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NRC/NMRC Southwest Regional Market Development Workshop – Albuquerque, NM – June 11th

Southwest Regional Recycling Market Development Workshop

The NRC and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition 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 New Mexico Recycling & SW Conference: Local Actions for Global Markets in late 2018, both entities will bring their expertise to Albuquerque on June 11th.

This day-long event takes place on June 11th at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town (200 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


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“Tangled Up” PSA Helps Reduce Contamination in Recycling

Resource to Help Reduce Plastic Bag and Clothing Contamination – “Tangled Up” PSA

Produced in-house by Bureau of Solid Waste Management employees, this comedic, silent-film style video demonstrates why Baltimore County doesn’t accept items such as plastic bags and clothing for recycling. The video shows how residents halt operations daily at the County’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) by putting tanglers in their recycling bins. See the press release below or online for more information.

Links to the PSA can be found on:

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Certificate in Sustainable Resource Management

Spring Semester Starting Soon – Discounts Offered to NRC Members

Get started on January 23rd. Expand your expertise, Earn Continuing Education Units, Network with World Leaders in Zero Waste

  • Accredited by the National Recycling Coalition National Standards Board.
  • Highly regarded by graduates and employers.

The Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) certification program was designed by industry experts to provide information on the policies, programs and infrastructure that support Zero Waste. Through SRM strategies, individuals, communities and businesses can learn how to reduce wasted resources, avoid product and transportation related greenhouse gas emissions and work to create a green economy.

The training covers a broad range of topics including: solid waste, recycling, reuse, composting and Zero Waste. This course is ideal for anyone working in these fields: City public works, Recyclers, Haulers, Consultants, Green Teams, Facilities managers.

Get a jump start on new regulations. Special sessions on SB1383 included.

The certification program includes:
-Sixteen (16) online self-paced courses totally 30 hours of learning content

-Twelve (12) 1-hour live, interactive webcasts led by industry experts. Weds 9-10am PST Feb 13-May 8th (no class 4/3)
– Student discussion forum
– Supplemental resource list and reading materials

Earn 3.0 CEUs from San Jose State University and Certificate. Accredited by the National Standards Board of the National Recycling Coalition.

Register at:

Contact Jill (at) for more information

Recent Testimonials

I manage the sustainability program for one of the world’s largest technology corporations in the Pacific Northwest. California leads the nation in policies and programs for waste management and sustainability. What I learned in the CSRMP course about California legislation and leadership has helped me greatly in executing and planning my program. (Leah Tischler, Sustainability Manager-Seattle)

I’ve been training up Zero Waste consultants for more than 20 years and recommend the CSRMP course of certification. It’s the only program that equips professionals for their current and future challenges. (Cynthia Vant Hul, Employer-Los Angeles)

This course has helped me become knowledgeable in zero waste, sustainable resource management, and California recycle policies, to just name a few of the concepts I learned [from] the program. It has enabled me to understand the challenges our customers [face] today and has helped me provide solutions for them. I would recommend this program to anyone in the sustainability, waste management or facilities professions. (Jared Rivera, Regional Operations Manager-Los Angeles)

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CRRA 2019 Call for Proposals


Each year, the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. CRRA is well known for its training and educational offerings since the early 1970s.  The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 600 individuals annually and showcases more than 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters.

Share your story, your experiences and your successes. Keep California moving into the future we want! Deadline for submission is January 21, 2019. 

To submit a proposal for this call, sign in to your ProposalSpace account.

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NRC January Board of Directors Meeting

NRC January BOD Meeting 
Wed, Jan 9, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MSTPlease join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 217-325-373

NRC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Noon to 2:00 p.m. ET
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. MT
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT
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SERDC Announces Recycling Grant Program

On November 12, at the SERDC Summit in Charleston, SC, the Coca-Cola Foundation announced an award of $500,000 to the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) to expand recycling in the Southeast through the launch of a Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program.

The grant program, implemented over the next two years, will make measurable improvements and catalyze investments in recycling infrastructure. Southeastern communities can apply for grant funding. Recycling carts, material recovery facility (MRF) upgrades, recycling trucks, or transfer station construction will be included as eligible under the RFP if it leads to unlocking investments in curbside recycling infrastructure overall. The grant targets investment in infrastructure  that unlocks new material supply that is currently being landfilled.

Organizations are invited to read more and download the application criteria for the grant.


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December 12, 2018 NRC Board of Directors Meeting

NRC December Board of Directors Meeting 
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 
Access Code: 363-541-005

NRC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Noon to 2:00 p.m. ET
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. MT
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT
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2018 Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program

On America Recycles Day, National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its 12th year, the initiative is designed to increase access to recycling in community public spaces across America. Grant applications will be available online through Dec.
30 (11:59 p.m. EST), 2018. Applicants may visit to apply. For more information click here.

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