Report examines thermoform recovery options. NERC partners on a survey analyzing the viability of increased recycling of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Roller-coaster ride continues for recycling markets. Updated NERC survey reveals that the average price of a ton of recyclables decreased by 21.6% in the third quarter of 2020.
NERC reports MRF material value declined in Q3 2020. The overall value of curbside recycling materials decreased in the third quarter of 2020, down about 21 percent compared with the previous quarter.
NERC to host webinars on paper, plastic. NERC has scheduled two free webinars for December, on paper (December 2) and plastic (December 8).
Six more companies sign on to APR Recycling Demand Champions Campaign. The new commitments bring the number of participating companies to 53.
EPR-style legislation draws ongoing state-level interest despite pandemic setbacks. Advances in extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging are discussed at NERC's recent Fall Conference.
NERC Wraps Up an Informative and Dynamic Fall Virtual Conference with Discussions on Legislation, EPR and Lithium Battery Management and Safety. The third and final day of NERC's recent Fall Conference is reviewed.
Second Day of NERC’s Fall Conference Focuses on Topics of Racial Injustice, Robotics and Circularity. The second day of NERC''s recent Fall Conference is reviewed.
First Day of informative Northeast Recycling Conference Focuses on End Market Perspectives and Effective Recycling Communication. The first day of NERC's recent Fall Conference is reviewed.
New Jersey recycled content bill seeing multiple changes, likely moving action into 2021. Speakers at NERC's Fall 2020 Conference expressed support for the state's efforts to mandate recycled content minimums.
EPR-style legislation increasingly draws state-level interest despite pandemic setbacks. A session at NERC's virtual Fall Conference addressed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging.
NERC Announces its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award Winners. At its (virtual) Fall Conference, NERC announces recipients of environmental sustainability leadership awards.
More Work is Needed to Make Recycling Economically Sustainable. NERC's report on blended values of recycled materials, update for the 2nd quarter of 2020, is referenced.
Recent developments in the composting world. NERC's database of community composting resources has been expanded.
What do PFAS Actions Tell us About State Regulatory Officials?. Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse, a program administered by NERC, has written model legislation addressing PFAs.
Northeast Recycling Council’s Glass Recycling Forum Busts Myths and Offers Glimpse Into Current and Future Opportunities. Waste Advantage Magazine calls NERC's Glass Recycling Forum "an excellent 2-day educational virtual event."
U.S. Plastics Pact Launches to Ignite Change Toward Circular Economy for Plastic. NERC is a member of the U.S. Plastics Pact, which aims to create a path toward a circular economy for plastic in the United States.
MRFs: Second quarter brings higher values and lower costs. NERC's survey of MRFs, updated for the second quarter of 2020, finds that the value of recyclables has increased.
NERC report shows MRF materials value increase in Q2 2020. Value of recycled materials collected at the curbside increased in second quarter of 2020, NERC finds.
Goodbye to some PFAS in food packaging. The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse--a program administered by NERC--is circulating draft legislation to gete PFAs out of food packaging.
Maryland Recognized for Successful Sustainable Practices. The State Electronics Challenge--a program administered by NERC--rewards Maryland with Silver level recognition for its procurement of sustainable IT and responsible end-of-life management.
TOMRA regional director Americas to speak about strategies and technologies for cleaning, handling and transporting scrap glass. Carlos Manchado Atienza, regional director Americas for TOMRA Sorting Recycling, will speak at the upcoming Northeast Recycling Council's (NERC) Northeast Glass Forum, September 1-2, 2020.
Toxics Group Spurs Nationwide Efforts to Ban PFAS in Packaging. The Toxics In Packaging Clearinghouse--a program administered by NERC--is circulating draft model language for a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Is recycling broken? Don’t toss it out yet, say insiders.. NERC study is referenced in article calling for strengthened recycling system.
Groups weigh in on federal recycled-product procurement. “All products that are available with EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) qualification should be required to have a minimum recycled content of 10% for plastic, 80% for metal,” wrote Lynn Rubinstein, NERC’s executive director.
Cities and groups chime in on feds’ procurement planning. NERC is among the recycling stakeholders that contributed comments to EPA's proposed update to its Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPGs).
Proposed Update to Toxics in Packaging Legislation Includes PFAS and Phthalates. The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH), administered by NERC, has issued a draft update to its Toxics in Packaging Model Legislation that includes the addition of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and phthalates as regulated chemicals.
Compendium of State Disposal Bans & Mandatory Recycling Laws Updated. NERC's compendium of state-specific mandatory recycling bans has been updated.
Effort seeks to examine PET thermoform recycling. NERC joins group organized by the Foodservice Packaging Institute to explore cost-effective ways to increase PET recycling.
Group study launched into PET thermoform recycling. In partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute and other organizations, NERC explores opportunities to increase PET recycling.
Survey shows fast-rising MRF processing costs. NERC's expanded version of its its MRF bale price survey report reveals that the blended value of recyclables is increasing, but not as quickly as MRF processing costs.
APR announces newest Recycling Demand Champion companies. In partnership with NERC, the Association of Plastics Recyclers seeks to drive investment in and increase the supply of postconsumer resin (PCR).
With EPR bills frozen due to coronavirus in many states, proponents still see path forward. NERC and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) collaborate on a white paper to help state officials consider EPR options for packaging and paper products.
The Biggest Recycling Mistake You’re Making Is One You Can Easily Fix. NERC Assistant Director Mary Ann Remolador is interviewed on some common recycling mistakes to avoid.
What to Do With Old Electronics?. NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein is interviewed on the subject of electronics recycling.
NERC & NEWMOA Publish White Paper on EPR for Packaging & Paper Products. NERC and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) publish a white paper on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products (PPP).
Governments encouraged to expand procurement of products with PCR. NERC and Advisory Member Association of Plastic Recyclers collaborate in Government Demand Champions, an effort to increase use of post-consumer by government entities.
Multiple states suspend landfill bans for yard waste over COVID-19 fallout. Article detailing suspensions of bans governing yard waste in landfills cites data collected by NERC in 2017.
NERC, NEWMOA publish white paper on EPR for packaging. The organizations have published a white paper on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products (PPP).
NERC, APR Launch Government Recycling Demand Champions. “The Government Recycling Demand Champions is an exciting opportunity to engage directly with government at all levels to support their interest and grow this important activity” of increased use of post-consumer resins, NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein said.
APR, NERC launch Government Recycling Demand Champions Program. The Government Demand Champions program is designed to support increased purchasing of products made with postconsumer products by government entities.
Oregon DEQ calls for emphasis on 'low-impact' materials, not 'recyclable'. During a recent NERC webinar, Oregon DEQ policy analyst David Allaway called for "prioritizing material options that have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions, lowest energy use and overall most limited effects on the environment."
Market realities. NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein pens an analysis of end-use options for recyclables.
NERC: MRFs See Increase in Residuals, Processing Costs. NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein discusses the financial realities currently facing recycling.
NERC releases most recent 'MRF Blended Value Report'. NERC updates its quarterly reports on the blended value of materials processed at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs).
NERC: Survey shows rise in MRF processing costs. The average value of a ton of recyclables was $42.41 during the fourth quarter of 2019, but the average processing cost increased to $87 per ton.
NERC hosting workshop on recycled content in infrastructure. Attendees will be provided with insights and examples of practical applications.
Connecticut’s recycling system is outdated and losing money. Is it time to rethink what we do with our trash?. NERC's Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein advocates for recycling markets support in Connecticut.
Domestic plastics recycling capacity is expanding. An online map detailing increased processing capacity for recycled plastic draws on information published by NERC.
Connecticut’s outdated recycling system could be due for an overhaul. NERC Executive Director Lynn Rubinstein calls for incentives to help recycling businesses in Connecticut.
You do the math: The local cost of recycling. West Milford NJ Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator David Stires cites NERC's report on blended commodity values.
US and Canada to add major processing capacity. New NERC report confirms that recycled plastic processing capacity is increasing in North America.
How a new domestic end market for HDPE emerged. A recent webinar co-sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council reveals that recycled HDPE has been approved for use in road drainage pipes.