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Government Recycling Demand Champions

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have launched the Government Recycling Demand Champion Program to promote the purchase of plastic products with post-consumer recycled content.

A companion to APR’s well-established Recycling Demand Champions program, this initiative is tailored to state, regional and local governments around the United States.  It is hosted by NERC, working in close collaboration with APR.

Among the products with post-consumer recycled content (PCR) that government entities are encouraged to purchase will be plastic:

  • Infrastructure drainage pipes
    • For more information do a search under the keyword "drainage"
  • Trash bags
  • Roll-out carts
  • Recycling and garbage containers
  • Benches
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Plastic lumber, piers, decking
  • Other PCR containing plastic products, including electronics

The program has two tiers for participation:

  • Champions
    • Hudson Valley Improvement Authority (NY)
    • Maryland Department of General Services
  • Advocates
    • First Advocate - New Hampshire R4 Program

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

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.

Interested in learning more?

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