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President’s Welcome - May 2019

President’s Welcome The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) board of directors and staff are pleased to be bringing you this newsletter. It is all part of our effort to enhance our communication with our membership. As we all know, our industry is facing some trying times right now due to situations of our own doing and some that are out of …
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NRC Has a New Executive Director

Please join the NRC’s Board of Directors in welcoming Sarah DeSouza as NRC’s new Executive Director!  Sarah has been with NRC as the Executive Assistant and is thrilled to become the new Executive Director role previously held by Marjie Griek. Sarah earned her doctorate from George Washington University in Educational Administration and Policy studies and lives in Erie, Colorado with …
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Get Involved

Interested in applying or honing your leadership skills at the national level? The NRC wants you. As we work to strengthen the organization, we’re looking for members to serve on committees and rise through the ranks to serve on the Board of Directors. Contact Sarah DeSouza to see where your skills and interests might fit as the NRC moves towards a bright future. Click here for membership information.

NRC Membership Committee Update

The NRC Membership Committee is evaluating ways to provide more services and value to current and future members. NRC is asking for your support by signing up for a direct membership to NRC so that it can maintain and restore its place on the national stage and work harder for its member base. All members of State Recycling Organizations that are considered affiliate members, but not direct members. Currently, the majority of NRC members come through recycling organization affiliates but these dues alone cannot support the much-needed work of the organization. NRC’s highest priorities are to increase their contribution to the recycling industry and the value of an NRC membership.

Do you have ideas about strengthening NRC’s membership? We’d love to hear from you. Or better yet, consider joining the membership committee. Contact Bill Turley, Membership Committee Chair, [email protected].

NRC and NMRC Present the First Southwest Regional Market Development Workshop - Albuquerque, NM - June 11, 2019

The NRC and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) are thrilled to announce the creation of the southwest’s first regional recycling market development workshop in conjunction with the NMRC's 2019 Annual Meeting and Recycling Training. This event will capitalize on NRC’s success hosting similar workshops throughout the country in 2018 and NMRC’s success hosting the 2018 New Mexico Recycling & SW Conference: Local Actions for Global Markets. Both entities will bring their extensive expertise to Albuquerque on June 11th.
This day-long event takes place on June 11th at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town (2000 Mountain Road NW). The cost is $100 for members and $150 for non-members.
This is an opportunity for recyclers and composters to collaborate and learn how to enliven local and regional recycling markets as our industry evolves.

Click HERE to register today!

Attendees will benefit from the training by gaining:
  • An understanding of what’s required to develop local end-markets for collected recyclables
  • Techniques on how to recycle right, create jobs, improve the quality and quantity of recyclables and increase efficiency in local programs
  • New contacts in the recycling industry to network with and leverage new partnerships
  • Free resources available that you can customize for your programs
  • CEU Credits that can be applied towards NM Environment Department's recycling, compost, landfill or transfer station certified operators
More information about the workshop can be found here.


Contact the NRC for sponsorships opportunities for this and upcoming workshops at [email protected]

Member Spotlight - Indiana Recycling Coalition

The last couple years at the
Indiana Recycling Coalition have been busy! From 2017 – 2019, the IRC doubled the impact of their Lend-a-Bin program, created the first Commercial Food Compost Program, diverted thousands of tons of glass via their Glass Isn’t Trash Initiative, awarded over $20K in scholarships via the Student Recycling Leadership Corps, and transitioned the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative to a bold results-based model. The IRC also hired a new Executive Director and updated their strategic plan to reflect a broader focus on the circular economy. The IRC is currently excited to develop their online Master Recycler Program (survey in link) and to host Indiana’s Premier Waste Reduction Conference, June 10-12!

NRC Policy Watch

New York - On Earth Day this year, the State of New York officially banned the sale of single-use plastic bags statewide beginning in March 2020. The legislation aims to reduce litter and protect wildlife. California was the first and only other state to ban the sale of plastic bags. Bag bans have also been proposed in all six New England states and are in various stages of consideration. Read the full article at
Maine - The state of Maine has banned styrofoam take-out containers.

Policies On the Docket:

California - Under California Assembly Bill 792, beverage containers would be subject to phased-in recycled plastic mandates. By 2021, beverage containers would be made of at least 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. That would increase to 50 percent in 2025, 75 percent in 2030 and 100 percent by 2035. California is considering 11 more bills related to various aspects of waste reduction and recycling; check them out on Californians Against Waste
North Carolina - House Bill 823 entitled the NC Managing Environmental Waste Act is under consideration in the legislature. The act aims to address single-use plastic consumption and increase recycling by reinstating requirements for state agencies to report on their recycling and buy-recycled efforts. It would also require the Environmental Review Commission to conduct a study of alternatives to single use plastics in state agency food service operated by the General Assembly.

Did we miss one? Contact us and let us know!

What is Payzone?

NRC has agreed to partner with Payzone Systems to offer a cash discounting program that allows for an unlimited credit and debit card processing volume at a single flat monthly fee of $35/month. This could save members and/or sponsors a significant amount of money by avoiding fees associated with credit card processing. That's a pure bottom-line increase with no effort.
This will also be a fundraising program for NRC and State Recycling Organizations (SROs), as some of the revenue from the processing will be shared with NRC and SROs.

NRC and SROs that use the Payzone’s cash discounting program for their own payment processing will also be able to accept electronic checks (ACH) at no cost. Also, Payzone will offer a traditional card processing option with attractive rates, that NRC and ROs will still share in the processing revenue.

With each participating recycling organization that signs up, Payzone will provide a landing page to explain the benefits of the cash discount program to their members.

For more information, contact Brian Bennett of Payzone Systems at [email protected], 415-378-4335 or visit If you have any questions or comments about NRC’s role, please contact Sarah DeSouza at [email protected].

Upcoming Recycling Conferences:

Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations Annual Conference - May
Plastics Refocus Summit - May 20-22
Northeast Resource Recovery Conference and Expo - May 20
Recycle Colorado Annual Summit - June 9 - 11
Indiana Recycling Coalition Annual Conference - June 10-12
Maryland Recyclers Network/SWANA Conference - June 11
NRC/NMRC SW Market Development Workshop - June 11

You can view NRC’s comprehensive recycling conferences and events calendar anytime and add your own event for all to see. Access the calendar here!

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