INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- How NOT to Run a Webinar!!
- NRRA News: Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration NOW OPEN for 2015 Conference!
- Sami Izzo Award Nomination Information
- NRRA SWAT Team Visits Andover
- School News You Can Use: School CLUB Hosts Visit from Hampton Recycling Education Committee
- New Hampshire the Beautiful
- NH DES News: Annual Facility Reports are due March 31st!
- Vermont News: Webinar Announced
- National News
- NRRA Calendar
Click HERE to view PDF Version
~Recycling Fact of the Day~
Around 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
How NOT to Run a Webinar!!
Thursday February 5, 2015… ”A Day That Will Live in Infamy!!” We did a full day of training, took copious notes, practiced twice, checked a third time, and ran into a situation like the Seahawks in Seattle. Just when we thought we had it just right……………Malcom Butler shows up!!!!!!
We apologize for being technically stunned on our first attempt to provide outreach to those of you who cannot make it to our monthly meetings but we really do have an information packed presentation already to go. We will reschedule as soon as we have at least two more successful dry runs under our belt. We value your time and will be sending personal invites back to all who were registered, so stay tuned.
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…….
Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award
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 April 1, 2015. Find the nomination form here!
To learn more about our other Conference Awards and nomination forms, please click HERE.
NRRA SWAT Team Visits Andover Transfer Station
The NRRA SWAT Team was on the road again and braving the freezing cold temperatures on January 21st to visit the Andover Transfer Station. As a result of this visit, Andover will be provided a written report containing short-term and long-term recommendations for the operations of their Transfer Station.
Just for the asking, your NRRA Member Services representative will arrange and coordinate a SWAT to be conducted at your facility. Call your representative today!
SWATs (Solid Waste Advisory Team) are a great example of Members helping Members! Thank you again teams!
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.
Don’t forget that our “Members Only” section of our website is now up and running! Please take a moment to register to access this part of our website as it has a lot of content that is only available to our members. Registration is quick and easy. Click HERE to register now!
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
NRRA School CLUB Hosts Visit from
Hampton Recycling Education Committee
NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, hosted members of the Hampton Recycling Education Committee on January 14. Members Toni Trotzer, Tammy Deland, Corinne Baker and Norman Silberdick joined Gwen to discuss The CLUB’s workshops, technical assistance programs, and to review all the resources available on the CLUB’s webpage. Financial aid and fundraising options were also reviewed.
Hampton Transfer Station Coordinator Mark Richardson is a member of the NRRA Board of Trustees and met up with the group after his on-site meeting. After a brief tour, the group enjoyed a light lunch together.
2015 Conference Award Nominations Being Taken
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 email@example.com 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. The NH the Beautiful Board will be meeting to vote on new Grant requests on February 19, 2015. Please be sure to send in your grant applications no later than February 5, 2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Good Point Recycling is pleased to announce an E-cycles training webinar to be held on February 18th, 2015 at 10 AM. All operators involved in any aspect of the Vermont E-Cycles program are invited and encouraged to attend, particularly recent hires or anyone new to the program. Discussion topics at the meetings will cover proper handling, labeling, storage and identification of covered and banned electronic devices as well as other pertinent information to the program. To register, please respond to Nathan Hill at email@example.com.
What is a Covered Electronic Device?
Vermont’s electronic waste law prohibits the disposal of certain electronic devices and establishes a program for the collection and recycling of “covered electronic devices” from “covered entities” at no charge to the public. So, what is a covered electronic device? Below is the definition provided on the VT E-Cycles official website maintained by the State of Vermont.
Covered electronic device:
a computer; computer monitor; device containing a cathode ray tube; printer; or television from a covered entity.
The definition goes on to include what is NOT considered a covered device, and therefore ineligible for reimbursement or collection under the VT E-Cycles program.
Covered electronic device does not include: any motor vehicle or any part thereof; a camera or video camera; a portable or stationary radio; a wireless telephone; a household appliance, such as a clothes washer, clothes dryer, water heater, refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, oven, range, or dishwasher; equipment that is functionally or physically part of a larger piece of equipment intended for use in an industrial, research and development, or commercial setting; security or anti-terrorism equipment; monitoring and control instruments or systems; thermostats; hand-held transceivers; a telephone of any type; a portable digital assistant or similar device; a calculator; a global positioning system receiver or similar navigation device; commercial medical equipment that contains a cathode ray tube, a cathode ray tube device, a flat panel display, or similar video display that is not separate from the larger piece of equipment; or other medical devices, as the term “device” is defined under 21 U.S.C. § 321(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as that section is amended from time to time.
As you can see, the list of items not covered under the program is considerably longer than the the list of covered devices, but that does not mean that collectors can refuse to accept Non-covered or “banned” items. In fact, the current state plan administrators both offer collection services for non-covered items and any participating collection location with questions about logistics or details of non-covered material collection can contact their current plan administrator for further details.
Also, please note that a covered electronic device is only eligible for reimbursement under the VT E-cycles program if it was collected from a covered entity, which includes “any household, charity, or school district in the state; or a business in the state that employs ten or fewer individuals. If seven or fewer covered electronic devices are delivered to a collector at any given time, those devices shall be presumed to be from a covered entity.” In other words, covered electronic devices collected from businesses with 10 or more employees or from anyone other than a Vermont resident are not eligible for collection and reimbursement under the program, unless the entity is dropping off 7 or fewer items at a time.
For more information or to inquire about any aspect of the VT E-cycles program, please contact Nathan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~Nathan Hill, Good Point Recycling
Seattle Flagging 300 Customers Daily as Food Waste Ban Takes Effect
By Chrissy Kadleck, Waste 360
Days into enforcing its new ban on food waste, Seattle Public Utilities is flagging close to 300 customers a day–or 1 percent of its collection base–for throwing away too much food, food scraps and other compostable materials.
Effective Jan. 1, residents and business are now required to compost 90 percent or more of their food waste and food-contaminated paper napkins, paper towels and cardboard, such as pizza boxes. Those who continue to trash large amounts of food will have their garbage tagged and receive a violation notification on their bi-monthly bill.
Following a six-month education and implementation period, the city will begin issuing fines. Starting July 1, residents breaking the food waste law will receive a fine of $1 per week and multifamily and commercial customers will receive two warnings and then a $50 fine for each additional infraction.
“If people are trying to do the right thing and recycling and composting as much as they can, they shouldn’t have anything to worry about it,” says Brett Stav, senior planning and development specialist for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which projects that the food waste law will divert 38,000 tons of food scraps from the landfill and help the city achieve its goal of recycling and composting 60 percent of its waste by the end of 2015.
Even if the city achieves its first year goal, it will still send an estimated 62,000 tons of annual food waste 300 miles to a landfill in Eastern Oregon.
“The thinking behind the new food requirements is that they will act as sort of a spark for folks to try to change their routines and think about the things that they are throwing away not as waste but as a wasted resource,” Stav says. “Seattle is sending about 125,000 tons of organics to our compost facility every year but there’s that other 100,000 that we’re not capturing and it’s pretty equally split up between businesses and residents.”
Composting food scraps isn’t new for Seattle whose residents who have enjoyed curbside food waste collection since 2005. In 2009, the city required all residents to either subscribe to food and yard waste collection or participate in backyard composting. Since late 2011, multifamily buildings have been required to provide compost collection for their residents.
“So really we’ve been doing it for almost 10 years and people have been paying for the service for the last five. We’ve found that most of the people have been utilizing the service,” Stav says. “There has probably been 10 to 20 percent not utilizing the service but they have been paying for it. This program is really getting that last 10 to 20 percent to use it more regularly.”
New Composting Rules for Businesses
The new law also requires that commercial establishments that generate food waste and compostable paper to subscribe to a composting service, compost their food waste on-site or self-haul their food waste for processing.
That has translated in a significant influx of new customers for Recology CleanScapes, one of two haulers that contracts with the city to collect its waste. The company estimates it has seen a 30 percent increase in commercial food waste customers since November.
“There has been a lot of interest both from residents and commercial customers. It has been an opportunity for us to educate them on where to properly place materials,” says Kevin Kelly, government and community relations manager for Recology, which collects waste in about half of the city. “By the time that July 1 rolls around customers will have been thoroughly educated on what goes in which bin. So I think the level of contaminants will decline significantly.”
Implementation has been smooth so far. Contrary to what one might think, drivers only need to spend seconds to visually inspect the trash for excess food waste, Kelly said.
“There are already programs in place where we look for contamination so it’s not as if we’re doing anything out of the ordinary,” Kelly says.
The city prohibited yard waste from the garbage in 1988 and recyclables in 2005. Drivers leave a tag for the resident and log the violation using onboard technology.
“We’re not slowing down to rip open bags. They don’t spend time sifting through materials to determine the exact level of contamination. We’re talking obvious contamination.”
Residents and businesses appear to be embracing the new regulations.
“They understand the city’s desire to divert more material from landfills. They understand it is a better use for food scraps, which includes turning it into compost,” Kelly says. “The city of Seattle is excited to be an environmental leader.”
EPA Revises Rule on Hazardous Waste Recycling
Alan Gerlat, Waste 360
The EPA revised the Definition of Solid Waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The final rule overturns or revises several hazardous waste recycling exclusions previously included, according to a news release.
In a key part of the revision, the EPA replaced the existing transfer-based exclusion with a “verified recycler exclusion.” The new provision requires that all recyclers operating under the provision have RCRA permits or obtain variances prior to reclaiming hazardous waste materials.
The rule retains the exclusion for hazardous secondary materials that are legitimately reclaimed under the control of the generator.
Another significant change in the rule is the codification of legitimacy criteria that all hazardous waste recyclers must meet. Those criteria include that the material must provide a useful contribution to the product, and the recycling process must produce a valuable product, among other factors.
The rule takes effect July 13.
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. (email@example.com)
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
February 11th: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Office
February 19th: NH the Beautiful Board Meeting- 8:30 a.m. at the NRRA Office
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.