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October 21, 2020 - NERC

October 21, 2020 - NERC APR in the News NERC Announces its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award Winners

Liz Bedard is being recognized with a NERC lifetime achievement award. NERC only occasionally recognizes individuals for lifetime contributions to the environment and sustainability, and this year we are privileged to recognize Liz.

October 21, 2020 - NERC APR in the News NERC Announces its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award Winners

Liz Bedard is being recognized with a NERC lifetime achievement award. NERC only occasionally recognizes individuals for lifetime contributions to the environment and sustainability, and this year we are privileged to recognize Liz. Among her many accomplishments are the creation of the APR Recycling Demand Champion program and the creation and launch of the Association of Plastics Recycler's (APR) post-consumer resin certification program.

As Steve Alexander, President of APR, said, "it is not inappropriate to say that Liz has done more to expand the markets for recyclable plastics than any single individual over the past 13 years. Liz started the movement to create the infrastructure and outline the market demand to recycle plastics beyond PET and HDPE with her leadership of the APR Rigids Plastics Recycling Committee. Prior to founding that committee, the demand for the recycling of bulky rigids and polypropylene was not clear. She instituted a program to identify the market demand for polypropylene (PP) so that recyclers had certainty the market existed should they sort out the PP from their system. Today, more than 250 million metric pounds of recycled PP is in the marketplace, and growing every day. Because of Liz's leadership, PP has joined with PET and HDPE as one of the most recyclable plastics in the marketplace."

In addition, we'd like to recognize that Liz was one of NERC's first Board members, serving for 10 years from 1990 to 2000.

Read the full article from NERC.

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