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Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 2000

Wasting and Recycling in the United States 2000

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wasting-and-recycling-in-the-united-states-2000/

This report—prepared for the GrassRoots Recycling Network—summarizes the state of wasting and recycling in the U.S., details recycling’s many environmental and economic benefits, introduces the concept of zero waste planning, and concludes with an agenda for action. Recycling continues to increase, but is being outpaced by the rise in wasting. Landfill tonnage and interstate shipments… Continue reading

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Del Norte Zero Waste Plan

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

This zero waste plan is the first of its kind in the U.S. It describes policies and strategies for reaching zero waste in Del Norte (CA). Other communities aiming for zero waste will find this plan essential reading. by Del Norte Solid Waste Mgt. Authority staff, Self-Reliance Inc. staff, and other consultants 2000, 170 pages… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 1999

Deconstruction: Salvaging Yesterday’s Buildings for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/deconstruction-salvaging-yesterdays-buildings-for-tomorrows-sustainable-communities/

Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse and recycling. This report provides information to understand and advocate for deconstruction locally, regionally, and nationally, emphasizing partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit practitioners. A collaborative project of the Materials for the Future Foundation (San Francisco)… Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 1999

Cutting the Waste Stream in Half – Fitchburg, WI, Portland, OR, and Seattle

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

These case studies- Fitchburg, WI, Portland OR, and Seattle, WA, were conducted by ILSR for the US Environmental Protection Agency, and are part of a larger study called Cutting the Waste Stream in Half: Community Record-Setters Show How (download full report or fact sheet packet). Each case study presents that city’s recycling strategies as well as the laws and policies from which the… Continue reading

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Complex Recycling Issues: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction in Multi-Family Dwellings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/complex-recycling-issues-strategies-for-record-setting-waste-reduction-in-multi-family-dwellings/

Multi-family buildings are often overlooked when communities offer their residents recycling services. This fact sheet packet features four model apartment buildings and complexes, from garden apartments to high-rises, that are recycling between 20 and 65% of their discarded materials. Also profiled are five communities that provide recycling service to their multi-family dwelling sector. by Kelly… Continue reading

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Cutting the Waste Stream in Half: Community Record-Setters Show How

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cutting-the-waste-stream-in-half-community-record-setters-show-how/

This report and fact sheet packet of the same title feature 18 cities and counties recovering 40 to 65% of their residential waste. They profile each community’s program, drivers for waste reduction levels, materials accepted, set-out and collection methods, and equipment and operating costs. The fact sheet packet summarizes and complements the full report. Essential… Continue reading

Deconstruction salvaging yesterday's buildings
Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 1999

Deconstruction: Salvaging Yesterday’s Buildings for Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/deconstruction-salvaging-yesterdays-buildings-for-tomorrows-sustainable-communities-2/

Deconstruction is the process of carefully dismantling a building in order to salvage components for reuse and recycling. This report provides information to understand and advocate for deconstruction locally, regionally, and nationally, emphasizing partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit practitioners. A collaborative project of the Materials for the Future Foundation (San Francisco)… Continue reading

filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 1998

ILSR’s U.S. EPA-Sponsored Waste Reduction Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/13049/

ILSR’s Waste Reduction Record-Setters project (1996-2000), funded under an U.S. EPA grant, identified and documented record-setting waste reduction programs in the public and private sectors. The project identified 100 communities and nearly 200 businesses, institutions, and other organizations reporting waste reduction — the combination of waste prevention and recycling — rates at 50 percent or… Continue reading

Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 1998

DON’T THROW AWAY THAT FOOD: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dont-throw-away-that-food-strategies-for-record-setting-waste-reduction/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Waste Reduction Record-Setters Project fosters development of exceptional waste reduction programs by documenting successful ones. These programs can be used as models for others implementing their own programs to reduce garbage. The Don’t Throw Away That Food information packet below is oriented toward commercial and institutional food discard generators, and… Continue reading

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Government and Community-Based Sources and Strategies for Financing Recycling Enterprises

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/governmentcommunity-based-sources-and-strategies-for-financing-recycling-enterprises/

Prepared for the National Recycling Coalition by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, this report discusses recent developments in community and small business financing, identifies barriers and current needs, and outlines steps for linking recycling-based community development and small business financing. Appendices list and survey prominent community development corporations and finance institutions. Download PDF (147 KB) Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 1998

Don’t Throw Away That Food: Strategies for Record-Setting Waste Reduction Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dont-throw-away-that-food-strategies-for-record-setting-waste-reduction-2/

by Brenda Platt and Joanne Goodwin 1998, fact sheet packet (24 pages) – View Online Download PDF File (1.26 MB) EPA-530-F-98-023 two-color printed copies available free through the RCRA hotline 1-800-424-9346 (within U.S.),1-703-412-9810 (outside U.S. and Washington, DC metro area). A growing number of food-related businesses are diverting their food discards to useful purposes in… Continue reading

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Key Characteristics of Record-Setting Recycling Programs

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

Compost yard trimmings Only those programs with comprehensive composting of segregated organics have achieved very high levels of materials recovery. Target a wide range of materials For a community to recover a high percentage of its total waste, it must target a variety of materials. Targeting only two or three materials (for example, newspapers, bottles,… Continue reading

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Thinking About Solid Waste Management in the District of Columbia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/thinking-about-solid-waste-management-in-the-district-of-columbia/

This report examines major solid waste issues facing the nation’s capital and offers recommendations for making ecologically sound and cost-effective improvements that build community and entrepreneuralism. The report includes recommendations on recycling, trash collection routes and vehicles, waste transfer stations, and retraining city workers. by Neil Seldman Download PDF File (2.52 MB) Continue reading

Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 1997

Creating Wealth from Everyday Items

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

This report profiles six model reuse operations and seven programs that collect reusable goods from households. Each profile documents materials handled, marketing information, process and equipment utilized, costs, and replicability. The report also details job creation and other community benefits of reuse. View Introduction by Brenda Platt ISBN 0-917582-95-0, LC 97-1338 Download PDF File (8.92 MB) Continue reading