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NERC in the News



  • America's Recycling Discussion Heats Up: November's Top Recycling and Organics Stories. $169.75 per ton. That was the average value of northeastern MRF recyclables this Spring. When the Northeast Recycling Council started reporting the average value, in the second quarter of 2019, it was only $45.13 a ton. Then it went down $10 a ton, plodded along for a year and took off.  In the third quarter of 2021, the value peaked at $175.95. NERC’s 2022 third quarter report will definitely be lower.

  • Springfield MRF Advisory Board receives 2023 MassRecycle Award for Outstanding Institution. Professional Recycling Videos: Collaborating with The Rendon Group and Reelife Productions to produce informative and engaging videos on recycling topics, garnering over 20,000 views since their release in January 2023. Remarkably, these videos have received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Northeast Recycling Council.




  • Elevating equity. Taking place in early April, The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) Spring 2023 Conference: Building a Diverse Workforce for Sustainable Materials Management featured a variety of speakers giving advice on how to build – and keep – a diverse workforce.

  • NERC’s Glass Committee releases report on postconsumer glass used as ADC.

    Data collection for this report began in February this year, with NERC’s Assistant Director & Event Organizer Mary Ann Remolador leading the outreach, interpretation and drafting efforts. “One of the things we became acutely aware of is that states across the board may or may not be monitoring the use of glass for ADC, and we were not aware of that before doing this,” Remolador says. “In many cases, states are not requiring the MRFs to report where they are sending the glass that comes out of their facility." 

  • NERC’s Glass Committee releases report on postconsumer glass used as ADC. The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) Glass Committee has released a report titled “Recycled Glass Used as Alternative Daily Cover in the Northeast US & Quebec.” The report identifies a shortage of beneficiation facilities in the region to clean and process glass, making it necessary for material recovery facilities (MRFs) to send their separated postconsumer glass to landfills for use as ADC.  

  • New England state imposes food scraps disposal ban. The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) noted that affected entities are likely to include supermarkets; food manufacturers, processors and distributors; hotels and resorts; hospitals, colleges and universities; and prisons. 

  • News from California, Schnitzer Steel and more. The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) hired Sophie Leone and Mariane Medeiros and closed its physical offices in Vermont, transitioning to a fully remote operation.


  • Glass Packaging Institute responds to recycling report. A recent report published by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) showed the majority of food and beverage container glass collected in single stream recycling programmes in the Northeast region of the U.S. and the province of Quebec are used for alternative daily cover (ADC) at landfills.

  • Study suggests glass widely used as ADC in Northeast. A recent report from the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) explored the use of crushed glass bottle and jar scrap as alternative daily cover (ADC), which is a layer of material placed on top of landfills at the end of each day to help keep pests away from putrescible material, reduce odors and prevent garbage from blowing away.

  • MRF glass used as alternative daily cover. NERC has released a report that reveals data about post-consumer recycled glass containers being used at landfills in the Northeast states.

  • What happens to the glass containers you think you’re recycling. NERC report says that in Massachusetts, and most other states in the northeast, glass processed at recycling facilities is instead being used atop landfills to weigh down trash or as fill in construction projects.