News and Events

September 2022

Your Feedback is Needed to Improve JEDI!

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC), in collaboration with its Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, has just launched a survey to assess the status of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives of State Recycling Organizations (SROs).

Please complete this survey by September 30, 2022 on behalf of your organization, with our appreciation. All individual responses will remain confidential. For more information, contact Sophia Huda, Chair, NRC JEDI Council at [email protected].
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National Recycling Congress - Exciting Program Elements!

Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Networking and More!
The 2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress on November 9 & 10 offers two, full, virtual days of learning and networking. You aren’t going to want to miss all this year’s event provides to you and your colleagues, so check out the complete program, the list of expert speakers, and register today!
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Session Spotlight: Day 1: Reuse, Repair & Share Economy

Reuse is an important aspect of meeting waste diversion goals, and this year’s Congress provides several sessions to help you start up, implement and measure reuse. Norm Ruttan, iWasteNot, provides a bird’s eye view of the world of reuse; Laura Anthony, Zero Waste San Diego will present on fix it clinics and repair cafes; Sue Beets with SMB shares business reuse efforts that are measurable; and Elizabeth Chin Start, Start Consult give insight on the role of these issues in creating a circular and sustainable future.

Sponsor Spotlight: PaintCare

NRC is pleased to welcome PaintCare as a Silver Sponsor of the 2022 [Virtual] National Recycling Congress. PaintCare is a non-profit organization created by the paint industry that plans and operates paint recycling programs in states that pass the paint stewardship law. PaintCare operates convenient, year-round drop-off site locations where household and businesses can take leftover paint to be recycled, offering a more sustainable way to get rid of unwanted paint. Paintcare operates programs across the country: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, NY, OR, RI, VT, and WA.

Thanks to all our 2022 Sponsors:
Gold Level: ISRI and ReTRAC-Connect
Silver Level: Balcones Resources, SCS Engineers and PaintCare
Bronze Level: Bob Gedert and Zero Waste Associates
Media Sponsor: Resource Recycling Magazine

Welcome to Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) as a Large Group Registration. Up to 50 non-profit and public sector PROP members can attend the Congress under this registration level. If your Recycling Organization or other group is interested in this great value contact us to get details.

October is Zero Waste Month!

Zero Waste Month is an annual global campaign by Race to Zero Waste. During Zero Waste Month, we turn the Race to Zero Waste into a SPRINT! We invite the public to make an extra effort, try something new in their journey toward zero waste, and share on social media! We highlight expert voices and advocacy groups that are advancing the zero waste mission, along with discussing equity and accessibility concerns within the zero waste movement. Join the sprint at!

Resource Recycling - Reinvigorating!

by Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Board Secretary

The annual Resource Recycling Conference, held in Austin, TX, August 15-17, was filled with energized exhibitors, expert speakers and attentive attendees, clearly happy to be "in person" again, and demonstrating resilience, perseverance and optimism for the future...Read More.

Illinois Recycling Foundation Conference a Great Success

From the perspective of the sponsors and the exhibitors, the Illinois Recycling Foundation’s first in-person conference held at Joliet Junior College on August 30 and 31, was a success. Many of the participants expressed satisfaction with the 18 session options and the awards luncheon, along with the 60 that attended a dinner, featuring a silent auction to seed a scholarship fund, which raised over $500. This Zero Waste two-day conference included four tour options: a pre-conference walking tour from a biology professor of the campus’ fen and other natural areas, a walking tour of the energy efficiency attributes with the college’s Sustainability Coordinator and Architectural professor, a bus tour to a unique hard-to-recover plastic recycler and a national electronics and metal recycler or a bus tour of a composting site and a university that collects food scraps as part of its recycling efforts. COVID did impact attendance and even prevented a speaker from attending in-person but through a recorded Zoom and telephone, he was able to present remotely.

“We need these in-person events to learn from one another, have conversations that aren’t possible in the virtual world and that truly lead to improved services, spark ideas and allow for adaption of innovations,” stated IRF President Marta Keane.

Cali Says ‘Buh-Bye’ to Single-Use Plastics

by Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Board Secretary

After years of setbacks and stalls, recycling, pollution prevention and zero waste advocates are expressing excitement coupled with a fair degree of trepidation about the massive work required just ahead in implementing SB 54, which California Governor Gavin Newsom signed on June 30th: the law will require all packaging in the state to be recyclable or compostable by 2032, plus mandate a reduction in plastic packaging by 25 percent in 10 years and a 65 percent recycling rate for all single-use plastic...Read More

Nebraska Recycling Council Conference This Week!

The Nebraska Recycling Council is holding their annual conference on September 15, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska. This year's conference theme is Rediscovering Recycling: Evolving Markets+Evolving Perspectives. They will be hosting two keynote speakers, the National Recycling Coalition's very own Bob Gedert, and Steve Alexander, the president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers and President of Resource Recycling.

Workshop sessions will include, The Weight of Waste: Why Markets Fluctuate and How to Adapt, Beyond the Basics: Targeting Next-level Landfill Diversion, Compost Corner: the state of Composting in Nebraska, and Seeking Sustainability: How consumer demand is changing business. In addition to the workshop sessions and keynote speakers, there will be a vendor show and an awards luncheon! Register here.
NRC recognizes the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Nebraska Environmental Trust, and the Nebraska Dept. of Environment and Energy for their financial support through grant funding...Read More

MassRecycle Podcast Spotlights Sustainability

Check out the most recent episodes!
The Mining Act of 1872: still enforced and even worse than you think
The Mining Act of 1872 was instituted as a push to populate the West with white settlers; today it continues to subsidize extraction while making it nearly impossible to legally limit mining. Learn more in this episode with guest speakers Robin Ingethron, CEO of Good Point Recycling and founder of Fair Trade Recycling, and Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel at Earthworks. Recycling is in direct opposition to mining; reuse of materials rather than extraction of virgin materials. Yet, misinformation has convinced many that recycling is not a viable source for materials. This needs to change.
Get ready to be outraged.

Mattress Recycling
MassRecycle member organizations UTEC, HandUp, and Green Mattress are models of viable mattress recycling. In this episode, each organization talks about their unique business model from large scale recycling, to mattress refurbishment and resale.
How can used mattresses support at-risk youth or newly arrived refugees? Listen and learn the unexpected.

Click the link to the MassRecycle show page, or listen via Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, or Spotify.

Check Out the Latest Busch Systems Blog Posts

Digging Into Organic Waste & Food Scrap Mandates
A lot of people have food on the brain – well, food waste, that is! States like California and Massachusetts – and now New York – are mandating organic waste diversion programs, and organizations across Canada and the US are moving compost & food scrap collections to the top of their priority list.
Have no fear! Busch Systems is here with a breakdown of what’s going on in the organic waste world and how you can start or upgrade an organic waste program as painlessly as possible...Read More.

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. 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.

More information about the National Zero Waste Conference
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