A Message from President Lichtenstein
NRC Continues on the Path of Relevance
I'm elated to share more positive news about NRC!
The stories in this issue of our eNews speak for themselves. Nevertheless, I'm particularly proud of the state-level recycling organizations (ROs) that have stepped up to the plate to support the resurgence of this critical national organization. These 23 organizations recognize that they are part of the solution - that they will help lead the NRC to its next phase. This is a phase where our organization fulfills its destiny leading national discourse and decision-making about the sustainable use and management of materials.
Of equally great importance is the work of our Recycling Jobs Task Force (RJTF), which I created almost two years ago. We owe Melinda Uerling great credit. She gave much of herself to lead the NRC as President through some of its most turbulent times, and she came back to lead this effort for us. It is one that, as you'll see, has done stupendous work! On behalf of the entire organization, I thank her and her tireless members, who come from all corners of the NRC family. This collaborative, consensus building effort epitomizes what we are all about, and what we can become.
In future issues of this eNews, look for an update on the consolidation of Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) and NRC, a process that is ongoing. In addition, we continue our work to inform national strategy on sustainable materials management and will be talking more about this. We'll also outline our leadership with post-disaster debris management, and how we are working to inform tomorrow's national policy in this regard (this comes primarily from the role we played with Superstorm Sandy). In addition, we'll outline some major partnerships we are fostering with SWANA and other national organizations. This includes the very important relationship we have with Resource Recycling and our upcoming meetings with them in August. We offer Jerry Powell and RR our sincere appreciation for all they have done to help the NRC over the last few years. Finally, look forward to an update from our Policy Committee on the status of our EPR policy, a cornerstone of Sustainable Materials Management.
For now, join with me as I keynote SWANA's "Road to Zero Waste Conference" in Atlanta on February 25th.
Yours "still" in Recycling,