Solid Waste & Recycling


Former NRC execs join KEP staff

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the United States’ largest nonprofit community improvement organization, a...

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the United States’ largest nonprofit community improvement organization, announced the hiring of three former National Recycling Coalition (NRC) executives today, signaling Keep America Beautiful’s commitment to provide first-rate resources for recycling professionals, KAB affiliates, and recycling advocates throughout the country.

Ed Skernolis, formerly acting executive director of the NRC, will serve in the capacity of KAB’s vice president of recycling; Anjia Nicolaidis, formerly deputy director of the NRC, will be the KAB’s director of recycling, and Alec Cooley, the NRC’s collegiate programs manager, is joining KAB as its manager of recycling programs.

“With nearly one-third of our affiliates acting as their communities’ recycling coordinators, Keep America Beautiful has been working diligently in the past year to add greater depth and substance to our recycling programs,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew M. McKenna. “We added the Curbside Value Partnership program under the leadership of Steve Thompson at the outset of 2009 to increase participation in existing curbside recycling programs. Now, with the addition of the core staff members of the NRC, we’re poised to expand KAB’s expertise further. We’re very pleased to have Ed, Anjia and Alec on board.”

The hiring of former NRC staff comes in the wake of NRC’s recent decision to cease operations and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In the newly created vice president post, Skernolis will help develop KAB’s recycling programs and will help the organization chart a course toward even more robust recycling programs and advocacy. As the acting executive director of NRC, he managed strategic initiatives that included policy development, program management and stakeholder dialogue around development of nationally-focused sustainable materials management policy. As she had with NRC, Nicolaidis will serve as the primary manager of broad-based initiatives for programs such as this year’s America Recycles Day. Cooley will continue to oversee collegiate programs such as KAB’s sponsorship of the RecycleMania competition, among other responsibilities.

“I am truly excited for this opportunity to assist Keep America Beautiful – its hundreds of affiliates and millions of volunteers – to build and support recycling programs, education and advocacy across the country,” said Skernolis. “As the nation focuses on our critical environmental, energy and resource issues, a strong voice for recycling, from the grassroots to our highest policymakers, is essential to our success in addressing these issues. The many assets of KAB provide enormous value to the recycling community.”


About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) combines education with hands-on stewardship to create cleaner, greener communities and public spaces. Through the power of over 3 million volunteers and more than 1,000 participating organizations, KAB engages individuals, businesses, and government to find solutions that prevent litter, reduce waste, promote recycling, and improve communities. To learn more, visit

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