In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Webinar | PET Thermoform Recycling - A Progress Report 
Tues. April 22
1:30pm - 2:45pm ET
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32nd Annual Michigan Recycling Coalition Conference and Trade Show
April 29 - May 1
Ann Arbor, MI
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National Zero Waste Business Conference
May 7 - May 8
Atlanta, GA
Virginia Recycling Association Conference
May 13 - May 14
Roanoke, VA
NRC Board Meeting
Fri. May 16
Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations
May 18-21
The Sagamore Resort on Lake George
Bolton Landing, NY
2014 Illinois Joint Conference
June 3-4
Tinley Parl, IL
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Indiana Recycling Coalition 2014 Conference and Exhibition
June 3-5
Indianapolis, IN
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Coloarado Association for Recycling 2014 Summit for Recycling
June 8 - 10
 by Hilton
Colorado Springs, CO
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33rd Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo
June 9 - 10
Radisson Hotel Manchester/Center of NH
Manchester, NH
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MRN/SWANA-MidAtlantic Annual Conference
June 19-20
Linthicum, MD
Please Note

All communication, payables and/or receivables should be mailed to the following address ONLY:


National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

1220 L Street NW, Suite 100-155

Washington DC 20005

NRC Board
Mick Barry

Gary Bilbro
NewGreen Consulting, LLC

Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke Environmental

Susan Collins
Container Recycling Institute

Jeffrey Cooper
Ciotti Enterprises

John Frederick
Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG

Jack DeBell
University of Colorado Recycling Services

Marjie Griek
Colorado Association for Recycling

Dan Hagan
Commercial Pallet

Jim Hanna
Starbucks Coffee Company

Brian Hawkinson
American Forest & Paper Association

Bob Hollis
The Mobius Network

Mark Lichtenstein
Center for Sustainable Community Solutions, Syracuse University

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates

Stephen London

Fran McPoland
Paper Recycling Coalition & 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance

Jeffrey Miller
Communications Consultant

Michelle Minstrell
Waste Management Sustainability Services

Margretta "Meg" Morris

Michele Nestor
Nestor Resources, Inc.

Maite Quinn
Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management

Will Sagar
Southeast Recycling Development Council

Lisa Skumatz
Skumatz Economic Research Associates & Econservation Institute

Robin Wiener
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
eNews Staff
NRC eNews editor and
Staff Lead
Lisa Ruggero
April 2014
Like our new look?
We are in the process of rebranding the NRC and rolling out our new logo and website design. We hope you like it! Stay tuned for more details!
Join us in New Orleans!
2014 Annual Members Meeting
The NRC and ROC will be holding our Annual Meetings in conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference on Monday, September 15 at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana. All members are encouraged to attend!
Apply to become NRC's Fund Development Contractor
Interested in working towards a sustainable financial future for NRC?

The National Recycling Coalition seeks to invest in a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Fund Development Contractor under contract to advance the fund development, and mission of the organization. The NRC is looking for a goal-oriented professional who is motivated to grow an organization and be rewarded for those successful efforts. 

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NRC Campus Council Updates
About the Campus Council
NRC's recently created Campus Council focuses on creating better linkages between higher ed and the sustainable materials management industry. Guided by an Advisory Committee of NRC Board members and representatives of colleges and universities, the Council works to strengthen connections with other like-minded organizations in ways that remain distinct from, and complementary to, other college and university  sustainability organizations.  Get to know the Campus Council.  Visit

Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund Memorializes Bill Heenan with Scholarships
To memorialize the late Bill Heenan, the Campus Council is coordinating with the Murray J. Fox Scholarship fund to recognize the academic achievements of students interested in the recycling field. The trust fund has allocated an additional $15,000 to be awarded amongst meritorious students from an affiliated state.

The Murry J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murry Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the National Recycling Coalition, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students in environmental studies interested in recycling. This year, in addition to cash scholarships, recipients will also receive complementary admission to the Resource Recycling Conference: September 16-17, 2014 in New Orleans (an excellent networking opportunity), as well as a one-year membership to the Coalition.

Do You:
*  Attend a New Orleans, LA area college or university ?
*  Study environmental science/studies or equivalent ?
*  Maintain meritorious academic achievement ?
Apply by Friday, August 1. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 15.  Visit:  Submit questions to

Support Available for Training Programs
The Campus Council assists the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) to accredit certification programs run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.  For more information, e-mail
RO Affiliate Spotlight
Michigan Recycling Coalition Hosts Successful Webinar with Support from NRC
Michigan Recycling Coalition held a webinar in March of 2014 to inform, educate and mobilize people in the state of Michigan to take action on important recycling legislation. 

One of the benefits of affiliate membership in NRC is the hosting of webinars at no cost to the RO. Have an idea for a webinar in your state? Contact Lisa Ruggero to take advantage of this member  benefit today!

Materials Management and Green Building 

By: NRC Board Member, Gary A. Bilbro, NewGreen Consulting, LLC


Over the years we have seen a tremendous amount of time, money and energy go into the development and deployment of LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) throughout the US and overseas. With over 2 billion square feet of new space designed and constructed utilizing these standards, LEED continues to grow in popularity.


During the downturn in the economy from 2008 to 2010 the number of LEED projects grew by 50% while non-LEED construction fell. In addition the number of retrofit projects increased during this same time frame and even surpassed the number of new construction projects.


So what does this mean for "GREEN" building in the future? As a consultant, I have worked with clients all over the country. The one thing I am constantly asked these days is; "How relevant is LEED today?" A quick snapshot of the USGBC project list would make anyone realize that LEED certification is growing off the charts. However when you ask some of your local builders, haulers or recyclers in certain areas of the country, you will hear a different story.  

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2014 NRC Affiliates
Thank you very much to our affiliated recycling associations for your continued membership and support. We look forward to another successful year of promoting Sustainable Materials Management in the US!
  • California Resource Recovery Association

  • Colorado Association for Recycling

  • Georgia Recycling Coalition

  • Illinois Recycling Association

  • Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Iowa Recycling Association 
  • Maryland Recycling Network

  • Michigan Recycling Coalition 
  • Missouri Recycling Association

  • New Mexico Recycling Coalition

  • New York Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling

  • Association of New Jersey Recyclers
  • Oklahoma Recycling Association 
  • Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

  • Carolina Recycling Association

  • State of Texas Alliance for Recycling

  • Virginia Recycling Association  

  • Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin   

Benefits of affiliation include automatic membership and voting privileges in NRC elections for all members of the state recycling organization, free webinar hosting, and more! 

Contact for details. 

Do you have the next big idea in recycling?
The deadline for submitting a short proposal to the second annual Recycling Innovators Forum is rapidly approaching, but there's still time to enter your game-changing idea to the competition.    
Designed to elevate and support actionable ideas that will generate real returns for recycling companies and stakeholders, the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum enables inventors, teams, researchers, entrepreneurs and others to compete for cash prizes and industry exposure.
Sponsored by Alcoa, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling, Resource Recycling and Waste Management, the Forum will be held the day before the official start of the annual Resource Recycling Conference, building on the momentum of both events in 2013.
Selected finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of recycling professionals, venture capitalists and clean-tech investors on September 15, 2014 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. Two $20,000 prizes will be awarded: one to the top idea backed by an enterprise or institution, and the other to the top idea backed by a single inventor or startup team.
The Recycling Innovators Forum is currently seeking proposals to compete in the Forum, and suggests topics that focus on improving recycling collection, changing consumer behavior, developing sorting and processing technologies, boosting market development for different material types, reducing capital costs, and other ideas to improve and advance recycling.
For more information on the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum, including full rules on entering the competition, visit
Ali Briggs-Ungerer
Project Manager
Investment Forum: Austin Recycling Innovations
Deadline for Applications Extended to April 24!

Plan now to join the Texas Entrepreneur Network, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the Recycling Innovations Investment Forum to be held May 29, 1 - 5 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St.  The forum will bring recycling manufacturing companies together with Austin's investment community for an afternoon of funding pitches.


As a Zero Waste community, Austin is aggressively pulling recyclable materials from the waste stream and seeking companies to start-up, expand and relocate in Austin to use these raw materials in value-added processes. Companies seeking opportunities to present information before Austin investors can submit applications for consideration. Ten companies will be chosen to make 10-minute pitch presentations before an investor audience. Another ten companies may have an opportunity to make 1-minute pitches in a lightning round.


Companies eligible for consideration include local, regional, national and international companies engaged in recycling, upcycling and reuse manufacturing. Early stage and growth stage companies with proven technology and scalable business models interested in Austin/Travis County locations are encouraged to submit proposals.  Start-ups must demonstrate market acceptance, and waste-to-energy projects are ineligible.  

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