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August 11, 2011
Murray J. Fox Scholarship Awards
Board Election Update
NRC Executive Committee
Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series
EPA Seeking Input Materials Measurement; MSW, Recycling, and Source Reduction
America Recycles Day
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A Message From the President: Working Toward Unity-NRC & RONA 

Dear Fellow Colleagues in Recycling,

Leaders of NRC and Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) met in Indianapolis on Aug. 15 to discuss plans to move forward with formal cooperative efforts. Both groups concluded, "We want to create an organization that is continental in scope, that is all-inclusive and yet culturally, geographically and demographically diverse." 


In order to achieve unification, a Steering Committee made up of members from both boards as well as a Recycling Organization representative, will be tasked with defining how to complement each other's efforts, define roles and responsibilities, determine structure, and fulfill effective member services.

A goal of this unification is to bring positive results and promote a collaborative, rather than competitive, environment. The organizations are also working to foster and enhance formal cooperation among the state, provincial and regional recycling organizations and other local, state, national and international organizations.

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"This plan maps out a strategy that will assure a complementary, rather than redundant, relationship between RONA and NRC, enabling us to once again move recycling forward." 


Both organizations will keep the recycling community informed of the progress of their discussions.


Greenest Regards,

NRC President

Mark Lichtenstein 

Congratulations to the 2011 Recipients of the Murray J. Fox Scholarship Awards!  


NRC Scholarship Winners 2011

From Left: Murray J. Fox, Emma D'Arcy, Jocylin Pierro, Adrianne "Nikki" Ashkin, Mark Lichtenstein

 The Murry J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1996, when Murry Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the National Recycling Coalition, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students that allow them to attend the annual Congress.


This year's scholarship awards were presented at the NRC Annual Members Meeting on Aug. 16, 2011 prior to the Resource Recycling Conference in Indianapolis. Applicants were selected based on their outstanding academic achievements in environmental studies as well as an interest in the recycling field. The applicants enthusiastically attended conference sessions, networked on the tradeshow floor, and cheered for the Indianapolis Indians at the IRC/NRC fundraiser at Victory Field!    

NRC is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Adrianne "Nikki" Ashkin, Emma D'Arcy, and Jocylin Pierro with scholarship awards.


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Board Election Update


Members of the NRC elected nine members to the board of directors during the annual members meeting on Aug. 16, 2011 in Indianapolis.


Newly elected board members will serve two-year terms with the exception of Stephen Bantillo who will serve a one-year term.


Spencer Duncan, Executive Director of the Kansas Organization of Recyclers

Dan Hagan, Senior Sustainability Consultant for Intercon Solutions

Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director of the California Resource Recovery Association


Six additional elected recycling professionals will serve two-year terms after completing a one-year term as appointees.


Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company

Brian Hawkinson, Executive Director of Recovered Fiber at the American Forest & Paper Association

Bob Hollis, Principal of Mobius Network

Jeff Miller, Communications Consultant of the Indiana Recycling Coalition

Michele Nestor, President of Nestor Resources

Bill Waltz, President and CEO of Strategic Materials Inc.


For more information visit the NRC website for complete board photos and biographies.

NRC Board Selects 2011-2012 Leadership


The NRC board elected its officers at the first meeting of the new board of directors on Aug. 17, 2011. Three at-large Executive Committee members were also elected in order to ensure that decisions made by the executive committee represent the diverse perspectives of the entire board


2011 NRC Board Executive Committee:


Mark Lichtenstein, President

Meg Morris, Vice President/Treasurer

Bob Gedert, Vice President

Michelle Minstrell, Secretary

Pam Blackledge, At-large member

Fran McPoland, At-large member

Michele Nestor, At-large member

Jeff Cooper, Chair of the Board  

Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series

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Following in the footsteps of a similar partnership with the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, the NRC has developed a new partnership with the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and Penn State University in delivering innovative programming to those who are seeking integrated opportunities for sustainable materials management.


From the comfort of your own location, join us for this webinar series held the second Monday of each month - July 2011 through June 2012.


webinar schedule and descriptions

EPA Seeks Comments Regarding Sustainable Materials Management Measurement,  Deadline Extended to Sept. 30 

EPA is requesting written comments regarding the Agency's role in the measurement of materials in the following waste streams:  municipal solid waste (MSW), construction and demolition materials, and non-hazardous industrial materials; and the sustainable management of these materials through recycling, waste minimization and source reduction.  The Agency has issued a Federal Register notice asking for comments on these aspects of measurement.  All comments must be received by 4:30 pm EDT September 30, 2011.  To learn more, including how to submit comments, please click here. The NRC is working with the EPA regarding their strategic plans related to moving sustainable materials management forward.


Get Ready for America Recycles Day!
Nov. 15, 2011
I Recycle Do you?

� A day to educate

� A day to encourage

� A day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year!


Plan to organize an event.

For more information go to  AmericaRecyclesDay.org