Who is Eligible?
The Government Recycling Demand Champion program is designed specifically for non-federal public sector entities, such as state, regional, and local governmental entities, as well as public and private schools and colleges/universities. This program is offered in conjunction with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).
What’s the Difference Between Champions and Advocates?
Government Recycling Demand Champions commit to purchasing products that contain post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in order to stimulate and create domestic markets for recyclable plastics and thereby drive sustainable plastic recycling. Any and all NEW purchases of products with PCR apply.
The program has two tiers for participation:
- Champions are full program participants that commit to purchasing products made with post-consumer recycled plastic.
- Advocates intend to purchase products made with post-consumer recycled plastic, but their organization is not ready to act, but will within a year of joining the program. State Recycling Organization Advocates commit to helping publicize the program and promote purchasing of products with post-consumer resin to their members and the public.
How it Works
STEP 1: Sign the Commitment Letter.
STEP 2: Purchase PCR-containing items
STEP 3: Report your progress.
- By the following year of becoming a Government Recycling Demand Champion, purchase PCR-containing item(s) and report to NERC. The annual reporting form is available online here.
STEP 4: Be recognized for your commitment to supporting end-market demand.
- Your organization’s prominent role in expanding the markets for recyclable plastics will be actively promoted by NERC and APR.
- You will receive a certificate recognizing your commitment as a Government Recycling Demand Champion.
- Champion Fact Sheet
- Advocate Fact Sheet
- Advocate Fact Sheet for State Recycling Organizations
- Commitment Letter
- Vendors of PCR Products
- Annual Reporting Form
- Roadmap to Recycled Content
- EPA Recycled Content Benefits Calculator