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Aside from supporting the nation’s only organization that represents on-the-ground recyclers working throughout the country, membership in the National Recycling Coalition comes with many benefits such as discounts to national and regional events and workshops; access to monthly webinars on cutting-edge topics; ability to participate in programmatic council work; networking opportunities; quarterly e-newsletter and more! Additional Benefits of Belonging to the NRC
  • A unified, national voice for the recycling community.
  • Forums for multi-sector collaboration and cooperation on vital issues.
  • NRC builds and sustains lasting partnerships among the diverse interests in the recycling community.
  • NRC develops educational and information tools in support of recycling and sustainable materials management programs.
  • NRC distributes information on technology, program, and policy developments.
  • NRC is involved in the development of programs to enhance technology, management practices, and consumer education.
  • NRC establishes and maintains relations with federal legislative and regulatory officials on matters of importance to the recycling community.
  • NRC advocates for policies that enhance the role and performance of recycling and sustainable materials management at all levels of government and businesses
  • NRC identifies and undertakes critical research on recycling and sustainable material management.
  • NRC builds alliances with other associations and organizations with shared goals.
If you are a member of a state recycling organization that is an organizational member of the NRC, you are also a member of the NRC. State recycling organizations that are NRC members are listed on our Affiliates page.

Select a price for Base or Organizational Membership to Join the NRC.

Member Class Membership Base Membership Organizational Membership
For Profit Businesses $500.00 $2,500.00
Trade Associations $500.00 $1,000.00
Professional/Membership/Non-Profit Orgs $500.00 $1,000.00
Universities/Colleges/School Districts $500.00 $1,000.00
Government Members $500.00 $1,000.00
Individuals $100.00 N/A
Student $35.00 N/A
Basic Membership = 1 voting member, text format acknowledgement Organizational Membership = One voting and up to 4 additional non-voting members, graphic format acknowledgement on web, print, etc. channels.  

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National Recycling Coalition, Inc. (NRC) Attn: Treasurer P.O. Box 731 Erie, CO 80516

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NRC Mission and Vision


Waste reduction and sound management practices for raw materials in North America lead to an environmentally sustainable economy.


The Mission of the National Recycling Coalition is to partner with and facilitate  activities between and among non-profit organizations (NGO’s), businesses, trade associations, individuals and government to maintain a prosperous and productive American recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources.

Guiding Principles:

In conjunction with source reduction, reuse, and composting, the recycling of valuable materials is essential to a sustainable environmental, energy, and economic future.
Recycling is a value-added activity to our communities, states, and country that creates green, well-paying jobs boosting a domestic economy committed to sustainability.
Materials recovery (primary vs tertiary recycling) is the preferred management option for all residential, commercial, and industrial discards.
Recycling is resource management, not waste management.
Sustainable Materials Management is a critical strategic shift away from the past strategy of waste management toward a holistic resource management system that strives to use less materials overall, reduce toxins, recover more used materials, create new jobs, and foster economic development.
Recycling is not disposal.
Thermal combustion is not recycling.
Recycling programs must be designed to minimize contamination in consideration of the needs of upstream users.
Recyclables are substitutes for virgin materials.
Recycling requires the participation and collaboration of all stakeholders – citizens and consumers, providers and consumers of raw materials, product manufacturers, product distributors and retailers, providers of recycling infrastructure, and all levels of government.
Recycling programs must be accessible and convenient for all residential, business and institutional settings.
Recycling goals must be clear, achievable, and measurable.
The foundation of successful recycling policy and programs is accurate and unbiased information.
Stakeholders should develop a uniform system for measuring discards, recycling, and composting, and waste disposal.
Customized and achievable recovery goals should be established.
Stakeholders should work to expand uses of their products, which commonly include recycled content.
Recycling stakeholders should support development and dissemination of sound, scientifically based, and balanced educational material that informs citizens on the need for recycling and engages consumers in the recycling process.
Products and packaging should be designed to take into account and address environmental impacts.
Products should be designed, manufactured, packaged, distributed, managed, and used to optimize the continuing value and recovery of the used materials and minimize the environmental and climate impact throughout the life-cycle of the product.
Manufacturers should develop and support programs that optimize the recovery of recyclable materials.
Product and package environmental claims and labeling programs should be standardized, accurate, enforceable, and useful for consumers.
Successful recycling requires sustainable and equitable economic policies.
The cost and value of recycling, in comparison to alternative management options and waste disposal, must be transparent to consumers and policymakers and recognize sustainable development measures for resource depreciation (land and natural resources), energy savings, and environmental impact.
Government policies and programs must not favor virgin materials use and waste disposal over materials management by source reduction, re-use, recycling, and composting.
Government tax policies must provide direct and in-direct incentives for recycled materials utilization, new recycling technologies, and infrastructure development.
Recovered materials (discarded materials and byproducts that have been recovered or diverted from solid waste, including recyclables, reusable products and products that may be refurbished) must have access to global markets.
Think globally, act locally.
Taking into account regional and local differences, state and local collection policies and programs should utilize practices that optimize participation rates, cost-effectiveness, direct incentives, and energy efficiency.
Local governments should have the necessary authority, sufficient means and tools, to implement successful residential, commercial, and institutional recycling programs.

Who We Are


The National Recycling Coalition is a non-profit organization that is focused on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States. We are 23-affiliated recycling organizations strong, and have a network of more than 6,000 members that extends across waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. The organization works to maintain a prosperous and productive recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources, as well as accelerate sustainable approaches to the management of discarded materials.


The Coalition represents and advocates for every sector of the recycling industry across the country. (on the local, state and federal levels) We are the voice for our membership. We provide our members with the tools and resources they need to convey to their community members, decision makers, and the news media the important benefits that recycling provides to our economy and environment. We also develop meaningful partnerships with corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders to bring about important changes in the way we use, manage, and recycle natural resources.


ROC Vision

The Recycling Organizations Council (ROC), a council of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), is a network open to all state, regional and provincial recycling organizations.  These organizations are the backbone that supports recycling and the NRC. Building and strengthening the organizational capacity of these organizations will enable the organizations and ultimately the NRC to impact sustainable resource management more effectively locally, regionally and nationally.

ROC Mission

The Mission of the ROC is to build and strengthen organizational capacity of state, provincial, and regional recycling organizations through peer-to-peer networking and communication, and training.

ROC Goals

  • Facilitate positive synergy and a working relationship with the NRC
  • Build value for all participants
  • Attract new organizations to ROC and ultimately to NRC
  • Facilitate professional development & training opportunities
  • Facilitate communication among peer members
  • Facilitate the exchange & sharing of member experience and knowledge
  • Facilitate understanding of policy issues and initiatives
  • Facilitate consensus building around policy issues

For additional questions or to learn how to join the ROC, please email: [email protected]

NRC Board

Peter Adrian, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois

Peter AdrianPeter Adrian has been an active member of the National Recycling Coalition through his involvement in the Illinois Recycling Association and through his attendance at NRC Congresses and Resource Recycling Conferences. As an active member of the Illinois Recycling Association, he served on the IRA Board of Directors from 2001 to 2010. Peter began his career in 1994 as the Director of Recycling Services at Northern Illinois University. In 1997,  he took on the position of Solid Waste Coordinator for DeKalb County, Illinois and in 2001 began his current position with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois where he has assisted 42 Lake County municipalities with various recycling and waste reduction initiatives. Peter serves as board member of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association and maintains memberships with Solid Waste Association of North America, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

Richard Anthony, Director, Zero Waste San Diego

Richard Anthony was instrumental in the formation of the NRC and served on the NRC Board from 1980 – 1993. He has served on the California Resource Recovery Board for over 40 years.
Richard is once again looking forward to adding insights and guidance to the NRC.


Holly Arthur, Senior Vice-President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

Holly Arthur

With more than 20 years of experience in many roles in communications and public affairs, Holly Arthur has experience in finding synergies across coalition groups members and has frequently served as a liaison to such stakeholder organizations on behalf of trade associations.

Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Development Institute and NRC Vice-President

Stephen M Bantillo has been actively involved in the resource management field for nearly 30 years. Currently, he represents the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), implementing CORR, a National Standards Certification program based in Sacramento, CA.

Much of Stephen’s involvement in the environmental arena has been with local and state government, and non-profit sectors. He grew up in San José, CA, where he was hired by the City of San José to develop and manage new resource programs. Stephen created their award-winning Construction & Demolition (C&D) program, the nation’s first program to document and certify C&D material recycling facilities’ performance. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007 to oversee California’s beverage container recycling program, which included oversight of the system’s $1.2 Billion annual budget and over 2,700 recyclers.

Mr. Bantillo served on CDRA’s board, receiving their “C&D Recycler of the Year” award in 2008, and currently serves several boards representing the recycling industry in North America. He was appointed to San Jose Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee, establishing protocols on school construction funding and assisting the District with the greening of its construction projects. He is also co-founder and past Chair of California’s Construction & Demolition Council.

He has been a member of the NRC since 1990 and this term represents his sixth time being elected to serve on the Board of Directors. He previously served as Vice President and has been a leader on NRC’s policy issues since 2004.

Maggie Clarke

As a Ph.D. zero waste researcher, consultant, and educator, I want to continue to contribute to NRC by creating programs to keep members and the public well-informed and engaged in furthering recycling. I conceived and worked to establish the NRC Library to organize a clearinghouse of useful recycling information, educational programs, and webinars for the benefit of NRC members, the ROC and the public. I will use my decades organizing conferences for other organizations and testifying at legislatures and agencies to assist the critical mission of NRC’s outreach to legislatures and the press. I’d like to serve NRC in researching and gathering information and producing white papers on topics like the impact on climate change of using zero waste solutions like recycling, and methods of recycling and reuse measurement, I’d like to assist the policy committee to update and create new policies in light of zero waste. I can help NRC by continuing to plan for the Zero Waste Conference.

Susan CollinsPresident, Container Recycling Institute and NRC Treasurer

When I was elected to the NRC board in 2010, I worked with the NRC board and membership to move from a very precarious financial situation to one of stability. In 2018, we face new challenges like international recycling crises, falling recycling rates and plastic marine debris.

It would be an honor to be elected back to the NRC board, and face these new challenges with the new NRC board and diversity of NRC members across America.

Alec Cooley, Senior Advisor to Busch Systems

Alec Cooley

Alec has over 25 years of experience in the recycling field, most recently as senior advisor to Busch Systems. He began his career as an operations manager for the Arcata Community Recycling Center, before spending nine years at Humboldt State University managing the school’s solid waste and recycling programs. Alec next worked as a project manager for the National Recycling Coalition from 2006 to 2009. Between 2009 and 2018 he served as director of recycling program at Keep America Beautiful, where he oversaw public space recycling initiatives including grant programs, research projects and development of resources to expand and improve recycling in away-from-home settings. Through his positions at NRC and KAB, he also served as the program manager for both the RecycleMania competition and College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Webinar Series between 2006 and 2018. Alec served on the boards of the CRRA (2002 to 2006) and the CRA (2010 to 2012).

Colleen Foster

Support and foster a greater nexus between California zero waste focused legislation and policy from the local, state, to National level. Work to find common ground, language, and zero waste focused upstream as well as downstream solutions across the United States. Learn from other States and organizations their challenges, and their solutions for moving recycling to a sustainable materials management system and model.

Bob Gedert – NRC Board President

As partners within the National Recycling Coalition, we collectively can work together to support recycling collection and processing programs throughout North America, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

I desire to meet with RO representatives and define a partnership path that serves the NRC membership.

I desire to offer my time and energies within the NRC for these activities: Re-establishing a Rapid-Response Team to respond quickly to attacks on local recycling programs (upon request from the recycling program managers); Being a part of the Strategic Plan leadership team; Offering my assistance in Fund Development; Offering to assist in re-establishing an Executive Director

As we move forward throughout 2020-2021, I wish to present these 8 Pillars of Focus as the NRC Board forms its Strategic Plans: Inclusion and Diversity; Partnerships; Collaboration; Leadership; Relevancy; Activism; Innovation; Urgency.

Together, We Are Recycling

Wayne Gjerde

To continue to make the NRC the voice for recycling.

Continue to build the influence and reach of the NRC.

Marta Keane 

Finding a sustainable funding source while also defining our mission as both an educational group and an advocacy organization. Communications are key to our members, so they understand what we are doing, which is why I look forward to continuing to serve on the Communications Committee.

David Keeling

Mr. Keeling holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. Keeling currently serves as Chair of the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Education Foundation which supports sales and marketing education and provides scholarships to college students interested in sales and marketing careers. He is a Past National President of the Pi Sigma Epsilon, Inc.

Leslie Lukacs

As a current Board of Director of NRC, my goal is to help perpetuate NRC as being the national voice of recycling. This would be accomplished through education and policy and in collaboration with state recycling organizations and like-minded organizations. I am currently the co-Chair of NRC’s 2020 National Zero Waste National Virtual Conference and was the prior co-Chair of the National Zero Waste Conference which was cancelled due to Covid. I appreciate your support in continuing to serve NRC as a Board Member.

Mary McClellan, Executive Director, Carolina Recycling Association

Mary McClellan has served as the Executive Director of the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) for 2 years.  CRA is an avid supporter of the NRC and an active ROC member.  She has proudly contributed to the recycling industry as an operations specialist for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as a local government recycling program manager, and in the private sector as a government liaison.  These many roles have provided an in depth comprehension of the may motivations, interests, and moving parts that make up sustainable materials management.  She believes that communication, truth, and clarity among all stakeholders are the key to progress and success in our industry.  She has been involved with NRC in some capacity for over a decade and believes it is vital that as a nation, we have a national coalition that not only represents the interests of the industry but also provides an intellectual and professional hub for all stakeholders.  She believes the NRC is the best and nerdiest national recycling organization around, and would like to keep it that way.  Recycling Nerds Unite!

Fran McPoland, Vice-President, Paper Recycling Coalition

The NRC has been an integral part of my professional life, from Capitol Hill, the White House’s Federal Environmental Executive and nearly two decades in the private sector. As co-chair of the Policy Committee I helped draft the Mission and Guiding Principles the guide the NRC and I am committed to those values. If elected I will do my utmost to ensure that the NRC fulfills its essential mandate.

Arley Owens – Executive Director at Ohio Recycling Coalition

Arley Owens has mastered the art of networking and creating innovative education and outreach events, programs and campaigns for the recycling industry.  He is the founder of Earth 1 Eco-Enterprises and has published the critically acclaimed Eco-Thriller Comic Book Series titled “Earth Team Green.” He has also written 3 screen plays.

He holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Communications from the Ohio State University.  He has worked as a top-level administrator for the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources for a plethora of years and two of his major strengths include his ability to create and promote outreach events and to expand the professional network of this organization into uncharted territory.

A seasoned professional environmental Keynote and Speaker, Sustainability and Recycling Consultant, Climate Change Crusader, Publisher of the critically acclaimed, “Earth Team Green Eco-Thriller Comic Books” for the classroom series, Eco- Screenwriter, Eco-Networking Specialist, Eco-Events Planner and Coordinator. Founder of the Ohio Recycling Coalition, Earth Team Green, Earth 1 Eco-Enterprises and TDT Productions.

Marialyce Pedersen, NRC Secretary

Marialyce Pederson

Marialyce is a widely experienced global sustainability, circular economy, zero waste expert with an emphasis on waste prevention and reuse. She has a policy research, development and program implementation background (municipal and private sector) including responsible purchasing, green building, extended producer responsibility, forestry and electronics recycling certification (FSC, PEFC), healthy cleaning, home and municipal composting, compostable food ware. Marialyce was a Senior Policy Analyst for Disney Corporate Citizenship, 2003-2019 and she developed curriculum and taught Resource Management and Zero Waste Business course under a 2012-2013 Department of Labor Green Jobs grant, which became a model for other courses nationally. She is a co-author of bestselling book, Backyard Composting (1992) with over 600,000 books in print and author of Keep It Off the Curb, a municipal guide to home compost program implementation (1994). Marialyce is an early home compost program educator (1990-1994), a competent Toastmaster, a skilled public presenter. She is creative, innovative and optimistic.

Lisa Rider

Lisa Rider

Lisa joined the National Recycling Coalition to facilitate collaborative efforts that improve domestic markets, develop best management practices for regional closed-loop systems, and create conversation about how to reduce contamination in the recycle stream.

Lynn Rubinstein, Executive Director, Northeast Recycling Council

As a Board member, volunteerism in support of the NRC and its mission is essential for the organization to grow and thrive. I will bring the same energy and commitment to serving on the NRC Board as I have to being the Executive Director of NERC and the various initiatives I have had the privilege of participating in over the past 19 years.

Olivia Sanchez

To be an advocate to advance sustainable material management practices. Ensure timely and relevant progress is made in the areas of waste reduction and diversion.

Lisa Skumatz, Ph.D. – NRC Board Chairperson

I will focus on raising NRC’s profile to make it the go-to national source for reliable information on recycling/diversion, and a respected organization to bring together all stakeholder voices in the “chain” (production to disposal, policy, planning, etc.)

NRC’s reputation/service can grow through: partnerships with organizations on visible initiatives; support for/work with state associations; and periodic outreach to the public, policymakers and members on recycling topics. NRC needn’t be big/expensive, but must focus and be an efficient conduit of credible/timely industry and policy information.

If elected I will run for Chair to keep meetings contributive and productive and will introduce topic/issue discussions to keep NRC current on national/regional issues, press, and controversies worth tracking/addressing. I will re-introduce Board/state liaisons and add liaisons to organizations (SWANA, KAB, NRDC, etc.) to scout issue partnership opportunities and will build up website resources.

Martie Solomon

To help continue recycling education and to keep us from sliding backwards due to COVID. I would like to see more industry started using recyclables as feed stock here in the US rather than have to send things overseas.

William Turley, Founder and Executive Director, Construction & Demolition Recycling Association

Having me on the board will bring in the largest waste sector (by weight) in North America, where 74% of the material is recycled. It will also be a link to the industrial materials recycling, such as tires, foundry sand, etc. In addition, I will work with the staff to employ the tactics I learned building the CDRA in order to improve the internal operations of the NRC.

Cynthia Vant Hul 

Bring a Southern California perspective and experience with strict state and local regulations, program implementation, training of future Resource & Recycling Specialist/Coordinators and to connect with members from other non-California states member on how solid waste management impacts their daily lives.

Honorary Lifetime Board Members

Gary Liss

Gary Liss has over 30 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. Mr. Liss is now President of his own consulting firm, Gary Liss & Associates (GLA). Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S., including: City of Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Oakland, Burbank, San Jose, City of Alameda, and Del Norte County in CA; Austin (TX); Nelson (BC); Telluride (CO); the Big Island of Hawaii (HI) and Arkadelphia (AR). He is now working on a Zero Waste Plan for the City of Glendale CA, researching best practices for franchising and procurement in Zero Waste communities, assisting in development of CRRA and California Works Alliance Recycling & Resource Management training, and helping to implement the Austin Zero Waste Plan. 
Mr. Liss also helps clients to harness the forces of the marketplace to waste less and recycle more through: Municipal Procurement of Garbage and Recycling Systems; Strategic Analyses of Garbage Rates and Solid Waste Fees; Development of Commercial Recycling Incentives and Programs; Policy and Program Analysis & Advocacy; and Organizing Resource Recovery Parks. He was recently invited to be a technical resource person for the Clinton Climate Initiative to assist on major urban projects.

Mr. Liss was one of the authors of the Definition of Zero Waste, Zero Waste Business Principles and Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance.
Mr. Liss was a founder and past President of the National Recycling Coalition and was Secretary to the California State Senate Task Force on Waste Management in 1989, which led to the adoption of AB939 and related recycling legislation in California. He was a founder of the California Sustainable Business Council. He is a founder and Boardmember of the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA), the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) and the Zero Waste Brain Trust. The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) selected him as Recycler of the Year in 2005. In 2008 he was elected to Council in his home town of Loomis, CA and was Mayor in 2010.

Mr. Liss was also Solid Waste Program Manager for the City of San Jose. He initiated and managed their nationally recognized model recycling programs, which resulted in their current overall diversion rate of 62%. He also worked to stimulate competition and harness the forces of the marketplace to achieve the City’s policy goals. Mr. Liss also saved San Jose more than $77 million over the next 30 years through competitive awards of a $200 million 30 year Disposal Contract and a $200 million 7 year Collection Contract. Previously, Mr. Liss was Resource Recovery Director for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Assistant Administrator for Alternate Technology for the New Jersey Department of Energy.

Mr. Liss taught “Economics of Solid Waste and Recycling” at San Jose State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, Extension Certificate Programs in Integrated Waste Management. He has also lectured extensively at other universities and professional association meetings and conferences. He is now a lecturer in the CRRA Resource Management Certificate Program on “Clean Production,” “Intro to Zero Waste,” “Zero Waste Businesses” and “Zero Waste Communities.” He recently became a key advisor to the California Works Alliance, to help implement a $5 million US Department of Labor grant to train people in Recycling and Resource Management. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University. 

Mark Lichtenstein

Mr. Lichtenstein has more than 30 years of experience with sustainability and environmental stewardship. He is Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Sustainability in the President’s Office of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). He is also serving an eighth term as president and CEO of the National Recycling Coalition, Inc.; previously he was president during the 1990s. Recently, he was Executive Director of the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and Environmental Finance Center. Lichtenstein has been facilitating the Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Recycling Partnerships, and is an active member and co-facilitator of the Vieques Sustainability Task Force (a strategy of the Presidential Task Force on Puerto Rico). He is a faculty associate in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School, and is an instructor at ESF. He is engaged with efforts throughout the US, and in Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico focused on sustainability issues. Lichtenstein served as an expert witness to the Federal Environmental Finance Advisory Board. He has a Master of Arts in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conflict Resolution, both from the Maxwell School, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from ESF. He has certified mediator training, is an experienced interest-based negotiator and process facilitator, and is a certified public participation specialist.

Jerry Powell
Jerry Powell is the founder and former executive editor of Resource Recycling, Inc., which publishes Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News. He previously owned and managed a recycling consulting company and managed a recycling business in Portland, Ore.

Other Regular Board Contributors

Bob Bylone – NRC ROC Chair
Robert (Bob) J. Bylone,
President and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC), leads a state-wide team to bring markets development assistance to an extensive list of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, manufacturers, recycled material processors, recycling programs, haulers, and agency officials.

Jack DeBell – NRC Campus Council


BAS Environmental Studies, Organizational Management, University of Colorado, 1984


  • Work-Study Recycling Employee, University of Colorado 1979-1984

  • Program Specialist/Director, University of Colorado Recycling Services, 1985-2000

  • Development Director, University of Colorado Recycling Services, 2000-present


Task Forces/Advisory Boards

  • Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board, 2005-present

  • Chair, Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board. 2006-2007

  • Special Liaison, National Recycling Coalition Board of Directors. 2006-present

  • Steering Committee, College and University Recycling Council. 1993-2008

  • State Waste Diversion Advisory Committee, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. 1/94-6/95

  • Board of Directors, National Recycling Coalition. 10/92-10/94

  • Boulder County Solid Waste Task Force. 9/92-3/94

  • Curriculum Development Committee, Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. 2/90-9/93

  • Technical Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Peer Match Program. 8/88-6/91

  • Citizen Advisory Committee, State of Colorado Environment 2000 Project. 9/87-9/89

  • Boulder County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. 2/85-2/88


Bob Hollis – CEO, Mobius Intelligent Systems, NRC Technologist

Bob Hollis is the Co-founder of Mobius Intelligent Systems, a progressive technology services provider that applies open source software solutions to help organizations with a public benefit mission achieve their objectives.  His web development clients include numerous recycling organizations, non-profit organizations, and public agencies. 

Mr. Hollis has served as a board member or business and technology advisor to a variety of organizations including the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), California Integrated Waste Management Board, National Recycling Coalition, Recycling Organizations of North America, California Sustainable Business Council, Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI), and Universal Remediation, an award winning oil spill clean-up company based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the recipient of the CRRA Service Award, Keep America Beautiful Innovation Award, Keep California Beautiful Volunteer of the Year Award, and multiple Carlson Learning Company Gold Consultant Awards.  Mr. Hollis has served as a non-partisan elected public official in El Dorado County, CA, and as a Hearing Board Member for the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District.

Bob has presented on subjects related to technology, web development, social media, and electronic outreach at numerous events on behalf of organizations including the U.S Zero Waste Business Council , California Resource Recovery Association, The Northern California Recycling Association, The Illinois Recycling Association, New Noise Music Conference, and the US EPA Science and Technology Council. His educational background includes a BS in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a graduate business and liberal arts education at the University of Chicago, graduate studies in Environmental Management at Harvard University, and continuing studies in Web and Social Media Technologies at Stanford University.


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NRC Policies


Incineration Policy Statement

Approved by the NRC Board of Directors 1/15/2016

“The NRC supports reuse and recycling as the most preferred methods of Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). While incineration may sometimes be included as an end-of-life management method in a material’s lifecycle, it does not fit the definitions of reuse or recycling and, therefore, the NRC does not consider it as such.”

Zero Waste Resolution

Approved by the NRC Board of Directors 12/10/2015
Resolution WHEREAS: Zero Waste policies and programs will establish practical ways to eliminate wasting or safely reuse, recycle or compost discarded products and packaging; and The Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) was established in 2002 to develop worldwide standards and principles to guide the development of Zero Waste in the world; and

ZWIA adopted its current definition of Zero Waste in 2009 that says:

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

The key measure of performance towards that goal is diverting 90% of all discarded materials from landfills, incinerators and the environment. That performance measure is established in the ZWIA Zero Waste Community Principles and ZWIA Zero Waste Business Principles at www.zwia.org/standards; and The ZWIA definition of Zero Waste is the only peer reviewed definition of Zero Waste, accepted by worldwide environmental, recycling and Zero Waste leaders; and Many organizations, businesses and communities have adopted the ZWIA definition of Zero Waste, and support the ZWIA definition; and There is a need to provide clear direction of what Zero Waste means to help advance the industry; THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT
The National Recycling Coalition hereby adopts the ZWIA definition of Zero Waste to clarify what Zero Waste means and encourages its members, stakeholders and other interested parties to adopt this ZWIA definition of Zero Waste as well.
For More Information on Zero Waste, go to: Zero Waste International Alliance Zero Waste USA U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
Eco-Cycle Solutions Hub

Definition of Recycling

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, LA, the Board of Directors met in-person and discussed the organization’s definition of recycling to ensure that it remains relevant within the ever-changing recycling “industry”. Special guest, Bill McDonough (author of the popular book, Cradle2Cradle) joined the Board for the lively and insightful discussion after his inspiring keynote presentation. After excellent dialogue, the updated definition of recycling adopted by NRC is:
“Recycling is a series of activities by which material that has reached the end of its current use is processed into material utilized in the production of new products.”
NRC’s past definition of recycling, that was adopted by the EPA, was:
“The series of activities by which materials that are no longer useful to the generator are collected, sorted, processed, and converted into raw materials and used in the production of new products.”
While the two read similarly, the updated definition was the result of extensive and excellent dialogue, where the new language was deliberately chosen. The updated definition is a section of a larger policy document that is still being finalized by the Policy Committee. Click Here to view the white paper adopted by the NRC Board of Directors on 10/29/2014.

Policy Positions and White Papers

Green New Deal, supported by the NRC, March 2019 NRC Markets Policy Summary Zero Waste Development and Expansion Act 2017 supported by the NRC, February 2017 Recycling Industries Coalition (RIC) Policy on Dirty MRFs and Mixed Waste Processing supported by the NRC, April 2015 Recycling and Climate Change, 2008 How to Respond to Attacks on Recycling, Summer 2000 Leveling the Playing Field for Recycling, September 1999 Advocacy Message Areas of Agreement, 1997 Addendum to National Recycling Coalition Policy Positions, January 1994 Policy Positions, September 1992 For more information email [email protected]

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November 2017

Trash and Waste Management Around the World – What Happens at the Household Level

An expert in the field of solid waste industry economic research will discuss how people around the world manage their waste and recycled materials

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD, Economic Research Associates, Inc.; Dana D’Souza, Project Manager, SERA; Michael Santulli, Environmental Analyst, SERA.
Topic Subject Matter: Trash and Waste Management Around the World
Technical Complexity: Moderate

October 2017

September 2017

Sustainable Materials Management at Universities

The NRC has long-supported university campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, and then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher education 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. Council leaders will provide an update of the recent activities and accomplishments as well as plans for the future.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
– Jack DeBell, University of Colorado Recycling Services/ NRC Coalition Campus Council
– Mark Lichtenstein, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Sustainability at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry/ NRC Coalition Campus Council
Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Materials Management at Universities
Technical Complexity: Moderate

August 2017

Polystyrene Foam Recycling

This webinar will focus on carryout plastic carryout bag legislation across the U.S. and provide a short history of carryout bag laws, outline the basic carryout bag law structures, and delve into the key components to include in a good law. The discussion will include threats of state preemption of local bag laws, including the PA state bag preemption legislation recently vetoed by Governor Wolf, and touch on how advocates in communities around the U.S. are pushing back on preemption threats.

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Christine Cassidy, Recycling Manager, Dart Container
Topic Subject Matter: #6 Polystyrene Foam Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

July 2017

Plastic Bag Legislation

This webinar will focus on carryout plastic carryout bag legislation across the U.S. and provide a short history of carryout bag laws, outline the basic carryout bag law structures, and delve into the key components to include in a good law. The discussion will include threats of state preemption of local bag laws, including the PA state bag preemption legistlation recently vetoed by Governor Wolf, and touch on how advocates in communities around the U.S. are pushing back on preemption threats.

Date: Tuesday July 18, 2017/1:30 – 2:45PM ET
Presenter: Jennie R. Romer, Esq., Founder & Director, plasticbaglaws.org
Topic Subject Matter – Plastic Carryout Bag Legislation
Technical Complexity – Moderate

View a Recording Here

July 2017

New Innovations in Compostable Flex Packaging: Design, Materials, and the End of the Line

This webinar is focused on the discussion about the future of innovation design in compostable materials for food products. This webinar will focus on compostable flex packaging and feature material specialists and the companies that are leading the way in introducing flex packaging into the wider market. Operators will also discuss the end-of-life of these products and how they are handled within the various processes of industrial composting.

This webinar was sponsored by the Recylcers Global Warming Council, a technical council of the California Resource Recovery Association.

Date: July 13, 20117 from 10:00-11:15am PST/1:00-2:15pm ET
– Lara Dickinson, OSC2, One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community
– Reyna Bryan, Elk Packaging
– Dan Kurtrock, ReGrained
– Tim Dewey-Mattia, Public Education Manager
– Christienne de Tournay & Sharmila Singh

View a Recording Here
View the PowerPoint Slides Here
View the Presenter Bio’s Here

For further information on the webinar’s topic:
US Composting Council
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Biodegradable Products Institute
EPA – Sustainable Materials Management
NRC SMM Initiatives

June 2017

Animal Mortality Composting II

This webinar will provide an update of the research on the utilization of composting as a preferred method to safely manage bovine, swine, poultry and other animal mortalities for both small and large operations as well as mass animal die-offs due to disease outbreaks.

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Topic Subject Matter: Animal Mortality Composting
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

May 2017

Zero Waste in New York: Challenges and Opportunities

The leader of the county’s largest municipal sanitation department will discuss the goal of contributing Zero Waste to Landfills by 2030 by improving and expanding existing successful reduction, reuse and waste reduction programs, as well as implementing new initiatives such as organics, public housing and e-scrap recycling; education; and private sector engagement.

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Kathryn Garcia, New York City Sanitation Commissioner
Topic Subject Matter: Zero Waste
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

April 2017

Keys to Successful Plastics Recycling

Plastic recycling is complicated and requires many factors to be successful. This presentation will answer two main questions related to successful plastics recycling: Why does quality matter, and how to collect for quality? The discussion will include market drivers and influences, historical pricing, current market conditions and industry-based education and outreach efforts to address quality starting at the curbside bin through end users related to both film and rigid plastic packaging.

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Tonya Randell, Project Manager, Moore Recycling Associates
Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Materials Management
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

March 2017

Closed Loop Fund Update

The Closed Loop Fund (CLF) is a social impact fund investing $100M to increase the recycling of products and packaging. Its goal is to strategically remove the key obstacles to expanding recycling in order to attract additional, more affordable capital to the industry, increase recycling access, and help scale solutions that improve recycling profitability. An update of this massive social endeavor that was created in 2014 will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Ron Gonen, Co-founder and CEO, The Closed Loop Fund
Topic Subject Matter: Update of the Closed Loop Fund
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

View the PowerPoint Here

February 2017

Commercial Recycling: Drivers, Problems, and Solutions

An expert in the field of solid waste industry economic research will delve into commercial recycling and discuss the factors when considering entry into this sector, including its makeup, percentage of the recycling stream, invoicing, costs, and incentives.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD, Economic Research Associates, Inc.
Topic Subject Matter: Commercial Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

No PowerPoint is available for this Webinar Session

January 2017

PET Recycling Markets Trends and Challenges

An update from the Trade Association for PET packaging in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be presented and will include current market conditions as well as the challenges faced by the recycling industry with regard to PET recycling.

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Kate Eagles is the Program Director for the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)
Topic Subject Matter: PET Plastic Container Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate

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PowerPoint Presentation

December 2016

Environmental Justice Issues for Recycling Facility Development Projects

This webinar will discuss the “Science of Inequality” as it relates to environmental justice issues faced by solid waste management and recycling facility projects. The term “Inequality” will be defined and the “Math” that quantifies the factors that influence it will be addressed.

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

Topic Subject Matter: Environmental Justice

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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PowerPoint Presentation

November 2016

How to Sell your Organization to Foundations, Corporations, and Other Non-recycling Funding Sources

Marketing and promoting a nonprofit organization is a complex and ongoing task. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and how to succeed at acquiring and sustaining funding for your NPO.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John O’Malley, Principal, O’Malley International Associates

Topic Subject Matter: Non-Profit Organization Funding

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

PowerPoint Presentation

October 2016

Battery Recycling 101

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans purchase and use nearly 3 billion dry cell batteries every year to power our electronic devices. The improper handling and disposal of batteries can create serious safety concerns and contaminate the environment. A professional battery recycler will provide an overview of make-up and characteristics of batteries that we use every day, the laws that regulate the handling transportation, recycling and disposal, and how batteries are processed and recycled.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John Kincaide, President, E-Waste Brokerage Inc.

Topic Subject Matter: Battery Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

View a Recording Here

PowerPoint Presentation

September 2016

The Impact of Glass Recycling in the Glass Container Industry

An expert in glass cullet purchasing and customer relations will explain the benefits of using recycled glass when making new glass containers, including, reduced energy consumption resulting in lower emissions, and 100% recyclability of the feedstock with no waste material in the forming process. In addition, several obstacles with using recycled cullet will be detailed, including, contamination that causes imperfections in the containers, which results in lost production efficiency, increased accident potential from glass related injury.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: Pam Baylor, Director of Purchasing and Customer Service, Anchor Glass

Topic Subject Matter: Recycled Glass Cullet

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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PowerPoint Presentation

August 2016

Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

An industry expert will provide an update of the recent turmoil in the metal commodities markets with a focus on recycled scrap metal.

Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: Joseph Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Communications, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

Topic Subject Matter: Recovered Metals Commodities Markets

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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July 2016

The Perfect Storm – Economic Impact of Changes in the Recycling Industry

An industry expert will discuss the challenges recycling is facing, including changes in stream composition, rising labor costs, increasing maintenance and processing costs, and depressed commodity prices. Adapting to these challenges will require public and private sectors working together. Individuals must also understand and take on the costs of recycling as well as the negative impacts placing undesirable materials in the bin.

Date: Tuesday July 19, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Robert Anderson, Mid Atlantic Regional Business Development Manager, ReCommunity Recycling

Topic Subject Matter: Recycling Commodity Markets

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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June 2016

Trends in the Recycling and Waste Handling Equipment Industry

This webinar will provide an overview some of the newer products and technologies that have been introduced recently into the waste/recycling industry that can improve productivity and sustainability efforts.

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Jon M. Casey, Editor of Waste Handling Equipment News

Topic Subject Matter: Waste and Recycling Equipment, Recycling Processing Technology

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

View a Recording Here

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May 2016

Recycled Material Commodity Markets Update

Experts in the recycled metals, paper and plastics industries will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered plastics markets and emerging processing technologies.

Date: Tuesday May 17, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: TBD

Topic Subject Matter: Recycled Commodities Markets

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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April 2016

Agricultural Plastics Recycling

Historically, the rates of recovery and recycling of agricultural plastics have been low as it is cumbersome to handle, difficult to keep clean and rarely meets post-recycling market specifications. However, efficient recycling infrastructure is emerging to help agricultural plastics get to post-recycling markets. This webinar will focus on the development of collection and recycling best practices for managing waste agricultural plastics; and provide examples of local initiatives of agricultural and recycling communities, integration with existing materials management infrastructure, increasing market demand for recovered agricultural plastic, and extended producer responsibility demonstrated by the manufacturers and distributors of agricultural plastics products.

Date: Monday April 25, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Lois Levitan, PhD, Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University

Topic Subject Matter: Agricultural Plastics Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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March 2016

Ceiling Tile Recycling

The recovery and recycling of cellulose-based ceiling tiles can help building owners maintain their “green” image during demolition, rehabilitation and remodeling projects. This webinar will highlight examples of successful ceiling tile programs and how they are set-up and executed. It will also discuss how ceiling tile recycling fits in with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program that recognizes building strategies and practices.

Date: Tuesday March 15, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Neal McDwyer, Recycling Coordinator, Armstrong World Industries

Topic Subject Matter: Ceiling Tile Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

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February 2016

Health and Safety Issues with Electronic Scrap

The recycling of consumer electronics has grown substantially in recent years. There can be safety hazards from handling consumer electronics in general, and specific components may have distinct hazardous properties. This webinar will discuss federal, state, and local safety regulations; client specific procedures and programs; and applicable industry standards pertaining to the handling of recycled electronic scrap.

Date: Tuesday February 16, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Lloyd B. Andrew III, CIH, CSP, President, EnvirOSH Services, Inc ®

Topic Subject Matter: Environmental Health and Safety, Electronic Scrap Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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January 2016

I Can Fix That! – Repair of Small Electronic Devices

Learn from the founder of a wiki-based website that teaches people how to fix almost anything and empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.

Date: Tuesday January 19, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Kyle Wiens, Co-founder and CEO, ifixit

Topic Subject Matter: Electronic Device Repair

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here
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December 2015

Wood Recycling

This webinar will discus the recovery and reuse of wood waste

Date: Tuesday December 15, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: David Zwicky, President, W.D. Zwicky & Son

Topic Subject Matter: Wood Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

November 2015

Social Media and Environmental Sustainability

Social media provides many benefits for organizations involved in sustainability, including increased consumer trust. While benefiting responsible organizations by enhancing their brand reputations, it is also a platform capable of exerting tremendous pressure on irresponsible businesses. This webinar focuses on the power of new media… and the expectations that companies use social media to convey their sustainability message.

Date: Tuesday November 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Joe Knezic, Vice President, Branding/ Creative Services, Partnership of Packer, Oesterling and Smith (PPOS), Inc

Topic Subject Matter: Social Media, Sustainability

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October 2015

Gypsum Wallboard Recycling

This webinar will discuss the efforts to develop a viable collection, processing and manufacturing infrastructure for recycled gypsum wallboard material. Learn how recycling companies have diverted large quantities of waste gypsum wallboard from landfilling and developed new products out of this material.

Date: Tuesday October 20, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Terry L Weaver, President, USA Gypsum

Topic Subject Matter: Gypsum Wallboard Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

Recycle By Design & Michigan Recycling HackAThon: What you need to know!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the exciting and innovative opportunities kicking-off in Michigan this November! You won’t want to miss the statewide Michigan Recycling HackAThon or Recycle By Design Challenge. This webinar will detail: What Recycle By Design is, how to start a team and get involved with Recycle By Design, what the Michigan Recycling HackAThon is, what you can expect from attending the Michigan Recycling HackAThon, and how to sign up and not miss either of these great opportunities.

Date: Wednesday October 14, Monday October 19, 2015, and Tuesday October 27, 2015

Time: 10-11am EDT and 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Cost: Free

Presenters: Kerrin O’Brien, Executive Director, Michigan Recycling Coalition, Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Jeff George, Senior Associate, IMG Rebel, Jessica Villarreal, Environmental Sustainability Lead and Innovation Core Team Member, Consumers Energy, and Katie Fahey, Program Administrator, Michigan Recycling Coalition

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Download Michigan Recycle By Design Brochure

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September 2015

Sustainable Packaging Standards and Goals

The presentation will provide a high-level snapshot summary of Burt’s Bees Packaging Standard. It will cover what Burt’s ideal state looks like, and how they are designing recyclability into their packaging today.

Date: Tuesday September 22, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Jennie Macaluso, Senior Packaging Scientist, Burt’s Bees

Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Packaging

Technical Complexity: Moderate

View a Recording Here

August 2015

A Paradigm Shift in Organics Management and Sustainable, Renewable Energy

A combination of new federal/state/local regulatory requirements, private sector focus, development of new(er) conversion technologies, and socio-political movements have yielded a paradigm shift in how organic and other waste materials are being managed. While Pennsylvania is not at the forefront of this change, other communities are changing the way organics are managed. This emerging market has yielded significant new opportunities in waste diversion and conversion into various forms of renewable energy such as power, heat, and renewable natural gas and other saleable byproducts, such as compost. Collectively referred to as the bioenergy and waste to energy (WtE) market sector, the sector is no longer focused on incineration and now on clean technologies such as anaerobic digestion (AD). Commonly utilized in wastewater treatment plants, this well documented technology is being used for the organic management of municipal solid waste throughout Europe and now rapidly growing in the US.

Date: Tuesday August 18, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Keith Henn, Vice President, Bioenergy, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Topic Subject Matter: Renewable Energy

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

View a Recording Here

July 2015

Carpet Recycling
This webinar will discuss market-based solutions to increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, as well as advancements regarding designing carpeting for recyclability.

Date: Tuesday July 28, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Representative of the Carpet America Recovery Effort

View a Recording Here

June 2015


Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using worms and has been found to be an excellent, nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This webinar will discuss which how vermicompost is made and utilized.

Date: Tuesday June 16, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Rhonda Sherman, University of North Carolina

View a Recording Here

May 2015

Striving for Sustainable Waste Materials Management in an Educational Institution and the Use of the ReDi Index® to Measure the Success of a Zero Waste Program

Learn how a team of physical plant staff from a large university addressed the daunting challenge of implementing a zero waste program and developed an internet-based tool to measure and assess the program’s success and effectiveness

Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free


Al Matyasovsky, Program Manager of Central Support Services, Penn State University, Office of

Physical Plant

Brendan Bagley, IT Project Manager Penn State University, Office of Physical Plant

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April 2015

Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part IV

How NRC Policies and Principles Support Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Dates: April 29, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


Moderator, Gary Liss, Co-Chair NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss and Associates

“Support for SMM in 1986 National Policy on Recycling” Rick Anthony, First NRC Policy Chair and Principal, Richard Anthony Associates

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“Support for SMM in Current Policies and Principles” Stephen Bantillo, Current NRC Policy Co-Chair and Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute

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Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part III

Life Cycle Analyses and Redesign for Sustainable Materials Management

Dates: April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


Moderator, Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

“Redesigning for SMM and a Closed Circle Economy” Lawrence Black, Senior Advisor, Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration
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“US EPA WARM Model and Other Life Cycle Analysis Calculators” Keith Weitz, Director of Sustainability and Resources Management, RTI International
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“Life Cycle Analyses that Recognize Upstream and Environmental Impacts” Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D., Economics, Principal, Sound Resource Management Group
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Animal Mortality Composting

Safely managing animal moralities is an ever-increasing challenge to the agricultural community. Composting is now a preferred management method. This webinar discusses the various composting methods for bovine, swine, poultry and marine mammals.

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute and Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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March 2015
Carbon Credit Markets

A carbon credit (aka carbon offset) is a financial instrument that represents 1 ton of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent gases) removed or reduced from the atmosphere from an emission reduction project. Learn about current governmental carbon credit programs and how industry and private individuals are utilizing these programs to offset emissions that are generated.

Date: Tuesday March 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Scott Subler, President, Environmental Credit Corporation

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February 2015
Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part II

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


“How recycling managers can best contribute to achieving SMM” David Allaway, Policy and Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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“What support for local SMM initiatives should be in a National SMM Plan” Gary Liss, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss & Associates

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February 2015
Recycled Paper and Plastics Industry Update

Experts in the recycled paper and plastics industries will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered plastics markets and emerging processing technologies.

Date: Tuesday February 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Greg Rudder, Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, RISI Representative, Plastics Recycling Industry and Mylinda Jacobsen, Purchasing Manager, Envison Plastics

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February 2015
Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part I

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


“Why NRC has organized the SMM Summit” Mark Lichtenstein, President and CEO, National Recycling Coalition and Executive Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

“EPA’s SMM definition, policies, and programs” Elizabeth Resek, Chief, Municipal Source Reduction Branch, USEPA HQ

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“What do NRC members currently do with SMM” Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

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January 2015
The Benefits of the Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Industry in the U.S.

This webinar will review the outcomes of a recent white paper commissioned by the Construction/Demolition Waste Recycling Association (CDRA) and written by Dr. Timothy
Townsend of the University of Florida. The white paper measures the economic impact and environmental benefits of C&D recycling based on an industry survey of operating costs, production rates and end market values. From the survey, data was extrapolated to provide an estimate how many green jobs the industry provides, economic value, and environmental benefits, such as greenhouse gases reduced and landfill space saved.

Date: Tuesday January 20, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Professor Timothy G. Townsend, Ph.D., P.E., Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental, Engineering Sciences Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment, University of Florida

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December 2014
Carton Recycling

This webinar will define what exactly what is a carton is and how the Carton Council and the industry it represents is working with manufacturers, recycling program coordinators, haulers, processors and end users to set-up a sustainable recycling infrastructure

Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014
Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability and Recycling Programs, Tetra Pak

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November 2014
Mattress Recycling

Many mattress materials are made from recycled and renewable materials and can be recycled at the end of their useful life for use in other products. Learn how the sleep products industry is developing partnerships and programs to establish workable recycling system.

Date: Tuesday November 18, 2014
Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT
Speaker: Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association and Christopher Hudgins, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association

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October 2014
Asphalt Shingle Recycling

This webinar will discuss a major component of recycled construction and demolition waste and the markets and uses for pre- and post consumer asphalt shingles.

Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Jason Haus, Chief Executive Officer, Dem-Con Companies, LLC

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September 2014
Compost Tea: Something Good is Brewing

Compost Tea: Something Good is Brewing

This webinar will provide an overview of the relatively new use of “tea” extracted from compost. Recent research has found that compost tea, when produced and applied correctly, can provide a number of benefits to plants, including protection from disease-causing organisms, increased nutrient uptake, retention and availability, and improve the water-holding capacity and structure in the in the soil.

Date: Tuesday September 16, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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August 2014
Computer Refurbishing and Reverse Logistics

This webinar provides insight on the computer hardware refurbishing and recycling industry and the complexity of factors such as supply and demand, and the hard-to-assess and fast-decaying value of returned hardware during the refurbishing and recycling process.

Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Peter Sobata, Founder & CEO, recoupIT, inc.


July 2014
Federal Trade Commission Green Guides

Many marketers make deceptive or untruthful claims of their product’s environmental attributes. A Federal Trade Commission representative will explain how their “Green Guides” are designed to ensure claims about carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable or recycled materials are valid.

Date: Tuesday July 15, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Julia Solomon Ensor, Esq., Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection and Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

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June 2014
Using Recycled Ground Tired Rubber in Highway Construction and Maintenance

This webinar will discuss the innovative use of recycled ground tire rubber (GTR) in highway construction and maintenance projects-particularly in hot asphalt mixes. An expert in the development application of asphalt-based materials will discuss his experiences and resulting benefits with using recycled rubber in asphalt.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Greg Brouse, Quality and Process Manager, Eastern Industries, Winfield PA


May 2014
Key Sustainability Materials Management Components in a Lean Manufacturing Program

This webinar will discuss the importance of waste reduction, reuse and recycling, in a lean manufacturing setting. An industry expert will provide his insights on his company’s lean journey towards sustainability.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Rod Miller, P.E., Director of Environmental Affairs, La-Z-Boy Incorporated, Monroe, Michigan


April 2014
PET Thermoform Recycling- A Progress Report

This webinar will provide an overview of PET Thermoform recycling, from early research and development efforts; the state of the market today; and a reclaimer’s experience in recycling PET thermoforms with PET bottles.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Resa Dimino, Director of Public Policy, NAPCOR and Ryan L’Abbé, Vice President & General Manager, Ice River Springs – Blue Mountain Plastic Division


March 2014
Scrap Tire Markets Update

An industry expert will provide an update on the state of scrap tire recycling market in the U.S. and the existing and developing uses of scrap tires.

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker:Michael Blumenthal, V.P. Rubber Manufacturers Association

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January 2014
Greening Recycling and Refuse Truck Fleets Through Use of Alternative Fuels

This webinar will focus on the economic, environmental and technological considerations of converting truck fleets to run on greener fuels such as natural gas and biodiesel. Industry experts will present and discuss this emerging trend.

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Dave Hurst, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Detroit, MI and Bob King, Principal Founder and Chairman of the Board, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, Kahului, HI.
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December 2013
The Used Clothing Recovery and Reuse Industry

This webinar will provide an overview of the used clothing industry and will address its many and sometimes complicated aspects, including collection, processing, exportation and reuse. Four industry experts will present a detailed discussion on each of these aspects.

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 2:30-3:45PM EST
Speakers: Jon Harvey, Consultant and Broker, Central States Used Clothing


November 2013
The Zero Waste Brand: What is it and Who Certifies it?

In the last 2 years, everyone is talking about Zero Waste and it has become THE goal for leaders of waste management and recycling in the world. However, not everyone means the same thing when they say Zero Waste. Join this webinar to learn more about the true meaning of Zero Waste that is embraced by the world’s environmental, recycling and Zero Waste leaders, highlighting particularly the work of the Zero Waste International Alliance and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Gary Liss, President, Gary Liss and Associates


October 2013
The Recycled Paper Markets Roller-Coaster Ride…totally unpredictable…up, down and sideways…where will it go next?

This webinar will cover the 3 “U”s of the recycled paper markets: Unique, Unpredictable, Unprecedented. Why are these markets like this and what will be coming next? Learn about the past trends and the factors that are influencing the economics of paper recycling, from one of the largest paper mill groups that consumes only 100% recycled content for their paper-making process.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Myles Cohen, President, Pratt Recycling


September 2013
Compost: Why it Matters

This webinar will provide an overview of the variety of agronomic benefits derived from using compost. The physical, chemical and biological benefits of various compost products will be described in a manner so that prospective users will know what they have to offer. An overview of the United States Composting Council’s “Seal of Testing Assurance Program” will also be provided.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: David Crohn, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of California, Riverside. Dr. andAl Rattie, Marketing Manager, United States Composting Council


July 2013
Steel Recycling 101

Recycling has been around for hundreds of years. Through innovation and new technologies the process has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry across dozens of markets. Steel, as North America’s #1 Most Recycled Material, is recycled more than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass – combined. Learn what steel is doing right. Who are the players in the recycling wheel that keep the steel scrap industry moving? And why is it important for everyone that the most recycled material keeps improving? This webinar will discuss the business of the steel recycling industry and the importance of its continued success.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Casey Fenton, Communications Assistant, Steel Recycling Institute


June 2013
Zero Waste Strategies for Corporations- Market Drivers, Material Management Considerations and the Importance of Verification and Auditing

There is currently a proliferation of landfill free claims in the market. Are companies really achieving “zero waste to landfill” in a legitimate manner? This webinar will feature a presentation from a nationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable industry services and will address the following topics:

  • The Market Drivers for Waste Reduction and Landfill Free Claims: supply chain demand, the new ASTM E60 standards, cost savings, regulations and liability
  • Material Management Strategies: diversion definitions, source reduction, composting, anaerobic digestion, waste-to-energy, recycling, outlets for electronic and hazardous waste
  • Importance of Verification and Auditing: Validation and audit claims, The value of third-party certification, Federal Trade Commission Guidelines and Cone research.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
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March 2012
LEED Standard and Recycling – How Do They Fit Together?

Green building is no longer a trend, but rather a focus of the future in the building industry. New Green Building standards and codes are moving the green building market from voluntary to mandatory. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard is a primary vehicle for promoting sustainable design and construction and requires the use of materials and products with recycled content. This session will help you to learn how to acquire those coveted LEED rating points by reusing and recycling demolition waste, utilizing recycled content building materials, and establishing LEED building recycling programs.

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST


February 2012
Single Stream Recycling – Potential Solutions for Triple Mix Glass Management

A recent report states that single stream processing can result in increased glass residue when compared to dual stream processing. Learn how one of the largest recycled glass processors in North America is addressing this issue and creating opportunities with this material. In addition, we will hear about how a state department of transportation agency has developed specifications for the use of triple mix recycled glass for highway construction projects.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Rocksroy C. Baily, Environmental Scientist, Apex Environmental, Inc. and Heather Bunn, Regional Sourcing Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc.
Moderator: Wayne Bowen, Program Manager, PA Recycling Markets Center

January 2012
Organics – Food Waste Composting – Does it add up?

The bottom line often dictates if a generator will decide to separate food discards. This webinar will discuss the critical factors waste generators must consider when developing and implementing a food waste diversion program. Haulers must also think outside the front-load box when choosing equipment, establishing routing and providing customer service. And finally, food waste composters must often deal with added regulatory issues as well as operational responsibilities.

Date: Monday, January 9, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Carla Castagnero, Co-Founder and President of Ag Recycle Inc. and Mike Manna, Principal Owner of Environmental Resources, and Managing Director at Organic Recycling Solutions LLC
Moderator: Wayne Bowen, Program Manager, PA Recycling Markets Center
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December 2011
Social Networking and E-Marketing, Where Do I begin?

Learn how to ready your company for entry into social media marketing and how to develop a social media marketing plan. Discover ways to measure your return. Enjoy tips from the pros on how to stay focused, how to promote, how to engage, how much time you should be spending, and more!

Date: Monday, December 12, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Joe Knezic, VP Creative Services and Branding, PPO&S Inc.
Moderator: Kirsten Deysher, Business & Outreach Liaison, PA Recycling Markets Center and Owner of ksd marketing solutions LLC


October 2011
New to You: A Webinar on the Environmental, Economic, and Social Benefits of Reuse

This webinar will explore how consumers can get the most useful life out of existing products, and how some products can be repurposed to keep them out of the waste stream even longer. In addition to an overview on reuse, specific topics will include building material reuse, creative reuse, and online reuse marketplaces. The expert panel of speakers will also explain ways municipal officials, community leaders, and educators can promote reuse in their communities.

Date: Thursday October 20, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Dave Bennink, ReUse Consulting; MaryEllen Etienne, Reuse Alliance; Megan Hughes and Liz Fried, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center and Ann May Woodward, The Scrap Exchange


October 2011
The Importance of Third Party Certification: Don’t Get Greenwashed!

The 2010 TerraChoice Greenwash Report states that as many as 95 percent of the consumer products that claim to be “green” either provide no proof, make vague claims, or actually misrepresent themselves. Deceptive green marketing is called “greenwashing.” Learn how an independent review of a claim is critical to credibility in today’s marketplace.

Date: Monday October 10, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Robert Bylone, LEED AP, PA SCRP, Executive Director & President, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. and Tad Radzinski, P.E., LEED AP, Managing Partner, Green Circle Certified


August 2011
Leading the Charge: A Webinar on Local Government’s Role in the Product Stewardship Movement

This webinar will cover how municipal governments are propelling policy changes to ensure sustainable management of end-of-life products such as batteries, carpeting, and products containing mercury and other harmful substances. Presenters will provide sample resolutions that can be adapted for your community, discuss case studies of communities that have already enacted policies, and talk about how local movements lead to policy change at the state and national level. Speakers will include leaders from state and national product stewardship organizations, including Katherine Bourbeau of the New York State Product Stewardship Council and Jennifer Holliday of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council.

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Time: 10:00-11:30AM EDT
Speakers: Katherine Bourbean, New York State Product Stewardship Council and Jennifer Holliday, Vermont Product Stewardship Council


July 2011
E-Waste as RE-Source: A Webinar on Electronic Waste Reuse, Recycling & Policy

Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center, this webinar will explore how consumers and municipalities alike can get the highest and best use possible out of electronic waste. As technology continues to advance, countless numbers of computers, cell phones, televisions, and other electronics need to be diverted from the waste stream. Panelists will discuss e-waste recycling resources for consumers, educators, municipal officials, and those in the solid waste management industry; best practices for establishing an e-waste reuse program; and Extended Producer Responsibilitiy e-waste laws, such as New York State’s new law.

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time: 10:00-11:30AM EDT
Speakers: Resa Dimino, WeRecycle! and Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes Reuse

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