And with that we have a few important announcements. But before we go on…

What has your business or community been up to lately? NRC members and “not-yet” members hear from us twice a month, but we don’t always hear from you, even though we know you are doing great things in the waste diversion department. Please fill us in on your accomplishments, and if you’re a member, we’ll brag about it in the newsletter.

Important dates to remember in May (besides Mother’s Day and Memorial Day)

May 22: Panhandle Regional Recycling Forum. This all-day event will be held in Alliance, hosted by Keep Alliance Beautiful in partnership with Nebraska Recycling Council. The meeting is for the recycling industry, municipalities, recycling organizations, economic development professionals, Nebraska extension, manufacturers/end markets, transfer stations and landfill operators, elected officials and other stakeholders to learn about and discuss recycling challenges, opportunities, funding, partnerships, and improvement/ expansion of recycling services in the Nebraska Panhandle. Contact me for more information or to attend:

May 31: Give to Lincoln Day and the Nebraska Recycling Council Open House. We combined these two convivial events into one. Come to our new office at 3800 VerMaas Place, Suite 102 in Lincoln, and enjoy cake, snacks and even some adult beverages, and make a donation if you are inclined. Bring your business card for a drawing for a gift certificate from a local restaurant. Every donation we get between May 1 – 31 will be matched, and the more we raise, the higher the match.

Save the Date! Mark your calendar for NRC’s 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon and Workshops on Tuesday, October 2nd. We have a fantastic line-up this year and encourage NRC members to apply for an award. Check out the web page for more information:

Congratulations! Megan Jackson, Program Manager for NRC has earned TRUE Advisor Certificate from the US Green Building Council. TRUE Advisors are professionals trained on the TRUE Zero Waste Rating System. TRUE Advisors understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification and are committed to advancing zero waste values and policies. As a TRUE Advisor, Megan will be able to help facilities implement zero waste programs and lead them through the zero waste certification process. We’re proud of Megan, and it is our goal to have all full-time NRC staff certified by the end of the year.

Now let’s get out there and enjoy the long-awaited, lovely days of Spring.