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The Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) and The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) have agreed to partner to help advance sustainable materials management in the Northeast over the next five years.

The NEWMOA & NERC Joint Strategic Action Plan, 2018 – 2022 identifies the following areas for collaboration:

•Food scraps reduction, recovery, and management.
•Recyclables collection and impacts on manufacturing and end-users.
•Product stewardship.
•Climate and impacts on the recycling and solid waste infrastructure.
•Construction and demolition materials.

The plan identifies key strategies and actions the two organizations will take jointly to address these solid waste challenges.

“The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) applauds NERC and NEWMOA for their vision and collaboration in adopting their Joint Strategic Action Plan,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “These nationally recognized interstate organizations have a proven record of success with projects that support and advance our work efforts here in Connecticut. Working together to implement the joint NERC and NEWMOA strategic plan is closely aligned with the mission of DEEP and our goal of doubling the recycling rate in CT to 60 percent.”

NEWMOA is a non-profit, non-partisan, interstate association whose membership is composed of the state environment agency programs that address pollution prevention, toxics use reduction, sustainability, materials management, hazardous waste, solid waste, emergency response, waste site cleanup, underground storage tanks, and related environmental challenges in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Association provides a strategic forum for effectively solving environmental problems through collaborative regional initiatives that advance pollution prevention and sustainability, promote safer alternatives to toxic materials in products, identify and assess emerging contaminants, facilitate adaption to climate change, mitigate greenhouse gas sources, promote reuse and recycling of wastes and diversion of organics; support proper management of hazardous and solid wastes, and facilitate clean-up of contaminant releases to the environment.

The Action Plan is available at: https://nerc.org/documents/Joint_NEWMOA_NERC_Strategic_Action_Plan.pdf and at http://newmoa.org/publications/Joint_NEWMOA-NERC_Strategic_Action_Plan-June_2017.pdf

Published in the August 2017 Edition of American Recycler News