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February 2020

NERC’s Advisory Members

Distinguished Benefactors

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)




Waste Management

Sustaining Members

  • Advanced Drainage Systems

  • American Beverage Association

  • AMP Robotics

  • Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)

  • 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

  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

  • International Bottled Water Association

  • Keep America Beautiful

  • Keurig Dr. Pepper

  • MRM

  • Nestle USA


  • PaintCare

  • Plastics Industry Association

  • Pratt Industries

  • Re-TRAC

  • Recycling Partnership

  • Republic Services

  • Reverse Logistics Group

  • Revolution

  • Serlin Haley

  • Sims Municipal Recycling

  • 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

New & Renewing Memberships

Renewing Sustaining Members

New Supporting Member

Renewing Supporting Members


Newly Posted

Advisory Member News

Of General Interest

New and Renewing Memberships

Membership is key to NERC's regional and national commitment to sustainable materials management. We would like to welcome renewing Sustaining Members:

As well as our newest Supporting Member - New York City Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, and renewing Supporting Members:

Thank you to all our Advisory Members. To see a complete listing of NERC's Members and Supporters, as well as the benefits of membership, visit the NERC Advisory Membership web page.

The broad spectrum of interests represented by NERC's Advisory Members, Individual Supporters, and Board Members and their willingness to participate significantly contribute to the unique and important role that NERC plays in recycling in the region.

For more information, contact Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director.nerc news

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NERC Spring Conference to Feature Innovative Ideas, Strategies, & Practices

We hope you will join us for NERC’s Spring Conference in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The Conference is focused on Rebooting Recycling.  Some of the topics to be featured include: 

  • The Rebirth of Refillable Bottles
  • Circularity through Innovative Business Models
  • Effective Recycling Messaging Delivered
  • Moving Up the Hierarchy
  • Focus on Multi-Family Residences
  • Managing Lithium Battery Safety
  • Big-3 MRF Owner/Operators’ Perspectives on End-Markets

Go to the Agenda for information about the presenters and the schedule.

Early registration discounts available!

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities Available

For more information about the Conference, contact Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director & Conference Organizer.

Conference Registration Offers New Feature – Carbon-Offsets for Travel!

If you'd like to attend NERC’s Conferences, but are concerned about the climate change impacts of your travel, you now have the option to pay for carbon offsets.  This new feature is built into the Conference registration form.  When registering for the Conference, you will have the option to calculate the Carbon Dioxide Equivalent of your travel and pay for carbon-offsets. This fee will be added to your Conference registration. After the conference, NERC will bundle all of the carbon-offset revenues and purchase carbon-offsets on your behalf.

If you’d like more information about the carbon offsets for NERC’s Conference, contact Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director or Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director.

David Allaway, Oregon DEQ, Featured in Rethinking Recycling Webinar

March 19, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. eastern

Recycling is an essential element of a sustainable future, but is it sufficient? And are there unintended consequences for society and the environment if we maximize recycling, “zero waste” or “circular economy” without a larger policy framework? The State of Oregon has conducted groundbreaking – and sometimes provocative – research into the environmental benefits and limitations of recycling. In this webinar, David Allaway from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will summarize that research and suggest a path forward that will help communities and policymakers improve and optimize recycling while simultaneously activating additional solutions that achieve higher order goals of conserving resources and reducing pollution.

If you have any questions regarding the webinar, contact Mary Ann Remolador.

Best Management Practices for Community Composting Webinar - March 31, 1 - 2:15 p.m. eastern

This webinar is the second of a series on community-scale composting. The first webinar focused on the people involved in establishing sustainable community composting sites; this webinar will focus on the nuts and bolts of community composting, from siting and feedstock collection to system management and composting through the winter.

During the webinar, we will address siting considerations, choosing a system, determining site capacity, and system management. We’ll share lessons learned through case studies of community composting at rural sites, community gardens, and housing developments. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. 

A recording of the first webinar is available.  See Best Management Practices for Community Composting Team Building Webinar Recording & Resources  below, under Recently Posted.

This webinar series is made available with funding from a USDA Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grant.

For more information, contact Natasha Duarte, Composting Association of Vermont.

Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects - Workshop, April 15, Concord, NHworkshop graphicThe Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), in partnership with NRRA, MRRA, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Transportation, and the New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center, are offering a one-day workshop about using recycled content in road and infrastructure projects.

This special one-day workshop will provide you with new insights and examples of practical applications. Presentations will address:

  • Plastic corrugated drainage pipes with recycled content
  • Ground asphalt for roads
  • Use of crumb rubber in roads
  • Processed glass aggregate (PGA)

NERC Ups the Ante on Social Media & Blog

Northeast Recycling Council’s primary social media outlets—Facebook and Twitter (handle @NERecycling)—have undergone a dramatic shift in their priorities for posting, and with that shift has come an equally dramatic increase in followers on both platforms.

The sites are primarily curated by NERC’s bookkeeper/office manager Robert Kropp, who scours numerous online sources to share important and breaking news affecting the whole of the recycling industry: citizens struggling with the specifics of what goes in their recycling bins, municipalities and states faced with challenging new recycling paradigms, and industry members seeking to increase their use of recycled materials.

Since that shift in priorities for posting, followers on Facebook have increased to over 800. On Twitter, the number of followers is now well over 2,000 and increasing rapidly. As importantly, the number of shares and comments on both platforms has increased as well. “None of the impressive numbers recounted here would mean much if they did not contribute to NERC’s mission of impactful dialogues on mutually important subjects,” Kropp observed. “NERC believes the increases (in social media followers) align with a resurgent commitment to the benefits to society that recycling and overall waste reduction bring.”

In addition to its Facebook and Twitter feeds, NERC also posts a weekly blog on its website. The blog, which features guest writers as well as pieces written by NERC staff, is regularly the most popular page on NERC’s website, according to analytics. But did you know that NERC’s blog welcomes comments as well? Simply scroll down to the end of any piece, where you will find a space for leaving a comment and engaging with the leading issues in the recycling and sustainability spaces.

NERC welcomes the opportunity to share some of the most important industry insights with its social media followers, and encourages those followers to enter into dialogue with us.

For more information contact Robert Kropp.

Interested in Organics, Green Procurement? Join the Conversation

NERC hosts two unique listservs that you might be interested in joining:

EPPnet graphic Dedicated to conversations among professionals around the nation about green procurement. Learn more here.

Organics Management Listserv logoCommitted to discussions about food waste reduction, diversion, food and organics composting, and anaerobic digestion.  Learn more at the Organics Listserv website.

newly postedNorth American Recycled Plastic Processing Capacity Increases – New Report Published

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) announces the publication of new summary of announced plastic processing capacity increases, as a companion to its Summary of Announced Increased Capacity to Use Recycled Paper. The document lists increases in North American capacity to process recyclable plastics into products such as plastic lumber, pellets or resins for end-markets.  These increases were announced or completed in 2017 or later.   

This list was developed from several resources, including More Recycling, The Recycling Partnership, Plastic Recycling Update, Recycling Today, Resource Recycling, Waste Dive, Waste 360, company press releases, local newspaper articles, as well as the Indiana Recycling Coalition, and Georgia Recycling Coalition. This is the first document of its type.  As new information is available, the report will be updated.

The report identifies 15 new and 10 expanding facilities that will process plastic.  The majority of the new or expanded capacity is planned for the west coast (6 in California, 1 in Nevada, 1 in British Columbia), and the south (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina (4), and Texas).  Three facilities have been announced for the Northeast (2 in Pennsylvania, and 1 in New Jersey), with four in the mid-west (1 in Indiana and 2 in Ohio). The facilities will use a variety of plastics, with LDPE (nine facilities) having the most reported new capacity.  It is important to note that these are announced capacity investments, but not a guarantee that these facilities will open or expand as projected.   

The compilation was produced by the NERC-NEWMOA Regional Recycling Markets Committee.  The Committee’s goal is to identify and implement strategies to promote and enhance recycling markets in the region.  This list will be updated as new capacity is announced or new information received.  If you have information about capacity expansions not listed here or corrections to the information on this list, please contact Chaz Miller, Chair, NERC-NEWMOA Regional Recycling Markets Committee,, 301-346-6507, or Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, NERC.

A summary of the report appears in the following table.

Company Name




Projected Volume


Avangard – new


LDPE film - commercial generators



Avangard – new


LDPE film - commercial generators



Avangard – new


LDPE film - commercial generators



Azak – new



plastic lumber


CarbonLite – new



food grade PET bottle


Ecomelida – new

South Carolina

plastic film, food & beverage cartons, aseptic packages

pellets & paper pulp for export to China


EFS-Plastics – expansion


plastic film


40% new capacity

EFS-Plastics - expansion


mixed rigids and film


50% new capacity

FDS Manufacturing - expansion





GDB International - expansion

New Jersey




Green Tech Solutions – new

South Carolina

post-industrial PET, HDPE & PP, & ABS

pellets for export


Indorama/Loop Partnership – new

South Carolina

PE bottles



MCM Plastic – expansion


post-industrial PVC residue



Merlin Plastics – expansion

British Columbia


resin & pellets


Netafim – expansion


HDPE irrigation tubing

HDPE irrigation tubing


Peninsula Plastics (Merlin Plastics subsidiary) – expansion


1-7 bales

PET food grade pellets, non-food-grade PE & PP flakes


Polywood – new

North Carolina

post-consumer HDPE & mixed plastic bales

plastic furniture & lumber

15,000 – 20,000

PreZero Polymers/ACI Plastics – new


LDPE, LLDPE film from store drop-off & post-commercial



PreZero Polymers/ACI Plastics - expansion

South Carolina

bales of 2-7 & 3-7 MRF processed plastic

pellets of PE and PP


PureCycle Technologies – new





Roplast Industries - expansion



film for grocery bags


Roy Tech Environ – new


engineering plastics

pellets for export


rPlanet Earth - new



RPET bottle preforms, sheet & thermoform packaging


Sirmax – new


polypropylene & polyethylene scrap

thermoplastic compounds


UPT - new


LDPE, HDPE, PC & agricultural plastic – post-industrial & post-consumer



Best Management Practices for Community Composting Team Building Webinar Recording & Resources

Community composting photoA webinar about training and retaining volunteers, and sharing lessons learned through case studies of community composting at rural sites, community gardens, and housing developments was recently hosted by NERC. More than 130 individuals from 25 states participated. 

The webinar topics included how to get started with community composting, roles and tasks for compost managers and team members, volunteer engagement and partnership building, training and signage, and a lessons learned from case studies in Vermont, with discussion about what makes a community composting site sustainable over time.

Featured speakers were:

  • Natasha Duarte, Composting Association of Vermont
  • Libby Weiland, Vermont Community Garden Network
  • Cassandra Hemenway, Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District

A recording of the webinar, along with the PowerPoint presentation and resources are now available for download:

The webinar was made possible through a grant from the USDA Rural Utilities Service.advisory Member News

Marcal Paper Announces Company Will Be “Back in Business” in 2020

Marcal logoRob Baron, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marcal Paper, announced today that the company will return to regular papermaking operations in New Jersey sometime in January, less than one year after a 10-alarm fire destroyed its iconic manufacturing facilities and caused the immediate shutdown of the business. Baron also announced that the company will host, in the weeks ahead, an event at the site to thank those who supported the business’ recovery in 2019 and herald the return of Marcal to New Jersey’s industrial economy.

“As we celebrate this holiday season with our families and prepare for the New Year ahead, we are thrilled to announce that we will officially be back in business,” Baron said.  “The prospect of such an announcement seemed impossible eleven months ago, when a devastating fire eliminated eighty years of manufacturing history in less than eight hours. Thanks to the support we have received from the awesome New Jersey community, and the efforts of our entire team, we will soon return to regular papermaking operations in Elmwood Park.”

Baron added, “We understand that many in our family lost a lot the day the fire struck our mill, and we have done everything possible to try to help them recover. We also understand what Marcal means to Elmwood Park, to Bergen County and to New Jersey as a whole; we were -- and now will be again -- the one and only recycled tissue manufacturer in the Garden State.”

“In the days ahead, we will gather at our mill to officially ‘restart’ Marcal, express our gratitude to our first responders, our elected officials, our community partners and all those who stuck with us.  We will officially launch a new chapter in what is a uniquely New Jersey story.”

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, Marcal coordinated an aggressive program of assistance for those team members whose jobs were lost that day. State and local officials and dozens of employers connected associates with new employment opportunities and critical human services, and Marcal provided associates with financial assistance and extended health insurance coverage.

Several tasks essential to evaluating the realistic prospect of a restart and then making it happen were undertaken.  These activities included: (1) assessing the extensive equipment and property damage; (2) restoring utilities to the site, including water, natural gas, and electricity; (3) repairing and replacing critical equipment and infrastructure damaged by repeated freezing and thawing; (4) restarting boilers; (5) replacing the fire suppression system damaged due to freezing conditions immediately after the fire; and (6) completing a multi-month site demolition and clean-up effort.

Marcal has also finalized a merger with Nittany Paper, a converting operation in Pennsylvania, to ensure that the paper rolls manufactured in Elmwood Park can be converted into final product for sale.  The fire substantially destroyed sixteen acres of property, including twenty- one paper converting lines.  By merging with Nittany, Marcal has secured the only viable pathway to restarting operations in Elmwood Park now, and saving its brand, while leaving open future opportunities for growth or redevelopment at its site in New Jersey.

“Marcal is one of the oldest tissue manufacturing companies in the country.  It started as a small, family-owned business and became a symbol of New Jersey’s industrial economy, a trusted employer and valued steward in this community,” Baron said.   “We did not want to just start up some machines and fail.  From day one, we wanted to give ourselves a fighting chance to hire back as many people as we could, as fast as we could, while ensuring we had a viable, sustainable roadmap to thrive -- in a very challenging market.”

“We’ve all waited 330 days to be able to say that Marcal was ‘back in business.’  That day has arrived.”

Announcing the 2020 updates to the MMP

The Municipal Measurement Program (MMP) team is excited to announce the latest version of the MMP that launched on January 3rd, 2020.

We received tons of great feedback from participating municipalities, state government agencies, county & regional agencies, industry organizations, conference attendees, webinar participants, and more. After combining and categorizing the feedback, we identified opportunities to optimize data entry, highlighted recurring themes, and prioritized the most pressing issues. The results of our program and feedback analysis are summarized by the survey and report updates described below.

We look forward to another great year of standardized measurement in 2020!


Pre-populated data

Municipalities entering their second year of participation will be pleased to know that many of the fields in the new surveys have been pre-populated using last year’s data. As always, pre-populated fields can still be edited as needed but it should save second year participants time.

Combined Tonnage

Ideally, municipalities should be measuring tonnage for each of their programs separately. However, the MMP team recognizes that for some municipalities separated program tonnage isn’t always available so we introduced a way for municipalities to indicate which programs contain combined tonnage. This solution also allows municipalities to estimate the percentage each of their programs represents in the combined tonnage number.

Simplified Plastics Categories

Aiming to simplify reporting, we reformatted questions about plastics that are accepted in curbside and drop-off recycling programs. With the help of More Recycling, we also introduced plastic category definitions and included examples.

Expanded Organics Program Information

Working with BioCycle, we refined terminology and expanded the survey questions about curbside and drop-off organics collection.


Curbside and Drop-off Questions Moved

In an effort to streamline reporting, two key questions have been moved to their respective surveys. The first, “Do residents in your municipality have access to any curbside collection services?” was moved to the “Residential Curbside Program Assessment” survey; and the other, “Does your municipality operate drop-off location(s) where residents can take materials?” has been moved to the “Residential Drop-off Program Assessment” survey.

Share Data With Industry Organizations

MMP participants can now choose to share their data with the following industry organizations: Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Keep America Beautiful (KAB), and BioCycle.


Defining Single-Family & Multi-Family Households

While reviewing MMP surveys, we noticed that the single-family and multi-family definitions were often in disagreement. Typically, when a municipality defines a single-family household as “1 to 4 units”, the multi-family household definition ought to be “5 of more units”. Therefore, the options for single-family and multi-family definitions have been reformatted to reduce confusion and improve alignment between the definitions.

Collection Services: Public vs. Private

Questions about how services are provided to residents have been reformatted to be clear about who provides the service; services are either provided by the municipality or by a private or open market system.

Households Served By Program

One of the most common data entry errors in 2019 were the “households served by program” questions. It’s important to get these numbers right because they’re used to measure the pounds per household metric used in two of the analytical reports.

In an effort to help municipalities answer this question accurately, the total number of single-family (or multi-family) households as entered on page 1 of the survey has been added to each of these questions for easy reference. If a subset of single-family households is served by the curbside recycling program, participants should choose “Other” and provide the correct number of households served by answering the proceeding question “Please specify how many single-family households are served by your curbside recycling program”.

Service Providers

Municipalities can now provide information about each of their curbside service providers, including service type, subscription model, rate fee, and collection frequency.


Expanded Tonnage Collection

Municipalities can now provide tonnage information for the following drop-off material categories:

    • Source Separated Organics (SSO)
    • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
    • Scrap Tires
    • Electronic Waste
    • Construction & Demolition (C&D)
    • Scrap Metal / White Goods

Thank You

Improvements to the program, surveys, and reports wouldn't be possible without the industry's commitment to standardization, the active participation from all levels of government, and the ever-growing community of measurement-minded leaders and organizations across the United States.

The MMP team thanks you!

What Is The Municipal Measurement Program (MMP)?

The Municipal Measurement Program (MMP) is a free Program Assessment and Planning Tool that delivers insights and actionable recommendations to municipal waste management agencies.

It also provides state, county, and regional government agencies with a solution to connect with data submitted by municipalities in their respective jurisdictions via the Government Data Management Plan.

The MMP is delivered by The Recycling Partnership and Re-TRAC Connect to provide municipalities with a robust and accessible materials management program analysis and planning tool. It was also designed, with industry assistance, to standardize terminology and harmonize methodologies in support of consistent measurement across the U.S. and Canada.Of General Interest

NRC Announces National Zero Waste Conference, First Conference of its Kind

The National Recycling Coalition and its partners will host the first National Zero Waste Conference organized together with all the leading Zero Waste organizations in America.  It will be held on March 18 - 19, 2020 in Berkeley, California in conjunction with Zero Waste Week in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The program features an in-depth dive into Zero Waste communities, companies, and their operations and principles. This approach to material use will naturally include the topics of moving to a Circular Economy and how this addresses Climate Change. Be a part of this important conversation that will provide a roadmap towards a Zero Waste future.  Be a part of this important conversation that will make big strides towards a Zero Waste future.  Register by February 17, 2020

"Zero Waste programs are the quickest, most effective way for communities, businesses and institutions to help meet the challenge of climate change. This Conference is for those working to implement real Zero Waste programs that follow the Zero Waste definition and principles developed by the Zero Waste International Alliance."- Gary Liss, NRC Conference Co-Chair and Vice President of Zero Waste USA

Conference Program:

There are over 50 confirmed speakers representing international, national and regional organizations, companies, nonprofits, and governments including:

  • Nina Butler, More Recycling
  • Stephanie Barger, US Green Building Council
  • Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting
  • Christienne de Tournay Birkhahn, Berkeley Zero Waste Commission
  • Mandi McKay, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Erin McNichol, Hewlett Packard
  • Julie Muir, Stanford University
  • Kirstie Pecci, Conservation Law Foundation.
  • Greg Sawtell, United Workers

The first day of the conference is particularly focused on highlighting model Zero Waste businesses and institutions.  The second day is focused on Zero Waste communities. A full list of speakers and the ZW conference program are available online. CEUs may be available for this conference (contact your state recycling organization or other professional organizations).

Register by February 17, 2020 to take advantage of discounts!

Registration fees are listed below.  NRC members get $100 discount off full registration fees; contact NRC to check your membership status.  Full registration fees will increase on February 17, 2020.  Discounts of $55 off NRC registration for attendees who also register first to attend the “Recycling Update” organized by the Northern California Recycling Association.  Get more information and register for NCRA’s Recycling Update here.

Local Government Policies to Drive Low-Carbon Concrete - Webinar

West Coast Climate graphicTuesday, February 4th, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm (eastern)

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and is responsible for 6-10% of global anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions*. Proven alternative technologies and practices are readily available in the marketplace that can reduce these emissions by more than half. Attend this webinar to hear about three different strategies being used by local governments to drive demand for low-carbon concrete, and learn how you can do it, too.

*Source: Architecture 2030

Webinar presenters will be:

Karen Cook has led the Alameda County, California’s green purchasing program for the last decade, greening tens of millions of dollars of bids for this 9500-employee organization. Karen works to accelerate market transformation by collaborating locally, regionally and nationally on green purchasing efforts. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade advancing green building operations, waste reduction, and recycling for local government and in the private sector.

Stacey Foreman manages the City of Portland’s Sustainable Procurement Program and has been incorporating environmentally preferable products and services into public contracts for over a decade. Stacey is active in a variety of regional and national efforts to build sustainable procurement resources, and currently is President of the Board of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Stacey is a LEED Accredited Professional and has presented to national and international audiences on the topic of sustainability in public procurement.

Miya Kitahara works on StopWaste’s energy efficiency, built environment, and circular economy projects, and provides climate action planning support for Alameda County local governments. She has facilitated awareness and inclusion of Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories to address upstream emissions related to goods and food in local climate action plans as well as in statewide conversations. Miya has over a decade of experience in local government sustainability across the Bay Area, including working as staff or volunteer for cities in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties. She has an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise and a BA in Social Psychology.

Jordan Palmeri is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Materials Management Program at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, where he coordinates projects around the built environment, life cycle assessments, and purchasing. He’s worked on building and zoning codes and served as a technical and policy expert for small housing initiatives. He’s advised local, regional, and global green building rating systems and leads a program to help Oregon concrete producers develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Jordan holds a MS in Environmental Science from Tulane University.

Alice Zanmiller is a Planner with the Marin County Community Development Agency's Sustainability Team. She worked as a planner developing climate action plans and greenhouse gas inventories prior to joining the County in August of 2016. Alice works on sustainability programs and initiatives that support the implementation of the County’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2015. This includes policy and implementation support for the County's Green Building Program, Energy Watch Partnership, and Regional Codes and Standards group.

Additionally, she works to implement other Climate Action Plan measures that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, agriculture, and the built environment in the County of Marin. She received her degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.