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Government Recycling Demand Champions

The Government Recycling Demand Champion Program (Program) is an opportunity for state, local and regional government entities of any type, schools, colleges and universities (public and private) to support the recycling economy by buying products with post-consumer resin. The Program offers free technical assistance and training, recognition, and tools to support your efforts.

The Program, offered jointly by Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), is a companion to APR’s well-established Recycling Demand Champions program.  It is hosted by NERC.

There are three ways to participate in the program:

Champions are full program participants that commit to purchasing products made with post-consumer recycled plastic. Current Champions are:

  • Hudson Valley Improvement Authority (NY)
  • Maryland Department of General Services
  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Assistance & Customer Services
  • Santa Monica (CA)
  • Tompkins County Recycling & Materials Management (NY)

Advocates intend to purchase products made with post-consumer recycled plastic, but their organization is not ready to act, but will within a year of joining the program. Current Advocate:

  • City of Middletown, Connecticut
  • New Hampshire R4 Program

State Recycling Organization Advocates commit to helping publicize the program and promote purchasing of products with post-consumer resin to their members and the public. Current State Recycling Organization Advocates:

  • Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division
  • Louisiana Recycling Coalition
  • Maryland Recycling Network
  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3)

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Resources Supporting Purchasing Products with Recycling Content

For more information or assistance with purchasing these products, contact Lynn Rubinstein, NERC Executive Director.