July 29, 2015-Full of Scrap

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • From the Director’s Chair-NHDES Notice about SW Operator Training
  • NRRA News-Plastic Gaylords For Sale…Help Us Out!!!
  • School News You Can Use- NRRA School CLUB Relaunches Team Earth Program
  • NH the Beautiful- Get your Grant Applications in ASAP!
  • NHDES News
  • NH News-Citizen Service Skills Workshop Offered, DES Credit Available!
  • Vermont News- Mandatory Recycling?  Little Enforcement
  • Massachusetts News-SSRC Updates
  • National News-Recycling News from around the Nation
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

directors-chair1-200x300This issue is full of important information on NHDES Operator Training. As you can see below, there is a budget freeze causing NHDES to cancel all training for the rest of the year except for 2 sessions upcoming in August. If your certifications need credit to be maintained this year you should sign up today! If these fill up, there is one on the 20th sponsored by Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Planning Commission, the details of which we have included below. The NRRA Monthly MOM meetings also count for credit. The next one will be September 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM. In addition, NRRA will be offering new training for Operators both in NH and Vermont as part of a USDA Grant award. Those will start probably at the earliest in January but if we can jump start a couple before the end of the year to help with this situation we will let you know so you can attend and get your credits either by workshop or webinar. NRRA believes that Operators need to be supported as they deal with front line issues every day and NRRA will continue to help with up to date training session as much as possible.

DUAL STREAM CHALLENGES:

Dual stream program sites with commingled containers and mixed paper are being continually challenged as more of the older facilities that accept that material either close or have to increase their charges to be more in line with the price setter in the market place, single stream. In addition to pricing changes, logistical costs are escalating at an ever increasing rate the further the material needs to be transported. As always NRRA is tracking all options to be able to recommend the most cost effective solutions, both short term and long term to the approved locations. The more that members work with NRRA the more we can leverage the volumes for both pricing and service preferences. In tough recycling times, service and guaranteed payment are as important, if not more so, than pricing alone. Stay in touch with your member service representative as your MSW and C&D contracts renew so NRRA can either bid or advise you on the value of the offers you receive.

NHDES Solid Waste Facility Operator Training Update

NHDESDue to a number of factors, the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) is postponing the Basic Training class that was scheduled for August 14, 2015. DES will notify all operators that have submitted an initial application when the next Basic Training is scheduled and will automatically register them to attend. New operators should continue to submit initial applications in order to obtain Processed Applicant status and be eligible to work at solid waste facilities.

Any operator who currently has Processed Applicant status will 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 DES if this requirement presents a hardship.

In addition, DES is not able to present all of the Solid Waste Facility Operator workshops originally scheduled through the end of 2015. However, DES will hold two workshops entitled “Afternoon at the Movies” on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. DES will show documentaries about waste management and discuss their relevance here in New Hampshire. Please contact DES to reserve a seat at one of these workshops. If there is a high demand on either day, DES will add a morning session.

These two workshops are reserved for solid waste operators who:
• Have certification expiration dates on or before December 31, 2015; and
• Haven’t already taken 2.5 hours of continuing professional development.

PLEASE NOTE: These will be the only workshops DES will offer for the rest of 2015.

If an operator’s certification expires before September 10, and they haven’t yet taken 2.5 hours of continuing professional development, they should sign up for the August date to avoid having to pay the $25 late fee.

IMPORTANT: Certified Operators will still need to submit documentation of continuing professional development with their annual renewal applications and 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.

DES regrets any inconvenience this causes and is available during regular business hours to answer questions and provide technical assistance as needed. Please visit the DES Solid Waste Facility Operator Training & Certification Program’s website at http://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 call (603) 271-2925 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.

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NRRA NEWS

NRRA Needs Your Help!  Plastic Gaylords For Sale!

plastic_gaylordNRRA has already received orders for 28 of these gaylords, but we need reach a minimum of 40. Any takers? Cost $116/ea without lid, $134/ea with lid (as pictured above).  Facilities that utilize these gaylords have not been disappointed & neither will you!

We are taking orders for these 43”W x 36”H x 32”D gaylords. They are very durable and great for storage of aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, or paper.
Filled with cans or plastic, they are light enough to move by hand or can be stacked two high! And, although they are lightweight, they are extremely strong and have a top that can also act as a bottom to add strength and extend life expectancy.  Please us today to place an order to help us reach our minimum goal of 40 units!

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

 TEAM EARTH RELAUNCH!

RocketThe NRRA School Recycling CLUB is pleased to announce the relaunch of our “Team Earth” Awards program – a program developed to recognize CLUB members (and provide potential for prizes!) for the great work they are doing in the world of school recycling!!

The Activity Manual is a great way to get started and ease into recycling at your school. It lists out a number of activities and their point values.  Teachers and students can select the activities they want to accomplish.

“Team Earth” has three levels of recognition: “Bronze,” “Silver” and “Gold.” The level of award is directly dependent on how proactive a school recycling CLUB is, i.e., how many items it recycles, how actively it promotes its program, educating people on the importance of recycling, etc. For each recycling activity a CLUB undertakes it receives “TEAM EARTH” points. It is through these points that a school can reach for the “Gold” and receive the highest level of school recycling recognition awarded.

How does a school earn points?
Complete an activity listed in the “TEAM EARTH” Activity Guide or contact The CLUB with your own activity ideas to determine their point value. Activities can be completed by individuals or by groups (students, teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, etc…..)

Fill out a TEAM EARTH Activity Application and send it to the CLUB. You can fill out the application form at any time – some schools may fill one out every time they complete an activity or wait until they have completed an entire awards level of activities. We are finalizing the awards which will be posted very soon!

BRONZE – Beginning the Awards program!
30 “TEAM EARTH” points.
Recycle 2 items.
Reward – Bronze Award Sticker; CLUB Press Release to local paper.

 SILVER – Going beyond basics!
60 “TEAM EARTH” points.
Recycle 3 items.
Reward – Silver Award Sticker; CLUB Press Release to local paper; automatic entry in the Conference drawing for $200 CLUB programming credit.

GOLD – Reaching for the highest level of recognition!
100 “TEAM EARTH” points.
Recycle 4 items.

All 3 levels must be reached within 4 years in order to achieve a “Gold Award.”
Reward – Gold Award Sticker; CLUB Press Release to local paper; automatic entry in the Conference drawing for $200 CLUB programming credit; Best of the Best Award presented at Annual Conference; Free Conference Registration for winner and one guest; Free Tree* (up to $250) and planting ceremony at your school.
*Limited to 1 tree every 4 years.

 

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DEADLINE:  Email a picture of your entry to theCLUB@nrra.net by Friday, April 15, 2016 to be eligible!

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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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 on August 20th to review all new equipment grant applications.  Please submit your grant application to Stacey Morrison at NRRA (smorrison@nrra.net) no later than August 7th if you wish to have it considered at this 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.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.

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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

NHDES

News about Solid Waste Facility Annual Reports

NHDES has filed a final proposed rule regarding the signature requirement for annual facility reports for active solid waste facilities. The rule will replace a change made in the 2014 readoption with a cross-reference to the existing signature requirements. Review by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules is expected at the meeting scheduled for August 20, 2015. More information can be found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/legal/rulemaking/index.htm#psolidw. NHDES is continuing to explore ways to facilitate improved communications between certified operators and local officials who have authority to implement needed changes at a permitted facility.

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Motor Vehicle Recycling Facility (MVRF) Local License Inventory Update

The NH Green Yards Program is updating its database with current facilities holding a motor vehicle recycling facility local license per RSA 236:111-129. Within the next few weeks, the program will be sending out questionnaires to each municipality via e-mail to gather information regarding the MVRFs in the state. This inventory will be used by the NHDES to provide information to active facilities regarding the environmental Best Management Practices and the NEW MtBE Bureau within the Department. It is essential that we have an updated list of licensed facilities. For questions, please contact Tara Mae Albert at Tara.Albert@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-2938.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS

Citizen Service Skills Workshop

Grizzley(or How to Work with the Tough Customer)

Have you noticed that citizens are less patient and more demanding than in the past? Serving the public is a challenging job that requires effective listening, problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, and interpersonal skills. This workshop will review the basics and some of the newest concepts and tools.

Participant Outcomes:
This workshop is for all municipal staff to learn new techniques in assisting the public in an effective and positive way. There will be break-out sessions, and transfer station attendants will be in separate sessions.

• Learn compelling reasons for citizens to provide positive behavior such as recycling
• Techniques for introducing environmental and other important topics to citizens
• How to deal with difficult or angry citizens
• Discussion and sharing of best practices
• How to partner with local schools to share information

Training provided by the New Hampshire Bureau of Education and Training.
TRANSFER STATION ATTENDANTS CAN RECEIVE 2-1/2 HOURS CREDIT FROM NH DES FOR ATTENDANCE.

When & Where:
Thursday, August 20, 2015
9 AM—Noon
Grantham Town Offices (Park in Back) 300 NH Route 10
Grantham, NH 03753

To Register on-line CLICK HERE  or you can call or email Victoria Davis at vdavis@uvlsrpc.org / 603-488-1680

Provided by the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission with funding from USDA.

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VERMONT NEWS

Mandatory recycling? There’s little enforcement

By Paris Achen, Burlington Free Press July 2015

Vermont RecyclingThe roll-out of mandatory statewide recycling July 1 has raised questions about whether individuals can be prosecuted for throwing recyclables into trash receptacles.

Act 148 — passed by the state Legislature in 2012 — authorizes enforcement of the law but provides no specifics on how to hold everyday residents accountable. Limited state resources and Vermont case law also would make enforcement difficult to pursue.

Deborah Markowitz, secretary of Agency of Natural Resources, says there is no cause for concern.

“Our focus right now is on compliance and education,” Markowitz says. “There is no intent to go after individuals for not pulling out recyclables.”

Lawmakers approved the Universal Recycling Law in an effort to increase the state recycling rate.

For the past 10 years, Vermont has recycled about 30-36 percent of all materials disposed of, says Josh Kelly, materials management section chief at the Agency of Natural Resources Solid Waste Program. About 50 percent of that material either is recyclable or can be composted, Kelly says.

A water bottle and a newspaper are among the recyclable items inside a residential dumpster in downtown Burlington. (Photo: PARIS ACHEN/FREE PRESS)

A water bottle and a newspaper are among the recyclable items inside a residential dumpster in downtown Burlington. (Photo: PARIS ACHEN/FREE PRESS)

So far, enforcement has focused on waste districts, towns and trash haulers. Waste districts and towns are required to have a plan that complies with the law and shows they can meet requirements. Haulers are required to offer recycling and to bundle the price for trash and recycling. Haulers also are required to notify customers of their obligation to separate their trash.

For instance, Chittenden County haulers receive brightly colored “oops” stickers to place on bins with unacceptable items.

So far, the Agency of Natural Resources has taken no enforcement action on companies, because officials want to make sure everyone is aware of the new rules, Kelly says.

A water bottle and a newspaper are among the recyclable items inside a residential dumpster in downtown Burlington. (Photo: PARIS ACHEN/FREE PRESS)
“We are following up on allegations that some haulers are not communicating their new recycling services to customers,” Kelly says. “We’re making phone calls to make sure they’re aware.”

The agency has the authority to issue a notice of alleged violation to haulers and to other companies with obligations under the recycling law, Kelly says. Those violations can result in fines calculated under a formula based on severity and length of the violation. After two violations, the agency has the power to revoke a company’s license, Kelly says.
The law offers no guidance on how to enforce the law on residents, such as issuing tickets or citations.

Customer service or trash cop?

Some trash haulers say the law has shifted their role from customer service to policing.

Haulers may have their loads rejected if they bring in too much trash among the recycling or too many recycling items in the trash. That means haulers either must sort trash themselves or refuse to pick up loads where customers have failed to sort properly, says Lee Tourville of Tourville Trucking in Jericho.

In Chittenden County, an ordinance that takes effect Oct. 1 requires transfer stations to impose a banned materials fee on haulers if 10 percent or more of a load is banned waste, says Nancy Plunkett, waste reduction manager at the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

Many customers have no idea what is recyclable, says Nate Guay of At Your Disposal in Underhill. He often contends with Styrofoam in his loads. He says he’s lucky to have a small route in Underhill, where everyone knows each other. If someone has items in the wrong bin, he says he feels comfortable going to customers’ doors to tell them.

“We’ve always been about wanting to please our customers, and now they want us to police our customers,” Tourville says.

Tourville avoids confrontations with customers by sorting bins himself before he loads the contents on his truck.

“My customers don’t want to hear a lecture on how they sorted their garbage wrong; they just want the trash to be gone when they get back from work,” Tourville says.

A small bucket-loader pushes recyclables toward a conveyor belt intake at the Materials Recovery Facility in Williston. As of July 1, recyclables were banned from landfills. (Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS FILE)

Test case

Chittenden County, the most populous of Vermont’s 14 counties, might be a test case for the statewide mandatory recycling law.

The Chittenden County Solid Waste District banned recyclables from the landfill in 1993. Since then, the percentage of all materials recycled has increased from 31.7 to 44, says Clare Innes, communications coordinator for the district.

Burlington residents, who live in the waste district’s jurisdiction, say they frequently see recyclables in dumpsters at their apartments.

Caroline Kimball, a University of Vermont student, says the recycling bin at her apartment complex often overflows. When that happens, tenants often throw excess cans and other recyclables into the trash.

“I recycle, but that’s a pledge I made to myself, but I think some people just do it willy-nilly,” says Burlington resident Emily Newton. “They may recycle the cans but don’t want to wash out the next item that’s going to take a little bit longer, so that goes into the trash.”

A Vermont Supreme Court case from 1996 said that authorities may not use household trash obtained without a warrant as evidence in any criminal case. That specific ruling involved a drug conviction but has hampered efforts to enforce the Chittenden County ordinance, says Plunkett, waste reduction manager at the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

The plaintiff sued the state to throw out his conviction.

“Apparently, there was evidence of a drug crime in trash, which was set out at the curb to be picked out,” Plunkett said. “The Vermont Supreme Court decided that when residents set out their trash, they have an expectation of privacy all of the way into the landfill.

“That has hampered us. If a resident puts trash in opaque bag, we may not use it to use as evidence as violation of an ordinance.”

Markowitz, secretary of natural resources, says the goal of the law is progress rather than perfection.

“The goal of the law is to get closer to a point where we’re recycling more than we are throwing away,” Markowitz says.

Provisions of the law take effect on a staggered schedule through 2020 to give companies and municipalities time to prepare.

Most of the significant provisions of the law took effect July 1. Those include:

•Recyclables banned from landfills, including paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass and plastics No. 1 and 2.

•Solid waste haulers required to offer recycling collection.

•Municipalities required to provide pay-as-you-throw pricing systems for residential trash.

•Recycling containers are required next to all trash cans in public buildings and spaces.

•Transfer stations must accept leaf and yard debris.

•Food scrap generators of 52 tons per year must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles.

In 2016, leaf, yard and clean wood debris will be banned from landfills, and in 2020, all food scraps will be banned from landfills.

This story was first posted online July 18, 2015. Contact Paris Achen at 802-660-1874 and pachen@freepressmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/parisachen and https://www.facebook.com/ColTrends.

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MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

South Shore Recycling Coop (SSRC) Updates

SSRC HeadingJune Board Meeting news
    SCS Engineers – compost site management
    Paint Stewardship bill support letters
   Fall HHW collections
   DEP regulatory remedies
   SSRC Propane tank pricing
Plymouth BOH passes hauler recycling reg
Norwell votes for Pay-as-you-throw
SSRC Director testifies State House hearing
SSRC applies for field staff grant
CRTRecycling still operating despite fire
SE Muni Recycling Council – tech aides for muni programs
Recyclables market synopsis (NRRA)
Tips from SWANA Listserv: Automation of Garbage Collection
MassCEC Awards $1.1 Mil for Anaerobic Digestion Projects

Click HERE to View entire SSRC News Page

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NATIONAL NEWS

Reaching Zero Waste is Impossible Without Strategies for Reducing and Reusing

Jacquelin Ottman, Waste 360 July 2015

screen-shot-2015-07-15-45130-pmHave you seen the documentary “Racing To Zero” yet? It spotlights San Francisco’s efforts to achieve an aggressive zero waste goal of diverting 90 percent of its municipal waste from landfill by 2020. San Francisco leads the country in this endeavor, and in that regard has much to teach the rest of us.

However, the film’s too sunny presentation of the City by the Bay’s recycling efforts to the near exclusion of reducing and reusing risks sending a message to consumers that could perversely result in more waste generation—and wasteful consumption, not less.

Recyclables can be a valuable source of materials that can be turned into new products for often less cost and environmental impact than mining and processing virgin materials. It creates jobs and protects resources.

That said, not all materials can be physically recycled (due to difficulties separating for instance), or benefit from profitable markets that would warrant their collection.

Achieving zero waste is about more than collecting recyclables and turning them into new products. It’s about an integrated approach to solid waste management that reduces the amount and toxicity of wastes in the first place. It’s about making sure that waste materials are directed to their highest and best use; this may include refilling some packages, for example, rather than simply sending them for recycling.

Finally, according to the definition adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance, and espoused by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and others, zero waste is about more than landfill diversion. It is about preventing waste from occurring in the first place by changing consumption culture with a prominent role for Reduce and Reuse, the two R’s that rank above Recycling in EPA’s Waste Management Hierarchy.

“Racing to Zero” has close to zero (couldn’t resist the pun) discussion of San Francisco’s efforts to promote these other 2 R’s by highlighting campaigns (which I presume exist) to encourage consumers to use refillable water bottles and coffee cups, bring their own bags to the supermarket, or shop in thrift stores, swap instead of buy new, or obtain used products via online platforms such as eBay and Craig’s List.

These other 2 R’s are just as important if not moreso within an integrated solid waste management plan (and documentary) educating folks about the best way to get to zero waste.

Composting does play a key role in “Racing to Zero” (and is the ‘star’ of the film’s trailer), as it is considered to be a form of recycling, and its benefits are well displayed, although its treatment too could benefit from a more balanced discussion of alternative, environmentally preferable ways of disposing of food waste such as nourishment for humans and animals.

Understanding why “Racing to Zero” is so unbalanced is not germane to this column (although the film’s producer is listed as an artist in residence at Recology, the city’s outsourced recycling organization, and Recology is listed as a partner on the official website.) And I don’t mean to shoot the messenger. This film has much to teach about the potential value of recycling to shift perceptions of trash from garbage to a resource. Given its single-minded focus on recycling, perhaps it would have been better titled along those lines rather than as a portrayal of San Francisco’s zero waste efforts with its multi-pronged approach.

My main point is this: Without a more concerted focus on Reduce and Reuse, together with a more balanced discussion of the effectiveness of recycling with the context of achieving zero waste, “Racing to Zero” and any related communication by any other group to follow will lose an important opportunity to credibly educate the public at large and those of us in cities like my own (New York) about the role that recycling can play as an effective solid waste strategy. At worst, it risks sending a message to consumers that recycling is the new ‘away,’ and that our throwaway culture can continue unabated.

This is a modified version of a column that originally appeared at WeHatetoWaste.com.

Jacquie Ottman is the founder and principal of New York City-based Ottman Consulting Inc. Since 1989, Ottman has been advising Fortune 500 companies and several U.S. government ecolabeling programs on positive strategies for encouraging consumers to consume more sustainably. In 2012 Ottman founded www.wehatetowaste.com, an online community of influencers forging a ‘no waste lifestyle’ via the sharing of global best practices. She is also the author or co-author of five books on green marketing

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Recycling could cost towns and cities, but less than it costs to waste with abandon

Bangor Daily News Editorial Board July 2015

Maine was supposed to be recycling half of its waste by now. Instead, the statewide recycling rate has stalled around 40 percent. As communities and lawmakers look for ways to boost recycling — essentially, diverting as much waste as possible from the landfill — they must keep in mind that recycling, like so much else, is market-driven.

When lawmakers in 1989 set a 50 percent recycling goal for the state, they also established a waste disposal hierarchy that lays out a number of means — reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and incineration — to keep as much waste as possible out of the state’s landfills.

Certainly, the waste hierarchy is justified by environmental concerns. But there’s also a cost justification: Landfilling is expensive. There’s the cost of processing and hauling as well as the long-term cost of maintaining a landfill and adding new capacity once existing landfills are maxed out.

Fortunately, Mainers produced slightly less waste in 2013 — 2.56 million tons — than they produced the year before, according to the latest Waste Generation and Disposal Capacity Report from the Department of Environmental Protection, and Mainers produce less waste per person than the national average. However, there’s much more waste that can be diverted away from the landfill.

A 2011 report by the University of Maine found that nearly 22 percent of the material in Maine’s solid waste could be recycled; 38 percent could be composted, meaning compost has even more potential to divert waste.

On the recycling front, the economics must be settled in some way, says Joe Fusco, a vice president at Casella Waste Systems. The economics are broken, he says, because they rely on commodities markets to cover the costs of recycling. But the prices for cardboard, metal and glass have been low for several years.

“We kind of got everyone thinking that recycling was free,” Bill Moore, an Atlanta-based industry consultant on paper recycling told The Washington Post, which recently published a lengthy story on the difficult economics of recycling. “It’s never really been free, and in fact, it’s getting more expensive.”

The question, says Casella’s Fusco, is how to price recycling services. Translation: Under the current model, someone will have to pay more to have recyclables picked up and sorted — at least at times when commodity prices are low. That someone will be municipalities, home and business owners, or all of the above.

“The environmental value [of recycling] has proven itself,” Fusco said. “Now, the economic value needs to be proven.”

While The Washington Post article blamed the ease of recycling — especially the advent of single stream, which requires no sorting — for exacerbating the problem, Fusco said that isn’t the case in New England.

“With single stream, contamination is far outweighed by the fact that more people participate and they are recycling more,” he said. “The worst contamination is recyclable materials in the landfill.”

On the composting front, several cities, such as Denver and Seattle, have started curbside compost pickup in recent years, and a few Maine communities are experimenting with ways to divert this waste from the landfill.

In the Portland area, Garbage to Garden has enrolled more than 3,700 households, which pay $14 a month to have their food scraps and other compostables picked up. They can get free compost for their gardens in return. The company has helped communities divert more than 2,000 tons of compostables from the incinerator and landfill since 2013.

In the process, Garbage to Garden estimates it has saved Cumberland, Falmouth, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Yarmouth nearly $144,000 in waste disposal costs. However, unlike curbside recycling, those who use the service pay for it (or volunteer for the service in order to defray the cost).

Communities have relied on recycling for years to cut the costs of waste disposal. But with the cost-saving ability of recycling alone in doubt, towns and cities have to broaden their waste reduction strategies — through incentives to reduce waste at the source, occasionally covering the costs of recycling, and encouraging more compost — in order to realize an economic return from the tremendous environmental benefit of wasting less.

 

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted

Transfer Station Supervisor

Town of Chesterfield is seeking a motivated team player to serve as Supervisor for the town’s Transfer Station.  Saturdays required.    Responsible for planning, directing, conducting and administering all functions of the Transfer Station.  Must be responsible, hard working, dependable and work well with the public.  Some mechanical skills a plus.  Applications may be obtained at the Chesterfield Selectmen’s Office or Transfer Station.  (603) 363-4624 ext 10.  Applications should be submitted to the Selectmen’s Office by noon on August 31st.

Rick Carrier, Chesterfield Town Administrator
(603) 363-4624 x13
admin@nhchesterfield.com

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SOLID WASTE MANAGER

The Town of Marlborough (pop. 2,000) seeks a knowledgeable and experienced, part-time (approx. 20 hours/week) Solid Waste Manager to manage and coordinate all aspects of the community’s Recycling Center/Transfer Station. Working under the supervision of a three-member Board of Selectmen, the Manager supervises three part-time employees.

Desired skills and experience include knowledge of municipal solid waste and recycling management issues, mechanical aptitude and “trouble shooting” skills and experience operating mechanical/motorized equipment used in solid waste operations. The candidate must have or be eligible to obtain State certification. Must be able to perform physical tasks including lifting, turning, reaching and squatting. Candidates should possess proven interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with the ability to maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, department heads, employees and the public. In addition, working Saturday (the center’s busiest day) is required.

Salary for this part-time position is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Submit cover letter, resume and references to Sandra LaPlante, Administrative Assistant, PO Box 487, Marlborough, NH 03455 or email to Selectmen@marlboroughnh.org by noon on August 11, 2015. The Town of Marlborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Compliance Officer – ecomaine

ecomaine, a leader is sustainable waste management strategies, is currently looking for a Compliance Officer to add to their team. This position will be responsible for developing, implementing, and executing the Regional Hauler Permitting & Compliance Program. Other responsibilities include the following:

• Review applications, issuing permits and collecting permit fees.

• Investigating and ensuring compliance with the Regional Hauler Permitting & Compliance Program, providing appropriate documentation and background to owner communities to address compliance issues.

• Track tonnage and waste flows to properly manage the program. Stays abreast of latest developments and trends in the industry to provide community members with up to date information.

• Provide education and outreach materials associated with this program, as well as the outreach and educational programs that the organization offers.

• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

• Bachelors’ or Associates Degree related to environmental and/or enforcement issues or an equivalent amount of education and experience providing the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the function.
• At least three years of experience and be comfortable with compliance and enforcement issues.
• Creative, outgoing, multi-tasker, self-starter, very well organized, able to make well-reasoned decisions, a problem solver, and is independent while still being a team player.
• Able to work effectively with all levels within ecomaine
• Valid State of Maine driver’s license and insurable under ecomaine policies.
• Must have strong writing and computer skills specifically with the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs.

ecomaine is a equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary history to rebecca@kmaconsultingllc.com. Candidates can also apply online at jobsinme.com.

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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

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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IPS Model AT965HS100 Auto Tie Baler

For Sale BalerOne (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.  (info@nrra.net)

 

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Roll-Off Container

28.5 cu. yd. Roll-off container – 22’L  x  7′ W  x  5′ H
Needs door chain welded on.  Needs hinge wall stiffened.
$500 or best offer picked up in Lee, NH
Needs work  –  Hinge wall needs welding, etc.
For more information contact Roger Rice, Lee  NH Transfer Station – cell:  603- 969-9626

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 NRRA CALENDAR

August

  • NO MOM Meeting This Month

  • August 19: NRRA Board Meeting 9:00 a.m.-Location to be announced

  • August 20: NH the Beautiful Board Meeting-NRRA Offices

September

  • September 7: Labor Day

  • September 9: M.O.M Meeting-NRRA Offices

 

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