February 19, 2016-Full of Scrap

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • From the Director’s Chair: Recycling Under Frontal Assault! Are Landfills the Answer? No Way!
  • Derry, NH Opens New State of the Art Recycling Center
  • February 2016 NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide
  • 2016 NRRA Annual Recycling Conference Updates: Award Nominations now being accepted!!
  • Compost Bin Sale Update
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

Though recycling was initiated as a practice in the 1800s there are millions of people on this planet who do not understand the meaning of recycling. Therefore it is important to educate and build awareness among the masses regarding the benefits of recycling , especially on a global level.

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Kermit the Frog in Directors ChairFROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

Recycling Under Frontal Assault! Are Landfills the Answer?   No Way!

For those of you who have been able to follow the recycling news since last May when the most recent assault was levied against the idea that it makes absolute sense environmentally and economically to recycle anything and everything we can, there has been a steady drumbeat that increasing costs for recycling means we should abandon the idea, or at the very least, scale back what we are doing and opt instead for the most cost effective alternative, landfilling.

According to Mr. Shughart, (part of his article is cited here), there are several metrics to be considered.

First, there are apparently too many Recycling lobbyists out-dueling the Waste industry lobbyists ( hard to imagine).

Secondly, there are parts of the recycling process which do more harm than good. Depending on the calculations, one would have to agree that the goal is to not harm the environment.

Both of these appear to be overpowered by the real basis for his concern about Recycling. The Industry can’t make any money doing it so it must be all “garbage”.

“It doesn’t help that the rise of the recycling movement has created a powerful interest group of recyclers who lobby politicians to keep things the way they are. More rational environmental policies would consider the costs and benefits of recycling programs and scrap those that are wasteful and harm the environment.

If recycling were truly cost-effective, private companies would be lined up at your doorstep to buy your trash. Don’t look now because they’re not there.

The true recycling test is whether someone is willing to pay you to sort and save your trash. If they’re not, what you’ve been told about recycling in the past is probably just garbage.”

See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/20151217/ William F. Shughart II, research director of the Independent Institute, 100 Swan Place, Oakland, California, is J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business. –Article 12/17/2015.

Mr. Shughart along with Mr. Tierney (cited below), and others in the waste industry argue that we have plenty of landfill space, it is cheaper for consumers to landfill, and it makes more money for large companies to landfill, so that is what should be promoted. Assuming this cadre of authors believes in the economics of landfilling let’s take a peek at a few and see how well they seem to be performing environmentally. Is this what we want to see because it make more money for some and cost less for others???

 

No! No! A Thousand times NO!

MDG : Waste dumps : Estrutural near Brazilia, BrazilEstrutural
Brasilia, Brazil

 

MDG : Waste Dump : Tegucigalpa in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

MDG : Waste dumps : Dandora dumpsite in Kenya

Dandora
Nairobi, Kenya

MDG : Waste dumps : View of Olusosum dump, Lagos, Nigeria

Olusosun
Lagos, Nigeria

MDG : Waste dump : People search through waste at the Payatas garbage dump in Queszon City

Payatas
Quezon City, Phillipines

We responded to Mr. Tierney last fall when he first broached his opinion about the preference for landfills over recycling.  Seen in a more recent article (2/5/2016) he once again espouses financial considerations over zero waste.

Once again, I disagree and ask you scroll down to the last two images showing the result of letting the markets work to their best advantage. There is no voice for the people you see in these photos, nor the livestock for that matter. Take a minute to compare the size of the “dump” to the city itself in the background of the last picture. These pictures are worth much more than the profits of companies who dump and run. In the US you should not see anything at all like this of course but the broader point is the global nature of our earthly home. At some point it may be cheaper for companies to off load overseas than here at home.

MDG : Waste dump : Trutier dump on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, HaitiTrutier
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

MDG : Waste dump : garbage landfills site at Gazipur, New DelhiGhazipur
New Delhi, India

Can circular thinking set us free from the ‘recycling religion’?

Mike Hower, Friday, February 5, 2016 – 12:01am

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As blasphemous as it may sound, some things just shouldn’t be recycled. Onstage are John Tierney, author and The New York Times science writer; Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary and now co-host of The Five on Fox News Channel; Adam Minter, author and columnist at Bloomberg.

Recycling waste is more trouble than it’s worth, according to John Tierney, author and New York Times science writer, in his widely read and contested Op-Ed, “The Reign of Recycling.”

“The recycling movement is floundering, and its survival depends on continual subsidies, sermons and policing,” he concluded in October. “How can you build a sustainable city with a strategy that can’t even sustain itself?”

But Tierney spoke of recycling with a slightly more moderate tone Thursday at the 2016 Waste Management Executive Sustainability Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona. WM produced the event, which GreenBiz hosted and livecasted.

Tierney conceded that “recycling does make sense for some materials at some times in some places. … My problem is with what I called the ‘recycling religion.’ The idea that recycling is an inherently virtuous activity, that the more we do of it the better, and that the ultimate goal should be achieving zero waste.”

…And Then There’s More But…

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Kudos to a Shining Star…

Joan of ArcOn a brighter note we include here the latest local commitment to Recycling that opened in November of 2015. Just like Joan of Arc of olden days, the Transfer Facility Manager in Derry is also Ms. Joan! She has, with loyal community support, almost single handedly willed her community to invest in their recycling future by bonding a new facility for source separated Recyclables!

Not unlike the famous Charleton Heston raising his rifle and quoting ” From these cold dead hands”, Derry’s Ms. Joan has raised her flag in defiance, vowing never to pay for her Recyclables to be taken away! At a time when some of those around her have sought refuge in Single Stream Recycling for ease of collection and, in its early stages, a promise to pay market rates, Ms. Joan has mounted her loyal source separation steed and demanded fair pricing for her “organically grown, double sorted recyclables”. Once the markets break out of this “new normal” slump the investment of the Town of Derry in this facility will pay dividends long in to the future.

Not unlike a new Safety Service Facility, Town Office Building, Water Treatment Plant or even a school, this facility will serve the town well, the only difference being the revenues being generated from years of sound recycling practice. Ms. Joan is helping to pave the path away from the landfill destinations you have read above to a longer vision of a planet that is fit to inhabit.

To my mind the cleanliness of the earth trumps the profit margins of those who benefit from the easy path that only soils the planet.

Whenever possible “Double Down On More Recycling Infrastructure”.. not less.

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Another encouraging note is cited here:

Emily Gold, a student at UNH recently posted this opinion which provides all the hope that the future needs to eliminate the pictures we have reviewed in this month’s FOS. Way to go Emily!

Is Recycling a Waste of Time?

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By Emily Gold, 8:14 am February 5, 2016

This Christmas, I asked “Santa” for a compost bin. Yes, the only thing this environmentalist wanted was a glorified trashcan. I always recycle, but I wanted to contribute to the composting program at the Gables (my home sweet home), and this new “toy” would enable me to do so. When I opened it, I was filled with the type of excitement that was only comparable to the Nintendo 64 Christmas of 1999.

landfill no glass metal paper etcThe concept of waste and waste disposal has always fascinated me. I get a nerdy sense of accomplishment out of properly disposing of materials (Trash, recycling, compost, etc). For the most part, recycling has become common-place in today’s society. However, there are those that reject the practice altogether.

“Recycling-Rejecters” claim recycling does not make as much of an environmental impact as we have been taught to believe. In fact, recycling can actually be more harmful to the environment, not to mention the economy. This way of thinking has spread, and has even made its way to the pages of popular publications.

The ideology of the Recycling-Rejecter can be synthesized in The New York Times opinion piece entitled “The Reign of Recycling” by John Tierney.  Tierney attacks the act of recycling through rather imaginative accusations. He claims that recycling is more political than sustainable, and has only survived this long due to environmental activism. Recycling is more harmful to the environment, as the recycling process actually wastes more resources than it saves. He states that it is detrimental to job creation: since resources are being reused, there is less demand for jobs that collect those resources. He even claims that the water used to rinse out containers wastes more resources than recycling that product will ever save.

Is he right? Is recycling simply a big scam?

earth recyclesFear not, my fellow green-hearted friends. No, recycling is not a scam. Recycling does offer a wide array of positive environmental impacts. The popular environmental website, Grist, posted a counter-argument entitled “Is Recycling as awful as the New York Times claims? Not remotely”. In terms of the economy, recycling can actually create new sustainable job sectors. In addition, Tierney does not take into account the negative effects of landfills. If people are not recycling, reusable products will sit forever in a landfill. Landfills take up space, and are often located in poorer section of cities and towns. In essence, recycling is not just a matter of environmental conscience, but social justice as well. Many of Tierney’s claims are simply untrue or based off of half-facts.

A simple web search will reveal the plethora of benefits recycling offers. Environment-green explains why and how recycling helps the environment. Some noteworthy facts include:

“By recycling 1 plastic bottle not only saves anywhere from 100 to 1000 years in the landfill but also saves the environment from the emissions in producing new bottles as well as the oil used to produce that bottle.”

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“For every 1 ton of plastic that is recycled we save the equivalent of 2 people’s energy use for 1 year, the amount of water used by 1 person in 2 months’ time and almost 2000 pounds of oil.”

Recycling is not a waste of time. In fact, recycling is so helpful there is even a national Recyclemania Logocompetition to see which college or university can recycle the most in a given time period. Starting February 7th, UNH will be participating in Recyclemania, a nationwide competition in which participating schools compete to see who can recycle the most. During the competition, make sure to think twice about your waste choices. Get ready to unleash your inner recyclemaniac! Stay green wildcats.

For more information, please visit the Recyclemania website  and keep your eyes peeled for Recyclemania events around campus!

ALL THE BEST AND THANK YOU FOR RECYCLING!

TY for Recycling

 

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NRRA NEWS

NRRA February 2016 Pricing Guide

The NRRA Pricing Guide for February 2016 is now available!  To Access it, please click HERE.  Please not that the pricing guide is password protected for Members Only.  If you need assistance accessing the guide or need the password, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

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CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE, CONFERNCE…

Be on the lookout for our 2016 Conference Registration Brochure which we hope to have out within the next week or so!  We will be mailing it in both physical and electronic form so be sure to watch for it!  We’re very excited to have a new graphic artist to help use redesign the brochure and hope you’ll appreciate the new look! Also, new this year we’ve been working very hard to update and improve our on-line conference registration forms and I think you’ll all be as pleased as we are!  We hope to have the on-line registration forms available on our site at https://www.nrra.net/2016-conference-and-expo/ by the end of next week so check back frequently!!

*New Conference Media Partners*

NRRA is proud to have enlisted the support of some fantastic media partners for the 35th Annual Conference, May 16-17, 2016.

Please take a moment to learn more. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a media partner, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

 

NRRA Recycling Award Nominations Wanted!!

award-pic-e1367140951374Do you know an individual, organization, or group who makes being green look easy?? You should nominate them for an NRRA Recycling Award!  As always we will be holding an awards luncheon on Monday, May 16th at the conference. Each year NRRA recognizes outstanding contribution to the recycling efforts we all support.  Please submit to NRRA any individual or program that you think are deserving of recognition, and we will consider those for the Annual Conference. Innovative ideas, programs, or individuals can all be recognized so don’t hesitate to suggest a program or individual who makes a difference in your community.  Click here for the 2016 Award Nomination FormAward nominations should be submitted no later than March 18th, 2016.  Award Categories include:

  •   Most Programs thru NRRA in 2015
  •  NH The Beautiful 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award
  •  NRRA 2015 “Outstanding Recycling Program”
  • NRRA 2015 “Volunteer of the Year”
  •  NRRA 2015 “Business of the Year”
  • NRRA 2015 “Rookie of the Year”
  •    NRRA “Special Recognition Award”

Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award

Please click here for the nomination form.

Who do you think deserves the “Recycler of the Year Award” this year?

NRRA is proud and honored to present the “Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year” Award. This award is given annually in remembrance of Sami Izzo who passed away on February 4, 2001.

Sami Izzo was a high energy and multi-talented individual who is best known for her contributions in the waste minimization and education fields. She also served with distinction on many volunteer boards and commissions throughout the Upper Valley of Vermont.

From 1991 to 2000, Sami was Program Director for the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District helping to create the Vermont HazWaste Network and the Upper Valley Compliance Officers Network. In 2000 Sami accepted the position of Recycling and Waste Minimization Coordinator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where she implemented a mercury reduction program, educated staff on waste management and assisted in the design of the building expansion program.

Notwithstanding the above contributions to the world of waste reduction and recycling, Sami will be most remembered for her quick wit, genuine smile, love of nature and outdoor activities, adoration of her children and uncompromising commitment to the environment.

Deadline for nominations is March 18, 2016.  Find the nomination form here!

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Compost Bins Sale

I’m so sorry to disappoint but this year NRRA will NOT be holding it’s Annual Compost Bin Sale.  Primarily this is due to our 2016 Conference being held at an earlier date as well as contractual obligations that have us assisting with the Antioch New England Climate Change Preparedness Conference to be held April 4- 6 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Click HERE for more info).  Additionally, we’ve notice a drop of in participation and sales in the past couple of years of holding this sale and we hope that by taking a year off, we may be able to re-generate some interest next year.  If you wish to be added to our mailing list for upcoming Compost Bin Sales, please email us at info@nrra.net.

With that said, we wish our friends at Maine Resource Recovery Association all the best with their 2016 Compost Bin Sale and encourage anyone interested in participating in their sale to contact them…

MRRA Backyard Composting Campaign

Click on the image to see learn more about this campaign.

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or call Victor Horton at 207-942-6772

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  We are Still looking for participants for A NEW NRRA Trial Program:  “Solid Waste Staffing / Job Pool Database” 

ATTENTION:   Experienced Solid Waste Operators / Transfer Station Attendants / Recycling Center Staff

As a potential service to our Members, as well as a resource for people looking for employment (full or part-time), NRRA is looking to create a database of available experienced Solid Waste / Transfer Station staff.

Initially, this database would include a list of available staff, their experience and what days/hours available to work. If you would like to be included on this list please send the following information to:  info@nrra.net

  • Name:
  • Town where you reside  
  • Experience: briefly describe your current and/or past position(s) and responsibilities
  • Operator’s Licenses: include any operator licenses and/or levels achieved with expiration date (current or expired – if available)
  • Other Information: briefly include any other pertinent information you feel important to convey
  • Availability  days / hours
  • Telephone (best # to reach you)
  • Email address

NRRA’s hope is this program will benefit:

  • Member Town’s with their staffing challenges; The “staffing pool” would provide a resource to find short term and long term experienced personnel to meet their needs
  • Job seekers looking for part time or full time employment
  • Current working part time people may find an additional part time position at another facility.
  • Retirees welcome

If you know of someone who might be interested and may not have received this announcement, please feel free to it pass along.

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

SCHOOL CLUB CONFERENCE

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The School CLUB will host our 7th Annual Conference on Tuesday, May 17.  By offering this annual event in May, we hope more students and teachers will be able to attend.  We already have several fantastic workshops lined up including a couple of schools that will share information on their successful recycling programs. As always, we also have a number of activities, games, scavenger hunt and surprises to make this a memorable event.  Mark your calendars and watch our website for new details as they become available!  REGISTRATION IS OPENING SOON!!!!

WANTED:  Your Award Nominations for the 7th Annual School Recycling Conference

This year’s Conference theme is “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  Despite the challenges,  we know there are teachers, students and staff who are fighting to stay green.

Does your school have an individual, program or event that deserves special recognition for outstanding work in recycling?  These are just some of the award categories to be considered:

Wanted-Nominatons&Reward

  • Choose one of the above, or come up with your own category.
  • Winners will be announced and recognized at our Conference Awards Luncheon on May 17.
  • Please follow this link to the nomination form.  Deadline for nominations is March 18, 2016.

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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NH the Beautiful ‘Ups the Ante” for Floor Scale Grants
(And an NRRA Vendor will offer incentive discounts too!)

Since NRRA highly recommends our members acquire floor scales to tally and track weights of their material,  NH the Beautiful is generously offering grants for up to 50% of the cost of the scale.   Typically, NHtB offers up to 20% of purchase cost on most recycling equipment grants so this is a very special, limited time offer!   

Floor scales can range in price from $1500 – $2000 depending on type and style.  NRRA has an approved vendor who will offer a 20% discount to NRRA Members….it is feasible you could have floor scales at your facility for approximately $750!!

To obtain a quote and receive your 20% discount or to apply for a grant, contact your NRRA Member Services Representative for more information!

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Grants Program for NH Municipalities

Do you need equipment for your facility? A Floor Scale?  Storage Containers? 

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.  The next NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be on February 18th, 2o16.  Please submit your grant applications by February 1st to have them considered at this next meeting!

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NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs

Bradford Thank You for Recycling SignAll 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.20. 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.

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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!  Please note that effective July 1, 2015 the cost of the 14 gallon Curbside Recycling Bins have increased by .50 cents a bin.  We regret this unavoidable increase but assure you that these bins are still being offered at a great discounted rate to all Towns, Schools, Businesses and non-profit organization who apply. 

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Click here for ClearStream info.

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Click here for Curbside Recycling Bin info.

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Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

facebook like 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

 We are also on Twitter and Instagram

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.

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NH DES NEWS

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2015 AFR Forms for Solid Waste Facilities Available Online

Each year, permitted solid waste facilities are required to report their regulated activities to DES.  The 2015 Annual Facility Report (AFR) forms for all facilities, including Transfer Stations and Scrap Metal Facilities, are online at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/css/categories/forms.htm.  Reports are due March 31, 2016 and can be submitted in the mail, by fax (271-2456) or electronically, either as a pdf or email attachment to:  solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov.  Send questions to solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov or call 271-2925.  Staff will also be available to answer questions in person on March 22, from 9:00 to 3:00.

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NHDES Training Workshops Scheduled

Due to a number of factors, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has not scheduled a Basic Training class for Solid Waste Operators. Operators with Processed Applicant status remain eligible to work at solid waste facilities in New Hampshire as long as they do so under the supervision of a Principal Operator. Please contact NHDES if this requirement presents a hardship.

For renewing operators, please we have begun populating the calendar with NEW Workshops.

  • March 22nd, 9am – Noon & 1pm-4pm: Solid Waste Facility Managers:  What You Need to Know (limited to managers)
  • April 22nd, 9am-Noon:  Discarded Textiles Management (presented by the Northeast Recycling Council)
  • May 5th, time TBD:  Food Scrap Management (presented by the Northeast Recycling Council)
  • June (TBD):  Bulky Waste Management (presented by the Northeast Waste Management Official’s Association)

IMPORTANT: Certified Operators still need to submit documentation of 2.5 hours of continuing professional development with their annual renewal applications.  Operators may continue to use third-party training provided it qualifies as continuing professional development as defined in the Solid Waste Rules. When DES is aware of qualifying third-party workshops, they will be posted on our website.

We regret any inconvenience this causes and are available during regular business hours to answer questions and provide technical assistance as needed to help Operators do their job. Please visit the DES Solid Waste Facility Operator Training & Certification Program’s website at: des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/index.htm for more information about the Program or e-mail your questions to solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov. If you do not have access to the Internet, please phone us from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday at (603) 271-2925.

Thank you,
The Solid Waste Bureau Staff

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NATIONAL NEWS

California’s rePlanet closes 191 recycling centers, terminates 300 jobs

Reprinted from WasteDive
By | February 11, 2016

Dive Brief:

  • California’s rePlanet, the largest recycler in the state and partner to the region’s major grocery chains, has closed 191 recycling centers and terminated nearly 300 employees — meaning some smaller communities, such as Calaveras and Nevada Counties, no longer have drop-off sites for cans and bottles.
  • The far-reaching center shutdowns are due to plummeting values of aluminum and plastic as well as increased overhead from health insurance and a raised minimum wage, according to the company as reported by Capital Public Radio. rePlanet will still operate 350 recycling centers, which provide jobs to 800 California residents.
  • At its existing sites, residents can redeem cash for bottles, or donate their refund to charitable causes. Down the line, the bottles are made into aluminum and PET packaging used by restaurants, grocery stores, and other food service niches.

Dive Insight:

California will take a hit from the shutdowns, especially in the four cities that rank among the nation’s top five recyclers. The facility closures come months after four state bills were signed into law that were intended to boost infrastructure, including one to support businesses on the purchases of recycling equipment.

rePlanet still has a presence, though, with a few hundred plants running, some on “full steam.” The organization’s Rancho Cucamonga center alone runs two eight-hour shifts a day, five days a week, and single eight-hour shifts the remaining two days, achieving throughputs of up to 11 tons per hour.

The company’s financial struggles, which will ratchet down production and completely eliminate its work in some areas, are largely attributed to declining oil prices, according to Mark Oldfield with the California Department of Recycling and Recovery.

“With this tremendous reduction in the price of oil, it’s made virgin plastic, which is made out of petroleum product much more competitive with recycled plastic, and that’s caused the decline in the market value of recycled plastic,” Oldfield said.

Recommended Reading

Capital Public Radio: California’s Largest Recycler Lays Off Nearly 300 Employees

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Can We Rescue Glass Recycling?

Michele Nestor, Waste 360 Feb. 2016

Glass is at the very heart of longstanding recycling programs. Yet the need to surgically extract glass to keep our recycling systems alive is a decision we’ve been asked to consider. Regardless of your role in the recycling industry, it is hard to sidestep the topic.

Glass isn’t going away from the waste stream any time soon. It remains the consumers’ packaging of choice for many products. Buying things bottled and jarred in glass is one thing. Getting that glass from our kitchens to the back end of a material recovery facility (MRF) in a marketable condition is another. As far as covering the cost, well, there’s the rub.

Issues with glass recycling aren’t new. In spite of being the material that most folks expect to recycle, we have yet to come up with a system of recovering glass that is universally efficient, quality driven and cost effective.  With a nod to the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), the exception may be container deposit programs, but those systems aren’t always flawless nor without other challenges.

If you are a contractor or a buyer, services that include handling recycled glass either have been or will be a serious point of your negotiations. For some it has proven to be a downright deal breaker. Early in 2015, the industry’s largest players announced that glass should and would be eliminated from single-stream programs.  Once unthinkable to suggest, acknowledging that glass must go was a game changer. Suddenly, those struggling with glass issues for some time, related or not to single stream, felt permission to follow suit without justification or apologies. An endless stream of headlines announcing the elimination of glass collection in both curbside and dropoff programs is evident.

Looking for a fix

By its very nature, the scrap and recycling industry attracts opportunists. Nowhere does the old adage about one door opening as another closes ring so true. In response to the current state of glass recycling, a smattering of glass-only collection systems is evolving, mostly private sector initiated in conjunction with local governments. While glass is being pulled primarily from residential municipal programs, these services are designed to target low-hanging fruit in the hospitality industry.

Looking to commercial sources to offset the tons eliminated from residential programs is a steep hill to climb. Let’s look at the statistics. The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that glass packaging, what we target for collection, represents between 4-5 percent of the waste stream. The most recent EPA data suggests that we recover about 28 percent of the glass generated. Approximately 80 percent is generated by residential sources.

To understand what losing residential glass collection could mean, a study done by Ohio EPA provides some clues. At the time of the study, the majority of Ohio’s solid waste districts did not include glass in their recycling collection programs. Consequently, 90 percent of the glass generated in Ohio’s municipal waste stream was ultimately disposed in landfills.

The Glass Packaging Institute (GPl) offers brief descriptions for a number of bar and restaurant programs that participated in their in-depth survey of bar, restaurant and hotel programs. The full report includes a number of recommended best practices. Since the study was published five years ago and the number of participants was limited, we looked at newer programs as well. Whether as a result of the survey’s recommendations or by pure coincidence, these other programs stayed true to GPI’s findings.

A typical program with a mixture of bars, restaurants and metro hotels yields 100 to 150 tons per month. That’s roughly the equivalent amount of glass that could be recovered each month from a community with a population of 12,000, if it performed at the national rate. That’s not a bad return for the program. When you consider that we’re looking at one program per city with average populations of 300,000, the odds of replacing lost residential tons are not in our favor. In Las Vegas, rich with hotels, the recovery looks much different, but that’s an exception.

On the upside, targeting the commercial sector where separating glass can be enforced by management could result in higher quality.  The economics are less encouraging.

By and large GPl’s survey showed commercial customers reluctant to pay for recycling services. Therefore, grants and other subsidies are used to provide what is described as cost-neutral service. Looking at newly developed programs, it is safe to say government assistance continues to play a big role. At least one of the service providers with local ties admitted that the program was viewed as a community service and not a profit center. Many customers do pay fees, but the survey’s recommendations suggest these probably do not represent the full cost of the service. That seems problematic if we expect glass recycling to be sustainable.

Less than half of the states have local glass manufacturers. Slightly more have processors. Even where quality is high, transportation costs due to weight and distance remain stumbling blocks for many areas of the country. This is particularly true when faced with a processing fee for the delivered material.

That brings us back full circle to those container deposit laws. There’s plenty of data demonstrating these return systems result in high yields of cleaner material. Glass manufacturers tell us they rely heavily on these systems as reliable sources of feedstock. Yet, ironically users of glass packaging can be the loudest voices opposing these laws. We understand and can find merit in many of their objections, but it also leaves us with questions.

If glass recycling is essential to glass manufacturers and packagers, we wonder who should be responsible for the cost of recovering those bottles and jars where no deposit incentives exist?  Other industries reliant on recycled feedstock have made adjustments to ensure the flow of material necessary for their operations remained affordable to separate and recover at the source. Can we expect the same effort here? If not, does it signify there is no value in our efforts to salvage this material?

Single-stream recyclers have thrown up their hands and declared they can’t handle the added expense of glass contamination and equipment damage. Local governments have responded by eliminating glass collection programs. Are we nearing the demise of glass recycling?

The industry clearly is sending out an SOS. However, in response to this emergency message, without change at many levels, glass processors and manufacturers should not expect 100 billion bottles to wash up at their doors any time soon.

Michele Nestor is the President of Nestor Resources Inc., based in the Greater Pittsburgh area, and chair of the board of directors, of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Penn State, Harrisburg.

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Help Wanted

 

Greenfield, NH Transfer Station

Permanent Part-Time Position Tues, Thurs. and Saturday. 20 hours.  p/w Wage $12 – $14 p/h based on experience.  Some Benefits.  Saturdays required.  Will train. Equip./Baling experience a plus.   email: greenfieldnhrecycling@myfairpoint.net  or call 547-8617

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General Manager-CVSMD

Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District, a union municipality consisting of 18 member towns seeks General Manager to work staff, board, and constituents to implement legislative mandate, our solid waste implementation plan and grow our zero waste programming. The General Manager must be a strong organizational manager capable of delivering innovative programming in a fiscally responsible manner.  The General Manager will be responsible for personal management, ensuring compliance with state and federal laws, budgeting, planning, and providing technical assistance to the CVSWMD Board of Supervisors, local officials and the public. Travel in the eighteen member towns of the CVSWMD and evening meetings will be required on a regular basis.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree and at least five years supervisory experience in a solid waste management, an environmental organization or municipal government environment.  Master’s degree preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a criminal background check.

Starting Compensation: $59,000 per year, plus paid benefits including sick and vacation leave and employer sponsored health, dental and vision insurance. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 9, 2016.

To apply send resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to administration@cvswmd.org, or General Manager Search, CVSWMD, 137 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Additional information may be found at www.cvswmd.org.

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Canterbury, NH Solid Waste Transfer Station & Recycling Center

The Town of Canterbury is seeking a part-time employee to cover vacation & sick days at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center. The facility is open to the public Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, as well as preparing material for shipment other weekdays. The successful candidate will be a certified Principal Solid Waste Operator with the State of NH, or have the necessary experience and education to obtain this status, have basic interpersonal and accounting skills, be timely and trustworthy, and be able to lift up to 75 lbs. Waste-management and/or heavy equipment experience is desirable, as is ability to work on short notice, should the shift be to cover illness. Hours for this position will not exceed 450 annually; wages will be commensurate with experience and abilities. This position may lead to a permanent part-time position with vacation and sick-leave benefits, but is currently to fill in as needed.

Interested parties should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Ken Folsom at kfolsom@canterbury-nh.org or

Attention: Ken Folsom
Town Administrator
Town of Canterbury
PO Box 50010
Hackleboro Road
Canterbury, NH 03224

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JOB OPPORTUNITY, CHESTER, NH

The Town of Chester is seeking the right individuals who care about the environment enough to assist at the Chester Transfer Station assuring that recycling materials are properly handled. This is a part-time position on Wednesday evenings 6-8 pm and Saturdays 7 am –2 pm. Recycling is mandatory in the Town of Chester and materials are expected to be pre-sorted and correctly brought to our Transfer Station for placement into labelled areas.

  • Ability to follow directions and to assist residents to drop off materials properly
  • Ability to multi-task in a busy environment where traffic may be ongoing and people are unloading materials to bring to various locations.
  • Must be dependable, reliable, and timely.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., to handle materials efficiently, and to move quickly if needed.
  • Willing to clean and manage recycling areas so that it is kept neat and tidy.
  • Assist residents and Transfer Station Operators as directed.
  • Learn about recycling materials and what is acceptable and not acceptable and to learn the rules of the Chester Transfer Station.
  • Will need to acquire NHDES certification shortly after being hired

Contact: Town of Chester, 84 Chester Street, Chester, NH 03036

Email: chesterbos@gsinet.net or Phone: (603) 887-4979

The Town of Chester is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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Wanted to Buy

Town of Gilmanton needs 10 Wheeler

10 Wheeler w/hoist for roll-offs, does not need to be road worthy.  Need to move containers on site.

Contact:  Board of Selectmen or Town Administrator,Gilmanton, New Hampshire  03237   (603)267-6700

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For Sale

Diesel Hyster Forklift & Two Balers for Sale

The Town of Canaan, NH has the following items for sale, Please contact Mike Samson (603-523-4501 x 5)  if interested or if you have any questions.

1) 1986 Diesel Hyster H40 XL forklift,  Load capacity 4,000 lbs.

2) TWO , Advance Lifts Downstroke Balers BR9000 SN 18004 997A and BR9000 SN 18004 997B.  Looks like it’s rated for 15 HP but I haven’t climbed up to look.

Both in excellent condition. Acquired from NETC.

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spectecSPECTOR MANUFACTURING INC.-Trailer/Parts Sales

spectec trailerAt Spector Manufacturing Inc. providing the highest level of customer satisfaction is our top priority. Founded in 1994, we have quickly grown to become an industry leader for all your demolition, construction, and waste management needs. We offer a wide variety of steel and aluminum moving floor, rear ejector, and dump trailers that can be custom tailored to meet your specifications. In addition, we also carry an extensive parts inventory to meet all your repair needs. Our on- site repair facility is open to all makes and models and our repair crew has a combined experience of over 40 years in the industry! In short, whatever your needs are, Spectec is here to help you take care of them.

Contact: Faller Enterprises LLC (603) 455-6336

Website: http://www.spectec.biz

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Selco Vertical Baler

Weathersfield, VT DPW has a used Selco Vertical Baler for sale.  Model# V5-HD.  Good working condition.  $5000.00 or Best Offer.  Contact Wesley Hazeltine at 802-291-3219 for more information.

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NRRA CALENDAR

February

  • Monday, February 22:  NRRA Conference Speaker Paperwork Deadline

  • Friday, February 26:  NRRA Conference Registration OPENS

March

  • Wednesday, March 9 at 9:00 a.m.: NRRA MOM Meeting @ NRRA Office

  • Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m.: NRRA Board Meeting @ NRRA Office

  • Friday, March 18: NRRA & School Recycling Conference Award Nominations Due!

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