NRC News and Events

April 22, 2022

Welcome "New" Newsletter Recipients!

Just last month the NRC Board of Directors decided to share our monthly newsletter with all friends of the NRC in addition to members because, well, sharing is caring! Our newsletter will now be delivered to over 14-thousand folks across the nation. We hope that keeping you up to date on ROC news, the NRC's activities, policies, and developments, as well as important news from around the Country will be beneficial to you. We work hard to give you original and thoughtful content as well with insights from our committee members, board, and other sources. Enjoy!

This Earth Day, Remember: Together, We Are Recycling

An Earth Day Call to Action from the NRC President Bob Gedert

“Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” —Carl Sagan

Climate change is challenging the life of our planet, Earth, that pale blue dot that Carl Sagan notes we should preserve and cherish.

When we promote recycling as a sustainable daily practice, we are taking a substantial “green step” toward addressing climate change.

When we refine and create operational efficiencies in our recycling programs, we bring recycling one step closer to the circular economy.

Yet, it is not business as usual. The earth is warming faster than it can sustain. We must take stronger actions. Recycling as it is, must evolve, to have a lighter carbon footprint and become a greater contributor to the greening of the Earth.

“All we have to do is to wake up and change.” —Greta Thunberg

This Earth Day, the 52nd anniversary of the first Earth Day, take that “green step”, not alone, but through coalition, with the National Recycling Coalition. Let’s join together to make real change – the Earth needs our help. Recycling For The Future! Together, We Are Recycling!

Save the Date: 2022 National Recycling Congress

Nov 9-10, 2022 (Virtual)

The NRC Conference Committee is pleased to announce the the 2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress will be held November 9-10 on the Zoom platform. The 2022 Congress will bring together a wide variety of practitioners and policymakers at local, state and federal levels, in organizations and business, in the areas of waste management, reuse, recycling and more.

In 2021, NRC attracted over 400 registrants to its event, and we know that are many NRC members will find the virtual conference a cost- and time-efficient and effective way to learn the latest trends and meet national experts, as well as network with colleagues across the country. NRC received 19 proposals from it's Call for Sessions outreach, and are now working with affiliated NRC Recycling Organizations to bring the "best of" tracks, sessions and speakers together for two days of Congress activities.

NRC will launch Sponsorship information soon and intends to open up early-bird registration in early June with a new NRC Congress website. You can keep up to date in the interim on NRC's website, or contact Congress Manager, Julie L Rhodes. Mark your calendars now for November 9 & 10!

Is Recycling A Fraud?

by Chaz Miller, for

Over the last few years, recycling has been subject to a barrage of bad press. First it was the bad markets caused largely by the Chinese decision to ban the imports of recyclables. Then came the stories claiming that our recyclables get tossed into landfills or are sent overseas to be dumped. That was followed by easily quotable and highly misleading statistics such as only nine percent of plastics are recycled. No wonder many people are suspicious about recycling.

Read the Full Commentary at Waste360

Missouri Recycling Association Seeks Executive Director

Job Announcement - MO. Recycling Association Seeking Executive Director The MORA Board of Directors would like to announce that our Executive Director, Angie Powell, has accepted a new position with EIERA's Mo. Market Development Program- effective 5/1/2022. The organization is looking to fill this position and encourages any interested candidates to submit your resume/cover letter and salary requirements to Lisa McDaniel ([email protected]) by May 20, 2022.

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"How & When to Apply for Federal Funding" Recording Info

The National Recycling Coalition and Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center held a webinar last month highlighting the results of research it has been conducting on the availability of Federal funding for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. A recording of the webinar is now available!

The Use of Images vs. Words on Recycling Signage

Blog by Busch Systems

There’s a broad understanding that what information get’s presented on bin signage can impact sorting behavior. But much of the thinking that goes into their design is based on assumptions and anecdotal experience. A new blog series from Busch Systems specifically looks at the use of words vs. images on signage. Part 1 reviews recycling-specific studies that have compared the effectiveness of signage using one or the other. Part 2 explores some of the research into the way people cognitively process images differently than words. Part 3 offers take away’s and recommendations on when to use one or the other (or both). Fair warning these take a deep dive. But for those who like to geek out on recycling behavior (you know who you are!), these blogs offer some interesting insights on the topic. Busch Systems would love to hear thoughts and feedback on these.

Access the Blog & Contact Busch Systems

Association of Oregon Recyclers Call for Proposals

The Association of Oregon Recyclers is pleased to announce that Sustainable Oregon 2022 will be held in-person at the Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon on October 26-28th, 2022. AOR is seeking passionate and effective storytellers who would like to share their innovations, solutions, and stories of change. Proposals are due June 1st, and they've prepared a guide that provides helpful information about what they are seeking this year.
Click Here to Submit Proposals

Resource Recycling Conference: Nab the early-bird rate!

After two years of online events, we're thrilled to get back together in person this August. The 2022 Resource Recycling Conference is set for Aug. 15-17 in Austin, Texas at the recently built Austin Marriott Downtown. Join one of America's liveliest locales for three days of networking, knowledge-sharing and inspiration to help you build a stronger, more cost-effective municipal recycling program.

Book your registration and hotel ASAP to get the best price on both. And keep an eye on the Session Lineup page for all the latest updates.

Visit RR Conference for Details

Plastic Prices Jump Up

All grades of commonly sorted curbside plastic experienced substantial price increases this month.

The national average price of post-consumer PET beverage bottles and jars moved up by 17% this month. The per-pound price is now averaging 39.22 cents, compared with 33.42 cents per pound this time last month. Some regions are trading as high as 49.00 cents per pound. PET was trading at 12.03 cents one year ago.

Read the Full Article from Resource Recycling
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