A group of National Recycling Coalition (NRC) leaders is urging the organization’s members to reject a proposed merger with Keep America Beautiful (KAB).

The group, which is calling itself “Save the NRC,” believes that the two organizations are not fundamentally compatible and is concerned about what it describes as KAB’s “lack of a legislative and administrative track record to improve recycling.”

“This proposed takeover will eliminate NRC as an independent voice for recycling, giving recyclers just a limited advisory role in an organization that has historically failed to support the structural changes that are essential if progressive recycling policies are to be adopted in this country,” said Clifford Case, a former NRC president and the spokesperson for Save the NRC, in a press release. “At a time when concerns over energy and climate change are at last driving national efforts to conserve resources and reduce our carbon footprint, this is precisely the wrong way to go.”

According to the group, one possible outcome of NRC members voting down the proposed merger is that NRC could file for Chapter 11 and reorganize its debts.

For more information about Save the NRC, visit here.

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