recycling/composting programs for many years. Some of our reports on this subject are available online as PDF files. Others are available in hard copy format only. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2002

ILSR’s Waste to Wealth E-Bits — Vol. 3, No. 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsrs-waste-to-wealth-e-bits-vol-3-no-1/

E-Bits highlights ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program work, from creating jobs and recycling-oriented enterprises, to recycling policies that close the loop locally, to model waste reduction initiatives. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2002

Defending Recycling – Moving Towards Zero Waste

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/defending-recycling-moving-towards-zero-waste/

The articles and publications listed below discuss the benefits of recycling, refute criticisms aimed at recycling, identify new trends, and highlight the continuing perils of disposal techniques such as incineration, landfilling, and trash transfer stations. They are all available for either online viewing or for downloading as PDF files. Refuting Recycling Critics Recycling Means Big… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2002

Defending Recycling/Eliminating Disposal Articles and Publications

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/defending-recyclingeliminating-disposal-articles-and-publications/

These articles and publications discuss the benefits of recycling, refute criticisms aimed at recycling, identify new trends, and highlight the continuing perils of disposal techniques such as incineration, landfilling, and trash transfer stations. They are all available for either online viewing or for downloading as PDF files. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2002

ILSR Asks Senator Jeffords to More Directly Encourage Refilling in His Senate Bill 2220, The National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2002

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-asks-senator-jeffords-to-more-directly-encourage-refilling-in-his-senate-bill-2220-the-national-beverage-producer-responsibility-act-of-2002/

National legislation that couples beverage container deposits with a minimum recovery rate is long overdue. If passed, Senator Jeffords Senate Bill 2220, the National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2002, will fill this gap. The bill, introduced on Earth Day, calls for a minimum 80% recovery level and would set per container deposits on beverage… Continue reading

Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2002

Zero Waste: Replacing Waste Management with Discards Management in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/zero-waste-replacing-waste-management-with-discards-management-in-the-hong-kong-special-administrative-region/

This report, completed for Greenpeace China, critiques plans to build a waste incinerator in Hong Kong and presents a more rationale non-burn discard management strategy. It provides a blueprint for moving toward zero waste policies and programs in Hong Kong. The report presents zero waste as a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st… Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2002

Reduce, Reuse, Refill!

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

More than 70% of soda and beer containers are refilled in Finland, Denmark, and Germany, where policies are in place to require, if not support refilling. In the U.S., less than 5% of beverage containers are refilled. U.S. beverage companies offer their products for sale in Europe and elsewhere in refillables. Why not in the… Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2002

Extended Producer Responsibility Resources and Links

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-resources-and-links/

These links to organizations like the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Northwest Product Stewardship Council provide insight on the state of Extended Producer Responsibility in the US and abroad. 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, 2002

Recycling Means Business

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

Recycling is an economic development tool as well as an environmental tool. Reuse, recycling, and waste reduction offer direct development opportunities for communities. When collected with skill and care, and upgraded with quality in mind, discarded materials are a local resource that can contribute to local revenue, job creation, business expansion, and the local economic base. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2002

Facts to Act On

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

Between 1990 and 1993, ILSR published its Facts to Act On series, 38 articles covering a wide range of topics on recycling, waste management, and grassroots organizing. The series was renewed between 2000 and 2002. Continue reading