New Sustaining Member
Renewing Sustaining Members
New Supporting Members
Renewing Sustaining Members
Membership is key to NERC's regional and national commitment to sustainable materials management. The start of the new year has brought with it several new Advisory Members, as well as many Members renewing.
Welcome to our newest Sustaining Member - American Beverage Association. And, thank you to our renewing Sustaining Members:
. Along with several renewing Supporting 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.
Make your plans now to join us on March 30 - 31 (1 – 5, eastern, daily) for NERC’s virtual two-day Conference—Reframing Recycling in 2021. The Conference will feature recycling experts from the US and Canada taking a new look at reuse and recycling strategies. Be part of the discussions in analyzing and existing and new approaches.
The Conference topics and speakers include:
Conference Contact: Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director & Event Coordinator
Strategies for Collecting Residential Food Waste - February 3, 2 eastern
Composting and anaerobic digestion are great, but first the organics have to be collected. This free webinar being offered by NERC and NEWMOA, will present three models for successful collection of food waste from households:
CEU credit available from NJ Rutgers, NH DES, and PROP
Plastic Film Recycling & End-Markets - March 9, 2 pm eastern
NERC is hosting a panel conversation about residential plastic film recycling and the status of film end-markets. Presented as a free webinar, the conversation will be moderated by Chaz Miller, NERC Board of Directors. Speakers will be:
CEU credit available from NJ Rutgers, NH DES, and PROP
The Government Recycling Demand Champion Program - a joint initiative of NERC and APR to promote the purchase of products with post-consumer resin by government entities, school, colleges, and universities, is delighted to announce that a new Advocate has joined - the City of Middletown, Connecticut.
An Advocate is an organization commits to purchasing products made with post-consumer recycled plastic, but is not ready to act, planning to begin within a year of joining the program. The Challenge provides free technical assistance and support to Advocates to enable their commitment.
NERC publishes a blog every Tuesday. Topics are wide-ranging and represent differing view points and expertise. Subscriptions are free, and you can always read past blogs on the NERC website. Recent topics have included:
For more information, contact Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director.
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NERC has published an update to its Summary of Announced Increased Capacity to Use Recycled Paper report. Despite all of the upheaval in the recycling industry, several capacity expansions have been completed and others are moving towards their projected opening dates. This latest update reflects our continuing progress towards increased capacity to use recycled paper in North America.
Download the most recent report here.
When NERC first published this list in November, 2018, it included new capacity at 17 mills, of which three projects were completed. This latest update includes 28 expansions, of which nine have been completed. Whether or not all of the new capacity is built depends, among other things, on overall economic circumstances and demand for the final products. Announcement of a new mill does not guarantee it will be built. One planned conversion is now on hold. Announced opening dates are often pushed back. Nonetheless, the completed and announced capacity increase is impressive.
The list of additional North American recycled paper capacity includes totally new paper mills along with existing mills that are closed or are still operating but are being converted to produce different end products (e.g. from newsprint to packaging). It also includes two mills that will be using recycled feedstock other than OCC and RMP. One is a facility designed to produce paper pulp and plastic pellets using beverage cartons and aseptic packages as its primary feedstock. The other is a mill designed to use food contaminated paper from commercial sources.
The majority of new capacity increases in this list are for mills producing linerboard and corrugated medium. They will use old corrugated containers (OCC), often called “cardboard boxes”, as their feedstock. They are unlikely to use mixed paper, whether derived from residential or commercial recycling programs, unless their stock preparation system allows for its use. However, up to half of these mills plan to use mixed paper. For the most part, mixed paper will be a minor input. Several mills, however, plan to consume significant amounts of residential mixed paper (RMP) which is collected at curbsides throughout the country. In addition, the price for mixed paper tracks that of old corrugated containers. Increased capacity and market value for old corrugated containers normally increases the price paid for residential mixed paper.
The total new capacity that this information reflects the potential for more than 5 million TPY of new OCC and mixed paper consuming capacity and 1 million TPY of recycled pulp.
NERC has been reporting on national investment in paper recycling infrastructure since November 2018. The report has been updated six times - April, June, August, November 2019, March 2020, and January 2021.
The 2021 Biennial Report on Solid Waste, which includes the report on landfill operation in Vermont that was required by 2019’s Act 69 (the Single-Use Products Law) has been submitted to the Legislature.
The Report, which is in a new 2-page format with links to other relevant documents, is now available on our website here.
The 2019 Diversion and Disposal Report, which is linked in the Biennial Report, can also be found directly here.
We received thoughtful comments on the Biennial Report from two entities. The Responsiveness Summary, in which we address the comments and indicated when changes were made to the Report, can be found here.
Advisory Member news
This year, USA Hauling & Recycling, All American Waste, Murphy Road Recycling and F&G Recycling want to express their gratitude to all employees throughout the waste and recycling industry. Whether you are a driver, a line sorter, a welder, a technician, a customer service representative, or other operator, your efforts are appreciated. It has been a difficult year, and thanks to you all, waste and recycling collection and processing has continued to be done in a safe and efficient way.
The work you do in this industry may go unnoticed by the public but day in and day out you get the job done. To us, every one of you has always been essential.
Thank you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZzr_sJQoyc
Every year around the holidays, we receive the same questions: is wrapping paper recyclable? What should I do the packing materials my gifts came in? How can I get out of Christmas dinner with my in-laws?
While we can’t help you with that last question, we do have plenty of tips for the others!
2020 may have become the year many Americans “resolved” to stayed home, but it taught us the value of recycling as a valuable and essential public service and allowed us to confront the daily reality of how valuable recycling is to critical supply chains providing cardboard for online order shipments, packaging for food, and even raw materials for that ever-elusive gem – toilet paper.
If you’re tired of the same old new year’s resolutions – you know – the ones you abandon before the end of January, why not resolve to recycle more this year?
It’s not only a simple resolution, it’s one that benefits the environment, creates jobs, reduces litter, and benefits future generations. When it comes to impactful resolutions, recycling just makes sense.
But first, let’s explore why we should all recycle.
Why recycle? What are we wasting for™?
10 Tips to Help You Recycle More, Better in 2021 #RecyclingMatters
But just how can we recycle more, better in 2021? Here are our top tips for a new year, new recycling habits to ensure we all make new year’s resolutions we can keep.
While recycling may feel universal, the truth is only slightly more than half of Americans can easily recycle at home, but together we’re working to change this and transform U.S. recycling for good. Tell us how #recyclingmatters to you by tagging us on social media or using the hashtag recycling matters. Together, let’s #recycle2020 into an even better year for recycling in 2021.
Strategic Materials, Inc., North America’s largest glass recycler has announced Sherry D. Williams as chief legal officer and senior vice president of human resources. In this role, Williams will lead the company’s global legal, compliance & ethics, and human resources organizations. Williams will report to President and CEO Chris Dods.
Chris Dods said, “We are excited to have an executive of Sherry’s caliber lead our compliance and corporate governance. Her ability to implement practical policies and procedures, manage regulatory matters and develop strong teams through collaboration with all stakeholders is exactly what we need to support our strategic growth.”
Williams is an accomplished legal strategist and expert in managing compliance, with a proven ability to develop a culture of trust and integrity across the globe. Prior to joining Strategic Materials, she served as vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer for Jabil, an American worldwide manufacturing services company. She also served as senior vice president, chief ethics & compliance officer for Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies.
“I’m eager to bring my experience and perspective to the organization,” Williams said. “I look forward to working with Chris and the rest of the Strategic Materials team to support the Company’s success and commitment to excellence and integrity.”
Williams graduated from the University of Oklahoma and earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. When stepping away from legal duties, Williams serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations, including Brown Girls Do Ballet, which promotes diversity in the arts by providing annual scholarships, a mentor network and community programs to empower young girls.
In December, Casella launched our 5th biennial sustainability report. The report lays out ten ambitious sustainability targets for the year 2030. While some goals focus on lessening negative impacts (e.g., reducing greenhouse gas emissions), many of the goals focus on amplifying beneficial impacts (e.g., increasing tons recycled to 2 million tons per year, and doubling the company’s renewable energy production). I hope NERC members will check it out and I would welcome any thoughts or feedback on how we can collaborate around our shared goals! The report can be accessed here: https://www.casella.com/about-us/casella-sustainability.