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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

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

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Does the Citizens Recycling Movement Face a Hostile Takeover?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/does-recycling-movement-face-hostile-takeover/

Neil Seldman provides an update and review of recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments based on his interviews with recycling practitioners,  local officials and environmental leaders. Download the policy review. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Is the $236 Billion Recycling Sector Threatened by a Hostile Takeover?

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

For decades the US recycling movement has fought garbage incinerators that threatened to smother it in its infancy. Indeed, recycling is now a $300 billion industry in large part because of the success of a broad grassroots movement in halting the construction of hundreds of new incinerators. But, according to a policy review by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the specter of a revived incineration industry is again threatening the recycling industry and, ironically, this threat is being enabled by the application of new environmental strategy intended to increase re-use and recycling: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In British Columbia, for example, the EPR program has embraced the construction of three new incinerators. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2012

ILSR Joins Zero Waste Committee

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

Neil Seldman, ILSR’s president and recycling-based economic development technical assistance provider, has accepted an invitation to serve as advisor to the Sierra Club’s National Zero Waste Committee. Seldman has worked extensively with local Sierra Club chapters throughout the US for over 30 years. Seldman will serve on the garbage incineration, extended producer responsibility (EPR), and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 4, 2012

Illinois’ Game-Changing E-scrap Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/illinois-game-changing-e-scrap-law/

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act is breaking the mold of 25 state e-scrap laws. Under the law, passed in 2008 and amended in 2011, companies that reuse machines get twice the credit of those companies that recycle the materials. Continue reading

Rule filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2012

Illinois – Electronics Take Back Law

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

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2106) is breaking the mold of 25 state e-scrap laws. Under the law, passed in 2008 and amended in 2011, companies that reuse machines get twice the credit of those companies that recycle the materials. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2012

Letter to the Editor: EPR Debate Needs Some Perspective

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

Published in Waste & Recycling News, print edition  Please keep Waste & Recycling news reporter Shawn Wright assigned to cover the important extended producer responsibility (EPR) debate, such as in his story, “Study shows landfilled resources worth billions,” WRN, Aug. 6. His article is the first I have seen that approaches the subject in a… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Brave New EPR World and Its Resource Monopolies

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

Imagine a world in which there were state-mandated middleman organizations that contracted for and controlled the recovery of all discarded resources. That’s the brave new world of EPR, much of which is in place in British Columbia, and which is even today helping US legislators write laws to bring us resource monopolies that might ask for exemption from antitrust laws. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2012

Review of Recent Articles in Forbes Magazine

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

Amy Westervelt has written two recent articles on why recycling is failing and how corporate America can save recycling.  (“Can Recycling Be Bad for the Environment?” and “How Corporate America Might Just Save Recycling”) The articles present anecdotes as facts and facts without proper analysis.  Much like the recent book Recycling Reconsidered by Samantha MacBride, Westervelt… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2012

Review of Recycling Reconsidered

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

Impressions of Recycling Reconsidered By Samantha MacBride Reviewed for GreenYes Listserve Ms. MacBride makes zero waste one of her central concerns. She provides the best description and analysis of the recycling movement I have seen to date. It is not perfect, but she captures the nuances that link and yet differentiate components of the movement…. Continue reading