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Novel Networking at NERC’s Spring Workshop

An unexpected visitor arrives, seeking the knowledge of NERC Spring Workshop attendees. Afterward, both visitor and attendees praise the serendipity of the meeting.

Remembering the Rich History of Earth Day

Launched in the United States in 1970, Earth Day has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon involving over one billion people.

All Things Compost

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is just around the corner! ICAW is a comprehensive educational initiative celebrated annually in the US and countries around the world during the first full week of May. It is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. This year the week dedicated to building awareness about compost will be held May 6 – 12 with the theme of Compost! Building a Better Future.

The Pay as You Throw Solution

Our country’s recycling and composting rate has been stagnant for about five years now, holding steady at around 34.6%. Recycling markets “in chaos” continues to be the story of the day. I sympathize with the companies and municipalities hit hard by the current decline in recycling commodity markets. However, I can’t help to wonder why it’s still the national consensus that disposing of trash should be paid for by tax dollars, but recycling has to pay for itself. There are some 89,000 local governments in the United States. Yet, less than 9,000 of those communities have adopted Pay as You Throw (PAYT). I would submit that while our focus on recycling commodity markets is important, so too should we start focusing on the fact that garbage hauling and disposal is not free.