The NRC board made the decision one week ago. It was announced today:
On April 29, the Board of Directors of NRC decided to cancel this year's annual Congress and Exhibition that was scheduled for Portland, OR, October 4-7, 2009. This decision was reached only after an extensive analysis of likely attendance and exhibitor and sponsor financial support, and with consultation with the host State and key NRC leadership. An overriding factor was the ability of our diverse and geographically dispersed membership to attend this year's Congress in light of limited government and business budgets and problematic travel restrictions. We very much regret having to take this step, but look forward to working with each of you in the following year to restore Congress to its rightful role as the central networking and educational event for the nation's recycling community.