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Upcoming Events
Environmental Justice Issues for Recycling Facility Development Projects Webinar 
December 20, 2016
1:30-2:45pm ET
NRC Board of Directors Meeting 
January 13, 2017
PET Recycling Markets Trends and Challenges Webinar 
January 17, 2017
Maryland Recycling Act: An Overview and Update Webinar 
January 19, 2017
NRC Board of Directors Meeting 
February 10, 2017
Commercial Recycling: Drivers, Problems, and Solutions Webinar
February 21, 2017
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2016-2017 NRC Board
Susan Attridge,
City of Buffalo

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

Gary Bilbro, 
NRC Vice President and NRC Fund Development Chair 
General Manager, Key Energy LLC

Robert J. Bylone, Jr.,  NRC Recycling Markets Council and Recycling Jobs Task Force Chair
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

Maggie Clarke
Maggie Clarke Environmental

Jack DeBell, NRC Campus Council Chair
University of Colorado

George Dreckmann,
City of Madison

Paul England, NRC Vice President
Midwest Region General Manager, Pratt Industries

MaryEllen Etienne, 
Programs Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio  

John Frederick,
Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG

David Juri Freeman, NRC Chair  
Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems
  Bob Gedert, NRC President
City of Austin 

Marjie Griek, NRC Vice President and Treasurer, NRC Finance Committee Co-Chair, NRC Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
Pearl Consulting
Carey Hamilton,
Indiana Recycling Coalition

Brent Hildebrand, NRC Membership Committee Chair 
Alpine Recycling and Waste 

Doug Hill,
EcoVision Environmental 
David Keeling, 
Steel Recycling Institute 
Gary Liss, NRC Vice President, NRC Conference Committee Chair, SMM Committee Chair, NRC Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
Gary Liss & Associates 

Maite Quinn, NRC Communications Committee Co-Chair
Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management
New Jersey
Antonio Rios,  
Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition 
Puerto Rico

Will Sagar,  
Southeast Recycling Development Council
North Carolina

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

Michael E. Van Brunt, NRC Finance Committee Co-Chair
New Jersey

Robin Wiener,
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  and NRC Campus Council Chair 
State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry 
New York

Fran McPoland, NRC Policy Committee Co-Chair
Paper Recycling Coalition 

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

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

Savannah Betkowski
December 2016
NRC 2016-2017 Officers

Bob Gedert, Department Director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin
Chair of the Board
David Juri Freeman, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

Vice President and Treasurer
Majorie Griek, Principal Consultant, Pearl Consulting

Vice President
Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute

Vice President
Gary Bilbro, General Manager, Key Energy LLC

Vice President
Paul England, Midwest Regions General Manager, Pratt Industries

Vice President
Gary Liss, President, Gary Liss & Associates

Lisa Skumatz, Principal Consultant/Research, Skumatz Economic Research Association & non-profit Econservation Institute
  The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) has voted on new officers for the 2016-2017 year. Elections for officers were held during the Fall Board meeting on November 9, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The new officers, listed below, will serve for the next year:

The officers were nominated from the current NRC Board members listed below:
  • Susan Attridge, Recycling Coordinator, City of Buffalo, New York
  • Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute
  • Gary Bilbro, General Manager, Key Energy LLC
  • Robert J. Bylone, Jr., Executive Director and President, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
  • Maggie Clarke, Zero Waste Consultant, Zero Waste New York 
  • Jack DeBell, Development Director, University of Colorado Recycling 
  • George Dreckmann, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, City of Madison, WI Streets Division
  • Paul England, Recycling Manager, Pratt Recycling  
  • MaryEllen Etienne, Programs Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
  • John Frederick, Executive Director, Intermunicipal Relations Committee 
  • David Juri Freeman, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Bob Gedert, Department Director, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin
  • Marjorie Griek, Principal Consultant, Pearl Consulting   
  • Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition
  • Brent Hildebrand, VP Operations, Alpine Recycling and Waste
  • Doug Hill, President, EcoVision Environmental   
  • Dave Keeling, Director of Recycling, Steel Recycling Institute
  • 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
  • Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Melissa Young, Assistant Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions
President Bob Gedert noted "The NRC Board of Directors represent strong leadership experience from recycling organizations, non-profit organizations, businesses, trade associations, individuals, local, state and federal government, unified in the mission to support local recycling programs that are committed to the conservation of natural resources. I stand ready to support this mission through inclusion of all partners within the American recycling system. Together, We Are Recycling. "

Learn more about the NRC Board of Directors 
10 Ways to be More Sustainable This Holiday Season
1. Practice sustainable habits when serving your Holiday feast! Buy only what you need, buy food with minimal packaging, compost any food scraps, and be sure to serve food on reusable dishes.

2. Buy local! The impact of shipping goods contributes to environmental harm, so buying gifts from craft fairs and farmers markets not only supports local artisans, but also helps the environment.

3. Give an experience! Instead of giving a material gift, give an experience such as concert tickets, cooking classes, fitness classes, sports events, or a museum membership.

4. Regift or host a white elephant gift exchange! This is a great way for items to be used to there fullest extent. It also helps ensure that you are not accumulating unnecessary items.

5. When purchasing gifts don't forget to bring reusable bags on holiday shopping excursions, and when wrapping gifts use newspaper, old maps or reusable textiles.

6. When purchasing gifts, give some thought to what will happen to that item when it is used up. Can it be recycled? Can it be reused?

7. Want that unique gift idea? Give a gift that will be around for years. Give the gift of a tree. By planting a tree for your neighbor, friend or relative, you will be showing how much you care for them and for our environment.

8. Celebrating Christmas? Don't forget to recycle your tree! Many cities offer curbside Christmas tree recycling, check with your city or town's sanitation department to see if this is available to you.

9. Make a resolution to recycle more! Start building your recycling pile with used newspapers, magazines and junk mail, and make an effort to recycle hard-to-recycle items such as batteries and old electronics.

10. Buying online is easy and you can avoid those long lines! Buy your gifts using and select the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) as your Charity of choice. This is free to you and will help so many.

11. Give a gift to our planet. Make a donation to the National Recycling Coalition (NRC).
NRC Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Dialog at SERDC
NRC convened a SMM Dialog at the Southeast Recycling Development Council Summit on November 7, 2016. The goals for the SMM Dialog were to:
  • Identify what are SMM and Life Cycle Assessments?
  • The Importance of connecting Recyclers+ (reuse, recycling, composting professionals) with Product Designers
  • Highlight a SMM Leader - New Belgium Brewery
  • Summarize NRC's SMM Strategy (see chart below)
This was part of NRC's SMM Strategy, to help organize SMM events at state and regional conferences around the country. This followed a similar discussion at the Colorado Association for Recycling Conference in June, 2016, organized by NRC Board Member Juri Freeman. Through these events, NRC hopes to clarify:
  • How SMM can help Recyclers+
  • How Recyclers+ can help SMM
  • How NRC can assist (SMM tools & resources)
The SERDC presentations were from:
  • Cheryl Coleman, US EPA, Director for the Resources Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD)
  • Katie Wallace, New Belgium Brewing Co., Assistant Director of Sustainability
  • Gloria Hardegree, Georgia Recycling Coalition, Executive Director
  • Gary Liss, NRC SMM Committee Co-Chair
The presentations were excellent and were received very well by the attendees, who represented many different interests, from colleges and universities, to state and local government, and private businesses. You can view the presentations here.

If any Recycling Organization would like to organize a similar event in your area, please contact Gary Liss at or 916-652-7850.
Interesting Sustainable Materials Management Reads and Resources
1. Recycling Economic Information (REI) Report, US Environmental Protection Agency. This report has been "compiled through a cooperative agreement with the National Recycling Coalition, the study confirmed what many have known for decades: there are significant economic benefits in recycling." - 2016 REI Report

3. Recycling benefits highlighted on Capitol Hill, Resource Recycling. For further information on this topic,  read the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) article on the event.
Learn more about SMM on the NRC Website
View past EPA SMM Webinars Here
A mature recycling industry needs NAICS codes
By Gary Bilbro
Reprinted from NRC's op-ed in Resource Recycling in October 2016

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' (ISRI) recently completed jobs study analysis concluded the U.S. scrap recycling industry is a major economic engine that supports 471,587 jobs. In addition, the study determined the recycling industry generates $11.2 billion in tax revenues for governments across the country and a total, positive economic impact of over $105.8 billion (2013).

This study demonstrates the recycling industry's ability - clearly, recycling is more than a sub-tier of the waste industry. And as the recycling industry continues to grow, the need for separation from the waste disposal industry must happen.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing data related to the U.S. business economy. With specific NAICS codes developed for recycling and the underlying sectors of the industry, such as composting and reuse, the recycling industry would finally be recognized as the strong industry it is.

Stuck in the shadow of waste Today, there are just a few NAICS codes related to recycling, but those fall under the main industry code of waste disposal. In the waste sphere, 71 separate NAICS codes exist, according to For comparison, there are 412 codes assigned to the construction sector and 197 in automotive.

Of those 71 waste codes, only four are specific to recycling. These include codes for recycling dry cleaning fluids, degreasing solvents, wash water and inkjet cartridges. No codes exist for either composting or reuse.

How could the development of more recycling-specific codes help lift materials recovery as a whole? One important element is that such codes could open up tax incentives and other critical funding mechanisms.

Currently, the NAICS system is used by the federal government to make decisions on where tax monies go or where to devote resources for growth in specific areas of the country. Without a system like NAICS, there would be no means of collecting, analyzing or publishing statistical data for each sector within each industry. Due to the lack of representation of recycling within the coding system, recycling's impact to the country isn't given its full due and is missing out on valuable assistance.

For example, the growth and maturity of the industry has led to thousands of new recycling jobs, a fact that means we need bolstered infrastructure around job training and development. Job growth can be supported by updated curriculum in our educational institutions (allowing students to learn about the industry earlier), as well as standardization throughout the industry so that industry workers can move from one job to another without the need for major retraining.

In addition, there is the need to provide strong opportunities for entrepreneurs and others to enter the industry and develop these new jobs. These opportunities may come in the form of tax incentives, job grants, low interest loans and more. All of this can be possible if governments understand the value of these new businesses in a growing industry identified by the NAICS codes.

The regulatory repercussions New laws and regulations can of course be both positive and negative for the industry. Landfill bans, mandatory recycling and deposit legislation are examples of laws that have pushed recycling activities in locales across the county. New processes are being developed to take items from the waste stream and turn them into valuable commodities. The ability to recycle, reuse, repair, compost or harness other value-added technologies generates more investments, more jobs and more taxes.

The industry must be given the credit for these taxes and economic impact on the U.S. economy. By using NAICS codes, it would be easier to identify, survey and mobilize recycling industries to advocate for consistent, beneficial and fair laws and regulations, from state to state and region to region.

Unfortunately, the fact that the NAICS system is in place does not necessarily mean there is coverage for every type of business or even every sector within the country. There is a disconnect between our ever-changing world of technologies and advancements in industries like recycling.

The lack of proper identification of jobs, revenue and taxes, for the recycling industry by the NAICS system is hurting the industry as a whole by not properly identifying the expanse and diversity of the recycling industry.

The National Recycling Coalition's Jobs Task Force is working to change this, and we invite you to join us in this effort. 
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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