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Northeast Recycling Council

A leader in environmental sustainability and stewardship.

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC)’s vision is a world in which waste is minimized and natural resources are conserved.  Its mission is minimize waste, conserve natural resources, and advance a sustainable economy through facilitated collaboration and action.

NERC is a multi-state 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose programs emphasize source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP), and decreasing the toxicity of the solid waste stream in the 11-state region comprised of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

As an organization, NERC conducts projects that influence policy and affect change through research, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and education. Now in its 33rd year, NERC continues to be a dynamic and varied organization, committed to all aspects of recycling market development through environmental and economic sustainability. NERC regularly implements innovative projects. It hosts and supports several national programs: the Government Recycling Demand Champions Program and the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse, as well as the DEI Connection, EPPnet and Organics Management Northeast listservs. NERC’s projects and staff often impact national dialogues and solutions to creating an environmentally sustainable economy.

Diverse materials streams & audiences

NERC is committed to the broad breadth of environmental sustainability as it relates to materials management. As such, the topic areas and stakeholders with whom NERC works are diverse; dealing with both traditional and unique materials streams and stakeholders/constituents. Some examples of the diverse materials and constituents that NERC works with, beyond traditional residential and recycling streams, include for example:

  • Construction & zero waste
  • Electronics green procurement, use, and recycling
  • Farming community, manure management & composting
  • Hotels waste reduction & organics management
  • School recycling & organics management
  • Green procurement
  • Newspapers & recycled content newsprint
  • Reuse & recycling jobs & the economy