GreenYes Archives
[GreenYes Home] - [Thread Index] - [Date Index]
[Date Prev] - [Date Next] - [Thread Prev] - [Thread Next]

[GreenYes] NRC Declines to Take Bottle Bill Stance

RE: NRC's stance on bottle bills

Recent articles and letters-to-the-editor in Recycling Today and Waste News discussed whether the National Recycling Coalition is able to take a stand on bottle bills in general and the national bottle bill (Sen. Jim Jeffords' National Beverage Producer Responsibility Act of 2002) in particular.  The following notice from NRC's "Recycling Policy Reporter," Volume 3, Issue 8, clarifies the question.  

NRC Action Alerts & Advocacy: NRC Board of Directors to Consider Product Stewardship, Bottle Bill Positions:

"During its next meeting on December 7-8, 2002 in Washington, D.C., the NRC board of directors will consider positions on two policy issues: product stewardship and a national bottle bill. The board will consider adoption of the product stewardship principles that NRC's Policy Work Group and staff have been working on over the last year. If you have not done so already, NRC members can submit comments on the draft principles to NRC's Michael Alexander through the end of this week. The board will also consider whether to take a position on national bottle bill legislation introduced by Senator Jeffords. Historically, the NRC board has maintained a neutral position on national bottle bills. As with any issue before the board, NRC members may contact individual board members with their questions and comments."

We have been told that the NRC board may or may not vote to support/oppose or stay neutral on the national bottle bill at the December meeting but that they will at least discuss the issue.   

This would seem like a good opportunity to contact NRC board members and share your comments about the bill. A list of the board members is printed below and it can also be found at:   http://www.nrc-recycle.org/aboutnrc/boardlist.htm

 

2002-2003 NRC Board of Directors

Officers

Meg Morris
President

EnergyAnswers Corporation
mmorris@energyanswers.com

Dobbins Callahan
Chair
Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings
dcallahan@powerbond.com

Terry Gilman
Vice President
Southwest Missouri Solid Waste District
res18wiz@verizon.net

Jim Bosch
Treasurer
Target Corporation
jim.bosch@target.com

Lisa Skumatz, PhD.
Secretary
SERA
skumatz@serainc.com

Cherae Bishop
Executive Committee At Large

Weyerhaeuser Company
cherae.bishop@weyerhaeuser.com

Cis Myers
Executive Committee At Large
CH2M Hill
cister@sbcglobal.net

Steve Ragiel
Executive Committee At Large
Waste Management/Recycle America
sragiel@wm.com

 

Directors

Stephen Bantillo
City of San Jose, CA
stephen.bantillo@ci.sj.ca.us

George Dreckmann
City of Madison, WI
gdreckmann@ci.madison.wi.us

Krista Henkels
University of California, San Diego
khenkels@ucsd.edu

Ronald Kolbash
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
ron.kolbash@dnr.state.oh.us

Fran McPoland
Colling, Swift, & Hynes
mcpoland@csandh.com

Michael Patton
Metropolitan Environmental Trust
recyclemichael@yahoo.com

Ben Walker
Abitibi-Consolidated
ben_walker@abicon.com

 

Honorary Board Members

Clifford Case
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn
case@clm.com

Murray Fox
PureTec Corporation

Bill Heenan
Steel Recycling Institute
BHeenanSRI@aol.com


 

 

2002-2003 NRC Council Leaders


 

College and University Recycling Council

Pete Pasterz
Chair
Michigan State University
pasterz@msu.edu

Minority Recycling Council

William (Bud) Colden
Co-Chair
NYSDEC
wccolden@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Nexida Feliciano
Co-Chair
OH Dept. of Natural Resources
nexida.feliciano@dnr.state.oh.us

Nonprofit Recyclers Council

Judy Brandenburg
Co-Chair
Keep Schuyler/Columbus Beautiful
recycling@alltel.net

Melinda Uerling
Co-Chair
Recycle Ann Arbor
muerling@recycleannarbor.org

Recycling Organizations Council

Paul Gardner
Chair
Recycling Association of MN
ramrecycle@attbi.com

Rural Recycling Council

John Frederick
Co-Chairl
Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
prop@epix.net

Carrie Hakenkamp
Co-Chair
WasteCap of Lincoln
wastecap@alltel.net


Source Reduction Council

This council is currently inactive; members interested in taking a leadership role in reinvigorating the council can contact NRC board member Chris Cloutier at CCLoutier@Drintl.com.


 

 

 

 

 

****************************************
Patricia Franklin
Executive Director
Container Recycling Institute
1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, Ste. 702
Arlington, VA 22209

TEL:   703.276.9800
FAX:   703.276.9587
EMAIL: pfranklin@container-recycling.org

http://www.container-recycling.org
http://www.bottlebill.info
****************************************

-----Original Message-----
From: bb-action-ntwk-admin@lists.bottlebill.org [mailto:bb-action-ntwk-admin@lists.bottlebill.org]On Behalf Of Bill Sheehan
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 8:36 AM
To: BB CRI List
Subject: [BBAN]: FYI -- NRC Declines to Take Bottle Bill Stance

From Recycling Today
October 29, 2002

NRC Declines to Take Bottle Bill Stance

The National Recycling Coalition, Washington, will apparently not come out in favor of a proposed national bottle bill that would most likely boost the recycling rate of beverage containers.

Citing its diverse membership base, current NRC president Meg Morris recently told attendees at a state recycling association meeting that the organization will not come out in favor of the bill that has been proposed by U.S. Senator James Jeffords (I-Vt.).

Speaking to attendees of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling Inc. (NYSAR3) at a meeting last week in Binghamton, N.Y., Morris noted that the NRC has been asked to take a stand by some of its members. “But we’re a coalition; we come from a zillion different backgrounds, [and] taking a stand where the membership might have a 50/50 split just doesn’t make much sense.”

The NRC’s national policy director, Michael Alexander, also spoke at the NYSAR3 event, and echoed Morris’ statements. “The nature and diversity of our coalition has not allowed us to take a stance on the issue,” Alexander said of the NRC’s approach to a national bottle bill. “We can step in and provide a forum [on the issue],” he added.

Expanding deposit and return laws to boost recycling rates has seen its first resurgence of interest in nearly two decades with the proposed Jeffords bill and the introduction of a deposit and return system in Hawaii.

In New York State, NYSAR3 has endorsed an expansion of that state’s bottle bill to include bottled water, fruit drinks and other beverages that have greatly increased in sales in the two decades since the state’s current system was put in place.

California has also recently expanded its beverage container deposit and redemption system to include bottled water and other beverages.

Within the NRC, while many recycling advocates would like to see a national bottle return system to boost recycling rates, many solid waste and recycling companies have invested in plants and equipment to support the current curbside systems as they exist in many non-deposit states.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002


[GreenYes Home] - [Date Index] - [Thread Index]
[Date Prev] - [Date Next] - [Thread Prev] - [Thread Next]