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NERC in the News

2013

November

October

  • Booting up e-cycling - State Electronics Challenge. Resource Recycling Magazine's monthly feature on web-based resources, written by columnist Roger Guttentag, includes the State Electronics Challenge as a resource for learning about green electronic systems; going beyond end-of-life management.  

  • CRT overabundance plaguing e-recyclers. As cathode ray tube (CRT) television displays have been replaced by flat screens using liquid crystal and other technologies, it has become harder for recyclers to find processors for the growing quantities of leaded glass in TVs and computer monitors collected for recycling.

  • Composting workshops slated for Greenwich (New York). GREENWICH - The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Northeast Recycling Council Inc. will host an organic management workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Greenwich Elks Lodge. Following the meeting, there will be a trip to the Greenwich village compost pile and a discussion of options for managing leaf and brush piles.

September

  • Profitable, in-house 'green' disposal. "It doesn't happen every time, but occasionally, going green can also mean saving money. The State Electronics Challenge was designed by the Northeast Recycling Council . . . as a way to teach municipal leaders green electronic disposal techniques."  Article profiling the Regional Technology Coalition, State College, Pennsylvania, published in The Municipal - North Edition, and an article profiling Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, published in The Municipal - South Edition, in September 2013.

  • Life in a Small Town, Part 2. Composting is a key organic material management strategy in rural and small towns. This article written by NERC staff in Resource Recycling explores low-cost organics diver­sion opportunities for handling home, neighborhood and other small-scale organics generators.

  • Sew It Up - Textiles Reuse & Recycling.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every person in the U.S. generates approximately 82 pounds of textiles per year. And 85 percent of used textiles are reaching landfills and incinerators, at significant cost.  An article outlining the steps to setting up a textiles reuse and recycling program, written by Mary Ann ReRemolador, was published in the September issue of Resource Recycling.

July

  • Massachusetts job trainers aim to fulfill needs of recycling sector. Massachusetts Job Trainers Aim to Fulfill Needs of Recycling Sector.  "As recycling programs develop nationwide, the companies at the center of the action are poised to bring more jobs into their communities. But how can those businesses be assured they'll actually be able to fill those posts with capable workers? That's the question at the center of a new study out of Massachusetts."  Article published in Resource Recycling Magazine.

June

  • Life in a Small Town, Part 1. by Athena Lee Bradley, NERC staff. Organics management presents rural and small towns with a signifi­cant opportunity for cost savings, economic development and an enhanced local environment. Article published in Resource Recycling Magazine.

  • Groups release survey results on CRT processing. "The Consumer Electronics Association and the Northeast Recycling Council have released a report, based on a survey conducted by NERC, on current CRT recycling challenges facing e-scrap processors."  Article published in Resource Recycling Magazine.

May

April

  • Ohio EPA awarded bronze recognition by State Electronics Challenge. "The State Electronics Challenge has awarded the Ohio EPA a bronze recognition for its efforts in decreasing the environmental footprint of its computers."  Published in eponline.com. 

  • State College, Pennsylvania, Regional Technology Program Receives Gold. Earth Day 2013 Observance Includes Focus on Sustainability. These achievements warranted Gold recognition from the State Electronics Challenge awarded to the State College, Pennsylvania, Regional Technology Program.  Published in State College News.

  • State and local governments recognized in national contest for reducing e-waste. State and local governments recognized in national contest for reducing e-waste.  Published in Waste Recycling News.

  • Marketplace Keeps Once-Discarded Products in Use. "The Reuse Marketplace keeps once-discarded items in use. The Ocean State has one landfill with an anticipated 25 years until it reaches capacity. Stretching its lifespan is clearly to the state's benefit, says David Bordieri, waste-prevention coordinator for the R.I. Resource Recovery Corp."  Published in Providence Business News.

  • The State Electronics Challenge. "Computers — ubiquitous, pervasive and constantly changing — are the poster-child for environmental concern. Computers and other office equipment contain toxic materials and hazardous constituents; they are heavy users of energy and paper, and are often hard to recycle. Nearly everyone has seen or heard a horror story about the improper handling of electronics at the end of their useful life." Article published in American City & County.

  • Waste Wise: Sorting Out Composting. "Another factor is that end markets for waste-based compost tend to be substantially limited depending on the feedstock material. According to the Northeast Recycling Council, compost derived from yard trimmings, for example, has many more end markets compared to that sourced from mixed MSW, primarily due to the presence of glass fragments, small plastic particulates and other contami- nants that detract from its usability. As more restaurants adopt composting as a disposal option, arguably one of the stronger potential growth areas for composting, the issue of contamination looms large since keeping a clean feedstock would involve substantial customer education. Even “back of store” operations can have similar issues, since in many cases food wastes have some type of packaging that must be removed before composting." Article published in Waste360.

  • County Receives National Recognition for Reducing Environmental Impact. "DuPage County [Illinois] was recently awarded a Gold recognition from the State Electronics Challenge (SEC) for decreasing its environmental footprint of computer equipment in 2012."  Press release from DuPage County.

  • Regional Reuse Marketplace. "The Reuse Marketplace — administered by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) — is a free regional network in the Northeast to find, sell, trade or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash." Article published in BioCycle magazine.

March

  • States Seek EPA Help On Policy, Other Barriers To Electronics Recycling. "State electronics recycling program managers are calling on EPA to assist states and industry in addressing regulatory, market and other barriers preventing the recycling of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) and limiting states' ability to regulate." Article published in Inside EPA.

  • Unwanted Electronic Gear Rising in Toxic Piles. "“Lots of smaller recyclers are in over their heads, and the risk that they might abandon their stockpiles is very real,” said Jason Linnell of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse, an organization that represents state environmental regulators, electronics manufacturers and recyclers. In February, the group sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking for immediate help dealing with the rapidly growing stockpiles of the glass, much of which contains lead."  Article published in the NY Times.

  • Pennsylvania Recycling Industries Congress Highlights New Recycling Economy. "The mid-February Pennsylvania Recycling Industries Congress was something new in the Keystone State — two major industry organizations getting together to showcase the importance of private-sector recycling to the state's economy." "The Northeast Recycling Council did a study in 2009 that indicated that the 3,803 Pennsylvania establishments involved in recycling, reliant on recycling, or involved in reuse and remanufacturing generated 52,316 jobs with an annual payroll totaling $2.2 billion, while also bringing in gross receipts of $20.6 billion." Published in Waste360  

February

  • Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency plans composting summit in New Paltz. "The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency will host a composting summit March 19 for commercial and institutional operations that produce large amounts of food waste." Article published in the daily Freeman. 

  • 2013 Recycling Industries Congress underscores economic importance of recycling to Pennsylvania. "A study by the Northeast Recycling Council said 3,803 Pennsylvania establishments involved in or reliant on recycling or involved in reuse and remanufacturing generated 52,316 jobs with an annual payroll totaling of $2.2 billion, while also bringing in gross receipts of $20.6 billion." Article published in the Moscow Villager.

  • Christie Administration Announces Participation in Reuse Marketplace. "Reuse Marketplace (www.ReuseMarketplace.org) is a free regional website that can be tapped by businesses, municipalities, school districts and other institutions and non-profit organizations for posting or obtaining reusable, surplus or barely used materials." Article published in the Cape May County Herald.

  • Christie Administration Announces Participation in Reuse Marketplace. NJ Department of Environmental Protection-News Release - Trenton, NJ "In conjunction with six other northeastern states, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced New Jersey’s participation in the newly launched Reuse Marketplace, a web-based resource aimed at exchanging reusable items, reducing waste, saving money and capturing value of excess or unwanted items by finding new owners for these products, equipment or materials."

  • Massachusetts Economy, Reuse & Recycling. "At the MRF Advisory Board's annual America Recycles Day event last November, the keynote address was delievered by Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director of Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) of Brattleboro, VT." Published in the Recycling Box News

  • CRT stakeholders meet to assess options. "CRT glass stockpiles could be declared superfund sites if action is not taken, prompting multiple stakeholders in the CRT recycling industry to convene earlier this month to discuss problems and potential solutions for recycling CRT glass." Article published in the E-Scrap News newsletter. 

January

  • Resource: Reuse Marketplace. "A free regional network for businesses, institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont." Announcement published in Scrap Magazine, January/February 2013

  • County recognized for electronics recycling. "Through participation in SEC, DuPage County has developed a consistent model for tracking and reporting its achievements. In 2011, the county’s SEC program eliminated nearly 7,000 pounds of solid waste, nearly 3,000 pounds of hazardous waste and another 25 pounds of toxic materials such as lead and mercury.  The program has also reduced more than 380 tons of greenhouse gases — the equivalent of taking more than 250 cars off the road every year." Article published in the National Association of Counties (NACO) County News

  • Stakeholders Gather on CRT Glass Stockpiling. "Between January 10th and 15th, a series of meetings were held to stimulate dialog toward addressing the nationwide problem of illicit CRT glass stockpiling by recyclers entrusted to recover the glass. The meetings were coordinated by the CRT recyclers behind the US CRT Glass Management report and conducted in cooperation with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC)". Article published by Transparent Planet.

  • Rubinstein launches marketplace for reusable and surplus materials in 7 states. "Reuse Marketplace Launched—A Web-based Resource to Capture Value, Exchange Reusable Items, Save Money & Reduce Waste." Press release posted on the Switzer Foundation Network Fellow News.

  • State joins 'The Reuse Marketplace'. "The regional network has been established to help save money and reduce waste by finding, selling, trading, or giving away many reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. Businesses, institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit agencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont can become members by creating free accounts and posting listings for available items. Items are grouped into 30 categories, as well as into more than 60 related subcategories."  Article published by Enviro.BLR.com.