INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- NRRA Webinar: It’s Not Just The Dump Anymore, Take 2
- NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide for February
- Plastic Gaylords for Sale
- 2015 NRRA Northeast Recycling Conference-Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration Now Open!
- School News You Can Use: Surprise Entertainer set for School Conference Awards Luncheon
- NH the Beautiful: Litter Free NH Blue Bag Orders being taken
- NH News
- National News
- NRRA Calendar
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~Recycling Fact of the Day~
In the United States, more than 40 percent of municipal solid waste is paper — about 71.8 tons a year
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Clear Sailing Ahead! “It’s Not Just the Dump Anymore” -Webinar – Take 2!”
OK so the first take we hit a reef and went aground. We have since practiced and practiced and our last run to Tortuga went off without a hitch!
Register today at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4688049664592074754 for this information packed webinar to be run on March 5 from 10am -11:30AM. We promise it will be worth the wait as Marilyn Weir and I have managed to pare down the slides so that you will get the benefit of several editing sessions. All of you who registered before will receive direct email contacts as well as a separate email blast to all members reminding them of the new date and time.
Snow removal from Trailer/Container Roofs:
Given the extreme winter we would ask all NRRA members remove the excessive snow buildup on any vendor trailers before they are scheduled for pickup. Having trailers or roofed containers on site are great, especially when there are no rental fees. However, containers should never be shipped on the highways with snow on top and from a practical standpoint it is much more logical to remove it as it happens than for some vendor / driver to try and get it when the container/trailer is scheduled for a swap. By the time they arrive the snow has accumulated and frozen into a solid block making it dangerous, time consuming, and practically impossible to remove. NRRA asks that the Facility Managers address this as it happens to preclude any accidents or injuries and the help facilitate the normal movement of material. Likewise, containers should be routinely maintained out of ice banks so that containers are ready to be removed before the vendor arrives.
…And you thought you had trouble keeping your transfer station open in the winter!!
Hawaii County, HI, is attempting to get a transfer station back in operation after it was damaged by lava from the Kilauea volcano in November 2014; the facility was shuttered in October as a precaution.
Lava reached the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station, as it flowed through a fence, where it eventually hardened on a service road used for transporting waste.
It is expected to cost an estimated $100,000 to get the station back in working condition.
The work that needs to be completed at the facility, such as breaking up and removing 1,000 cubic yards of lava rock, is anticipated to last until the end of February. The repaired station is expected to re-open on March 1.
The lava, however, is still flowing into the county, prompting the mayor to declare another state of emergency on Jan. 30, which will be in effect for an additional 60 days. Officials said it is possible that lava could damage the transfer station again.
Plastic Gaylords Available For Sale!
NRRA is taking orders for these 43”W x 36”H x 32”D gaylords. They are very durable and great for storage of aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, or paper.
Filled with cans or plastic, they are light enough to move by hand or can be stacked two high! And, although they are lightweight, they are extremely strong and have a top that can also act as a bottom to add strength and extend life expectancy.
NRRA has already received orders for 28 of these gaylords, but we need reach a minimum of 40. Any takers? Cost $116/ea without lid, $134/ea with lid (as pictured above).
NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide
While the snow has been falling in recent weeks, so too has pricing for many recyclable commodities. This has been the result of a number of factors, including slowing export markets (like China), stronger US dollar, and the resulting oversupply at domestic mills and processing facilities. Of note, OCC has dropped $10 for February, plastics are down across the board, and scrap metal/steel cans have seen significant declines. The scrap metal market has been under downward pressure for the past several months, and it seems this trend may not be over just yet. Things are changing rapidly, so please call your member services rep for the most up-to-date pricing information. Click HERE to view the password version of the guide OR if you’ve got a username and password for our Member’s Only Section of the Website, you can view it without the need for a password (Click on the “Members Only” tab at the top of the page). If you’re having trouble viewing the guide, please contact Stacey at email@example.com.
Special Guest Speaker at Next NRRA M.O.M Meeting
Eds from Harding Metal was happy to be invited to be our Spotlight Vendor at our March 11th MOM Meeting and present a ½ hr. workshop on non-ferrous recycling between 9 – 9:30 AM. We hope to see you there!
NRRA Annual Compost Bin Sale – Register Now!
Did you know?
*In 2012, 27.6% of waste sent to landfills consisted of food and yard waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The use of backyard composting systems by residents can divert this waste and help residents benefit from fresh compost.
* It is also possible to conserve municipal water supplies and cut household water bills by up to 40% with backyard rain barrels. Rain water, free from chlorine and water treatment
chemicals, is an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens.
Now is the time to do your part to help the environment. Participating in NRRA’s annual compost bin sale is a great way to do this! You can either do a straight sale or use this as a fundraiser for your group or organization.
It’s quick and easy. Just go to http://www.nrra.net/news/bins-barrels-info/
1. Download your participation packet and send us your participation form. Upon receipt,
NRRA will send you a customized order form and poster that you can use to promote
2. Collect orders until March 13, 2015. Download group order form from the website
and send to NRRA no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 13th.
3. Orders will be shipped directly to your group between April 13th and April 17th – in plenty of time to distribute for Earth Day!
Be sure to read the overview of the sale on the website for minimum order requirements, delivery and other important details about the sale.
Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration is NOW OPEN!!
- To Download the PDF (writable) Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration Form, Click HERE
- For On-Line Exhibitor Registration Form, Click HERE
- For On-Line Sponsor Registration Form, Click HERE
We are proud to invite you to sponsor and/or exhibit at NRRA’s 34th Annual Conference and Expo – June 8th and 9th, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. This event is nationally recognized as the one recycling conference in the Northeast that should not be missed. Exhibiting at this Conference & Expo is more than just advertising; it provides you with much higher visibility and also recognizes your role as a leader in the recycling industry in New England.
Activities Planned Specifically for you:
• Golf – Kick off your attendance by joining us for a round of golf on Sunday afternoon. Price is $85/person and includes a golf cart and tax. Transportation to/from the course is on your own. See additional details and registration information on the attached form.
• Sunday Night Welcoming Social – Exhibitor and Sponsor – Thank You
Join us on Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an invitation only social. NRRA Staff and Board welcome you as our way of saying thank you for all of your support and participation. Upon checking in, you will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres and good conversation. Just RSVP on your attached registration form. We hope you will join us.
• After Hours with the Vendors – For All Conference Attendees Monday night from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. we will again hold “after hours with the vendors” in the exhibit hall. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar and entertainment.
Back by Popular Demand: Hospitality Tickets, Best Booth Award & Spin the Wheel for Discount!
1. Hospitality Tickets – All vendors will be given the opportunity to purchase packs of 10 drink tickets to give out during the day on Monday to attendees stopping by your booth. This will give attendees an incentive to return to the exhibit hall Monday evening for the after- hours social. Just sign up on your registration form to purchase these tickets.
2. “Best Booth Award” – Attendees will vote for the best booth on their “Talk To” forms when they visit your booth during the day on Monday. The Best Booth 2015 winner will be announced at 5:30 PM, and a prize will be awarded at that time.
3. “Spin the Wheel and Win”- All vendors who advertise on the Special Spinning Wheel will get one shot at the “Booth Discount” for 2016. We will spin the wheel to select a vendor right before awarding the Best Booth Winner! There is no charge to sign up to be on the wheel; however, space is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors must agree to provide prizes for up to 100 attendees (something different than your ordinary give aways. Please no alcoholic beverages may be given as a prize) in order to participate. Be sure to register on the attached form to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
Along with direct one-on-one contact with over 500 attendees, the following popular returning activities are all geared toward maximizing your opportunity to interact with attendees and promote your company/organization:
Tub Raffle – A twist on the ever popular “two day swap shop sale” held in the Exhibit Hall
“Talk-To- Ticket” to encourage traffic at your booth
All refreshment breaks and other activities will be scheduled in the exhibit hall
If you have questions or want more information about becoming an Exhibitor or Sponsor, please call Marilyn Weir or Mike Durfor.
Speaking of Golf…….
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
The CLUB extends an enthusiastic WELCOME to new CLUB member, The Environmental Club of Prospect Mountain High School of Alton, NH – Home of the Timberwolves!
We hope to see your projects in future newsletters!
Surprise Entertainer set for Conference Awards Luncheon!
The School CLUB is very excited to announce that we have just confirmed an excellent environmental entertainer for the Awards Luncheon on June 9. Details to come in the next newsletter. Be sure to watch for conference registration details as well, you won’t want to miss this year’s fun filled School CLUB Conference!!
WANTED: Your Award Nominations for the 6th Annual School Recycling Conference
The School Recycling CLUB’s 6th Annual Conference will be held at the Radisson in Manchester on June 9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Real Challenges-Real Solutions.” Registration forms will be available shortly.
The CLUB is now accepting Award Nominations in a number of categories. The awards will be presented at the 2015 Conference. If you know of a worthy individual, school or group, please follow this link to the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015.
Would you like to host a TOLD, Garbage Guerillas or another Workshop at your school? Let the CLUB Help!
- Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
- Can lead to financial savings for schools
- Decreases the school’s carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
- Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
- Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
- Increases parental involvement
- Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
Previous EPA EE-funded research at over 200 New England schools completed by the NRRA School Recycling CLUB (the CLUB) found that the single most challenging area for school recycling programs was in providing curriculum integrations that brought recycling and sustainability into classrooms to be used as the subject matter for meeting state and local curriculum standards. The intention of the CLUB programs is to address just that issue in schools across all six New England states. Our goal is to use the CLUB’s workshops and technical assistance programs, all experiential and hands on, as a tool for educating K-12 students about consumption, proper diversion of waste, the resulting impacts on climate change and what they can do to change it. Through these offerings, we are also afforded the opportunity to link these priorities to curriculum standards. In addition, these workshops will model, for educators or community leaders, exemplary ways of teaching in creative, effective, and efficient methods about human health threats from environmental pollution as well as how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health. Click here to learn more or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.603.736.4401 ext. 19
NH THE BEAUTIFUL
Grants Program for NH Municipalities
Do you need equipment for your facility? All New Hampshire municipalities are eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment. For more information or to apply for a grant, go to http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/equipment_grant_app_710.pdf, print & fill out the form and fax it to 603-736-4402. If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call, and we can fax or mail a form to you.
Blue Bags Available Soon – Order Yours Now!
Once again NH the Beautiful will be providing blue bags to communities in NH free of charge. Since 2007 a total of 565,650 bags have been donated for litter clean-up efforts in New Hampshire. If your community is organizing a litter clean-up day and you would like to take advantage of this program, please fill out the order form and return to the NRRA office. Click here for the order form and more information.
NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs
All NH municipalities are eligible to apply for FREE facility signs. NHtB has been providing professional looking signs for NH municipalities since 1983. Under the NHtB Sign Program, New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out). The NHtB fiscal year runs November 1-October 31. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stacey at 603-736-4401 x.10. To maximize your points, you can also order “recycled” signs or overlays for existing signs!
For a complete list of sign options and to order signs, click here Complete Sign Packet. Simply print the forms you need, mail or fax them to 603-736-4402.
Please NOTE!!! You can only use points to order signs that are on the list. Words can be removed, but nothing can be added. Custom signs are available for purchase. Contact the NRRA for details.
NHtB Also has Clear Stream Containers and 14-Gallon Recycling Bins for Sale at Discounted Prices
Click the links below to find out how you can get yours!
Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter
To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link – https://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-The-Beautiful/253682871403932
NH the Beautiful, Inc. (NHtB) is a private non-profit charitable trust founded in 1983 and supported by the soft drink, malt beverage, and grocery industries of New Hampshire. By offering municipal recycling grants (over $2.5 million) and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to recycling programs, NHtB is a unique organization that represents a voluntarily-funded alternative to expensive legislation intended to achieve the same end results. NHtB supports the NRRA School Education Program (the Club). The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (www.nrra.net) administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.
NH DES NEWS
The NH DES Operator Certification Rules became effective July 1 and are linked HERE. If you have any questions, contact either NRRA or NH DES directly. To visit the link for the NH DES new Solid Waste Operator Applications and upcoming workshops visit: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/index.htm
NH DES Annual Facility Reports
Solid Waste Facilities are required by their permit and Env-Sw 1105.07(b) to submit an Annual Facility Report to DES by March 31 of each year. The purpose of this report is to enhance environmental compliance and to collect data for reports to the Legislature, including tracking progress in reaching the state’s 40 % landfill diversion goal. In addition, DES uses the information to determine where more regulatory oversight might be needed or which topics to include in operator training.
The DES forms request all the required information and allow compilation of the data. Please review the list and select the form that corresponds with your facility type. Using facility records, complete the form and submit it to: Solid Waste Compliance Assurance Section, NHDES, P.O. Box 95, Concord, NH 03302. For more information, contact staff at 271-2925 or email@example.com.
To View and Download the 2014 Annual Facility Report Forms, click HERE.
Best Management Practices for Transfer Station Operators
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: NH DES, 29 Hazen Drive, Rooms 110-114, Concord, NH
This workshop is a repeat from 2014. This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendee will learn what is a Best Management Practice (BMP) as it relates to a Solid Waste Transfer Station, how to use them and why they are important. Instructors will cover a variety of specific BMPS, such as Universal Wastes, Used Oil and Filters, Household Sharps, Composting, Brush Piles, Glass, and Scrap Tires. Please bring your BMP Manual with you. This workshop is being offered twice; from 9:00-12:00pm and from 1:00-4:00pm. Click HERE for more information!
Continuing Professional Development for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operators
Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing professional development each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application for trainings not provided by DES. Credit will generally be given for continuing professional development that offers information about and increases awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.
DES offers workshops to meet the 2.5 hour per year requirement of continuing professional development, but also accepts relevant training from other organizations. Please click HERE for some current training opportunities. DES updates their web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS
Contaminated recycling a growing problem at city’s collection sites
The Laconia Daily Sun, Feb. 11, 2015
LACONIA — Contamination of recycling containers is becoming a growing problem, especially at four remote sites — the Memorial Park clubhouse, Lakeport Fire Stattion, Weirs Community Center, and the Messer Street garage, according to Ann Saltmarsh, who oversees the recycling program at the Department of Public Works.
Saltmarsh said yesterday that the amount of trash and garbage found in the containers is increasing and, in particular, stressed that plastic bags of any kind should not be mingled with recyclable materials. She explained that with single-stream recycling all recyclable materials are sorted by sensitive machinery, which easily becomes fouled by plastic bags. Most grocery stores collect plastic bags near their entranceways, she said, urging residents to use those receptacles rather than contaminate the recycling containers.
Saltmarsh said that recently two of the large recycling containers — each with a capacity of 30-cubic yards — were so contaminated with trash, garbage, leaves, limbs and plastic bags that they had to be emptied at the Transfer Station at a cost of $200 apiece. Recycling, she noted, is intended to save money, but costs money money when contaminated loads have to be hauled to a disposal site.
Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Applications Due Feb. 27, 2015
This could be CANtastic news for those with recycling bins on their wish list. But the February 27 application deadline is fast approaching. The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful have partnered again this year they are offering a variety of bin styles in their recycling bin grant program. Here is a description of the program and what they are seeking in the on-line application http://bingrant.org/public-space-grant-overview/. Bin grant awards will be announced in April.
Schools, local parks, special events, religious organization are all welcome to submit bin grant applications. Keys to a winning application are to show great potential to increase the number of beverage containers recovered for recycling along with a “well thought out plan.” A state or local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate (http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=community_find_an_affiliate_widget) should be able to help. Even better would be for them to request bins not only for your school, but for other schools, parks, organizations and events in need of bins too. Your state recycling association (http://www.greenecoservices.com/state-recycling-organizations/) is another excellent partner. Many state associations have received recycling bin grant awards. If this is the case, they may already have bins available upon request. If not, encourage them to apply and let them know your bin preference and quantity.
May there be many recycling grant bins in your future.
The Big, Bulky Problems with Old, Unwanted Televisions
By Jason Linnell, Waste 360
How many of you are still holding on to your old cathode ray tube (CRT) television or monitor? According to a recent survey from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), about 40 percent of us have at least one of these bulky, tube-style displays in our homes.
Of course, with the upgrade to flat panels, these CRTs may be collecting dust in your garage or basement. But, since CRTs were a reliable, long-lasting technology, some are still using them as their primary TV or have them connected to external device, such as a DVD player, in an extra room.
The problem for the recycling industry is that all of those CRTs still need to be collected and properly recycled. And since the markets for making new CRTs from the materials in old CRTs went away many years ago as Americans upgraded to new display technologies, the downstream options are limited.
The challenge is primarily in recycling the glass in a CRT, which comprises the bulk of the weight and contains a leaded portion. And even before worrying about proper markets for those materials is the problem of physically collecting and transporting these cumbersome and heavy tubes that have been dispersed in households during the past 60 to 70 years. Some CRT projection TVs can weigh more than 200 pounds.
The few markets for recycling the glass from CRT TVs and monitors have also become more costly. Unlike some other electronics, such as cell phones and desktop computers, there are not enough valuable components (like copper yokes and low-grade circuit boards) to offset the cost of recycling the glass. That means that proper recycling of CRT glass—whether that is smelting or sending to the sole remaining glass-to-glass recycling plant in India—requires some type of subsidy, whether it is from the local government sponsor of a collection program, for instance, or a manufacturer under a voluntary or mandated program.
However, some recyclers have not ensured that they would have adequate funding for sending the glass downstream, which has led to several significant abandonment cases where stockpiles of CRTs have been left in warehouses. This problem has not been confined to one area of the country, nor has been limited to programs outside of the 25 state electronics recycling laws.
The industry is looking at new markets for CRT glass, such as extracting the lead for sale as a separate commodity, but these markets are not yet fully operational in the U.S. Other options for CRT glass that are currently used include treatment and use as alternative daily cover (ADC) on municipal landfills, as well as separation of leaded and non-leaded glass for landfill disposal.
State laws and manufacturer/client requirements may prohibit some of these alternative markets from being an options for the recycler however.
Despite the challenges in the downstream markets, consumers continue to turn in old CRTs at increasing rates. Looking at data from the state law programs, which are primarily household rather than business returns, an estimated 80 percent of the weight coming back are CRTs. That equates to roughly 600 million pounds of CRTs that were collected under the 25 state law programs in 2013. There are very little data we have on electronics collection totals in the other 25 states, but it’s safe to say that voluntary collection programs from households in those states would see similar percentages of CRTs.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, however. CRTs will cease to be returned at some point in the future. The CEA survey reported that 44 percent of households had disposed of a CRT in the last five years. An analysis from the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER), as well as a comparison to the recent MIT-NCER study on exports of used electronics, gives us an estimated 3-4 billion pounds of CRTs recycled during the last five years.
But the analysis shows we still could get as much as 6 billion pounds of CRT TVs and 1 billion pounds of CRT monitors if everyone returned them to collection programs.
We have come far in capturing the legacy of CRT TVs and monitors that have now been replaced by flat panels. However, there are still substantial quantities left to collect for recycling during the next decade or perhaps longer. For now, CRTs continue to be a source of the most significant challenges for the evolving electronics recycling industry.
Colleges gear up for RecycleMania competition
By Jared Paben, Resource Recycling
Nearly 400 colleges and universities across the U.S. will complete in this year’s RecycleMania, a competition between schools to see who can recycle the most.
The annual competition, now in its 15th year, will play out over the next two months, as schools report their recycling rates on a weekly basis. They’ll compete in various categories, including per-capita recycling weights, total weights recycled and composted, and diversion rates. The categories also include competitions geared toward specific materials, including paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, food service organics and scrap electronics.
In 2014, a total of 461 schools participated in the challenge and recycled and composted 85.6 million pounds of material, according to RecycleMania’s website.
This year 392 schools will participate, marking a continuation of a four-year slide in participation, although participation is still well above what it was a decade ago, when 46 schools participated. In 2011, as many as 630 campuses were participating, according to the RecycleMania website.
The decrease can be attributed to several factors, according to RecycleMania Program Manager Alec Cooley.
“Some schools have passed on that the program has been a value but, in a sense, they’ve graduated from it,” he told Resource Recycling. Additionally, many schools have morphed their recycling programs into broader sustainability departments, requiring recycling to compete for attention each year with other priorities, including energy conservation, he said.
New this year is a “3R Actions Challenge” category. When students post digital messages and photos to document their waste reduction or recycling actions, they’ll earn points to determine their school’s standing in the category.
“We’ve been looking for ways to engage students directly,” Cooley said “This is dipping our toes into the water, getting a feel for how we can better leverage digital platforms to engage students.”
Last year’s national winner for the highest diversion rate was Antioch University Seattle, with a 93 percent diversion rate.
The Town of Northfield is seeking a team player to fill a 24 hour per week Recycling Attendant/Laborer position. A job description and application instructions are available at Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer Street, Northfield NH and at www.northfieldnh.org.
Duties include operation and maintenance of the town Transfer station, maintenance of town roads and facilities as needed and other duties as needed. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Northfield is an equal opportunity employer
IPS Model AT965HS100 Auto Tie Baler
One (1) IPS Model AT965HS100 Auto Tie Baler, 100 HP power unit, built in January 2001. The baler will need to be removed from the facility. Asking Price is $65,000.00. More Pictures are available upon request. Contact NRRA if interested or if you would like more information. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gaylord Boxes – thru NRRA’s Cooperative Purchasing Program
Gaylords (Corrugated) available for pickup thru NRRA in Wolfeboro NH.
Please contact Marilyn, Mike or Bonnie at 1-800-223-0150
FOR SALE: Town of Marlborough has a Jify lift in good working order $50 or BO ALSO has Two Glass Crushers for sale. Both are in excellent working order. $200 or BO
See Pictures . Call Gary at 1-603-903-5456
March 5th: NH the Beautiful Meeting at NRRA Offices (Rescheduled from 2/19/15)
March 11th: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Office
March 11th: NRRA Board Meeting-10:30 a.m. at the NRRA Office
March 13th: Deadline for collecting Compost Bin Orders. All Orders must be submitted to NRRA no later than 4:00 p.m.