Two major recycling organizations in North America plan to merge into a single organization that will be called the NorthAmerican Recycling Coalition.
The National Recycling Coalition Inc. and Recycling Organizations of North America Inc. announced July 5 that the boards of the two organizations have formed a working group to finalize the details.
“This consolidation … will bring the best of both groups into one cohesive framework [and provide] the framework for accelerating the advancement of recycling and sustainable materials management solutions,” said RONA Chairman Marjorie Griek and NRC President Mark Lichenstein in a joint statement.
They said the initial draft of the plan was developed by both boards and includes a mission statement and guiding principles.
“We want to be crystal clear about our expectations,” Griek and Lichenstein said. “We will be driving this [working] group to finalize the formation of the new NRC, not deliberating over whether the formation should occur.”
“We acknowledge that there is a lot of detail work to be addressed, but also recognize that there are components of this process we don't need to overthink, and that don't need to be overprocessed,” they said. “We expect this process will not be linear. In other words, as the working group identifies things that can be immediately implemented, they will spell out the specific actions to be taken by the National Recycling Coalition, RONA, or both.
“Both organizations will build on each other's successes, resources, assets, vision, and goodwill to build a new coalition that is stronger, more effective, strategic, can leverage more resources, lead national dialogue, and create positive change with North America's current materials management system.”
The groups expect to release more details at the upcoming Resource Recycling Conference in Austin, Texas, in late August.