In This Issue
Upcoming Events
2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow (NYSAR3)
Cooperstown, NY
November 7-9, 2017
2017 Recycling Forum (SERDC)
Asheville, NC
November 8-9, 2017
FREE CURC Webinar: Food Organics Waste Prevention & Recovery
November 9, 2017
NRC Board of Directors Meeting
November 10, 2017
America Recycles Day
November 15, 2017
Webinar: Results of the 'Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling' in Texas
November 15, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
FREE Webinar RMC/NRC Sustainable Materials Management Series
Trash and Waste Management Around the World - What Happens at the Household Level
November 15, 2017
Forum: Recycling Markets and Impacts of the National Sword (AOR)
Troutdale, OR
November 15, 2017
Fall into Recycling (MRC)
Grand Rapids, MI
December 6, 2017 from 9:00-4:00pm
Recycling Business Connections (CRA)
Columbia, SC
December 6, 2017
NRC Board of Directors Meeting
December 8, 2017
FREE Webinar RMC/NRC Sustainable Materials Management Series
Carton Recycling Update
December 19, 2017
Member Spotlight
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727 East Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13210

2016-2017 NRC Board
Susan Attridge,
City of Buffalo, New York

Stephen Bantillo, 
NRC Executive Vice President,
  Recycling Certification Institute,  California

Mick Barry, 
Mid America Recycling and Managing Partners, M2B2, Iowa

Robert J. Bylone, Jr., 
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke Environmental, New York

George Dreckmann,
City of Madison

Barbara Eckstrom, 
Tompkins County, New York

MaryEllen Etienne, 
NRC Vice President
Reuse International, Ohio

Bob Gedert, 
NRC President,
Resource Recycling Systems, Ohio

Wayne Gjerde, 
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minneapolis

Susan Gordon
City of Fort Collins, Colorado

Marjie Griek, 
NRC Executive Director, Colorado
Carey Hamilton,
Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana

Brent Hildebrand, 
Alpine Recycling and Waste,  
David Keeling, 
NRC Vice President,
Steel Recycling Institute, Wisconsin 
Leslie Lukacs, 
NRC Vice President,
SCS Engineers,

Kerrin O'Brien,
NRC Vice President,
Michigan Recycling Coalition,

Sarah Pierpont 
New Mexico Recycling Coalition, 
New Mexico

Charlotte Pitt 
NRC Treasurer, 
City of Denver,  Colorado

Maite Quinn,
Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management
New Jersey
Antonio "Tony" Rios,  
Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition, 
Puerto Rico

Justin Stockdale,
Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pennsylvania

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

Robin Wiener,
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries,
Washington, D.C.

Melissa Young, 
Syracuse University, 
New York
eNews Staff
NRC eNews Editor

Savannah Betkowski
November 2017
NRC's New and Re-Elected Board Members

Mick Barry, President, Mid America Recycling and Managing Partner, M2B2

Barbara Eckstrom, Director of Recycling and Materials Management, Tompkins County

Wayne Gjerde, Recycling Market Development Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Susan Gordon, Environmental Program Manager (Waste Reduction & Recycling), City of Fort Collins, CO

L eslie Lukacs, Director of Zero Waste, SCS Engineers

Kerrin O'Brien, Executive Director, Michigan Recycling Coalition

Sarah Pierpont, Executive Director, New Mexico Recycling Coalition

Charlotte Pitt, Manager, City and County of Denver, CO

Antonio "Tony" Rios, Executive Director/President, Puerto Rico Solid Waste Authority/Coalición de Reciclaje de Puerto Rico

Justin Stockdale, Regional Director, Pennsylvania Resources Council
Elections for the NRC Board were held during the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The new and re-elected members will each serve 3-year terms.

The recently voted-in individuals join the following active Board Member:
  • Susan Attridge, Director of Recycling, City of Buffalo, Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets
  • Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute
  • Robert J. Bylone, Jr., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
  • Maggie Clarke, Zero Waste Consultant, Maggie Clarke Environmental
  • George Dreckmann, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, City of Madison, WI - Streets Division, retired
  • MaryEllen Etienne, President, Reuse International
  • Bob Gedert, Affiliate Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Brent Hildebrand, VP Operations, Alpine Recycling and Waste
  • David Keeling, Director of Recycling, Steel Recycling Institute
  • Maite Quinn, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Sims Municipal Recycling
  • Lisa Skumatz, Principal Consultant/Research, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, and non-profit Econservation Institute
  • Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Melissa Young, Assistant Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
Learn more about NRC's Board and Staff
NRC Board Officers
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has voted on new officers for the 2017-2018 year.

Elections for officers were held during an NRC Board meeting during the Annual Resource Recycling Conference on August 30, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. The new officers, listed below, will serve for the next year:
  • President: Bob Gedert, Affiliate Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Chair of the Board: Lisa Skumatz, Principal Consultant/Research, Skumatz Economic Research Associates, and non-profit Econservation Institute
  • Executive Vice President: Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute
  • Additional Vice Presidents: MaryEllen Etienne, President, Association for Ohio Recyclers; Founder, Reuse Internation; David Keeling, Director of Recycling, Steel Recycling Institute; Leslie Lukacs, Director of Zero Waste, SCS Engineers; Kerrin O'Brien, Executive Director, Michigan Recycling Coalition
  • Treasurer: Charlotte Pitt, Manger, City and County of Denver
Marjie Griek Announced as National Recycling Coalition's Executive Director
The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board of Directors was excited to announce the hiring of Marjie Griek as the new NRC Executive Director. The announcement was made during the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference this past August. 

Griek's selection followed an intensive search. She began her position with NRC on August 30, 2017 and will be based in Lafayette, Colorado. 
Griek is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling, former Chair of the Recycling Organizations of North America, and has consulted both in North America and abroad for many years. Additionally, she served on the NRC Board as Executive Vice President and Treasurer. "I'm excited and honored to have been chosen to fill this prestigious position and look forward to working with our state affiliates, other recycling organizations and government agencies in this transformative time for the recycling industry," Griek said.

The NRC Board of Directors thanks the E.D. Search Committee members for their time and effort throughout the duration of this endeavor, and for presenting the NRC Board an extremely impressive slate of candidates. 

2017 NRC Award & Murray J. Fox Scholarship Recipients
2017 NRC Awards
This August, The National Recycling Coalition honored their recycling awards recipients at the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis.  The awards were presented to the winners, along with the recipients of the Murray J. Fox Scholarship, at the Conference Welcome Reception hosted by the NRC and the Recycling Association of Minnesota.  
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. Recognition for the NRC 2017 Awards were as followed:

Outstanding Business Leadership For-Profit Company 
Avaya Stadium (San José, CA)
Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership 
Cooperative Teamwork & recycling Assistance: CTRA (Austin, TX)
Outstanding Not-for-profit Business Leadership Honorable Mention
Northeast Resource Recycling Association: NRRA
Outstanding Recycling Organization
Michigan Recycling Coalition: MRC
Outstanding Higher Education
The University for Florida 
Outstanding Higher Education Honorable Mention
The University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of Sustainability
Outstanding Community or Government Program
South Central Solid Waste Authority: SCSWA
Outstanding Community or Government Program Honorable Mention
Emmet County (MI) Recycling

Bill Heenan Emerging Leader
- Samantha Yager, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Columbia, SC
- Tori Carle, City of Greenboro, NC, Recycling Educator at "Operation Bed Roll"

Bill Heenan Emerging Leader Honorable Mention 
Matthew O'Carroll: Refuse, Recycling & Water Efficiency Manager at UC Santa Barbara
Lifetime Achievement in Recycling
Arthur Boone, CA

2017 NR C Scholarships 
The National Re cycling Coalition (NRC) awarded four outstanding Minneapolis-area college students with scholarships towards their higher education expenses in the sustainability field. The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 199 4, 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 $108,000 in scholarships to 62 college students.

E ach student was awarded a $1,500 scholarship to assist with their education, complementary admission to the 2017 Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, and a one-year membership to the National Recycling Coalition. 

This year's scholarship recipients are:
  • Jenni Abere, an Environmental; Studies student at Hamline University in her Senior year.
  • Claudia Althoen, a Junior studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.
  • Becky Copper , a sophomore double-majoring in Environmental Sciences and Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.
  • Emma Link, who in her junior year, studying Geology at Carleton College.

2017 Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Resource Recycling Conference in  Minneapolis.  Pictured left to right:  Bob Gedert:NRC President, scholars:  Claudia Althoen,  Becky Copper,  Emma Link,  and  Jenni Abere , Jack DeBell: NRC Campus Council.
China Trade Restrictions Response
On July 18, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end. Following on its notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Government of China officially announced on July 21, 2017, it has "banned the importation of 24 categories of solid waste such as waste plastics, unsorted waste paper, waste raw textile materials, and vanadium slag that pose very high risk of environmental pollution. On September 13, 2017: draft revised "GB 16487" Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials, with further restrictions on allowable prohibitives.

The NRC is reacting to the China trade restrictions in a variety of responses:
NRC President Bob Gedert has sent an NRC response to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that governs over unfair trade issues regarding the China trade restrictions. A copy of that communication will be forwarded to all NRC members.

NRC Board Member Robin Wiener is writing an article on behalf of the NRC Board of Directors for the NRC membership to address the issues involved in the trade restrictions. Her letter is nearing publication. The article explains the complexities of the trade issues and its effects on the recycling industry.

NRC President Bob Gedert will offer a follow-up article to Robin's summary of the situation, with a proposed action plan that focuses on quality concerns, and supporting reinvestment in American recycling infrastructure. It's important to note that American domestic markets cannot fully absorb the quantity of recyclables moving overseas. There must first be a major focus on cleaning up our collection and processing to provide quality baled material, regardless of where that end market may be.

In addition, the NRC Markets Council is working on a response through their work to organize and facilitate discussion nationwide on domestic and global market restrictions, quality issues, and end market needs. The NRC desires to provide our members education and open dialog on these changing industry issues.

As always, we encourage NRC members to provide suggestions and feedback to the NRC leadership as we move through these uncertain times.

- Bob Gedert, NRC President,

America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day  (ARD),  an initiative of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling efforts in the United States. For the past 20 years, thousands of local event organizers mobilize throughout their community to educate friends, colleagues and classmates about recycling on or around Nov. 15
One of the biggest barriers to recycling is knowing what items can (and cannot) be recycled.  In honor of America Recycles Day 2017, the National Recycling Coalition is working with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to promote and spread awareness of what can and cannot be recycled. We invite you to plan your own ARD event by taking advantage of the wide variety of tools and resources  available to make event planning easy and impactful. Once planned, register your event so it is officially part of the national network of America Recycles Day events!

Events can occur at any time during the fall leading into the official America Recycles Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Events can be as small as an exhibit in front of a retail location, a bill insert to your community residents on what can be recycled or as large as a collection event for the entire community.  What is important is spreading the word about the recycling Dos and Don'ts in your community!
Additionally, as part of the America Recycles Day campaign, we encourage you to invite your network to join the movement by taking the #BeRecycled Pledge. This pledge is a promise to actively choose living a recycled lifestyle by committing to "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle and Buy Recycled." in all aspects of daily life.

Learn More or Contact for more information
Member Spotlight
AMP Robotics
Written by Rob Writz, AMP Robotics

"The future is now" a quote frequently used to mean that a future that was imagined in the past is happening today. Robots for recycling have been a dream of the recycling industry for sometime. We now find robots beginning to occupy sorting stations at several single stream Material Recovery Facilities in the United States. They show up for every shift, identify containers in the every changing and complex container stream, and happily sort materials because that is what they were made to do. The future is now, and it is the Cortex robotic sorting system brought to you by AMP Robotics. 

AMP stands for "Autonomous Manipulation and Perception". We are an innovative team located in Denver, Colorado, bringing computer vision, artificial intelligence, and modern robotics technology into recycling applications. Our founder, Dr. Matanya Horowitz, developed this technology out of his experience at Caltech, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the DARPA ARM-S and Robotics challenge. Matanya launched AMP Robotics in late 2014, and within the past two and a half years we have proven that artificial intelligence and robots can operate in demanding MRF environment. 

The core technology within the Cortex sorting robot is AMP's vision system. This artificial intelligence peers into the recoverable stream and distinguishes features in much the same way as a person. It can perceive unique material in piled, non-singulated waste and rapidly recognize recoverable material such as cartons, plastics, fiber, and aluminum. 

Armed with this intelligence, Cortex is able to learn, progressively improve performance, and complete tasks by learning from experience. Cotex accomplishes this feat using computational models called neural networks. These are comprised of object characteristics such as shapes, textures, and logos. It then learns to identify images of cartons, PET bottles, natural HDPE containers, and other objects in the recycling stream on the MRF's conveyor belt. The more images that the software sees, the more it learns the different expressions of cartons, bottles, contaminants, and other objects.

This intelligence is valuable for identifying and sorting cartons, which are increasing in their presence at MRFs across America.Earlier this year the Carton Council of North America announced that 60 percent of U.S. households are able to recycle cartons through local recycling programs.
Current NRC Affiliates
We thank our affiliated recycling organizations 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
  • Colorado Association for Recycling
  • Carolina Recycling Association
  • Georgia Recycling Coalition
  • Illinois Recycling Association
  • Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Iowa Recycling Association
  • Michigan recycling Coalition
  • Recycling Association of Minnesota
  • Missouri Recycling Association
  • New Mexico Recycling Coalition
  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling
  • Association of New Jersey Recyclers
  • Association of Ohio Recyclers
  • Association of Oregon Recyclers
  • Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania 
  • Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
  • Coalición de Reciclaje de Puerto Rico
  • State of Texas Alliance for Recycling
  • Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin
Benefits of affiliation include automatic NRC membership for members and voting privileges in NRC elections, free webinar hosting, and more! Contact for more information.
Industry Updates
What We're Reading
Rep. Keith Ellison calls for a zero waste revolution and industry shake-up, WasteDive  - Read More

In My Opinion: How I see the way forward for the NRC, Resource Recycling -  Read More

National Recycling Coalition Names Marjie Griek Executive Director, Waste360 - Read More

Leadership lowdown: A look at the industry's newest execs, WasteDive - Read More
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