Back to Top

NRC Awards Call for Nominations

Announcing the 2014 National Recycling Coalition Awards

To be presented at the Resource Recycling Conference
September 15-17. 2014 | New Orleans, LA

Nominate the best programs or individual you know in the following categories:

  1. NRC’s Lifetime Achievement Award – recognizing an outstanding individual with a lifetime of leadership and dedication to the field of recycling.
  2. Bill Heenan Emerging Leader Award – recognizing an outstanding individual aged 35 or under who has emerged as a leader in the field.
  3. Outstanding Recycling Organization – awarded to a State Recycling Organization with outstanding growth, programs, leadership, or which has made a substantial impact on the field.
  4. Outstanding Business Leadership – awarded to a for-profit company showing leadership, innovation, and success as a corporate model in recycling and diversion.
  5. Outstanding Non-Profit Business Leadership – awarded to a not-for-profit company showing leadership, innovation, and success as a corporate model in recycling and diversion.
  6. Outstanding Community or Government Program – awarded to a public (community / governmental) program showing innovation, progress, or success as a model for other public programs.
  7. Outstanding Higher Education Program – awarded to a college / university with an exceptional program in recycling or in connecting higher education and the industry in the areas of degrees, tech transfer, career services, etc.

Nominate a worthy candidate (you may self-nominate) by clicking on the following link.  For questions, please contact Lisa Skumatz, NRC Awards Committee Chair at [email protected], or at 303/494-1178.
Deadline has been extended to Monday, August 18, so spread the word and get your nominations in!

Click here for the link to the award form.

You will need:  contact information for yourself and the nominee, 150 word summary, three letters of support and 500 words or less on each of the following topics:  Coverage / longevity; innovation / meeting needs; effect on recycling / hierarchy;  program economics;  leadership / cutting edge; and additional information (if needed).  The criteria for the higher education award asks for information about degree programs and career services, applied research / tech transfer, and links with recycling industries.  We recommend you prepare a document first, and then cut and paste your responses into the form.

Posted in NRC News and Alerts|

WEBINAR: 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

Cost: FREE


Peter Sobata, Founder & CEO, recoupIT, inc.
Topic Subject Matter – Computer Refurbishing, Reverse Logistics
Technical Complexity – Moderate/ High

Posted in NRC News and Alerts|

July 2014: Federal Trade Commission Green Guides

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

Julia Solomon Ensor, Esq., Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

Topic Subject Matter – Product Environmental Claims and Verification, FTC Green Guides
Technical Complexity – Moderate

Posted in Webinars|

Apply to become NRC’s Fund Development Contractor

Interested in working towards a sustainable financial future for NRC?

The National Recycling Coalition seeks to invest in a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Fund Development Contractor under contract to advance the fund development, and mission of the organization. The NRC is looking for a goal-oriented professional who is motivated to grow an organization and be rewarded for those successful efforts.


Posted in NRC News and Alerts|

Amazon Smile

When you have to shop, support the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) simply by shopping on Amazon!

NRC is now an official recipient organization of Amazon donations.  It’s super easy to make a donation and doesn’t cost you a thing!  Rather than shop via Amazon’s regular website, do any Amazon shopping on AmazonSmile and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your total purchases to NRC. Once you indicate “National Recycling Coalition” as the charity you are supporting, do your shopping as usual and make your purchases as you normally do. You are not charged anything extra. You do not need to change your account settings.  The only thing that changes is that you will do your shopping on AmazonSmile which contains the same exact information and products as Amazon’s regular website. We suggest you bookmark AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return to the website. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Here’s the step-by-step process:

(1) Go to: and type in “National Recycling Coalition” as the organization that you want to support.

(2) Sign in to your Amazon Account, or create a new account if you don’t yet have one.

(3) Voila! You’re done. Shop as usual.

(4) Don’t forget to return to each time you want to make an Amazon purchase so NRC can receive 0.5% of your total purchase.  We realize it isn’t a lot of money, but pennies still do add up to dollars!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact AmazonSmile customer help directly <>.

Thank you so much for your valued support of NRC!


Posted in NRC News and Alerts|

NRC / RONA Partnership

RONA and NRC have combined into One Strong Voice for Sustainable Management of Resources: A message from NRC President and CEO Mark Lichtenstein

In a recent letter to me, Marjie Griek, Chair of the Recycling Organizations of North America, correctly recalled that in 2009 “there was grave concern on the part of the national recycling community that the National Recycling Coalition would not be able to continue to function as a strong representative of the recycling” industry (broadly defined). I’m sure many of you join with me in vivid recollection about those frenetic and dark days where talks of mergers and bankruptcy were rampant. Read More [expand title=”Learn More”]

Those long four years ago, a bolus of folks – including individuals relatively unknowing about the NRC, others who were once stalwarts for the organization, but over time slipped away from it (like me), and many very active members with the Coalition at the time – came together to form a cohesive Save the NRC Committee. There is something to be said about this headless, but prodigious group, forging ahead with a singular goal of clarity. That is…

…the laudable, original vision for this venerable, national organization – one that should operate above reproach, secure itself from real or perceived undue influence, effectively engage the matrixed, complex, diverse, and numerous stakeholders of our “industry,” and bring it all together in one house to accelerate sustainable resource management – is worthy of not simply being saved, but of increased investment of effort leading it to its apotheosis.

Amy Perlmutter, Bob Gedert, Pete Grogan, the late Pat Franklin, NRC Founder Cliff Case, a few current members of the NRC Board at the time like Fran McPoland, David Refkin, Curt Bucey, and Melinda Uerling, a plethora of NRC past-presidents and board members, numerous representatives of the Recycling Organizations Council, and many others, including the current RONA leaders, forged ahead with the Herculean effort.

Some, and I was at the table for a portion of the nascent discussions, also recognized there may have to be an alternative reality, considering the breadth of NRC’s challenge, and thus, the potential that the Save the NRC Committee’s efforts may in the end be unsuccessful. There needed to be a Plan B. That alternative plan – safety net, if you will – was to become RONA.

Admittedly, during the 2010 timeframe with the NRC slowly on the mend and with, most likely, a misplaced confidence, I personally expended a lot of internal energy on my belief that RONA and the NRC needed to become one organization as soon as possible. The passage of time has offered me the ability sit in a retrospective position. I now know I was wrong to push so hard back then. The NRC was still deep in the woods, and RONA’s leaders were keeping the home fires burning. I was blind to the light coming from that hearth, oh-so-close ahead. They were smart to be sure the NRC was of sound mind and body, before agreeing to our request for a slow-dance.
As Marjie once again correctly assesses, in 2012, “when it became clear that the NRC would survive and thrive, boards of both organizations and their members agreed in spirit to join the two organizations together. [We] developed a document entitled Guiding Principles and Strategies that clearly stated shared goals and ideals, and mechanisms for reaching those.” Thus, here we are today.

How unfair it would be for me to imply that all RONA was doing during that time period was to play a waiting game, hinging its fate on NRC’s progress trekking down its own path. Au contraire! They moved forward with aplomb, and helped develop the National Standards Certification Board that created and oversees the National Standards Program for Sustainable Resource Management. (Work by this board is ongoing and shall continue under the NRC umbrella.) They established RONA U, bringing together campuses across the nation, and they launched other important initiatives as well.

I personally applaud what RONA’s members, board, and other leaders have been able to accomplish in a relatively short time frame. Mick Barry, Gary Bilbro, Jack DeBell, John Frederick, Marjie, and Gary Liss in particular deserve much kudos. I have no doubt that their efforts helped move the ball on materials recovery in a big way.
The coming-together of these two proud organizations puts more arrows in the NRC quiver. We are excited about the work of the National Standards Certification Board. In addition, RONA U, and now, the newly formed NRC Campus Council (resulting from this process) resonate with me personally, as I was there with Jack DeBell and others when the NRC formed its first College and University Recycling Council in the 1990s. The NRC will once again have a presence in this very important sector with our new Campus Council continuing RONA U’s work in ways that remain distinct from other college and university organizations in the recycling field – we will strengthen connections with those other like-minded organizations – and it will focus on better linkages between higher education and businesses.

The NRC family also is strengthened through this partnership by very likely soon having Gary, Jack, John, Marjie, and Gary join Mick and the rest of the NRC leadership as new members of our board (this action is slated to take place on August 27th here in Louisville). These are great leaders the new NRC is going to be tapping into. The people coalescing – and let’s not forget, these are not faceless and nameless organizations, it’s all about the people! – the leaders from RONA, the new NRC board soon to be elected, the ROC and all the ROs who are coming to the table in great numbers-this is what it’s going to take for the NRC accelerate to its next phase. Of that, I have no doubt!

It should be self-evident by now that I’m extremely excited about the opportunity this “coming-together” represents for moving sustainable materials and sustainable resources management to the next level, particularly throughout the Americas. I’m overflowing with positive energy, and I see this energy manifesting itself with other colleagues in this new, and once again, reinvigorated NRC. All of us are ready to put this newfound energy into further action.

Here and across the Globe, we continue to have some strategic and difficult challenges relating to implementing more sustainable approaches to managing our discards, but also embodied within those challenges are great opportunities-opportunities for job creation, more social equity, and acceleration toward a society where the concept of “waste” is an outlier.

These are two seemingly small NGOs, but this constructive action, I predict, will have serious, positive, and over the long-term, monumental reverberations.
I hope to see you all here in Louisville at our Annual Meeting tomorrow, August 26th, to hear more positive news about the state of the NRC.

My very best to you all,
Mark Lichtenstein
President and CEO[/expand]

Posted in NRC News and Alerts|
Skip to content