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April 2023

NERC’s Advisory Members

Distinguished Benefactors

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Benefactors

Coca-Cola

Samsung

Waste Management

Sustaining Members

  • Advanced Drainage Systems

  • American Beverage Association

  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

  • Balcones Recycling

  • Blount Fine Foods

  • BlueTriton Brands

  • Bulk Handling Systems

  • Casella Resource Solutions

  • CLYNK

  • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Inc.

  • Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference

  • Eco-Products

  • Fire Rover, LLC

  • GDB International

  • Glass Packaging Institute

  • Henkel

  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

  • International Bottled Water Association

  • Keep America Beautiful

  • Keurig Dr. Pepper

  • MRM

  • Nestle USA

  • NEWMOA

  • PaintCare

  • Plastics Industry Association

  • Re-TRAC

  • Recycling Partnership

  • Republic Services

  • Reverse Logistics Group

  • Revolution

  • Serlin Haley

  • Sonoco

  • Strategic Materials

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)

  • TOMRA

  • US Composting Council (USCC)

A list of all the logos of our Sustaining Members can be found under Advisory Members

Advisory Member Spotlight

Serlin Haley

New & Renewing Members

Benefactors

  • WM

Sustaining Members

  • BlueTriton Brands

Supporting Members

  • Yale Office of Sustainability *New
  • Circular Polymers *New

Blog

View the blog articles

  • Let's Talk Grants: Securing Funding to Prevent Fires in Waste and Recycling Facilities
  • The new EU law that’s looking to stamp out greenwashing
  • Compost Survey in Akwesasne
  • The enormous opportunity of e-waste recycling
  • Lithium-ion Battery Fires Continue to be a Growing Threat

NERC In the News

Read the news
 
  • Northeast Recycling Council’s Commodities Market Development Journey
  • Webinar: Building diversity means culture shifts
  • Northeast Recycling Council’s Virtual Spring Conference: Focusing on a Diverse Workforce
  • Diverse waste and recycling workplaces should include younger workers: NERC

Events

Other News

State Updates

 
Advisory Member News
 

ADVISORY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Serlin HaleySerlin Haley logo

NERC’s newest Sustaining Advisory Member is Serlin Haley. Headquartered in Boston, Serlin Haley provides a full spectrum of lobbying services across all 50 states. With an impressive client list that includes several NERC Advisory Members, the firm guides its clients through the current political and regulatory landscape, including all registration and reporting requirements. Continue reading.

NEW & RENEWING MEMBERs

Membership is key to Northeast Recycling Council's regional and national commitment to circularity and sustainable materials management. For more information about NERC's Advisory Member program, please visit Nerc.org/Advisory-Members/What-Is-A-NERC-Advisory-Member and view our Advisory Membership Brochure.

Thank you to the following members for their support. We appreciate your commitment to Northeast Recycling Council and its mission.

Benefactors

Sustaining Members

Supporting Members

blog

NERC IN THE NEWS

events

Properly Managing E-Cigarettes & Vaping Waste Streams
April 27, 1:00 - 2:30 eastern
 

This joint NEWMOA and NERC seminar will focus on proper management of waste from e-cigarettes and vaping, including any opportunities for recycling the materials. The presenters will provide an overview of these devices and their associated waste streams, whether any of the materials meet the definition of hazardous waste, what the commercial and institutional facilities that have these wastes are required to do, and what challenges are posed by these waste streams. Learn more and register.

Spring 2023 Conference: Building a Diverse Workforce for Sustainable Materials Management

You may now watch the recording of our Spring 2023 Virtual Conference to see event highlights and hear from expert speakers on Building a Diverse Workforce for Sustainable Materials Management. Catch up here.

EPR for Packaging & Bottle Bill Programs: How Can They Coexist?

View the presentations and watch the joint NEWMOA and NERC seminar that provided an opportunity to hear from experts on EPR for packaging and bottle bill programs and how these two systems can work together. Catch up here.

other News

NYC School Requests Merchandise for Recycling Awareness

Does your organization have reusable/recyclable merchandise such as pencils, pens, tote bags, and water bottles that you would be willing to donate to an NYC school for recycling awareness? Students part of the Science and Engineering Research Program at Staten Island Technical High School are studying quality of life for a research project and want to improve recycling throughout local high schools. They wish to hold an event for recycling awareness at their school. If you would like to donate merchandise, please reach out to Tiffany Brekher at tiffanyb156@nycstudents.net.

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) Call for Expression of Interest

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), now the Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) responsible for developing, implementing, and financially supporting the modernization of curbside recycling in the name of producers, has launched a call for expression of interest for the conditioning and recycling of curbside recycling materials. Who is this for? Conditioners, recyclers, carriers of conditioning or recycling technologies and any physical or legal entity capable of bringing existing or future solutions for the conditioning or recycling of curbside recycling materials (containers, packaging, and printed materials) under the responsibility of ÉEQ. The call for interest is not open to brokers, market intermediaries or to transporters. This call for interest serves as the first step for an upcoming qualification process, if necessary, or a call for tenders, to build commercial relationships with ÉEQ. With the full entry into force of the modernization of curbside recycling starting January 1st, 2025, ÉEQ will have full responsibility over the curbside recycling system. Learn more here.

State News

District of Colombia

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • Mass DEP is hiring for two positions:
  • MassDEP Posts Updated Waste Characterization Data: Municipal waste combustors that participate in the Massachusetts Class II Recycling Program (this includes all five active municipal waste combustion facilities in Massachusetts) must complete a waste characterization study consistent with guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) every three years. These reports focus on the composition of municipal solid waste – regular trash disposed of by residents, businesses, and institutions. A summary analysis of the 2022 studies and the data from all five study years is available at https://www.mass.gov/doc/summary-of-waste-combustor-class-ii-recycling-program-waste-characterization-studies/download. The full waste characterization study report for each of the five facilities is posted on MassDEP’s web page for each facility at https://www.mass.gov/guides/municipal-waste-combustors.
  • Recycle Smart MA issued two plastics-related newsletters in recent months. The first, TheTruth About Plastics Recycling, provided a response to recent news reports that plastics recycling is a “dead end.” This piece received a lot of positive feedback from RSMA followers and industry pros. We hope it will be useful to you as you respond to queries about the futility of recycling. The second, All About Plastic, addresses the confusion about which plastics can go in the recycling and which can’t. If you get questions about why only certain types of plastics are accepted and how those decisions are made, this newsletter may be of help. Included in the All About Plastic piece is a link to a short video tour of a MRF that explains the sorting and baling process. The video, a Reel created for Facebook and Instagram, is easily shared if you use social media or want to link to it in your own newsletters.

New York

  • Battery Park City Authority in lower Manhattan, NYC is hiring a Compost Coordinator to continue to the success in their composting programs.

Advisory Member News

AMP Robotics employee took a “garbology course at Santa Clara University when she was a student. NPR highlights the course in this article. AMP's Moana Sato is one of MSW Management's Leadership Award recipients.

Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is holding several upcoming events: its Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on April 28-29, the AAUW Used Book Sale on May 13-16, and a Shredding Event on May 13, 8am-11am for paper products, sponsored by State Representative Kerry Benninghoff, taking place at CCRRA.

Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) is holding its 28th Annual Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show on May 8-9, 2023 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. The event will feature keynote addresses by Susanne Miller of Maine DEP and Heidi Sanborn of National Stewardship Action Council. SafetyWorks! and DEP Training will be available. The deadline to register is April 28th. Learn more here.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) launched a new EPA Healthy Communities project aimed at Increasing Construction and Demolition Debris Diversion in Coos County, NH. Two of three summits were held to date. Read the Recap PART 1 and PART 2. On May 22-23, NRRA is holding their Annual Recycling Conference & Expo at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. View the agenda and register early.

Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) in Ann Arbor, MI recently formed Poly Coated Paper Alliance (PCPA) which launched in March and is looking for members to help advance its objectives of widespread end-market acceptance for poly-coated paper packaging. Learn more here.

Reverse Logistics Group (RLG) is is currently looking for highly motivated entrepreneurial professionals interested in the circular economy to join our US team. RLG is an innovative technology driven service provider enabling manufacturers & retailers to meet regulatory take-back, recycling &environmental challenges in 80+ countries around the world. Through our scalable platform solutions, we address consumer goods & material take-back challenges by creating circular solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. Links to the three open positions open are below.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) published two new resources: Packaging & Food Waste Case Study and Biodegradable position paper. View them and other resources here: https://sustainablepackaging.org/resources/.