At some point before the summer is out, members of the Washington-based National Recycling Coalition (NRC) will vote on a proposal by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) for the two organizations to combine operations.
In a notice to its members on the organization's Web site, the NRC Board of Directors says it “believes that this proposed combination creates a powerful alliance that will enhance the environmental and economic value of recycling in the United States, and sustain NRC as the nation's most credible voice of recycling.” Approval by two-thirds of NRC's members is required for the two organizations to combine operations.
“The combination also ensures that the NRC will remain a Washington-based entity with dedicated staff and resources to focus on programs and policies on behalf of its members,” the notice adds.
KAB's proposal came shortly after NRC announced that it had cancelled its 2009 Annual Congress & Expo, slated to be held this fall. NRC made the move after conducting “an extensive analysis of likely attendance and exhibitor financial support, and with consultation with the host state and key NRC leadership,” according to an announcement sent from the NRC board to coalition members.
NRC officials say they are planning for the 2009 America Recycles Day and 2010 Recyclemania events in anticipation of their members approving the proposal.