Inspiring Communities to Embrace and Achieve Zero Waste

The Recycling Cornucopia

The Recycling Cornucopia provides technical assistance to cities, community groups and businesses in the field of sustainable resource management. The program is led by Neil Seldman, Phd., who has pioneered developments in processing, building deconstruction and small scale manufacturing from recycled materials.

Dr. Seldman has also chronicled the US recycling movement in the last 50 years in “History of the US Recycling Movement, Encyclopedia of Technology Energy and Environment” and “Wasting and Recycling in the US 2000.” He has also documented worldwide recycling developments for the World Bank in “Recycling From Municipal Refuse: a State-of-the-art Review and Annotated Bibliography.”

Neil is an organizer of the National Recycling Coalition – at the First National Recycling Congress, and a founder of the Grass Roots Recycling Network aka Zero Waste USA. According to Robin Cannon, Concerned Citizens of South Los Angeles, Dr. Seldman is known as a grassroots organizer who, “shows communities how to fight against incinerators and for the sustainable solution to solid waste and economic problems.” In recent years he has worked in Atlanta, Cleveland, Alachua County (Gainesville), FL, Reading, PA, Washington, DC, Bridgeport, CT, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Detroit. Dr. Seldman writes regularly for trade journals providing insight and criticism of poorly designed technologies and programs.

Dr. Seldman was a manufacturer in New York City and a university lecturer in political science before co-founding the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC in 1973.

Zero Waste USA Announces The Recycling Cornucopia

Ruth Abbe, President of Zero Waste USA has just announced “Civic and environmental organizations, small businesses, local agencies and local officials will be able to obtain free technical assistance on waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and composting policies and programs from the Recycling Cornucopia Program of Zero Waste USA”.

2022-2023 Projects

If your community and/or organization would like to be considered as a Recycling Cornucopia Project please complete this form (I/P). Plan to provide your name, the name of your organization and location. Briefly describe the Zero Waste challenge you are facing: a proposed incinerator, an existing incinerator, a proposed mega landfill, poor recycling, reuse and composting programs that need to be improved, how to access federal infrastructure investment funding, or developing a Zero Waste Plan and Implementation Schedule.

Services Available

Civic and environmental organizations, small businesses, local agencies and local officials may obtain free technical assistance on wasting, recycling, reuse and composting policies and programs. Recycling Cornucopia examples include: