The Recycling Organizations of North America is ready to begin working as a national support network for recycling organizations, but does not intend to compete with the National Recycling Coalition. Instead, it hopes to operate as a "fill in" where the NRC leaves off.
"àRecent conversations between RONA and NRC board members, both past and present, have shown that there can be a place for both organizations at this time," RONA stated in a press release. "It is not RONA´s intention to undermine or compete with a new NRC. In fact, RONA will work with a resurrected NRC as it makes sense to do so."
Recycling is an import issue that needs a solid support system in place. If RONA can gain momentum off of what NRC is lacking, we are all for it. We just hope the two remain friendly and work to complement each other. The last thing the industry needs is two groups at odds. While the NRC works out its issues, we hope RONA can step in and fill in the gaps the NRC has left behind.
The NRC is working to stave off liquidation as it negotiates with lenders and tries to work its way out of $600,000 in debt reported in December. Meanwhile, RONA is planning to hold a national conference this fall, and plans to offer members newsletter updates on organization activities as well as providing advocacy at both the local and national levels.
We hope RONA is successful in the initiatives it is undertaking. At the same time, we also hope the NRC can revive itself as a better organization than what it was.
(March 156 issue)