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December Bulletin

NERC’s Advisory Members

Distinguished Benefactors

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)




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


  • Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, Inc.

  • Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference

  • Eco-Products

  • Fire Rover, LLC

  • GDB International

  • Glass Packaging Institute

  • Henkel

  • International Bottled Water Association

  • Keep America Beautiful

  • Keurig Dr. Pepper

  • MRM

  • Nestle USA


  • PaintCare

  • Plastics Industry Association

  • Re-TRAC

  • Recycled Materials Association (ReMA)

  • Recycling Partnership

  • Republic Services

  • Reverse Logistics Group

  • Revolution

  • Serlin Haley

  • Sonoco

  • Strategic Materials

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)


  • US Composting Council (USCC)

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

Advisory Member Spotlights

Bulk Handling Systems

New & Renewing Members

Distinguished Benefactor

  • Consumer Technology Association (CTA)


  • Coca-Cola

Sustaining Members

  • PaintCare

Supporting Members

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell *New
  • Vanguard Renewables

Upcoming Events

State Updates

  • Connecticut is seeking a part-time recycling educator.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment announced the date of their 2024 Food Summit.
  • Massachusetts DEP is hiring a Regional Planner for the Bureau of Air & Waste.
  • New Hampshire DES has released a new webpage to help the public understand how to recycle.
  • New Jersey DEP  is excited to announce that the state’s Food Waste Reduction Plan is now available.

Advisory Member News


We are pleased to welcome a new Sustaining Advisory Member to Northeast Recycling Council: Bulk Handling Systems

Bulk Handling Systems

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) designs, manufactures and installs processing systems that extract recyclables from the waste stream. BHS is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of sorting systems and components for the solid waste, recycling, waste-to-energy, and construction and demolition industries. View the spotlight here.


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 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.

Distinguished Benefactor Member

Benefactor Member

Sustaining Member

Supporting Member

nerc news

Northeast Recycling Market Report | November 21, 2023
The Northeast Recycling Market Report for the periods April – June 2023 and July – September 2023 showed a slight rise in the average commodity price for Q2 followed by a decline in Q3. The average value of all commodities dropped by 6% with residuals and 7% without from Q1 to Q3.

The average percentage for outbound tons marketed per commodity in calendar year 2022 reflected a slight increase for most materials compared to 2020. Notably, the average percentage per ton of bulky rigids and mixed plastic decreased.

This is the 17th report in NERC’s series of quarterly reports on the market value of commodities from MRFs in the Northeast. The report includes information from ten states: Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

Fall Conference Presentations
The speaker presentation, attendee list, as well as the conference program are available on NERC's website.


Material Reuse Forum 5: Reuse in Climate Action Plans
Tuesday January 9th, 2024, 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST | View Presenters and Register

Explore the growing trend of integrating reuse practices into climate action plans during our forum "Reuse in Climate Action Plans." Governments are increasingly recognizing the environmental benefits of reusing durable goods, spanning construction materials, consumer items, household goods, electronics, books, textiles, and fixtures. Join us for insightful discussions featuring four expert speakers who will share their perspectives on how reuse can play a pivotal role in sustainable climate action plans.

State News


The City of New Haven is seeking a part-time recycling educator who will develop and implement waste reduction and recycling programs through education and outreach, working in partnership with the Department of Parks and Public Works, the New Haven Solid Waste and Recycling Authority, the Office of Climate and Sustainability, and the general public in order to meet local and state materials management goals.  The primary focus of this position will be on single stream recycling, but duties will extend to education regarding organics recycling (composting) and hard to recycle materials, such as household hazardous waste.


MD Save The dateThe Maryland Department of the Environment announced the date of their 2024 food summit. The location has not been announced yet. MDE encourages you to share this with other stakeholders you feel would value from participation in this event. Additionally, MDE is currently accepting abstracts for the Food Summit 2024. Submissions close January 11, 2024



MassDEP is hiring a Regional Planner for the Bureau of Air & Waste - Municipal Waste Reduction branch. The Regional Planner IV oversees MassDEP’s Municipal Assistance Coordinators (MACs), who work for MassDEP through contracts with host municipalities/regional groups. This includes maintaining and updating Host Entity Contracts, hiring and onboarding as needed, and reviewing the work of these positions. The RPIV also provides guidance to municipal officials on recycling and solid waste contracting and other recycling markets issues and helps connect municipal officials with reuse and recycling market opportunities.

New Hampshire

NHDES QR CodeThe NHDES Solid Waste Management Bureau has released a *NEW* webpage for residents called “Managing My Waste.” The site is dedicated to helping the public understand how to recycle or dispose of the wastes they create. The A-Z list and corresponding blog posts provide information for managing various batteries, fireworks/flares, fluorescent light bulbs, medicine, propane tanks, smoke detectors, tires, and more! NHDES strongly encourages towns and solid waste facilities to add the link or QR code to their websites, as a universal resource for residents to use. 

New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is excited to announce that the state’s Food Waste Reduction Plan is now available! The plan quantifies the amount of food waste generated in 2017 and sets forth actions the state intends to take to achieve the 50x30 Goal. It also includes a brief toolkit for food waste generating sectors to take additional actions that support this goal. You can read New Jersey’s Food Waste Reduction Plan here.

Advisory Member News

Bulk Handling Systems has released their Community Recovery System, which features Autonomous Plastics Recovery: Empowering curbside recycling for small and mid-sized communities, for their December newsletter in the form of a short video.
Environmental Research & Education Foundation has posted the recording for their recent Science Session: Unwrapping Recycling in NYC for the Holidays. During the session they unwrapped the nuances of recycling in the heart of New York City, with a special focus on multifamily recycling and the unique challenges of the holiday season.