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December 2011
Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas
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Webinar: Organics Food Waste Composting - Does it Add Up?

Jan. 9 

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NRC Board Meeting

Jan. 20

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Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Conference & Expo

Cold Springs Marriott, Franklin, TN

Feb. 12-14

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Resource Recycling Conference

Hilton Austin, TX

Aug. 27-29


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Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas from NRC Staff Assistant Lisa Ruggero  BlueGreen Alliance

Seasons Greetings Everyone,


These newsletters focus on serious issues, as they should, but to add a little bit of levity for this issue, I'd like to share some ideas for this holiday season. I wish you and yours the very best!


Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about four million tons of trash annually in the U.S. (Earth911.com).

If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! (Eco-chick.com)
  • Reusable bags aren't just for the grocery store - bring them to the mall on all holiday shopping excursions.
  • Wrap gifts in newspaper, junk mail flyers, phone book pages, old maps, or other reused paper. Decorate with markers for a creative touch!
  • Skip the paper altogether. When possible, wrap gifts in useful cloth such as a scarf, bandana, or dish towel.
  • Resist the urge to tear open presents! Unwrap them carefully so the paper can be used next year.
  • If you must use wrapping paper avoid metallic prints that cannot be recycled. Insist on paper with recycled content. Buy Recycled and close the loop! 
January Webinar
Organics - Food Waste Composting - Does it add up? 
BlueGreen Alliance

The bottom line more often than not dictates if a generator will

decide to separate food discards. Can food waste hauling and composting be a profitable business unit of an existing operation?  

When: Monday, Jan. 9
Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm ET
  • Michael Manna, Managing Director, Organic Recycling Solutions, LLC 
  • Carla Castagnero, President, AgRecycle, Inc. 
Container Recycling Institute Releases Jobs Report 

As the NRC has done throughout the year, continuing its focus on recycling job creation, we have shared information from numerous organizations. We do not necessarily support or oppose the findings presented in these reports; rather, we share them in the spirit of information dissemination. Following is a summary of a press release from the Container Recycling Institute.


"In these times of high unemployment in the US, few solutions are more urgent - and none more logical - than creating jobs out of what we are throwing away, according to a new study by the Container Recycling Institute (CRI) called, 'Returning to Work: Understanding the Domestic Jobs Impacts from Different Methods of Recycling Beverage Containers.'


Several studies on jobs and recycling have been released this year, and they all show recycling to be an area of jobs growth even during these difficult times. This study is different because it looks specifically at US jobs related to beverage container recycling. The study authors also created a user-friendly jobs calculator, which is available on CRI's web site."

NRC Aligns with Resource Recycling for 2012 Conference 


We are excited to announce that this year's annual member meeting and board of directors election will be held in conjunction with the 2012 Resource Recycling Conference! 


Save the Dates: Aug. 27-29, 2012 

Location: Hilton Austin

500 East 4th St.

Austin, TX 78701

A Webinar for Hauling Companies
BlueGreen Alliance
Announcing a webinar specifically for waste and recycling haulers to learn about the non-profit initiative introducing national standardized labels for recycling bins. The webinar will share how labels affect the efficacy, economics and reputation of recycling for both the general public and the haulers. (Note: The organization Recycle Across America has created a standardized label for nearly every sorting need in the U.S.) 
When: Thursday, Jan. 5 Register Here
           Thursday, Jan. 12 Register Here
Time: 2:00-3:00pm ET


To better understand the issue of labels, take a moment to view this brief video  


Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director of Recycle Across America will provide information about the migration to standardized labels, the impact on recycling, testimonials from organizations using the labels, and details regarding upcoming national communications and how the communications can benefit haulers. Mark Lichtenstein, NRC President, will join Hedlund on this webinar.     


To learn more about the standardized label initiative, visit www.RecycleAcrossAmerica.org.  Webinar participants will have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions during the call.  

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