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July 2011
A Message From The President
Upcoming NRC Board Meeting
2011 Recycling Works Gala
Electronic Waste Reuse, Recycling and Policy Webinar
Save the Date: NRC & IRC Reception at the Resource Recycling Conference, Aug. 16
Feedback Requested on NRC's Guiding Principles
Memberships Extended
NRC Empowers (State) Recycling Organization Council Leadership
NRC/RONA Update
Coming This Fall, The NRC Recycling Advisory Council: A "Blue Ribbon Panel"
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 2011 Recycling
Works Gala

Washington, DC
July 27
Details
 

 

Resource Recycling Conference
Indianapolis, IN
August 17-18

Details
 


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A Message From The President
 

Dear Fellow NRC Colleagues,

 

When I'm asked about the NRC, I liken what the current leaders are facing as starting a new national nonprofit from scratch. The reality is that we have been climbing from a hole, and we're just now reaching equilibrium - an empty slate on which to build.

 

Through the actions of last year's leaders, and this year's board, we are a long way down the path toward getting our fiscal house in order. While we have been forced inward with our focus, we are establishing the foundation for a renewed organization, one that effectively advocates for and promotes recycling with a goal of substantially increasing recovery rates. We are also heavily engaged in dialogue about our appropriate role with moving sustainable materials management forward in this country.

 

In this eNews you will read about a number of our activities, from how we're valuing our relationships with recycling organizations at the state level and our discussions with our good friends at RONA (Recycling Organizations of North America) to our efforts to (re-)define who we want to be. Expect more issues in the future. We'll be talking about how we are positioning ourselves to take a leadership role with the EPA and its efforts to further develop sustainable materials management principles across the country. We'll let you know about our national discussions about e-waste, and also about a key project we have co-sponsored intended to help define creative funding mechanisms for sustainable materials management at the municipal level.

 

Except for our capable staff intern Lisa Ruggero, we are a completely volunteer-driven organization. We do look to the day when we once again have a professional staff, and one focused first and foremost on service and advocacy. That day may soon be here, but regardless, we look to members of our broad community to become engaged. Attend our fundraisers and meetings, participate at a webinar, support one or more state-level recycling organizations, participate on one of our committees, and become a member. The bottom line is that we really need you!

 

Stay tuned for more to come. My very best to you this summer of 2011!

 

Greenest regards,

Mark Lichtenstein

President, National Recycling Coalition  

Upcoming Events

Upcoming NRC Board Meeting

Date: Wed. July 27, 2011
Time: 12:00PM ET

Location: American Forestry & Paper Association (AF&PA)

1111 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC  20036

 

If you would like to attend this meeting in-person, please RSVP to Lisa Ruggero at Lisa@nrcrecycles.org. If you are unable to attend and would like to call in to this meeting, register here.

2011 Recycling Works Gala

Date: Wed. July 27, 2011 

Time: 5:30PM cocktail reception, 6:30PM dinner 

Location: Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington DC 

 

The National Recycling Coalition and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries cordially invite you to the 2011 Recycling Works Gala. This is the NRC's major fundraiser, and is a great opportunity to join with others in the recycling industry, members of Congress, and others. Dress is business attire. To register, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit NRCRecycles.org.

Electronic Waste Reuse, Recycling and Policy Webinar

 

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM EDT

 

Sign up for this webinar to learn about how to get the highest and best possible use out of electronic waste. The panel of speakers, including Resa Dimino of WeRecycle!, Diane Cohen of Finger Lakes Reuse (NY), and Walter Alcorn of Consumer Electronics Association (invited) will discuss: 

 

� E-Waste recycling resources for consumers, educators, municipal officials, and those in the solid waste management industry;

� Best practices for establishing an e-waste reuse program; and,

� Extended Producer Responsibility e-waste laws, such as New York State's new law, from the manufacturer's perspective.

 

This webinar is hosted by the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center located at SyracuseCoE in partnership with the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3). It is provided at no cost to New York State residents thanks to a solid waste management grant from the USDA Rural Development Service. Access is extended to attendees across the United States thanks to an agreement with the National Recycling Coalition. To register, click here

Save the Date: NRC & IRC Reception at the Resource Recycling Conference, Aug. 16

On Aug. 16, 2011, the National Recycling Coalition is partnering with the Indiana Recycling Coalition to welcome you to Indianapolis the evening before the commencement of the Resource Recycling Conference. Join us for a night of drinks, food, dancing, and fun. Check NRCRecycles.org for more updates soon. 

Latest News 

Feedback Requested on NRC's Guiding Principles

 

At its March 2011 meeting, the NRC Board adopted a set of Vision and Mission Statements, and they are included on the NRC website. This is a key part of the restructuring of the organization. In addition, in order to inform a strategic plan and to establish the underpinning values for the NRC moving forward (from which all else will develop), both the NRC Renewal and Policy Committees, under the leadership of Pam Blackwell and Fran McPoland (respectively), have worked on Guiding Principles, which can be viewed here. The NRC is soliciting input on these Principles, which will be absolutely core to everything the NRC does moving forward. In addition, while the Vision and Mission have been established, the NRC Board recognizes that all of these statements and documents are "living," and subject to change. The NRC's leadership is certainly willing to entertain input on all of this and everything else it has embarked on. Please submit comments to Lisa Ruggero. The comment period is coming to a close this summer, so send your responses soon!

Memberships Extended 


In order to provide members benefits through the summer, the NRC Executive Committee has approved a request from the NRC President to extend all memberships that were in good standing as of 3/31 to 9/15/11.

NRC Empowers (State) Recycling Organization Council Leadership

 

For many years, the NRC has discussed making the ROC (Recycling Organization Council) Chair an Ex-officio Member of the NRC Board of Directors. Recently, a motion was passed by the NRC Executive Committee to approve this action. This motion will entitle the ROC Chair - currently Mike Mitchell from the Illinois Recycling Association - to a non-voting, permanent seat on the NRC Board. He will receive essential board member communications, and be able to participate fully in all open board discussions, meetings, and committee deliberations. The NRC is excited about this important step towards increasing state recycling organization involvement in NRC decision-making.

NRC/RONA Update 

 

At a recent meeting of the NRC leadership, NRC President Lichtenstein, and Board Chair Jeff Cooper gave an update about ongoing discussions between NRC and RONA regarding the potential of moving toward some type of unified structure. Recently, both have had productive conversations with the RONA Chair, Marjorie Griek. The NRC Executive Committee approved the recommendation that both RONA and NRC would encourage their respective member recycling organizations to join the other organization. Leaders of both NRC and RONA have planned a facilitated meeting with the purpose of further exploring a unified structure. In addition, a public meeting is being planned to discuss a host of related issues. Both of these events will be associated with the Resource Recycling Conference the week of August 15, 2011 in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott. All interested individuals are welcome to attend the public session. Please check the NRC website and the Resource Recycling website for continual updates on the schedule for these meetings and others associated with the conference.

Coming This Fall, The NRC Recycling Advisory Council: A "Blue Ribbon Panel"

 

In order to help the NRC President and Board of Directors focus on strategic issues affecting sustainable materials management and materials recovery, the NRC is appointing a diverse group of leaders to a "think tank": the Recycling Advisory Council (RAC). The 2011 version of the RAC will mirror components of the highly successful RAC of the 1990's, conceptualized and led by NRC Founder and Honorary Board Member Cliff Case. The purpose of the RAC is twofold:  

  • To advise the President and the Board of Directors as requested on planning, developing and evaluating programs and services in order to better meet the needs of the NRC membership; and, 
  • To assess current and emerging issues of national importance related to recycling and provide insight and guidance on addressing them to the President and the Board.

In order to ensure that the RAC and its individual members are representative of key stakeholders in the recycling arena, the President will appoint at least one representative to the Council from among: trade associations, professional associations, state and municipal recycling organizations, US Congress, federal regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations, major retailers, past NRC presidents, and other organizations as determined by the NRC President. More information on the RAC is available at the NRC website. To recommend an individual to the council, email president Mark Lichtenstein.