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May 2012
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Murray J. Fox Scholarships
GRRN Annual Action Conference
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Webinar: Reverse & Removal Supply Chain Dynamics

Mon. May 14

1:30-2:45pm ET

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Maryland Recycling Network Annual Conference

 Linthicum, MD

Thurs. May 17

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Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations Annual Conference

Lake George, NY

May 20-23  

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Mark L NRC Board Strategizes in DC
A Message from
Mark Lichtenstein
NRC President 

Our board recently held what I consider to be one of the best meetings I've ever attended (I know I'm biased, but it's true)! We were joined by many esteemed guests, and were privileged to learn from potential national partners about their priorities. We engaged in a number of very important strategic discussions. The meeting truly demonstrated the organization's transition from being "on the ropes" just a few short years ago, to a forward-thinking body fully engrossed with the challenge of moving recycling forward. Based on these productive discussions, the NRC is entertaining and will be launching a number of important initiatives. Some highlights include:

  • Strategic National Partnerships: We will soon take action on potential partnerships with three organizations based on their presentations:
  • Scott Cassell, CEO & Founder, Product Stewardship Institute 
  • Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director, Recycle Across America 
  • Mike Virga, Executive Director, US Composting Council
  • Recycling Job Creation: Our Recycling Jobs Task Force reported that they are deeply involved in an analysis of numerous job reports and studies from a number of national, regional, and state organizations. Soon, they will be making recommendations about how to more effectively articulate the positive impact recycling has on the economy, better characterize the jobs in our industry, and more importantly, develop strategies meant to accelerate sustainable economic development in the US through generation of more recycling jobs.
  • Sustainable Materials Management: I reported on our interactions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding their efforts to promote sustainable materials management (SMM). We continue to interact with the EPA as they develop their important SMM agenda. 
  • Beverage Container Recycling: Soon, we'll be rolling-out targeted programs intended to increase the recycling of beverage containers. Stay tuned!
These are but a few of the important subjects the board talked about. I encourage you to get involved in our discussions around these and other topics that we know will be informing national discourse and policy.
My very best,
NRC President
Webinar Today:
Creating Jobs Through Recycling

Brought to you by Container Recycling Institute (CRI) featuring
NRC's Recycling Jobs Task Force   

We all know that recycling is good for the environment, but is it also good for the economy?  The Container Recycling Institute has recently released a report quantifying the net benefits of job creation from increased beverage container recycling. 


Today, CRI is hosting a free webinar designed to provide an overview of the report. The webinar will be led by the report's two co-authors, Clarissa Morawski of CM Consulting and Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D. of Sound Resource Management Group.  Also joining them will be Melinda Uerling, Chair of NRC's Recycling Jobs Task Force.  Melinda will give an overview of the group's objectives and current progress in its efforts to gain recognition and support for recycling job creation among policy-makers, green jobs experts, environmental advocates, investors, workforce development entities, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, local government officials, and others. 


Costs for both virgin raw materials and energy will continue to rise while landfill space decreases.  The economic boost provided by recycling jobs along with the environmental benefit of landfill diversion is a win-win for communities and the recycling industry.


Date: Friday, May 11

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT

For full webinar details and to register, click here.
NRC Supports Go Green Initiative!

At its recent board meeting, the NRC reiterated the importance of its longstanding relationship with the Go Green Initiative (GGI). The NRC will be reinvigorating its partnership with the very successful GGI, which is a program that works to create a culture of environmental responsibility on school campuses throughout the US.


NRC Annual Meeting: Save the Date!
Resource Recycling Conference, Austin, Texas August 27-29, 2012

The NRC will be holding its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Resource Recycling Conference on August 27-29 in Austin, TX. The meeting is open to everyone. Plan to attend!

May Webinar    
Reverse and Removal Supply Chain Dynamics - What's in it for Recycling? 

When: Monday, May 14

Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST

Until a few years ago, the reverse chain was deployed with a view to minimize costs by allowing waste materials to accumulate over time and eventually be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. But now with proper reverse supply chain management, manufactures have realized avoided costs and in some cases identified new sources of revenue through recycling of waste materials and off specification products. Today more and more attention is being devoted to the reverse supply chain and the critical importance of managing the entire product life cycle. Our expert speakers will address the key concepts of reverse supply chain management and the related social and economic demands.



Steven Dunn, Ph.D., CPIM, Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh 


Richard Young, Ph.D., Professor of Supply Chain Management at Penn State Harrisburg

First-Ever US Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools 


The US Department of Education awarded 78 schools for their efforts to reduce their environmental impact, promote health, and ensure a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the skills and sustainability concepts they need to succeed. 66 public and 12 private schools in urban and rural communities were chosen to receive the "green ribbon". For more information, visit the US department of education website.

NRC College Scholarships Available for Austin, TX Students

The NRC is excited to again be able to award three college students scholarships for their environmental studies this summer. This is due to continued generosity as embodied by the Murray J. Fox Recycling Scholarship Fund! For more information contact Lisa Ruggero.


PSI Spring/Summer Webinar Series 

Join the Product Stewardship Institute's Spring/Summer webinar series! Become an expert on the latest cutting-edge issues in the product stewardship field from the comfort of your own office. Engage in important product sustainability discussions with expert speakers and a diverse range of attendees, including federal, state, and local government; industry; NGOs and associations; and others.


1.  Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product StewardshipTuesday, May 22 (2-3:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PT)


2.  One Year Later: Evaluating New York's E-waste ProgramTuesday, June 5 (2-3:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PT)


3.  Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs - Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative , Thursday, June 14 (1-2:30 p.m. ET/10-11:30 a.m. PT)


4.  Coke's PlantBottle Packaging - Changing the Way We View Product Impacts, Tuesday, June 26 (2-3:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PT)

GrassRoots Recycling Network 

Zero Waste Annual Action Conference

Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home

Rockford, IL - June 3, 2012

For more information and full agenda, click here.
 Early bird registration ends today!