One positive outcome to have come from this challenging time is the huge increase of interest in gardening and a resurgence of the Victory Garden movement. Millions of Americans who are spending more time at home have turned to their gardens for exercise, family activity, healthy produce and fun. As we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, we’ve collaborated with the U.S. Composting Council to help you with your Victory Garden with resources on composting and gardening.
Why give to NRC? Our children aren’t thinking about microplastics in the drinking water, hazardous waste, or the trillions of pounds of trash filling up our landfills. Nebraska Recycling Council does that for them. Recycling doesn't happen unless we take action and build resilient systems. We work for a future in which all resources are reserved for their highest and best use, nothing is wasted, and landfill disposal is the last resort. AND Every donation makes a bigger impact on Give to Lincoln Day because we will also get a proportional share of a $500,000 match fund made possible by LCF and generous sponsors.
This year's keynote speaker will be Kate Bailey. Kate is the Policy and Research Director for Eco-Cycle, based in Boulder, Colorado. Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recycling organizations in the world and has 44 years of hands-on experience with nearly every aspect of the recycling stream, including hauling materials, MRF operations, education and outreach programs, local and state legislation, advocacy, and hard-to-recycle material collections. Kate is a national expert in creating community infrastructure, policies and programs to reduce waste and increase recycling, and has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders all along the supply chain to advance a circular economy.
In support of recent guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we recognize that one of the best ways to reduce the spread of this virus is social distancing and limiting the number of people assembled in close quarters. With health and safety concerns in mind, here are details about temporary changes to service delivery to you and our valued members.
NRC held a virtual round table talk on April 30th for rural Nebraska recycling centers to strategize and inform on current issues and best practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state begins to open up, the communities these recycling centers serve are planning on communicating dates to re-open and to educate residents on ways to continue to keep our waste professionals safe. Read community recycling tips and how NRC is helping.
Nebraska Recycling Council is pleased to announce that Leah Meyer, our program manager and newest team member, has achieved certification as a TRUE Advisor. TRUE Advisors understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification and are committed to advancing zero waste values and policies.
NRC member Keep Cass County Beautiful (KCCB) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate, enable and encourage all Cass County residents to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment. We spoke with Linda Behrns, Executive Director of KCCB, to find out how their organization works to be successful in reducing waste throughout Cass County.
Due to the fact that the coronavirus can survive on different surfaces, worker safety for those collecting and processing waste and recyclables is a primary concern. Experts in the public health and solid waste industry have indicated that personal protective equipment (PPE) used at landfills and material recovery facilities (MRFs), such as gloves and safety glasses, are sufficient to limit the transmission of the disease. Here are some resources for more guidance on procedures related to the novel coronavirus.