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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Sophia Bennett | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2015

Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets?

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

The policy of discouraging or even prohibiting repair and reuse is definitely not a win for the environment, but it is also a serious consumer rights issue. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Young Activist Club | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Takoma Park Students to Host “Love the Earth, Don’t Trash it” Victory Celebration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/yac-love-the-earth-dont-trash-it/

VICTORY! Over the last 6 years, the Takoma Park Young Activist Club has been campaigning to get toxic styrofoam lunch trays out of Piney Branch Elementary School. While MCPS and the Board of Education rejected the proposal for their single school dishwasher project, as of September 2014 MCPS did replace all styrofoam trays systemwide with paperboard trays. Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Houston One-Bin Proposal: The Wrong Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/houston-one-bin-proposal-wrong-choice/

Neil Seldman, ILSR Waste to Wealth Program, Washington, DC continues to follow the one bin proposal in Houston, Texas. In his January 7th Letter to the Editor, Seldman underscores the fact that city’s pilot curbside recycling program is working well and is quite popular. Can you imagine how fast the program could spread, increasing the materials recovered… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Review: 40 Years of Curbside Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-40-years-curbside-recycling/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews “40 Years of Curbside Recycling: A Celebration of Our Culture’s Greatest Environmental Movement” published by Waste & Recycling News in August. Seldman finds some some curious lapses in their recounting of history but finds that the essays and tables presented will significantly add to the growing literature of recycling. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2013

Whatcha Workin’ On, Neil Seldman? Podcast Episode 3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/whatcha-workin-on-neal-seldman-podcast-episode-3/

Welcome to our third episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On? podcast. Lisa Gonzalez interviews Neil Seldman, Ph.D., President of ILSR and the heart and soul of our Waste to Wealth Initiative. Neil tells us about the program and describes the many concurrent projects he is handling. Dr. Seldman also outlines some upcoming work for the… 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 ILSR 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

Mattress recycling in Eugene, OR, creates jobs and reduces waste.
Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2012

How Self-Reliant Cities Use Raw Materials

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

The recycling movement is yielding excellent results throughout the United States. In a range of innovative new ways, local governments are connecting the dots between resource conservation, sustainability, and local economic development. They are saving money, increasing local self-reliance, creating local jobs, and strengthening their local economies through recycling, reuse, composting and local food initiatives. Read on for success stories from communities across the country, and how you can follow their lead. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2012

Brief History of Post WW II US Recycling Movement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/history-post-ww-ii-recycling-movement/

Recycling was an important practical and psychological weapon on the US home front during World War II, 1941-45. Recycling practices died out by the late 1950s. Mayor Yorty in Los Angeles campaigned in 1960 on a platform that called for the end of curbside recycling. This phase of US recycling lasted for less than 10… Continue reading