In This Issue
Upcoming Events
RAM/SWANA Conference & Show
October 5 - 6, 2016
Bloomington, MN 
Zero Waste Business Associate Training
October 10, 2016
Bayside, CA
Texas Recycling Summit
October 16 - 18, 2016
San Antonio, TX
ReuseConex 2016
October 17 - 19, 2016
Boston, MA
Zero Waste Intro to Zero Waste training
October 19, 2016
Boston, MA
Battery Recycling 101 Webinar
October 18, 2016
1:30 - 2:45pm EDT
Register Here
Association of Ohio's Professional Development Conference
October 24 - 25, 2016
Perrysville, OH
Virginia Recycling Association's Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
October 24, 2016
11:30am - 4:00pm EDT
Harrisonburg, VA
NYSAR3 Annual Conference and Trade Show
November 2 - 4, 2016
Cooperstown, NY
SERDC Annual Conference & Workshop
November 7 - 9, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Workshop on Sustainable Materials Management
November 7, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Marketing and Promoting Non-For Profit Organizations Webinar
November 15, 2016
1:30 - 2:45 pm EDT
America Recycles Day
November 15, 2016
Workshop Announcement: 
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has organized a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Dialog workshop that will be held during the 2016 Annual SERDC Summit on November 7, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. 

Several leaders in the field will be available to provide background information on SMM topics, followed by a dialog for questions and suggestions you may have.

Please sign up and learn more about this session 
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2016-2017 NRC Board
Susan Attridge,
City of Buffalo

Stephen Bantillo, 
NRC Vice President and NRC Policy Committee Co-Chair,
Recycling Certification Institute

Gary Bilbro, 
NRC Vice President, NRC Fund Development Co-Chair and NRC Recycling Jobs Task Force Co-Chair 
SMART Recycling, Inc.
North Carolina

Robert J. Bylone, Jr.,  NRC Recycling Markets Council Co-Chair
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke Environmental

Jeffrey Cooper, NRC Fund Development Co-Chair
AECC Group
New York

Jack DeBell, NRC Campus Council Chair
University of Colorado

George Dreckmann, NRC At-Large Executive Committee Member
City of Madison

Paul England, 
Pratt Recycling

MaryEllen Etienne, 
Reuse Institute

John Frederick, NRC Liaison to National Standards Certification Board
Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG

David Juri Freeman
City and County of Denver

  Bob Gedert, NRC President
City of Austin 

Marjie Griek, NRC Vice President and Membership Chair
Colorado Association for Recycling

Carey Hamilton,
Indiana Recycling Coalition

Brent Hildebrand, NRC Membership Committee Co-Chair 
Alpine Recycling and Waste

Doug Hill
EcoVision Environmental

David Keeling, 
Steel Recycling Institute

Mark Lichtenstein,
State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry
New York

Gary Liss, NRC Secretary and SMM Summit Co-Chair
Gary Liss & Associates

Fran McPoland,
NRC At-Large Executive Committee Member and NRC Policy Committee Co-Chair
Paper Recycling Coalition & 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance
Washington, D.C.

Michelle Minstrell, NRC Board Development Chair, and NRC Conference Co-Chair

Maite Quinn, NRC Communications Committee Co-Chair
Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management
New Jersey

Julie L. Rhodes, Chair of the Board, NRC Treasurer, NRC Finance Co-Chair,  NRC Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair , and SMM Summit Co-Chair 
Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

Antonio Rios
Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition
Puerto Rico

Will Sagar, RC At-Large Executive Committee Member, NRC Business Development Co-Chair, and NRC Recycling Markets Council Co-Chair
Southeast Recycling Development Council
North Carolina

Lisa Skumatz, NRC Awards Chair
Skumatz Economic Research Associates & Econservation Institute

Michael E. Van Brunt
New Jersey 

Robin Wiener, NRC Recycling Jobs Task Force Co-Chair
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Washington, D.C.

Melissa Young, NRC Communications Committee Co-Chair 
Syracuse University
New York
Other NRC Leaders
Cliff Case Ex-officio, Honorary Board Member
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, LLP
New York

Murray Fox, Ex-officio, Honorary Board Member 

Terry Guerin, NRC Murray J. Fox Fund Co-Chair 
Guerin & Guerin, Inc.

Mark Lichtenstein, Honorary Board Member
State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry
New York

Meg Morris, NRC Murray J. Fox Fund Co-Chair 

Michele Nestor, Ex-officio ROC Chair 
Nestor Resources, Inc.
eNews Staff
NRC eNews Editor

Savannah Betkowski
October 2016
NRC's New and Re-Elected Board Members

Susan Attridge
, Recycling Coordinator, City of Buffalo

Maggie Clarke, Zero Waste Consultant, Maggie Clarke Environmental

Paul England, General Manager, Pratt Recycling

Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition

David Keeling, Director of Recycling, Steel Recycling Institute

Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Elections for the board were held during the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans. The new and re-elected members will each serve three-year terms.

The recently voted-in individuals join the following active Board Members:
  • Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute 
  • Gary Bilbro, Consultant, NewGreen Consulting
    Markets Center
  • Robert J. Bylone, Jr., Executive Director and President, Pennsylvania Recycling
  • Jack DeBell, Development Director, University of Colorado Recycling
  • George Dreckmann, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, City of Madison, WI- Streets Division, retired 
  • MaryEllen Etienne, Programs Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio  (SWACO) 
  • John Frederick, Executive Director, Intermunicipal Relations Committee
  • Juri Freeman, Sr. Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)
  • Bob Gedert, Department Director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin
  • Marjorie Griek, Principal, Pearl Consulting 
  • Brent Hildebrand, VP Operations, Alpine Recycling and Waste
  • Doug Hill, President, EcoVision Environmental
  • Gary Liss, Zero-Waste Consultant, Gary Liss & Associates
  • Maite Quinn, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling 
  • Antonio Rios, President, Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition 
  • Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Center 
  • Lisa A. Skumatz, Principal Consultant/Research, Skumatz Economic Research  Associates, and non-profit Econservation Institute
  • Michael Van Brunt, Director of Sustainability, Covanta
  • Melissa Young, Assistant Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
New officers will be elected at the next Board meeting, November, 9th 2016.
Murray J. Fox Recycling Scholarship Winners
Washington DC - The  National Recycling Coalition (NRC) today announced the award to four outstanding New Orleans-area college students with scholarships towards their higher education expenses in the sustainability field. The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murray Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the NRC, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Since then, the trust fund has endowed over $102,000 in scholarships to 58 college students.

This year's scholarship recipients are:  
  • Kia Barnes, a sophomore studying Environmental Science at Dillard University
  • Sage Leopold, a sophomore studying Environmental Studies at Tulane University
  • Jessica Meyer, a sophomore studying Biology at University of New Orleans
  • Anthony Rizzi, an Environmental Studies sophomore at Loyola University
"The Murray J. Fox Scholars represent a future world in which recycling and sustainability is paramount," said Bob Gedert, president of the NRC. "These students were chosen among 27 applications for their outstanding qualities, including a demonstrated interest in and passion for recycling and academic performance. We applaud the efforts of the scholarship winners."

Each student was awarded $1,500 scholarships to assist with their education, complementary admission to the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, and a one-year membership to the National Recycling Coalition. NRC's Campus Council evaluated the 27 applications and made recommendations for the award to the scholarship fund board.
For more information contact Jack DeBell  at 

Photo Credit: Resource Recycling 
Pictured here from left to right: Jack DeBell, Campus Council Chair, Kia Barnes, Jessica Meyer, Anthony Rizzi, Sage Leopold, Meg Morris and Terry Guerin, Murray J. Fox Trust Fund Co-Chairs

Learn more about the NRC Campus Council and the Murray J. Fox Fund.
NRC National Award Winners
This September, The National Recycling Coalition honored recycling awards recipients at the Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans. The awards were presented to the recipients at the 2016 Murray J. Fox Scholarship and NRC Annual Awards Luncheon.

The awards program is designed to honor and recognize outstanding individuals, programs, and organizations around the country, both for their achievements, and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for NRC members. Award categories range from higher education, not- for and for-profit organizations, business leadership, as well as recognition of outstanding programs.

2016 Awards and Recipients
  • Outstanding Business Leadership For-Profit Company: Sheetz Inc. & Weis Markets, Inc.
  • Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership: La Soupe of Cincinati, Ohio
  • Outstanding Recycling Organization: Indiana Recycling Coalition & Texas STAR
  • Outstanding Higher Education: Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program: The Chapel Hill - Carrboro School District, North Carolina
  • Outstanding Community or Government Program, Honorable Mention: City of Columbia, South Carolina, School District
  • Bill Heenan Emerging Leader: Laurel Stelter of Iowa
  • Lifetime Achievement in Recycling: Meg Morris of Covanta Energy
Photo Credit: Resource Recycling

For more details about the Awards and Winners Click Here for the Official Press Release 
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day (ARD) has been the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States since 1997. Every year on and around Nov. 15, thousands of local event organizers mobilize throughout their community to educate millions of people about recycling within their communities. 

One of the biggest barriers to recycling is knowing what items can (can cannot) be recycled.  This year, the National Recycling Coalition is working with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to promote and spread awareness of what can be recycled, and how to recycle it correctly, in celebration of America Recycles Day (ARD). We invite you to plan your own ARD event by taking advantage of the wide variety of tools and resources KAB offers to make event planning easy and successful. Once planned, register your event here - this allows your event to become part of the national network of America Recycles Day events!  Events can be scheduled at any time during the fall prior to the official America Recycles Day celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

Additionally, as part of our campaign, we encourage you to ask your networks how they  live a recycled lifestyle by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge , which is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." in all aspects of daily life. This includes:
  • Recycling at home, work/school and on-the-go;
  • Buying products made with recycled content; and
  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge. 
Learn more about America Recycles Day.

Engaging Tomorrow's Recycling Leaders - 6th Annual Recycle-Bowl
As students, teachers, administrators and staff head back to school, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) plans to ignite passion for recycling in schools across the nation with the launch of the 6th Annual Recycle-Bowl Competition! 

We invite you to reach out to your networks and communities to encourage participation. Participating in Recycle-Bowl is a great way to involve students in environmental literacy and improve recycling in your community.  Schools can take advantage of the wide variety of tools and resources KAB offers to make the competition seamless, fun and successful. Registration is open until Oct. 14. 

Learn more about Recycle-Bowl.

For questions, contact Tyler Orton at 202-688-0604 or
Connecting the Industry with higher education
By Jack DeBell
Reprinted from NRC's op-ed in Resource Recycling on August 23, 2016. 

Take a look at what's happening on North American college campuses. It's eye-opening.

Well-run college recycling collection programs are now the norm, some with advanced processing centers, most seeing low costs and high energy from students. Schools' diversion rates also routinely exceed those of their municipal counterparts, especially when competitive spirit and team loyalty motivate student bodies to recycle in new, bold ways.

As a person who has spent his career on campuses, I'm excited by the good work being done. It's not only the student fervor we incite, the ethics we instill, or the tons we deliver to market - it is also the sheer purchasing power that our institutions command. It's about new zero waste vending contracts, LEED Platinum building performance, and campus administrators finally accounting for, and valuing, climate emission reductions from sustainable materials management (SMM).

However, I'd like to focus on perhaps the most unique and least developed asset campus recycling offers: its academic potential directed at the pressing needs of our industry.

A history of campus connections
The NRC has long supported campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher ed and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research / technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups.

In May 2015, the NRC hosted the first National SMM Summit at the University of Maryland, where a number of campus organizations joined with the NRC on a plan to increase collaboration between higher ed and the SMM industry. Campuses and the NRC are now progressing the ideas put forth in the plan. Each year since 1994, scholarships have been made possible under the Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund, administered by the NRC and led by Fox himself. He is a long-time NRC member and supporter, and for over 20 years, his endowment has paid off in promising leaders, each with the aptitude and commitment to make a difference with their degrees. This year the Council will award scholarships to four exceptional students from New Orleans-area colleges and universities.

The Council also supports the NRC's National Standards Certification Board (NSCB) for accrediting training programs (not individuals). As SMM becomes a higher priority for local governments, businesses and institutions, a well-trained pool of certified professionals becomes even more important. In July 2016, the Illinois Recycling Coalition's Professional Certification program was accredited by the NSCB, joining states such as New Mexico, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Council offers training and research materials with which to build or augment courses.

The Council also identifies, connects and seeks funding for university research and development programs. The Summit participants last year were really thinking forward when calling on campuses to investigate problem materials, improve product design and develop recycling sector innovation. This is a tall order for most colleges, where faculty still teach from outdated, impractical information and squander opportunities for enabling our youth and advancing the industry.

Innovation in action
Great examples of sponsored research and campus service do exist. Take for instance, a project to develop a long-coveted, truly re-pulpable hot/cold paper cup. Georgia Tech Institute of Paper Science and Technology conducted a full study indicating yields over 78 percent by weight, captured as acceptable fiber. A California startup using this recycle-friendly barrier technology is working with Orange Coast College (California) to stock its grab-and-go operations with this entirely new product that promises to be efficiently and profitably recycled. Clearly, innovation excites today's college minds.

What about collaboration among states and schools? While it is unfortunate more states do not fully invest in their higher ed, New York is a shining example of one state that does. The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center is partnering with NRC's affiliate, the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR³). They have jointly developed a special series of tours that this month will highlight New York state's materials recovery facilities, composting facilities, anaerobic digestion systems, reuse centers and more.

Kansas is another state that connects its "towns with its gowns." Johnson County Community College in Overland Park offers hands-on, experiential education in solid waste management. The program reaches scores of students each semester through internships and waste audits. The school's Center for Sustainability also applies this research to its in-vessel composter, educating area school districts and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which uses the system as part of composting workshops.

The Campus Council prioritizes service to state recycling organizations (SROs) that want more fruitful relationships with their campuses (as attendees and speakers at state conferences, for instance). We are also launching a set of professional development resources available to SROs, campus groups, and industry associations.

NRC's Campus Council website and social media will connect you, the off-campus reader, to ways you can help, including hosting tours, providing guest speakers, contributing curricular materials, and sponsoring interns and research, to name just a few ways you can help your local campus, or even your alma mater.

Playing a decisive role
In summary, colleges and universities have unique, even decisive, roles and responsibilities when it comes to reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking material use. Schools' concentrated and valuable material streams, significant purchasing power, and the focus of this article - academic potential - position higher education institutions to contribute to SMM now and in the future.

Get to know the NRC 's Campus Council and take advantage of the opportunities the group offers.
A strategic roadmap to the future
By Julie Rhodes
Reprinted from NRC's op-ed in Resource Recycling in September 1, 2016

Since 1978, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has been evolving and working to meet the needs of those engaged in recycling activities. Over those 38 years, NRC has advanced many issues and programs, such as organizing the National Recycling Congress, hosting many working task forces, and working with Congress on legislative initiatives and the White House on executive orders. 

It's been seven years since NRC experienced its most difficult year and three years since NRC turned the corner on its fiscal challenges and began its rebuilding phase. Today, NRC is out of debt, led by a recharged board, and it is working with its 23 affiliate recycling organizations (ROs) across North America and Puerto Rico. 

It is now time to turn our sights toward a more dynamic future for our organization and its members. This week NRC adopted a new Strategic Plan of action that will provide the basis for creating a revitalized, relevant organization that serves its members' needs in a responsive and beneficial way. 
The plan includes four strategic priorities, and they are listed below (in no particular order):

Represent the industry
NRC will strive to be seen as the primary forum where stakeholders from all parts of recycling - industry, government, NGOs, trade associations and individuals - come together to share information and address issues of mutual concern.

Over the past year, NRC addressed, head on, the anti-recycling messages in the national media. This kind of proactive response should be expected from NRC in the future under our Strategic Plan. NRC, through many avenues, intends to serve its stakeholders. From a partnership with the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference to more webinars, white papers and communication, NRC is committed to providing a great service to those in the trenches working hard in support of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting daily.

Strengthen RO affiliate partnerships
NRC is committed to strengthening the relationships with its affiliated recycling organizations.

NRC's 23 recycling organization (RO) affiliates are our most vital assets, as they are also the entities that make us 6,000-members strong. Our Strategic Plan specifically addresses a wide variety of actions to support and build our ROs and to strengthen NRC's relationship with them.

As an example, to fortify the connection between the NRC board and RO leaders, each NRC board member will connect with an RO to serve as a conduit of two-way information sharing. In addition, NRC's president will hold regular town-hall calls with members to get his finger on the pulse of our membership's current activities and greatest challenges, which will help drive NRC efforts moving forward.

Drive supportive policy
NRC will strive to be seen as the reasoned voice on policy issues that affect recycling and is a valued resource for advocacy work.

Over the past two years, NRC has adopted several new, timely positions through its thoughtful advocacy process, including approving an updated definition of recycling, providing a policy on mixed waste processing, and adopting a policy on incineration. In all, NRC maintains 41 policy positions to draw from, and will continue to both advocate for our current policies and drive future policy initiatives.

Because of the changing landscape of recycling, it's critical that NRC continues to address issues that arise in a timely fashion, as well as initiate and educate about policies that support (or do not hinder) recycling activities.

Grow organization sustainably
NRC will work to expand membership and establish diverse sources of funding, which will ensure the group's organizational health and vitality.

As with any organization, NRC's fiscal sustainability is fundamental to its success. NRC is working to create more value intended to drive additional membership, sponsorships and partnerships. In our Strategic Plan, NRC desires to grow its affiliate network, provide greater opportunities for recycling-related trade associations, and tap into the recycling business community. NRC also aims to continue to build the recycling infrastructure, educate about the benefits of recycling, and advocate for policies and programs that enhance the recycling terrain.

In the short term, these activities will be addressed by NRC's volunteer board. However, per our mid-term plan, hiring an executive director will become a key objective to expanding NRC's capacity in the future.

Any organization that has survived for more than three decades finds the need to reinvent itself from time to time. It's imperative that NRC look upon the current landscape, confer with its membership, and implement a plan of action that meets the needs of the industry.

With the adoption of our Strategic Plan, NRC believes fully that we are doing just that. NRC is currently in the best position to educate, advocate, communicate and mobilize the recycling community around issues of markets, policy and programs that make our many stakeholders - local, state and federal governments, businesses, organizations and individuals - stronger, more united and more successful.

We look forward to working together to make this plan a reality. Together, we are recycling!

Together, We Are Recycling!
Current NRC Affiliates
We thank our affiliated recycling associations for their continued membership and support! We look forward to another successful year of promoting Sustainable Materials Management in North America together!
  • Alabama Recycling Coalition
  • California Resource Recovery Association
  • Carolina Recycling Association
  • Colorado Association for Recycling
  • Georgia Recycling Coalition
  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Iowa Recycling Association 
  • Maryland Recycling Network
  • Michigan Recycling Coalition 
  • Recycling Association of Minnesota
  • Missouri Recycling Association
  • New Mexico Recycling Coalition
  • New York Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling
  • Association of New Jersey Recyclers
  • Association of Ohio Recyclers
  • Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
  • Coalicion de Reciclaje De Puerto Rico, Inc.
  • 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. 
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