ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The National Recycling Coalition is considering broadening its mission beyond its traditional recycling and reuse advocacy to resource management and product stewardship issues, the organization announced Dec. 11.
Alexandria-based NRC also may take stronger action on virgin material production subsidies that could hurt recycling, including analyzing a list of government subsidies prepared by the Washington-based Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Materials Efficiency Project.
``Traditionally, the NRC has been an advocate for diverting material from disposal and into productive reuse and recycling,'' NRC President Catherine Wilt said in a news release. ``The board will now look at the strategic opportunities that may be gained by expanding our view to upstream issues that impact how resources are used before they become waste.''
The organization's board decided at a Dec. 6 meeting in Alexandria to take a more comprehensive view of materials management.
The move was partly in response to a push from NRC members who advocate a more holistic view of resource conservation and zero-waste policies, a statement said.