I write this letter on May 31st on Give to Lincoln Day and the day of our “new” office Open House. Thank you to all who contributed on this day to take advantage of the cash match! Here are some other goings-on of interest.

Gene Hanlon, NRC board member and long-time recycling coordinator for the City of Lincoln is retiring today too! We wish him a very active and satisfying retirement, and we’re happy that he plans to spend some of his time volunteering for NRC!

June 4th is the last day to apply for a scholarship to attend the Resource Recycling Conference in St. Louis in October. These scholarships are for recycling professionals from local, state, national or collegiate programs to learn and share program best practices, tips and research to improve recycling programs, and how to deliver more and better recycling to all citizens. The grant includes conference registration, two-night host hotel stay, and a travel reimbursement of up to $500. Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRCgrant2018 Ask anyone who has attended previously, and they will tell you it’s worth the effort.

Sadoff Iron and Metal was awarded a grant in May from the Consumer Technology Association to defray some of the cost of becoming R2 Certified for electronics recycling. Once certified, Sadoff, an NRC member, will be the second recycler in Omaha to be certified to the R2 Standard, and only the third in Nebraska.

A day-long Panhandle Regional Recycling Forum, organized by NRC and Keep Alliance Beautiful, was held in Alliance last week on May 22nd. The purpose of the meeting was to bring recycling stakeholders together to share their challenges and successes, to deliberate on how more cooperation could improve recycling programs for everyone and what action steps could be taken. Twenty-four attendees came from Ogallala, Scottsbluff, Gering, Kimball, Gordon, Chadron, Lincoln, Omaha, Valentine, and Bristow, representing NRDs, RC&Ds, Nebraska Extension, Keep Nebraska Beautiful affiliates, a large MRF, city officials, economic development districts, municipal solid waste managers, NDEQ and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Afterwards, I visited some of the recycling operations in the area. Here are a few photos from the trip.

Enjoy summer!

Keep Alliance Beautiful Recycling Center

Jordan Diedrich and Anthony Harris at Scottsbluff Recycling Center

Darrell Vance at Gering Recycling Center

Spud Rowley at Kimball Recycling Center

Kimball Recycling Center

SWANN Recycling Center in Chadron

SWANN Recycling Center in Chadron