NRC News and Events

May 31, 2022

Conference Corner: NRC Congress Update

NRC Congress - November 9 & 10 Save-The-Date / Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

The 2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress will be held November 9-10 on the Zoom platform. A new dedicated website launched this month, and the NRC Conference Committee is hard at work developing an exciting two-day, virtual conference filled with inspiring and expert speakers, compelling and useful topics, and lots of ways to connect with colleagues from across the country. NRC thanks those who took time to respond to our Call for Sessions, and pleased that we received 21 proposals representing a wide variety of ideas, information and efforts. We also thank the Affiliated Recycling Organization reps who joined us for a Conference Advisory Committee meeting to identify the most relevant and sought-after information for this year's event. We intend to notify and invite successful proposers by the end of May, and to have registrations open with the program highlights in early June.

Sponsorships are now available for the 2022 NRC Congress. Coming off of a successful 2021 Congress of over 400 registrants, we expect this year's event to draw even more. Sponsorship brings enhanced opportunities to highlight your brand and messaging to your key audiences. This year, Silver Level or higher sponsors will have uninterrupted time on stage to present to attendees, can host hot topic table discussions, and more. Contact Alec Cooley or Julie L Rhodes today to secure your sponsorship and start your benefits today! Mark your calendar now for November 9 & 10!
More about the National Recycling Congress

Resource Recycling Conference Early Bird Ends 6/1/22

Yep, that's TOMORROW!! The best rate you can get on the Resource Recycling Conference ends tomorrow, so register now and save $125. Get an additional 10% off your registration as an NRC member or affiliate. Not sure if you qualify? Reach out to NRC or to your state recycling organization to find out if you qualify to get the special members-only discount registration code asap.

NRC Is Coalition-Building

by Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Board Secretary

Our National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is a coalition because of its organizational and individual memberships, and further growth is actively being planned for in 2022. State Recycling Organizations (SROs), which advocate for recycling and related issues in their respective states, form the ‘base membership’ of the NRC, and state agencies, industry associations, other non-profits, as well as individual champions of recycling – youth, students, retirees and adults of all ages – are also welcomed so their voices are included too in informing and guiding NRC’s leadership.

NRC President Bob Gedert has made a priority of expanding and improving NRC relationships, new and old, and advancing reciprocal benefits. The NRC Membership Committee is proud to acknowledge 20 SROs who are active and current members in our coalition (with plans to welcome more in the upcoming months):

Alabama Recycling Coalition
Association of Ohio Recyclers
California Resource Recovery Association
Carolina Recycling Association
Illinois Recycling Foundation
Indiana Recycling Coalition
Iowa Recycling Association
Michigan Recycling Coalition
Missouri Recycling Association
Nebraska Recycling Council
New Mexico Recycling Coalition
Ohio Recycling Coalition
Oklahoma Recycling Association
Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
Professional Recyclers of PA
Coalición de Reciclaje de Puerto Rico
Recycle Colorado
State of Texas Alliance for Recycling
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How & When to Apply for Federal Funding, Part 2

Free Webinar - June 21st from 2-3:30 pm (est)

The National Recycling Coalition and Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center is hosting a second webinar all about how you can access federal funding! NRC will highlight the results of additional research it has been conducting on the availability of Federal funding for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. This webinar will include information about Resource Recycling’s Grant Watch, including federal Requests for Applications (RFAs) and examples of federal grants that have been highlighted in Grant Watch. The webinar will also provide an overview of Brownfields grants available from the US Environmental Protection Agency. It will also highlight how to get organized for getting federal grants, particularly developing community-driven and community-based teams. Join us June 21st @ 2pm est

Recycling for Climate Protection?

by Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Board Secretary

Joel Makower, co-founder of GreenBiz Group, a prominent media and events company working at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability, and one of America’s foremost thought leaders on business sustainability for more than 30 years, has issued what he considers “grim news” about the results of Earth Day 2022 polling results: most people around the world are not very likely to make the correct, necessary environmental changes that would actually have the most impacts on cutting carbon emissions and stabilizing climate change. (GreenBiz website, April 2022: There’s grim news in this year’s Earth Day polls.)

Makower cites an Ipsos survey which found that from a list of possible actions to reduce emissions, nearly half of the respondents said recycling is the best way (49 percent). However, recycling is ranked 60th on a list of the most impactful personal climate actions in this 2020 academic study.
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National Zero Waste Conference is Coming Soon

Zero Waste USA is hosting the third annual National Zero Waste Conference again this Fall virtually over two days, November 30-December 1 2022
  • Zero Waste Businesses, Wednesday November 30th
  • Zero Waste Communities, Thursday December 1st
    Both days events are on-line, 8am - 5pm PST
The popular two-day Zoom event will feature national experts discussing hot topics and emerging trends. The 2020 and 2021 conferences each attracted over 460 registrants. A diverse range of sectors took part including large and small businesses - lifestyle,
reuse and refill shops, NGOs, government agencies and universities. The Call For Speakers is Now Open!
More information about the National Zero Waste Conference

Beyond Plastics Introduces Networking Tools

by Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Board Secretary

NRC is spreading the news about our colleagues’ and allies’ networking efforts to stop plastic pollution: Beyond Plastics, a nationwide project to end plastic pollution based at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, has just launched a network of Local Groups and Affiliates, listing organizations across the US that are working individually and collectively to tackle plastic pollution.

Leadership at Beyond Plastics seeks to connect grassroots groups and existing environmental and justice organizations who are not already working on plastic pollution or who want to level-up their advocacy skills, to join them. In May, local activists interested in organizing new groups were invited to two training sessions, and learned how to hold a constituent meeting, host a call-in day, organize a press conference, lead a rally, and a bevy of other skills to effectively advocate for plastic bans, regulations, and reuse systems.
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Association of Oregon Recyclers DEI - You're Invited!

Join our friends at Oregon Recyclers are inviting you to join a presentation on June 2nd from 9-10am PST on the "Driving Diversity in Portland" program - a new partnership with the Portland Haulers Association to provide free training to those interested in in becoming recycling/garbage haulers. This training is part of broader effort to diversify the hauler workforce and supplier networks. Priority for acceptance to the training will be given to women and people of color.

Presenters will share how the program began, partners' contributions, accomplishments to date, and areas where they see more opportunity.
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