In 2000, NERC released the first Recycling Economic Information Study in the U.S. It focused on the 10 NERC states. It was later followed by a national study prepared by the National Recycling Coalition, based on the methodology developed in the NERC study.
Several NERC states decided in 2008 that it was time to update the Study and to get a new perspective on the economic vitality of the recycling and reuse industries. Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania committed to participating in – and funding – the updated study. DSM Environmental was selected as the consultant for the update. The updated report was released in February 2009.