July 2017
A Message from the President
Kelli Timbrook
Welcome summer!  After a wet and rainy spring, I hope everyone had a fun filled and safe 4th of July.  I spent my holiday hiking a portion of the Northville to Lake Placid trail, so the only lights I saw in the sky were fireflies!
The Federation Conference was highly successful again this year, with over 600 attendees and dozens of exhibitors participating toward sustainability!  Thank you to everyone who attended and made the conference such a success.  The feedback was very positive again this year, and the planning has already started for the 2018 conference.

 The NYSAR3 Board had its annual June Retreat, meeting in Syracuse to assess past and present successes and challenges and to set the course for the next year of NYSAR3 campaigns.  The Board decided to continue to focus on the Plastic Litter Committee, now renamed as Single Use Plastics or SUP Committee.  At the Federation Conference in May, the SUP Committee hosted a panel on the prospects of bag bans and fees in New York State that was well attended and sparked numerous new ideas and conversations.  The committee intends to keep this energy flowing with new partnerships for awareness campaigns and litter reduction, as well as a remodeled page on the NYSAR3 website that will include a database for all bag drop off locations.  You may have seen the announcement calling for locations that are not currently in the database, and I would encourage you to take a minute to read through it and participate if you can.

I would also encourage you to save the dates for NYSAR3's Annual Fall Recycling Conference (Nov. 7-9).  This year's theme is Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change and will be focused on how materials management can impact our changing climate.  There are still booths in the exhibitor show room and sponsorship opportunities available!

NYSAR3 is always looking for ways to reach out to the recycling community, especially emerging professionals who are entering the materials management field.  To help achieve this goal, we have teamed up with EFC at Syracuse University to sponsor an art competition for college students in New York.  They are asked to design a work of art based on a SMM theme, and the winner will receive $500 and their artwork will be used in NYSAR3 literature. Additionally, NYSAR3 has funded some short educational videos also on the SMM theme that will be widely shared and distributed. Keep an eye out for these at the Fall Conference. 
New Chapter 7 Representative Elected
Theresa Evans
Theresa Evans, Recycling Specialist at Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency was elected as the Chapter 7 NYSAR3 Board representative in a mid-term election in May.

Theresa earned a BS in Environmental Studies from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She is an emerging young professional in the recycling industry, joining OCRRA's award-winning team as a Recycling Specialist in 2013. Additionally, she also contributes to NYSAR3's Green Schools Committee and College Council, and serves as a current Board Member of Greening USA, a nonprofit organization based in Syracuse that advocates for sustainable communities. 
"Innovations in Textiles Manufacturing, Waste Reduction, and Reuse"
2017 New York Textile Summit Is A Collaborative Effort
On Oct. 31 the New York Product Stewardship Council, the Re-Clothe NY Coalition, and the Product Stewardship Institute will host a broad group of stakeholders for the New York Textile Summit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
The interactive event will draw professionals from across the supply chain, including manufacturers, retailers, recycling/reuse organizations, the fashion industry, state/local government, researchers, nonprofits, and consumers who are interested in connecting with others to drive innovation and overcome challenges in textiles production and recovery. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
The opening session will provide an overview of the successes and challenges of increasing U.S. textiles reuse and recycling beyond the current rate of 15 percent. Sessions will address specific issues, including:  Sustainable Manufacturing and Design;  Collection;  Markets; 

The Circular Economy and Innovative Recycling Technologies; and Textile Reuse and Recycling: Tangible Next Steps. Click here to read the full agenda.


Everyone is encouraged to attend this collaborative summit in person. But for those unable to travel, the summit will be webcast to allow remote participation (webcast sponsored by NYSAR3).


The Re-Clothe NY Coalition is comprised of textiles recyclers, local governments, non-profit reuse organizations, and others working together to increase the amount of textiles recovered for reuse and recycling in New York State. The Coalition started as a partnership between the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR), New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3), and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association. During the spring and summer of 2016, the Coalition developed standards that establish common messaging and ensure transparency, data sharing, and the highest, best possible use of donated textile materials. 
2017 Recycling Conference to Focus on Climate Change
The 2017 NYSAR3 Annual Recycling Conference is Nov. 7-9 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Make plans to attend  this year's conference, titled Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Materials Management. Read More about plans for this event. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are still available. 
New York City Food Waste Fair Planned for July 25
NYC's largest exhibition of food waste solutions- The NYC Food Waste Fair is bringing together sustainability experts and the food industry to learn how to reduce costs and get the most out of our food, while helping New York City's environment. Read More.
CleanSweepNY Program on Third Cycle in NY State
CleanSweepNY is a DEC-administered program that offers chemical waste disposal services to agricultural and non-agricultural entities such as farmers, owners of former farms, NYS certified pesticide applicators, landscapers, tree service providers, golf courses, cemeteries, marinas, and schools. Read More about this disposal program.
"Rags to Bags" - Make Your Own Carryall From a T-Shirt
The Matt Urban Hope Center of Buffalo recently joined Erie County's (Chapter 9) "Bring Your Own" Coalition, a group dedicated to reducing plastic waste - focusing on single use bags. A clever idea from their newest member encourages reuse, and helps to get the message across to discourage single use bags.  As the Center received more t-shirts then their clients could use, the staff was determined not to let these go to waste.  The t-shirt bag (which requires no sewing) is a great re-use of this resource.  Check out the easy directions.
Public Comment Period Ends 7/21 
Proposed Part 360 Rulemaking - Revisions Winding Up
The proposed Part 360 rulemaking is a comprehensive revision to existing regulations which was originally released for public comment in 2016. Due to public comments received, significant changes were made to some of the regulatory criteria. The revisions include technical amendments and clarifications, as well as updated criteria needed due to legal and policy developments.  Revised proposed regulations and supporting documents, including a modified Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS), were issued for public comment on June 21, and can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/81768.html . The 30-day public comment period will end July 21, 2017.  A public hearing was held July 13.
PSI Offers Resources to Opt Out of Phone Book Delivery
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The Product Stewardship Institute recently launched a new program, offering public education materials that encourage citizens to opt out of phone book delivery. Read More.
Madison County ReStore Renovations Underway
Editors Note: This story about the Madison County ReUse Store ran in the April NYSAR3 Newsletter with some errors. Our apologies on coverage of this program that is 
funded at 50% reimbursement NYSDEC. Read about the ReUse Store.
National Recycling Coalition - Board Nominations Open
NRC Board Nominations Sought
Please consider nominating a colleague, a friend, or yourself, to run for the NRC Board of Directors. Electronic nominations close on Monday, July 24, at 1:00 pm ET. Click to make a Nomination! 

Employment Opportunity: Executive Director Sought
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board of Directors is seeking interested candidates to serve as the NRC Executive Director, who will  represent the organization, address national recycling issues, raise the funds necessary to accomplish its mission, expand the NRC membership, and build a stronger voice through its partners.  Learn more about the position.
NERC SMM Award Nominations Sought 
NERC (Northeast Recycling Council) is accepting applications through Sept. 7 for its new awards program that will honor six individuals and six organizations for the impact they have made on sustainable materials management.  View the application form
Upcoming Events
July 24-28, Composting Council Research and Education Foundation Training, Brooklyn, NY
July 25,
 NYC Food Waste Fair, New York City, NY
July 25-27 Product Stewardship Forum, Boston, MA
Aug. 14-17National Hazardous Materials Conference(NAHMMA) , Clearwater Beach, FL
Sept. 24-27,  NYSASWM 2017 Fall Conference,  Lake Placid, NY
Oct. 31,The 2017 New York Textile Summit, PSI, NYSAR, NYPSC sponsored, New York, NY   
Nov. 7-9, 2017 NY State Recycling Conference, Cooperstown, NY  
Upcoming Webinars
July 18, Plastic Bag Legislation, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center & National Recycling Coalition. Focus is on national plastic carryout bag legislation and the key components to include in a good law. 
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