April 2022 Newsletter
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Farewell Heather
This month we are saying thank you and farewell to Executive Director Heather Creevan. Heather spent eight years as a Nebraska Recycling Council employee and three years as the Executive Director.

Heather always demonstrated a strong commitment to the Nebraska Recycling Council and their mission to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. As a self-described lover of trash, she was eager to network and connect with recycling industry partners, devoted many hours to fundraising for our annual conference and meeting with new and current members, managed the finances and staff, and provided historical knowledge to the organization, since her inception as an employee in 2014.

The Board of Directors and NRC staff would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Heather for her hard work, dedication, and time at the Nebraska Recycling Council. We want to wish Heather well in her future endeavors and thank her for everything she has given to the organization.
CHaRM: Volunteers Needed on April 23
The Nebraska Recycling Council is holding our CHaRM (Collection for Hard to Recycle Materials) event this year on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9 a.m.-Noon at Nebraska Innovation Campus, with FIVE vendors!

For all of the details, go to our website here: https://nrcne.org/2022charm/

We are looking for a team of volunteers to assist with CHaRM this year. Tasks volunteers will be doing include: unloading vehicles, traffic control, event set up and clean up.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer, click here.
New Partnership and Perspective
Human Eco Consulting
The Nebraska Recycling Council is proud to partner with HumanEco Consulting on the development of an application for the US Forest Service. In March, NRC staff met with HumanEco Consulting to address lack of access to comprehensive information on recycling facilities and donation centers in the United States. The project, as contracted by the United States Forest Service, seeks to compile information for materials management from every state. Using the data from NRC’s online recycling guide, the US Forest Service will promote this app for use in the event of emergencies. This data includes the location and contact information for recycling and donation centers.

Wildfires, floods, natural disasters and other issues requiring evacuation often leave communities in chaos and many materials abandoned out of necessity. In the aftermath of these events, many recyclable materials are sent to landfills. The development of this app, with an intended date of completion in summer 2022, seeks to fulfill this issue of materials mismanagement. Comprising data of all 50 states, this application will be a comprehensive resource for those across the country seeking to dispose of recyclable materials. The NRC is looking forward to continuing development and support of this project.
Earth Day Events Across Nebraska

April 16: Keep Nebraska City Beautiful: Cross Electronics Recycling Event 9 am-noon

April 20: Walk/Bike to School Day; Wayne Green Team

April 23: Keep Columbus Beautiful Electronics Recycling event 9 am-1 pm

April 23: Keep Cass County Beautiful Electronic & Metal Collection Event 9 am-noon

April 23, 2022: Lincoln Earth Day and Earth Day Omaha

April 30: Electronics Recycling event in O'Neill from 9 am-12:00 noon

Webinars & Events
The 5 Ps of Circular Advocacy: How you can be an advocate for the circular economy
Webinar; Friday April 8 11:00 a.m. Register

Food Waste Reduction Strategies & Tools for Businesses & Institutions
Webinar; Wednesday April 20 12:00-1:30 pm CST Register

Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln on April 23, 9 am-12 pm
For more information: https://nrcne.org/2022charm/

Nebraska Recycling Council Annual Conference: Fall 2022
"Rediscovering Recycling: Evolving Markets and Evolving Perspectives"
More details coming soon!
Articles of Interest
Compost Corner
Every day, Americans waste enough food to fill the Rose Bowl. American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom is an excellent resource for food waste statistics and actionable solutions.

About the book: Half eaten restaurant meals abandoned. Fresh food rotting in the fridge.. From farm to fork, we as a nation waste a staggering amount of food- as much as 40 of all the food we produce. Now, award winning author and journalist Jonathan Bloom wades into the garbage heap to unearth what our squandered food really says about us, why it matters, and most importantly, how you can make a difference starting in your own kitchen- reducing waste and saving money. Through behind-the-scenes reporting and interviews up and down the food chain- including experts like chef Alice Waters and food psychologist Brian Wansink- Bloom’s exposé ensures that you will never look at your shipping list, refrigerator, dinner plate, or trash can the same way again. 

BONUS: Watch for the giveaway of a free copy of "American Wasteland" on our social media this month!
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