The NRC has long-supported campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher ed and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research / technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups.

The NRC’s Campus Council is guided by recommendations in a White Paper to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit in 2015.  Higher ed leaders and industry professionals advise the group, which meets annually at the Resource Recycling Conference, this year in Minneapolis, 8/28-8/30/2017.

The recent Fiscal Year report is available here.

Get to know the NRC Campus Council and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer! For more information, please take the interest survey below or contact: [email protected]


Campus Council Interest Survey

Help improve collaboration between Industry and higher education!  There are so many ways companies and organizations can collaborate with colleges and universities.

Benefits to off-campus groups include:

  • gaining great exposure for your organization
  • accessing students and faculty
  • energizing your community program
  • aligning with your alma mater
  • enabling a new generation of recyclers

To find out more, take this short survey.


Murray J. Fox Scholarship

(Applications closed for 2017)

The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murray Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the NRC, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Since then, the trust fund has endowed over $108,000 in scholarships to 62 college students.

This year, in addition to scholarships, recipients will receive complementary admission to the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, 8/28-30/2017 as well as a one-year membership to the Coalition.

To apply, visit

To learn more about Murray and his amazing contribution to recycling and young people, read his bio here.


Academic and Professional Development Hub


Interns at the University of Colorado have prepared a useful set of resources and services that better connect higher education and the sustainable materials management industry.


Curricular Resources –infographics, fact sheets, glossary and acronyms

Course Development – syllabi, reading lists, funding

Directories – twelve sets of directories and databases

Best Management Practices – twenty categories- and growing.

Tools Index – conversions, calculators, toolkits

Help build this base of current, credible, and concise information.  To contribute academic resources, please contact [email protected]


Speakers and Tours

A speakers bureau and tour directory matches local industry experts and their facilities with colleges and universities in the area.  These visits, either on-campus or on-site, gain great exposure for recyclers while providing real-world additions to the college curriculum.

Access the database of available speakers and facility tours

To register as a speaker or tour host, please complete this process: speaker application  

To register as a tour host, please begin here: tour host application


Intern Recruitment and Referral

Agencies, organizations, and companies: recruit interns from schools in your area by completing a simple online form which is posted to a database for students, faculty, and career service professionals.  Choose from over 20 typical intern titles or work with the Council to create and recruit your own.

To request an intern for your organization, please begin the process here:   organization application.


The Campus Council maintains a list of recommended Job Boards and career resources serving the recycling and sustainable materials management industry.

Applied R&D

Higher education has important, even decisive, roles in advancing Sustainable Materials Management. Research and Development Centers are forming around the country, and the world, working singularly or as a consortium; both geographically and sector-specific.

If your organization or industry group seeks research & development work on a specific product or process that may have applications in the Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management industries, complete the interest survey below or contact [email protected] to discuss sponsored-research opportunities.

Training Program Development

The Campus Council supports the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB).  The NSCB accredits training and certification programs (not individuals), run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.  To date, the following states have had their training programs accredited by the NRC: New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.  Other states and organizations are currently developing them with Campus Council assistance.

NSCB Accreditation Criteria and Process

NSCB Learning Objectives

NSCB Application for Accrediting Training Programs

Click here to learn more about the National Standards Certification Board.


Join NRC Alumni Network

Have you ever received a scholarship from NRC?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  A new network of NRC alum has formed to exchange career info and help the next generation of recycling leaders.  Please e-mail us to get involved: [email protected]

National Survey Underway for Collegiate Zero Waste / Sustainable Materials Management

Colleges and universities have unique, even decisive, roles and responsibilities towards reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The intent of this survey is gather information on a set of peer-reviewed principles that can guide and help evaluate zero waste policies and programs at higher education institutions.

Add your perspective to this growing dialogue.  To take the survey, please click here.

Improving Collaboration with Higher Education Institutions

The NRC’s Campus Council surveyed other campus organizations then presented a white paper  to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit calling on the industry and U.S. Colleges and Universities to work more closely together.

See the full text of the one-page White Paper