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Northeast Recycling Council

A leader in environmental sustainability and stewardship.

NERC’s mission is to promote sustainable materials management by supporting traditional and innovative solid waste best practices, focusing on waste prevention, toxics reduction, reuse, recycling and organics recovery.

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) is a multi-state non-profit organization that is committed to environmental and economic sustainability through responsible solid waste management. Its 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. Maryland became NERC's newest state member in December 2015.

As an organization, NERC conducts projects that influence policy and affect change through research, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and education. Now in its 30th 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 Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse, the State Electronics Challenge, and the 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
  • Marinas & recycling shrink wrap
  • Newspapers & recycled content newsprint
  • Pharmacies & medication take-back
  • Reuse & recycling jobs & the economy