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Continuing Reflections on NERC & Recycling

July 31, 2012

Cynthia L. Greene, Manager of US EPA New England, Energy and Climate Unit, continues our series of guest blogs by people who have been influential in NERC's history.

When did you first become involved with NERC and how long were you actively involved?
1990 to 2006

How did you first get involved with NERC?
On a paper recycling study and as a grant project officer.

What were you "doing" then, and what you're doing now?
I was the team leader for solid waste at EPA New England and managing all of the solid waste grant dollars. I now am the manager of the Energy and Climate Unit at EPA New England.

What are some of your fondest memories of NERC?
NERC quarterly meetings and the fruitful exchange between the states, working with the Direct Marketing Association and the Post Office on recycling, the ground breaking work on determining the economic benefits of recycling, and the venture forums.

What do you consider to be NERC's greatest strengths? Greatest achievements?
The dedicated and creative staff and members. ONP - newspaper publishers' agreement, economic benefits, electronics recycling.

What role do you see NERC as having played in the recycling industry?
Creating markets and sustaining them, creating partnership with commodity associations, emphasizing the economic and job benefits of recycling.

What are the most pressing issues facing the recycling industry today and in the next five years?
Food waste recycling. Keeping recycling as a vital environmental issue in the public's consciousness.

What role do you think NERC should play in addressing those issues?
Collaborating with industry and the states.


Guest Blogs represent the opinion of the writer and may not reflect the policy or position of the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

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