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Call for Papers for NERC's Virtual Spring Conference 

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 5

Spring Conference Dates: April 12 - 13, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m. daily eastern

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Training 1 of DE&I Series - Making the Case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - December 9, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. eastern

The first training in the DE&I Series is about building the foundation for DE&I in the workplace.


  • Tamara Lundgren and Stef Murray, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.– will present a case study about the direction their company takes in making the business case for DE&I, including data and other resources used.
  • Cheryl Coleman, ISRI – will focus on how diversity, equity and inclusion are part of sustainability goals and become part of corporate culture by making it a priority in everyday practices.   

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Thank you to West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum for hosting the Training.

DE&I Training 2: Recognizing & Addressing Unconscious Bias on February 2, 1:30 – 3:00 eastern

The Training offers a practical approach to identifying and addressing unconscious bias and it’s negative impact in the workplace; as well as providing strategies that promote inclusion.


  • Nidhi Turakhia, Executive Vice President of Allied Alloys
  • Willie Johnson, CEO of Willie Johnson Communications

The presenters will lay the groundwork for the Training by defining unconscious bias,  helping us to recognize our personal identity and its influence on our biases, raising our awareness about the impact our biases have on our and our co-workers' work performances, and developing strategies for inclusion and implementing a DE&I program in the workplace and in our personal lives.  

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NERC Recycling Markets Report Published – Continued Positive Growth

The 10th in NERC’s series of quarterly reports on the market value of commodities from MRFs in the Northeast. The report covers the period July – September 2021. Ten states are represented in the report, including Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.   

Overall, values were up significantly from the previous quarter. The only commodity grade that did not increase in value was glass, which remained essentially static.

  • Average value per ton with the expense of handling residuals: $174.95 – up 41% from the previous quarter.
  • Average value per ton without residuals: $184.63 - up 43% the previous quarter.

Current report: NERC Northeast Recycling Market Report October 2021

Upcoming Webinars

Recycled Content Mandates: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - January 6, 12:30 eastern

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Webinar Recordings & Presentations can be found on the NERC webinar page

Member Spotlight - Eco-Products

Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1990, new NERC Advisory Member Eco-Products® has grown from a distributor of recycled content products to a Eco-Products logomanufacturer of green serviceware products. The company’s GreenStripe® cup, launched in 2007, replaced traditional petroleum-based plastic with corn plastic (PLA).

In the years since, Eco-Products has expanded its business model in a number of ways. Its growing roster of serviceware products—cups, containers, plates and bowls, utensils, and other items—are made from either plant-based renewable sources or post-consumer recycled content. Additionally, the company’s plant-based products are BPI-certified compostable. Read more . . .