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Contact: Lynn Rubinstein,, 802-254-3636
Date: October 11, 2019

New Recycling Market Documents Published by NERC & NEWMOA End-Markets for Tires & Businesses Using Post-consumer Recycled Content

In support of their efforts to promote recycling markets in the region and confidence in the viability of residential recycling programs, two new resources about end-markets in the Northeast have been published jointly by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA). The resources cover markets and facilities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Recently published are:

End-Markets for Used Tires in the Northeast

According to the latest assessment of the U.S. scrap tire markets by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), scrap tire stockpiles have steadily declined throughout the past few decades. The Association’s “2017 U.S. Scrap Tire Management Summary” concludes that more tires are being recycled and used by various end-markets, and historic stockpiles are declining.

Until 2013, many of the tires generated in southern New England were incinerated as tire derived fuel (TDF) in a plant in Sterling, Connecticut that consumed about 10 million tires per year. That plant suspended operations in the fall of 2013. Since the closure of the Sterling facility, there has been increased interest in the region in expanding recycling of waste tires.  

This new resource identifies 33 companies that are engaged in:

  • Tire derived fuel (TDF)
  • Volume reduction (shredding/crumb rubber & other products)
  • Hauling services for scrap tires

In several instances, individual companies provide services in more than one category.  The directory identifies companies by name, with website, geographic area served, and its services.

Recycling Businesses that Process or Use Post-Consumer “Blue Bin” Materials after MRF Processing

The NERC-NEWMOA Regional Recycling Market Development Committee produced a directory of businesses that process or use post-consumer recycled content after processing by MRFs, derived from so-called “blue bin” recyclables: paper, plastic, glass, aseptic cartons, aluminum and steel cans. The list is limited to facilities in the NERC region – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The directory includes:

  • Paper recycling industry – 68 businesses
  • Plastic recycling industry – 53 businesses
  • Glass recycling industry – 15 businesses
  • Aluminum – 6 businesses

Total businesses processing or using post-consumer recycled content in the 11-state region: 142

For more information contact: Lynn Rubinstein, NERC,, 802-254-3636.