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2014-2015 NRC Board

Gary Bilbro, NRC Vice President, Fund Development Chair and Recycling Jobs Task Force Co-Chair
NewGreen Consulting, LLC
North Carolina

Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke Environmental
New York

Susan Collins , NRC At-Large Executive Committee Member and Finance Co-Chair
Container Recycling Institute

Jeffrey Cooper, NRC Board Chair
New York

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

David Juri Freeman
City and County of Denver

Jack DeBell, NRC Campus Council Chair
University of Colorado Recycling Services

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

Doug Hill
EcoVision Environmental

Mark Lichtenstein, NRC President and CEO
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

Stephen London , NRC Business Development  Co-Chair
North Carolina

Fran McPoland,
NRC Vice President and Policy Committee Co-Chair
Paper Recycling Coalition & 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance
Washington, D.C.

Michelle Minstrel l, NRC At-Large Executive Committee Member , Board Development Chair and Conference Co-Chair

Maite Quinn
Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management
New Jersey

Julie Rhodes, NRC Treasurer, NRC Finance Co-Chair and SMM Summit Co-Chair
Julie Rhodes Consulting

Antonio Rios
Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition
Puerto Rico

Will Sagar,
NRC At-Large Executive Committee Member and Business Development  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.
Other NRC Leaders
Stephen Bantillo, NRC Policy Co-Chair
Recycling Certification Institute

Cliff Case, Ex-officio, Honorary Board Member
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, LLP
New York

Murray Fox, Ex-officio, Honorary Board Member

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

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

Michele Nestor, Ex-officio, NRC Recycling Organizations Council Chair
Nestor Resources, Inc.

eNews Staff
NRC eNews Editor

Laura Flagg
NRC Staff Advisor
Lisa Ruggero
July 2015

SMM Policy Summit Success Leads to Important Follow-up Sept. 29 and 30 at Resource Recycling Conference  

By Julie L. Rhodes, NRC Board Member and SMM Summit Co-Chair 

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) drew more than 130 individuals representing a broad and diverse set of stakeholders at the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Summit held at the University of Maryland, College Park, on May 12 and 13. There, many of the greatest minds in recycling, reuse, discard prevention, product stewardship and others discussed the most critical issues facing the industry today. The goal of the Summit was to elevate the issues around discards management back to the forefront of national policy dialogue.


"The NRC is pleased that the Summit created this opportunity to discuss the vast challenges and opportunities that face the broad spectrum of sustainable material management professionals," said Mark Lichtenstein, NRC President and CEO. "The Summit is intended to be the starting point for development of a National SMM Action Plan that will catapult recycling and other SMM issues to the next level of support and success at every level."


Key presentations were made by Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, and Judith Enck, Region 2 Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since the Summit, Stanislaus has made bold declarations regarding the future of SMM within the U.S. and in partnership with other G-7 countries around the world.


There were dozens of creative concepts that emerged that will become the basis for the National SMM Action Plan currently under development by the SMM Summit Program Committee members, building upon the summary document prepared for the May event. Some initial consensus ideas coming out of the Summit can be viewed here


Utilizing the submitted one-page white papers from stakeholders, the Summit notes and on-going feedback, the subcommittee is working to complete a completed plan for approval by the NRC board at its upcoming board meeting to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Resource Recycling Conference in Indianapolis. In addition, there is a Summit follow-up meeting planned in conjunction with the RRC in which attendees to the conference are encouraged to attend:


SMM Roundtable for ROs and Communities

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

At the Resource Recycling Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana

Please make your travel plans now so that you can attend the RR Conference SMM Roundtable 


At the SMM Roundtable for RO's and Communities, NRC will highlight its National Sustainable Materials Management Action Plan and the USEPA SMM Strategic Plan. Discussion will then focus on how NRC can support Recycling Organizations and communities to adopt and implement SMM policies and programs.


For all information about the May SMM Summit and upcoming meetings at the Resource Recycling Conference, please visit: and   

Join us in Indianapolis!
The NRC and ROC will be holding our Annual Meetings in conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference on Monday, September 28 at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown in Indianapolis, IN. All members are encouraged to attend! 
Resource Recycling Conference 2015
The Resource Recycling Conference is the must-attend conference for the recycling industry's most influential policy leaders, CEOs and government officials. The conference, now entering its sixth year, is your opportunity to network with clients, prospective partners, vendors and top materials management decision-makers all in one location, saving you precious time and travel expenses.
The conference's lineup of education sessions will offer attendees the latest on materials processing trends, tactics to boost diversion rates, legislative talking points, market analysis and much more. 
The conference will be held September 28-30 at the Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis. In conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference, NRC will host their annual membership meeting. 

Register now at!
Call for Nominations- 2015 NRC Board of Directors
Nominate yourself or someone else who is passionate about improving recycling on the NRC website. To run for the Board, you must be age 18 or older, and have been an NRC member in good standing for a minimum of one (1) year.

Electronic nominations close on Monday, September 21th, 2015 at 5:00pm ET and will reopen from the floor of the NRC Annual Members Meeting on Monday, September 28th, 2015 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, IN.

G7 Summit SMM Declaration and Path Forward
The G7 World Leaders met June 7-8, 2015 and the final G7 Summit Declaration and Annex were made public, outlining the outcomes of the Summit. 

Specifically, Summit outcomes include:
  • A G7-Alliance on Resource Efficiency was formed to serve as a forum to share knowledge and create information networks on a voluntary basis including collaboration with large and small businesses and other relevant stakeholders to advance resource efficiency, promote best practices, and foster innovation;
  • The G7 asks the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) International Resource Panel (IRP) to prepare a synthesis report highlighting the most promising potentials and solutions for resource efficiency; and
  • The G7 invites the OECD to develop policy guidance supplementing the IRP synthesis report.
  • The Summit Declaration's Annex proposes a series of workshops on best practices to further resource efficiency.
"For the first time, the leaders of the G7 have officially recognized the importance of the link between materials recovery and the global economy, and established the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency," EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and NRC SMM Keynote Speaker Mathy Stanislaus said. "Building on the progress on sustainable materials management, EPA is engaging the business, government and NGO (nongovernment) sectors to leverage this new report and G7 declaration to identify and act on opportunities for resource efficiency."  
CU's Environmental Center Celebrates 45th Birthday on Earth Day
Featured Board Member: Jack DeBell 
Congratulations to CU's Environmental Center on 45 years of promoting environmental awareness and practices and congrats to Jack DeBell for taking the initiative to get recycling started at CU!  


Jack DeBell has served the University of Colorado's recycling program as a State employee for thirty years. His accomplishments include teaching a certification and internship program for students interested in recycling careers, publishing a Decision Makers Guide to Recycling, and advancing C.U.'s zero waste plan. He was recognized with the University's highest staff honor, the Robert Sterns Award, in 1997.


Jack DeBell was elected to the National Recycling Coalition's Board of Directors in 1991 and helped co-found the Campus Council. Through his work with Campus Council, Jack has fostered collaboration between higher ed and the sustainable materials management industry through applied research, scholarships, training, and career placement. The Council also attempts to strengthen connections with other college and university organizations in the recycling field. 


Congratulations again to the CU Environmental Center and Jack DeBell for their great accomplishments! 

News from the NRC's Campus Council  
Higher-Ed and Industry Collaborate at Recent Summit
At the  Sustainable Materials Management Summit in May, delegates and observers alike, supported increased collaboration between higher ed and the SMM industry. A set of priorities will be included in the upcoming Action Plan. Comments are still being sought in a  brief survey . For the full text of the one-page collegiate White Paper introduced at the Summit, click here.
Since 1994,  the  National Recycling Coalition  has awarded scholarships from the Murray J. Fox Endowment to students who are interested in the recycling field. This year, promising students are being referred by  Indianapolis  area colleges for four scholarships available.  In addition to cash scholarships and a one-year membership in the Coalition , Resource Recycling has offered complementary admission to the  Resource Recycling Conference, September 28-30, 2015. Come meet the scholarship winners- with their  resumes in hand,  at the NRC  awards ceremony luncheon September 30, 2015 at the Indianapolis  Marriott Downtown, 12-1pm. (Complementary with conference registration). 

Alumni Network
Past scholarship recipients are encouraged to re-connect with the NRC through a network the Campus Council hosts. A mixer is being planned in Indy at the  Resource Recycling Conference. A LinkedIn group will be launched in the Fall to better connect  scholarship recipients with other young professionals. For more info, e-mail or call: 202 618-2107.
About the Council
The NRC's Campus Council meets the need to create better linkages between upcoming young minds in higher ed and the needs of the sustainable materials management industry for applied research and new talent. Get to know the Campus Council and take advantage of the opportunities the group offers! Visit the website, or e-mail the group. 
Recycle, Reuse, Renewables: Is Technology the Answer?
Featured Board Member: Gary Bilbro

Technology has made great advances in our society over the years. Many of these advancements have allowed us to save time doing the more mundane tasks, like scheduling a dentist appointment or writing a letter to a colleague or friend. We can now keep up with our long lost friends via social media. We have the ability to do our banking with the use of a computer, which eliminates the need for going to a brick and mortar bank branch. Recently I was able to purchase a gift for someone using my smart  

phone and had it paid for, shipped and delivered to the recipient with very little to no effort.


As a society, we are becoming more and more dependent on these technologies, to a point where we go a little crazy when they do not work. I would like to introduce you to another type of technology advancement that I am hoping will become just as commonplace as some of these mentioned above. The Recycling, Reuse and Renewable Energy (RRR) industry is beginning to see its own revolution of new technologies. Some that will make it easier to pull recyclable materials out of the waste stream. Some that will make it easier to divert food waste to alternative options like composting and anaerobic digestion. And even others that will take the hard to recycle or compost items and turn them into a product for renewable energy. And let's not forget about all the used items that can be given new life.


Think of the possibilities as we breeze through the 15th year of this century. Where will we be in another 15 years? Where will we be in 30? I don't think any of us have all the answers, but I can assure you it will be vastly different than what we have today. I see Zero Waste being the norm. I see technologies where you can take your average household trash and have it diverted to its proper destination with little to no effort. I hope RRR is the new buzzword for the next generation. I hope our legislative leaders will be on board with this new technology and help make disposal a thing of the past.


We are a SMART people and that is one of the reasons I named my company SMART Recycling U.S. All we need is a little education, a little industry leadership and a lot of dedicated citizens to help push us into a new era of how we handle our waste. I don't know about you, but I see a bright future with the help of all the SMART companies out there and organizations like the NRC. I hope you will be a part of this great journey with me and the NRC. Happy Recycling!

Want to Develop State Recycling Training?
If you support professionalizing the recycling sector and increasing safety, building credibility, and expanding career horizons, then please contribute a letter of interest to your National Recycling Coalition by 9/1/15.  Your letter will help NRC raise funds to support your efforts to fully deploy what we have developed over the past five years.
The NRC's National Standards Certification Board has developed a set of guidelines to certify organizations to train, implement, and improve recycling. So far, New Mexico, New Jersey and Pennsylvania's training programs have been accredited, with an application pending from Illinois. Please help us build capacity to serve every state wanting to boost recycling and sustainable resource management.

We encourage you to visit our website: or contact us if you need additional information, sample letters, or have questions or comments:
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