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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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ILSR’s Facts to Act On Series on Extended Producer Responsibility

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

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

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Record Setting Recycling and Composting Programs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/record-setting-recycling-and-composting-programs/

Twenty years ago, many solid waste planners thought no more than 15% to 20% of the municipal waste stream could be recycled. ILSR’s 1988 publication, Beyond 25%: Materials Recovery Age Comes of Age, shattered this myth. It featured 15 communities recycling 25% or more of their residential and commercial/institutional discards. Our 1991 report Beyond 40%:… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 3, 2002

ILSR’s Waste to Wealth E-Bits — Vol. 2, No. 2

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-2-no-2/

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

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Innovation, Leadership, Stewardship

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

Alameda County, California (pop. 1.46 million), diverts almost 60% of its municipal solid waste, making it one of the nation’s record-setting recycling communities. The Alameda County Waste Management Authority and Recycling Board deserves much credit. This glossy booklet — chock full of case studies and photographs — features the Board’s source reduction, reuse, construction material… Continue reading

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Asian Countries Jump on the EPR Bandwagaon

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

This Facts to Act On features policies introduced in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan to make manufacturers take more responsibility for the products and packaging they produce. Korea, for instance, has instituted deposit-refund systems, non-refundable product fees, and design requirements for packaging. The country also has restrictions on the distribution of disposable goods. by Kelly Lease… Continue reading