About the Author

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as its President. He specializes in approaches to municipal and commercial solid waste management based on environmental quality entrepreneurial opportunities for small businesses, community organizations, and cities. Since 2005, Neil has also been a valuable resource for Frederick County citizens and organizations working toward an environmentally and economically-responsible solution to our resource and waste management challenges.

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Gold in the Garbage: How Recycling Rates Could Be a Lot Higher

The national average recycling rate has been holding at just under 35 percent for the past five years, after rapid growth in the 1990s and 2000s, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That state of stagnation … [Read more...]

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Prince George’s County officially rejects incinerator option!

Prince George’s County has officially declined to move forward with garbage incineration as part of its future solid waste and recycling management system. On 9 August the County notified all bidders that it has … [Read more...]

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A Response to Anti Recycling Ideology

I think the writers who periodically “trash” recycling as ‘broken’, ‘wasteful’, ‘outweigh the benefits’ are secretly in love with recycling. They write their pieces in order to give recyclers a chance to respond with … [Read more...]

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Arizona Court Overturns Renewable Energy Credits for Incinerators: A Lesson for Frederick County and Maryland?

The trash incineration business is highly dependent on subsidies from government...or taxpayers. These subsidies come in a variety of forms. In neighboring Montgomery County, as much as 70% of the cost of the … [Read more...]