INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- Chaz Miller Named as Keynote Speaker at NRRA Conference
- January Pricing Guide Now Available
- NRRA Conference: Call for Papers, Award Nominations and More!
- Annual Compost Bin Sale Underway – Register Now!
- NRRA School CLUB Visits New Boston Transfer Station
- NH DES News: HHW Grants & Training Opportunities
- USDA Offers Community Facilities Grants
- VT SWIP Assistance & E-Cycles Webinar and Training Meeting
- National News
- Classifieds & NRRA Calendar
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~Recycling Fact of the Day~
A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world’s oceans. That’s enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
We’re Back! At least some of us were able to get some brief respite and recharge so we could reduce the normal stress and recycle our energies into another year of reusable energy and effort! Having run out of R’s myself, I found some help on line. I am sure there are more out there but they are “all good “.
We are looking forward to another great conference as the 34th Annual Conference and Expo is gearing up. I am pleased to announce that our Key Note Speaker this year is Chaz Miller – Mr.“Garbage is good” from Washington DC.
Chaz Miller is Director, Policy/Advocacy, for the National Waste & Recycling Association, a trade association for private sector haulers, recyclers, composters, and disposal companies. He has been involved in recycling since 1976 when he joined the Source Separation Program of the US EPA’s Resource Recovery Division. He has also worked for the Glass Packaging Institute.
Miller has been a keynoter and speaker at recycling and solid waste conferences in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. He was a plenary session speaker at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Waste Management Conference in Tokyo, February 2011.
Miller writes “The Circular File”, an award-winning column for Waste 360 magazine. He was Chairman of the Board of the National Recycling Coalition and was President of the Maryland Recycling Network. He has testified at Congressional and state hearings on solid waste and recycling issues. He is an ex-officio member of the Northeast Recycling Council Board.
Chaz has presented at the NRRA conference numerous times in the past and has always been well received by attendees. We know you won’t want to miss his key-note presentation, so please join us in welcoming him back and plan to attend this year’s event. You won’t be disappointed!
NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide
The NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide for January is now available! Click HERE to view the password version 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Save the Date: 2015 Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Exposition
Mark your calendar for the nationally recognized 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the latest and greatest in recycling and solid waste management. Also back by popular demand is the Sixth Annual School Recycling Conference. Both events have something to offer everyone.
When? Monday, June 8th & Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Where? Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Manchester, NH
Would you like to present? If you’d like to submit a presentation for either conference, details are below or you can visit our website for more information at http://www.nrra.net/2015-conference-expo/.
Be sure to watch the website regularly for updates on attendance, workshops, exhibitor/sponsor opportunities and much more! We hope you will be able to join us for another fantastic conference & expo. that is sure to be our best yet!
Do you know someone that deserves recognition for their outstanding work in recycling? Nominate them for an award today. Visit the link above to find out how!
2015 Conference – Call for Presentation Proposals
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015
For over 33 years NRRA has sponsored this first in the nation conference and expo, and every year it gets bigger than ever. This year, more than ever before, the Resource Recovery profession has suffered more than its fair share of “Real Challenges” and has had to respond with “Real Solutions”. If your organization, company or community has faced those challenges with solutions that work, in the world of waste reduction, recycling or solid waste management, we invite you to share them with your fellow recyclers. Please take advantage of a great opportunity to present your information to fellow industry associates from around the country at the pre-eminent recycling conference and expo in New England. This is a fantastic chance for Recycling Coordinators, Solid Waste Managers, Volunteers, State/Federal Officials and Industry Representatives to exchange ideas, share philosophies and further promote waste reduction!
Individuals selected to give their presentation will be showcased in all conference materials and receive a complimentary registration (which includes breakfast and lunch) for both days of the Conference and Expo as well as an invitation to an exclusive pre-conference reception.
Possible topic areas include, but are NOT limited to: education and outreach programs, electronics recycling, composting, successful regional/state models, “tricks of the trade”, Transfer Station or MRF operations, new equipment, household hazardous waste reduction, single stream recycling, automated collection, aseptic packaging, market updates, transportation efficiencies, hospital/medical waste, Facility Design, and carbon credits. We are open to any and all ideas!
Please submit a one-page abstract (MS Word or PDF), containing the following information:
1) Proposed Title of Presentation
2) Speaker Name(s), Affiliation, Address, Email & Phone
3) 5-6 sentences describing the presentation content (no more than a ½ page)
4) Prior speaking experience; has presentation been done at other conferences?
5) If available, sample PowerPoint slides of presentation, or a link to a video
6) Presentation length. Sessions are typically 40-55 minutes (35-40 minutes
for presentation with an additional 5-15 minutes for Q&A). Please indicate if your
presentation is expected to be that length or a fraction thereof (in which case we will try
and find compatible speakers/presenters for the session).
DEADLINE for Presentation Proposals: Friday, January 30th, 2015
For your presentation to be considered, please email your proposal to Mike Nork at email@example.com and copy the email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Mike Nork at 1- 800-223-0150 x.14, or Mike Durfor at 1-800-223-0150
2015 School Conference – Call for Presentation Proposals
Has your organization, club, company or community been doing interesting or inspiring things in the world of waste reduction, recycling in relation to schools? If so, then take advantage of an opportunity to present your information to fellow educators and students from the Northeast at the preeminent school recycling conference in New England. This is a fantastic chance for Recycling Coordinators, Teachers, Students, Administrators, Solid Waste Managers, Volunteers, State/Federal Officials and Industry Representatives to exchange ideas, share philosophies and further promote waste reduction!
Please submit your proposal in the same format as above. School conference presentation proposals should be directed to Gwen Erley.
DEADLINE for Presentation Proposals: Friday, January 30th, 2015
For your presentation to be considered, please email your proposal to Gwen Erley at email@example.com and copy the
email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Gwen Erley at 1- 800-223-0150 x.19.
Call for Award Nominations
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.
Sami Izzo Award & Nomination Form
Deadline to Submit Awards Nominations is: April 1, 2015
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.
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
NRRA School CLUB Visits New Boston
NRRA CLUB Coordinator, Gwen Erley, recently had the pleasure of touring the New Boston Transfer Station and the New Boston Central School on December 8. Transfer Station Manager Gerry Cornett was kind enough to include her in a tour he hosted for a student working on her Senior Project.
Taylor Duckworth, a senior at the Academy for Science and Design, chose recycling in the school as her focus project. Accompanied by her mentor, AnDrew French, a TSA Advisor and Teacher at her school, Taylor took notes and asked questions about setting up an initial program and how the recycling system works as a partnership between town and school. Taylor hopes to develop a similar recycling program for her school.
Manager Gerry Cornett gave a very thorough tour of the transfer station, pointing out the importance of clear, well-placed signage, to encourage recycling of over 10 different household items. The transfer station also takes old appliances and electronics, has a compost area, heats with recycled oil and runs a swap shop to benefit their residents.
From there, the group journeyed over to the Central School and were welcomed by the staff and given a tour of the school. Each classroom has a recycling bin and students help with the
daily collections. Gerry told the story of how he located, purchased and delegated ownership of the “Green Machine” recycling truck to the students. By partnering with the transfer station, the school not only reduced their waste disposal expense, they actually made money from their recycling efforts. The students vote on how to use the funds – the most recent surplus going to fixing a drinking fountain.
The New Boston model of cooperation between town and school has been featured on both the NRRA and CLUB
webpages for their award winning program. To see their video, go to: http://newbostonnh.gov/Pages/NewBostonNH_Transfer/index and scroll down to “New Boston Central School Award Winning Recycling Program Video” for a summary of their efforts.
Now Accepting Award Nominations for the CLUB’s 6th Annual 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
The NRRA School CLUB offers a variety of workshops and educational opportunities for K-12 schools. Please click HERE to see our complete menu. Matching funds may be available from NH the Beautiful for NH Schools who would like to take advantage of these programs. Click HERE for details.
WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CLUB UP TO?
The NRRA School CLUB always loves to hear what its members and other schools are doing to recycle and help the environment so we can share it through our newsletter. There are so many different things being done, and you are our best source of information about what is working in your school. It can be a new program, a long-term project that’s been proven over time, a field trip, etc. Always feel free to contact me or submit something and you may see it in the next School News You Can Use! – Gwen Erley theCLUB@nrra.net 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
2015 Household Hazardous Waste Grants Available
NHDES is currently accepting Household Hazardous Waste Collection grant applications for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016). The application deadline is February 1, 2015. Cities, towns, solid waste management districts and planning commissions are all eligible to apply. The grant will cover up to 50% of the total cost of the project (based on total population.) A matching contribution of at least 50% is required. Funds will be disbursed as reimbursement for expenses incurred.
A copy of the Grant Application and related guidance material can be downloaded from the NHDES web-site at: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/hhwp/categories/forms.htm. Applications can also be received via e-mail by sending a request to email@example.com or in writing to: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Planning Prevention & Assistance Unit, 29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95, Concord, NH 03302-0095. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Household Hazardous Waste Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 271-2047.
Training Opportunities for Solid Waste Facility Operators
NHDES has populated the first four months of the 2015 schedule of workshops for solid waste facility operators. These workshops may be used to renew solid waste facility operator certification and accumulate continuing professional development hours. The schedule is available at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/workshop.htm. If you want to sign up for a workshop, please call (603) 271-2925.
NHDES will be offering Basic Training on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM, with the exam following the training. If you want to attend Basic Training, please complete the Initial Application for Solid Waste Facility Operator Certification and submit it to NHDES along with the required $50 fee. If you have any questions, please call (603) 271-2925.
Restrictions on the type of materials that can be burned in Outside Fires
In light of recent storm damage, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services wants to remind homeowners and businesses that there are restrictions on the types of material that can be burned in outside fires.
It is unlawful to burn items such as:
• Construction and demolition debris,
• Household trash,
• Furniture, or
• Any kind of painted, treated, or glued wood.
Burning these materials releases toxic air pollutants, creates potentially hazardous ash, and puts your family, neighbors, and the environment at risk. Therefore, these requirements are affective all year regardless of rain or snow cover.
Materials acceptable for burning include:
• Brush less than five inches in diameter originating on-site,
• Clean lumber scraps, originating on-site,
• Campfire wood,
• Charcoal, and
• Clean wood pallets.
Prior to conducting any burning, be sure to contact your local Fire Warden, Fire Department, or Town offices for additional restrictions and local ordinances.
For more information on what materials are acceptable for burning, you can contact the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services at 271-5629, or visit DES.NH.GOV and click on “Open Burning” under the A to Z topics list.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS
Happy Holidays from USDA Rural Development Office
Community Facilities Grants Encouraged:
If your town or non-profit organization is seeking funding to construct, rehab or purchase equipment for an essential community facility, please contact your local RD office. Applications that invest in critical food systems infrastructure, renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements, or high poverty regions are especially encouraged this year. New Hampshire applications are due January 16th. Vermont applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information about USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Program visit the program page here. Contact Community Program Staff for more information.
A New Life for Your Christmas Tree: Creating Fish-Friendly Habitats
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department operates a state fisheries habitat restoration program, using recycled Christmas Trees to make fish-friendly habitats. Some lake bottoms are void of the natural structures that fish like to hide in, says Gabe Gries, a fisheries biologist with the department. Some of that is natural, but property owners also have contributed by removing fallen trees they consider unsightly or clearing vegetation close to the shore to create sandy beaches.
The project, which is paid for with the money raised from fishing licenses, drops the recycled trees into lakes, creating “habitat improvement structures” where fish can hide and find food. During an experiment in a Massachusetts lake, state biologists saw a fivefold increase in the number of fish caught around sunken Christmas trees compared to other places in the lake, according to Todd Richards, a fisheries biologist in the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game.
NRRA SWIP Assistance
NRRA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with two dedicated environmental stewards, Norm Staunton of CompassWorks, and Marc Morgan of Morgan Environmental Solutions, to be able to assist our Vermont Members and non-members alike address the new Act 148 SWIP and MMP requirements. NRRA is uniquely qualified, thanks to the expertise of this team and its own EPA Environmental Award Winning staff, to be able to help with all SWIP and MMP requirements – be they large or small. Please click here to see the offering brochure, and call today for your free consultation. We look forward to working with you.
Good Point Recycling to Host E-Cycles Training Webinar and Meeting
Good Point Recycling will host a training webinar on January 21st at 10 AM and an in-person training meeting held at 227 Pond Lane, Middlebury, VT 05753 on January 28th at 10 AM. Both the webinar and in-person training meeting will cover the same topics and 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.
~Nathan Hill, Good Point Recycling
Taking Down Your Tree? Feed It To A Colchester Goat
Your Christmas tree may be dry and droopy and dropping its needles, but as far as the goats at Pine Island Farm are concerned, it’s looking pretty tasty.
That’s according to Karen Fruedenberger, project manager at the Vermont Goat Collaborative in Colchester, which is currently soliciting unwanted Christmas trees, a.k.a. goat snacks, on its Facebook page.
“At this time of year, they don’t have anything fresh,” Freudenberger said by phone Friday. The winter diet at the collaborative, which provides refugees resettled in Vermont with unwanted bucklings from dairy farms to raise and slaughter for meat, is dry hay and grain.
“Like the rest of us in mid-winter, if we could have a couple of fresh tomatoes, we’d be pretty happy, too,” she says.
This is the second year that the collaborative has collected trees for the animals and the first time it’s put out a public request. Last year it received about 20 trees from members of the community, Freudenberger says, which goat farmer Chuda Dhaurali supplemented by making a few rounds through nearby neighborhoods and picking up trees left out on the curb.
Freudenberger can’t overstate how delicious the trees are to the goats. “We didn’t realize how much the goats were going to love the trees, but they really, really, really love them … When they have stripped down that tree, there is nothing left.”
And she says they have some health benefits, too: “They have tannins, and other medicinal qualities, I guess you would call it, that treat any parasites that the goats might have.”
The collaborative is open to drop-offs at any time, but is inviting people to stop by on Sunday, Jan. 4 or Saturday, Jan. 10 between 1 and 3 p.m., and will be thanking people with hot drinks and goat cookies. The post, which has directions to the farm, has this reminder: “Please remove all ornaments and tinsel!”
Recycling Industries Coalition opposes “dirty MRF” concept
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
A newly formed group of recycling organizations and stakeholders is weighing in on the effects of mixed waste processing on recycling.
“Coalition members know that a facility processing waste and recyclables mixed together, known as a dirty MRF, will not improve and may harm recycling,” the policy statement from the newly formed Recycling Industries Coalition (RIC) reads. RIC is made up of recycling stakeholders from across the country and initially formed to combat an Indianapolis project centered around a mixed waste processing facility, or dirty MRF.
While that facility was eventually approved by city officials, RIC “continues as a way to educate policy makers, local officials and the community about the potential negative consequences of multi-material processing facilities,” the group writes in an official release.
Mixing solid waste and recyclables, according to RIC’s official policy statement on the approach, “will severely degrade them to the point that they will only be usable for incineration, landfilling or energy recovery, which is not recycling.”
RIC members include a number of large industry groups and stakeholders, including: American Forest & Paper Association, Glass Packaging Institute, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Knauf Insulation, Newark Group, Owens-Illinois, Inc., Paper Recycling Coalition, the Steel Recycling Institute and Waste Management.
The group’s position has been supported by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) as well.
“NRC supports the policy adopted by the RIC in highlighting concerns with the implementation of dirty MRFs,” an NRC post states. “The NRC agrees with concerns with dirty MRFs that RIC highlighted and other concerns. Instead of relying on dirty MRFs, NRC urges communities to implement best practices for the separate collection of recyclables.”
While the mixed waste processing approach is not new, it has seen a resurgence in interest among some U.S. cities looking to boost relatively low recycling rates. Beyond the Indianapolis project, a $35 million mixed waste processing facility for residential waste opened earlier this year in Birmingham, Alabama. Houston has also continued looking into the merits of the “all in one bin” approach. According to equipment maker Bulk Handling Systems, which has released a six-part video series on the issue, mixed waste processing has evolved significantly and can now effectively separate recyclables from a mixed municipal waste stream.
Aluminum Cans Hit 70-Percent Recycled Content, Study Notes
By Alan Gerlat, Waste 360
The study conducted by the environmental research firm PE International also concludes that cans are 2 percent lighter than in 2010 and the lightest beverage option available. They also require 14 percent less energy to manufacture compared with 2010. The new study updates a lifecycle assessment study released that year, according to a news release from the Arlington, Va.-based Aluminum Association.
The study surveyed can sheet producers and can manufacturers representing nearly 100 percent of production in 2012 in the United States and Canada.
“This new data reinforces the tremendous sustainability advantages when consumers choose to enjoy their beverage of choice from an infinitely recyclable aluminum can,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.
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
January 14th: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Office
January 14th: NRRA Board Meeting- 10:30 a.m.
January 30th: Deadline for Conference Speaker/Presenter Proposals
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