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Governments looking for methods to manage growing amounts of used electronic equipment will have an opportunity this Fall to get ahead of the curve and learn from their peers who are operating successful electronics recycling programs. On October 26 in Schenectady, NY, and November 7 in Boston, MA, the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) will conduct training workshops for municipal and county officials on how to set up electronics collection programs for recycling or reuse.
Sponsored by the US EPA, these workshops will present a range of collection strategies, including their costs, challenges and key features. Trainers will share information such as how to set appropriate user fees, how program costs are impacted by various factors, and what to look for in an electronics recycler. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest, from one-day event planning to extending producer responsibility. Demanufacturers and other electronics vendors will be present to provide networking opportunities and further know-how on this hot topic. These workshops are the first of their kind in the U.S.
NERC has surveyed public collection programs across the country to characterize how communities are collecting electronic equipment and how much it is costing them. The results of this work will be incorporated into the workshops and into a comprehensive training manual provided to each workshop participant.
To view the agenda or register to attend a workshop, visit the NERC web site at www.nerc.org or call (802) 254-3636.
The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and source reduction in ten states (CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT). NERC accomplishes this by working directly with state agencies, trade associations, and other interested parties. NERC's members are state environmental and economic development agencies, as well as other state agencies. Advisory members include trade associations, businesses, utilities, publications, and state and regional recycling organizations.
Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)