Solid Waste & Recycling


Support grows for KAB/NRC merger

The boards of directors of two statewide recycling organizations have announced their support and endorsement ...

The boards of directors of two statewide recycling organizations have announced their support and endorsement of the proposed combination of the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. (NRC) with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB).

The endorsing NRC Affiliate organizations are:

  • Illinois Recycling Association (IRA)
  • New Mexico Recycling Association (NMRA)

 These State Recycling Organizations join five others that announced their support on July 31, as well as the College and University Recycling Council (CURC). Others formally endorsing the merger are Arizona Recycling Coalition (AzRC), Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC), Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC), Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), and State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR).

The endorsements follow extensive meetings with NRC and KAB leadership and review of the merits of the combination. In separate communications to their local memberships, the state organizations are encouraging their memberships to cast a “Yes” vote on the combination proposal. In total, the seven organizations and CURC represent approximately half of the individual NRC members.

“The NMRC Board of Directors believes that the merger is the most prudent approach to assist NRC in becoming a more proactive national voice for recycling,” said Sarah Pierpont, deputy director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition Board of Directors.

“The IRA Board has taken a position to recommend to IRA members to vote to support the merger because it gives us the best chance to preserve NRC and maintain a strong national voice for recycling,” added Mike Mitchell, executive director of Illinois Recycling Association.

The national referendum vote on the combination will be open to all NRC members beginning on August 10, 2009 and will remain open until August 26, 2009. Voting will be conducted online by an impartial third party, and a 2/3 majority of votes cast are necessary to approve the combination. Given the importance of this referendum vote, leaders of both organizations urge each member to cast an online ballot and speak to the direction of the organization.

An online discussion forum ( has been created to disseminate information about the combination, and to allow constituents to pose questions and thoughts to both organizations.

Other state organizations taking formal action on the merger include New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) and Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) voting to remain neutral, and Kansas Organization of Recyclers (KOR), California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), and Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) voting to oppose.

NRC affiliates in Connecticut, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah have yet to announce an official Board position.


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


About National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

Founded in 1978, the National Recycling Coalition ( is the largest national nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of recycling, waste prevention, composting and reuse. NRC’s objective is to eliminate waste and promote sustainable economies through advancing sound management practices for raw materials in North America. NRC is an IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America. The Coalition represents advocates from every region of the country, in every sector of the waste reduction field, including local recycling coordinators, state and federal regulators, corporate environmental managers, environmental educators and advocates, consumers and waste management professionals.


Additional Contacts:

· Arizona Recycling Coalition (AzRC): Terry Gellenbeck – 602.256.5607 –

· Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC): Gloria Hardegree – 404.634.3095 –

· Illinois Recycling Association (IRA): Mike Mitchell -708.358.0050 –

· Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC): Carey Hamilton – 317.840.2582 –

· New Mexico Recycling Coaltion (NMRC): Sarah Pierpont – 505.603.0558 –

· Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP): Robert Bylone – 717.948.6660 –

· State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR): Maia Corbitt – 512.852.4379 –

· College and University Recycling Council (CURC): Mark Darling – 607.274.1777

· National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Board of Directors: Melinda Uerling 734.662.6288 –

Anjia Nicolaidis

Deputy Director

National Recycling Coalition

805 15th St. NW, Ste. 425

Washington, DC 20005

p (202) 789-1430, ext. 14

f (202
) 789-1431

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