Change to Single-Stream Recycling Hasn't Paid Off. At NERC's Fall 2019 Conference, contamination in the recycling stream was discussed.
The Price Paid for Recovered Materials Falls. NERC reports that the prices paid for a ton of mixed recyclables fell 24 percent during the third quarter of CY 2019.
NERC reports drop in value of recovered materials. NERC's survey of publicly owned or operated MRFs in 10 Northeast states reveals that the average value of a ton of recyclables decreased by 20% during the third quarter of 2019.
State recycling efforts struggling as costs rise. Connecticut's efforts to improve recycling are bolstered by reports from NERC.
NERC’s Glass Committee Develops Two New Resources. NERC's Glass Committee has published two new resources: the Glass Recovery Hierarchy, and Glass Bottle & Fiberglass Manufacturers’ Use of Cullet.
NERC & NEWMOA publish resources to promote recycling. NERC and NEWMOA collaborate on resources addressing end markets for used tires and businesses that process or use post-consumer recycled content.
New Hampshire recycling study spotlights challenges and opportunities. NERC is cited as a key stakeholder in New Hampshire report detailing the state's waste management challenges.
New Hampshire legislators call for major changes to meet modern 'realities' of waste and recycling. NERC testifies in support of New Hampshire effort to update its solid waste and recycling management.
Delaware River and Bay Authority Recognized for Environmental Sustainability. At its Fall 2019 Conference, NERC recognizes the environmental sustainability of the Delaware River and Bay Authority with its Advisory Member award.
Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program Recognized With Northeast Recycling Council Sustainability Leadership Award. NERC recognizes the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program with a 2019 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award.
NERC’s Fall Conference Concludes with Discussion on Recycling Education and PFAS. Waste Advantage magazine gives extensive coverage to the final day of NERC's Fall 2019 Conference.
NERC announces 2019 Environmental Sustainability Leadership awards. The Delaware River & Bay Authority, the Recycling Contamination Reduction Campaign in Danvers MA, and the Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program receive NERC's Environmental Sustainability Leadership awards for 2019.
Questions raised about developers’ responsibility to maintain solar. "According to the Northeast Recycling Council, which advocates for responsible recycling of the panels, the life expectancy of solar panels on average is about 30 years before decommissioning."
Northeast Recycling Council’s Fall Conference First Day Gives Attendees Wealth of Information on Current Trends. Waste Advantage magazine gives extensive coverage to the first day of NERC's Fall 2019 Conference.
EPI Set to Present at Northeast Recycling Council Conference. Victor Bell of Environmental Packaging International (EPI) will present on packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) at next week's NERC Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
Groups identify recovered material users in the Northeast. The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) released a report covering consumers of paper, plastic, glass, aseptic cartons, aluminum and steel cans sorted and sold by materials recovery facilities.
Building capacity for EPR in the US. NERC is one of several organizations involved with the development of new product stewardship and Extended Product Responsibility (EPR) legislation.
NERC releases report covering commodities. NERC has released a first of its kind regional blended MRF commodity value report and expect to conducta the survey, and report results and trends, on a quarterly basis.
California governor vetoes bill amending toxics limits in recycled glass packaging. Governor Newsom of California vetoes a bill that would have allowed for an increased lead content in recycled glass packaging.
Two recycled-content bills gain approval in California. California bill raising the limit for lead in recycled glass brings the state in line with the current version of the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) model legislation.
Best practices for negotiating government contracts. Shahrzad Habibi of In the Public Interest (ITPI) describes municipal waste contract best practices during a recent NERC webinar.
Northshire Notes. NERC Assistant Director Mary Ann Remolador discusses challenges to recycling markets in the wake of Chinese recyclables ban.
Recycling can turn trash into products, profits for processors, manufacturers. NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein describes how domestic markets are evolving in response to China's recyclables ban.
Towns struggle with skyrocketing costs, public confusion as recycling market ‘disappears’. One way out of the current recycling crisis is the opening of new paper mills to deal with recycled fiber, as detailed by NERC in a recent report.
Year packed with packaging regulations. Article on the year's packaging legislation describes NERC's webinar, US Regulatory Approaches for Packaging.
California bill to amend toxics limits in recycled glass packaging. New legislation will bring California in line with the model law of Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH), a program administered by NERC.
Blended Commodity (Scrap) Values in the Northeast: Northeast Recycling Council Report. Contents of NERC's recent Blended Commodity Values report are described.
Building capacity for EPR. Article on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) cites the involvement of NERC in product stewardship legislation.
New leadership elected for Northeast Recycling Council. The board of directors of the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has elected a new leadership team.
Packaging provides a way for the toxic chemicals to enter your food. Study of toxic chemicals in food packaging cites the work of the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH), a program administered by NERC.
NERC survey offers insight into today’s MRF economics. "The value of an average ton of recyclables during the second quarter of 2019 at $45.83, including the negative value of residuals."
Toxic chemicals can enter food through packaging, so we made a list. The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, administered by NERC, is cited in GreenBiz article listing toxic chemicals in food packaging.
NORTHEAST RECYCLING BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GUIDE UPDATED. NERC updates its Recycling Business Assistance Guide
Northeast Recycling Council elects leadership. NERC's leadership team for fiscal year 2020 has been elected.
Scrap Magazine Paper Article July August 2019. A lengthy analysis of markets for recycled paper in North America includes a reference to NERC's ongoing study of recycled content paper mills in the United States.
Salvaged building materials offer advantages, but should be used with caution. News article on reusing salvaged building materials cites NERC's report on the subject.
Recyclers request government mandates for recycled plastic content in bags. NERC is one of 27 organizations forming a coalition calling for improvements in recycling plastic bags.
Sorting out the future of mixed paper. While prices for recycled mixed paper are at historic lows, NERC reports that paper mills are opening and/or expanding their capacity.
Industry-Led Coalition Calls for Recycled Content Minimum in Plastic Bags. NERC is a member of the Recycle More Bags coalition, which calls for more recycled content in plastic bags.
One quick guide for recycling no-nos. NERC collaborates on Think Twice poster listing materials that do not belong in recycling bins.
Municipalities reject new waste, recycling contracts. “It’s becoming more expensive for the towns that are absorbing the costs of recycling programs,” says Lynn Rubinstein, NERC executive director. “I think we’re seeing towns being faced with more expenses and having to absorb that into their budget or find opportunities to offset the costs.”
ERCC Announces Comprehensive Resource for Keeping Track of State Electronics Recycling Laws. The Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse (ERCC) today officially announced the launch of a new website - the e-Cycle Compliance Calendar.
Northeast Recycling Council Accepting Nominations For Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards. NERC will bestow its annual Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards at its Fall 2019 Conference in Providence RI.
Kentucky city's suspension of paper recycling ripples through region. Lexington KY suspends mixed paper recycling despite NERC report that domestic capacity is increasing.
In Depth: Cities Struggle with Curbside Recycling as China Ban Affects Infrastructure. NERC report on expanded recycling capacity in domestic paper mills points to potential solutions to China ban.
Expanding capacity for residential mixed paper. NERC board member Chaz Miller references an updated NERC report on 18 domestic paper mills that have increased recycling capacity.
China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants. Domestic recycling capacity continues to grow since NERC found in 2018 that 17 paper mills have increased capacity to handle recyclable paper.
Washington becomes 10th state to pass EPR for paint. NERC Advisory Member Paintcare will administer the paint recycling program in the State of Washington.
Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Fall Conference. NERC's Fall Conference will take place in Providence RI, on October 29-30, 2019.
The Global Printing Inks Market Is Expected To Reach $23,881.9 Million By 2023. "...the Toxics in Packaging Legislation provided by The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) that has been implemented in nineteen states in the U.S., prohibits the additional presence of metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and the hexavalent chromium found in many dyes, inks, pigments, stabilizers and adhesives that are used for packaging."
Environmental Leadership Program shares results and award winners for 2018. The State Electronics Challenge, administered by NERC, announces its 2018 awardees.
Jobsite Recycling Has Many Challenges. An article on the challenges faced in jobsite recycling cites a 2017 NERC report on the subject.
City of Columbia recognized for environmentally responsible management of electronic assets. The City of Columbia, South Carolina recently received a Silver award in the 2018 State Electronics Challenge, a program administered by NERC.
How a glass organization plans to aid the industry. The Glass Recycling Foundation was formed to raise funds and provide grants for projects that increase the amount of cullet available for manufacturers.
New Foundation Raising Funds To Keep Glass Bottles Out Of Landfills. NERC is a founding member of the Glass Recycling Foundation, the goal of which is to raise $1 million in one year to improve glass recycling.
Glass Recycling Foundation Launched to Support Community Glass Programs. NERC is a founding member of the Foundation, the aim of which is to improve glass recycling in the United States.
ISRI2019: Recycled paper mill cost structure 'probably never looked better'. "As of Nov. 2018, the Northeast Recycling Council counted at least 17 mills in North America that had announced new or expanded capacity, including the notable acquisition of multiple U.S. sites by Chinese company Nine Dragons."
Northeast Recycling Council Recognizes 3 PA Communities For Environmental Leadership. Two municipalities and one county in Pennsylvania were recognized by NERC as State Electronics Challenge Awardees.
Is Recycling a Waste?. At NERC's recently concluded Spring Conference, manufacturers lined up to tell attendees that they want post-consumer recycled material.
Toxic chemicals can enter food through packaging. We made a list.. Environmental Defense Fund references NERC's Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse in blog on chemicals in food packaging and food handling equipment.
Northeast Recycling Council’s Spring Conference Ends with Promise of Collaboration. Day Two of NERC's Spring 2019 Conference included attendee involvement and an open forum addressing the current state of recycling.
What We Can Do to Reduce Waste. NERC Board Member Chaz Miller writes to The New York Times, arguing that the state of current recycling includes a number of successful programs that should be highlighted.
Northeast Recycling Council’s 2019 Spring Conference Addresses Recycling Myths and Challenges. Speakers at NERC's Spring 2019 Conference affirm that the current state of recycling in the United States represents opportunity.
NERC Conference Day Two Addresses PCR in Plastics, Glass, Overall Recycled Content. Waste 360 Magazine continues its coverage of NERC's Spring 2019 Conference, with Day Two focus on post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin.
NERC Conference Day One Tackles Polypropylene, Recycling Markets. Day One of NERC's Spring 2019 Conference addresses polypropylene recycling as well as recycling markets in general.
Teaming Up in Challenging Times. NERC and the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) reflect upon nearly two years of cooperation under a joint strategic action plan.
Fiber consumers to increase recycled appetite. NERC is referenced in a news report about increasing demand for recycled fiber.
WPI professor calls trade wars a wake-up call for the recycling industry. The Worcester Telegram quotes NERC's Lynn Rubinstein on scaling a sustainable recycling industry.
Here’s a domestic outlet hungry for 3-7 plastics. Efforts by EFS-Plastics to increase the recycling of plastic includes a call for the material posted in NERC's January newsletter.
Solar Panel Recycling: Northeast Recycling Council/GreenMatch Post. Arkansas law firm posts link to NERC blog on recycling solar panels.
PaintCare Announces Innovative Recycling Grant Competition. The national paint recycling non-profit, recipient of NERC's 2018 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award, announces its inaugural Innovative Recycling Grant Competition.
Tough year for recycling industry to continue as China holds fast on tougher rules. Although tough recycling rules are expected to continue in China, NERC reports that seventeen paper mills will increase volume of paper accepted.
Busting myths about glass recycling. Article debunking some common myths around glass recycling cites NERC's 2017 survey of MRFs.