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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

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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

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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

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Creating Wealth from Everyday Items

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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

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Plug into Electronics Reuse

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Because computers become obsolete so swiftly, they are often discarded with many or all working components. This report provides contact information on 150 computer recovery facilities as well as in-depth profiles of the operating experiences of 13 that focus on computer reuse. Operations profiled are all replicable and many are interested in starting similar enterprises… Continue reading

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Weaving Textile Reuse into Waste Reduction

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By documenting 10 programs that collect discarded textiles from households, this reports shows how to integrate textiles into existing recycling programs. Key tips for replication (such as partnering with local charities) are highlighted. Appendices provide sample outreach materials and list companies accepting municipal textiles. by Brenda Platt ISBN 0-917582-93-4, LC 97-3520 Download PDF (17.7 MB) Continue reading

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Sustaining Businesses & Jobs through Pallet Repair & Reuse

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While pallet repair businesses are becoming more common, many pallets are still discarded without repair or salvage. This report lists 31 pallet reuse businesses interested in expanding, and documents jobs through pallet recovery. Profiles of five enterprises detail sources of pallets, repair equipment and process, and more. An appendix lists 193 pallet recovery facilities. View Introduction… Continue reading

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A Non-Incineration Alternative for Mercer County, New Jersey

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This report, for the Mercer Citizens for Public Accountability, helped defeat the Mercer County (NJ) waste incinerator. It includes a discussion of other incinerators that have fallen far short of their developer, consultant, and government expectations. by Brenda Platt Download PDF File Continue reading

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RECYCLING AT THE CROSSROADS: DEBATING ITS POTENTIAL

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Plenary Session Debate with Brenda Platt, Jerry Powell, and J. Winston Porter National Recycling Congress Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 18, 1996 Remarks by Brenda Platt Director of Materials Recovery Institute for Local Self-Reliance 2001 S Street NW Suite 570, Washington, DC 20009 202-898-1610 – fax 202-898-1612 Fifteen to twenty years ago, many solid waste planners thought… Continue reading

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Community Development Corporations and Reuse Operations: Four Case Studies of Working Relationships

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This document profiles four reuse operations and the community development corpora-tions (CDCs) with which they work. New neighborhood jobs, low- and no-cost materials for CDC programs, and cost savings are examined. Prepared for the National Congress for Community Economic Development and the Economic Development Administration. by Michael Lewis, Russell Clark, and Jeffrey Vandall Download PDF… Continue reading

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Manufacturing from Recyclables: 24 Case Studies of Successful Enterprises

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This study presents 24 state-of-the-art U.S. manufacturers utilizing recycled materials as feedstock. Includes details on feedstocks, process, products, economics, and replicability. Valuable for those interested in attracting new businesses to their communities. Published by the U.S. EPA. by Michael Lewis, Timothy Swope, Bhushan Tuladhar, Daniel Sapon-Borson, Taraneh Stallings, and Tom Martin EPA-530-R-95-001 Download report (8.3 MB) Continue reading

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Recycling Means Business in Baltimore, D.C., and Richmond

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This report documents the jobs and revenues created by recycling and disposal operations in three cities. Appendices detail each city’s recycling activities and businesses. by Brenda Platt, Henry Jeanes, and Anne Kaufmann Download PDF File (4.63 MB) Continue reading

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Recycling Means Business for the Baltimore, D.C., and Richmond Regions: Two Choices for the Future (poster)

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This multi-color poster illustrates the economic growth and job potential for Baltimore, D.C., and Richmond during the next decade if recycling is maximized. Continue reading

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Reuse Operations: Community Development Through Redistribution of Used Goods

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This text surveys 67 reuse operations. The report covers materials targeted; warehouse, brokering, and listing services; warehouse and truck parameters; and employment practices. It also addresses financing reuse enterprises. by Michael Lewis, Russell Clark, Jeffrey Vandall, and Neil Seldman ISBN 0-917582-95-0, LC 95-31168 Download PDF File (13.3 MB) Continue reading