June 17, 2015-Full of Scrap

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • From the Director’s Chair:  34th Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Recycling Obstacles Remain, Despite Achievements: An Article from NH Business Review about the 34th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker
  • 2015 NRRA Conference Award Winners Announced
  • June Pricing Guide
  • Plastic Gaylords for Sale!
  • School News You Can Use: 6th Annual School Recycling Conference & More!
  • New Hampshire the Beautiful: NHtB Environmental Stewardship Award Winner Announced
  • National News
  • International News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

Motor oil never wears out, it just gets dirty. Old oil can be recycled, re-refined and used again.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

 34th Annual Conference and Exposition —More than colorful!

Each year the NRRA Annual Conference and Expo brings together members, exhibitors, sponsors and students of the environment of all ages to learn from each other and to share their dedication to recycling. This year over 625 attendees gathered over the two days to attend cutting edge workshops and even sort through some Trash! Thanks to all of the great sponsors and exhibitors and especially to NH the Beautiful for its generous support of the 6th Annual School Conference Within a Conference which saw Dr T (jack Golden) entertain the students with their help!

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Jack Golden performing with assistance from a student volunteer.

An important component of the conference each year is recognition of the achievement of many dedicated recyclers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make this world a better place.

The NRRA Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award was presented to Steve Bennet from Loudon NH and this this year’s NHtB Environmental Steward Award went to Paul Colburn of Walpole, NH for his dedication and work with the schools in his district.

Pictured: 2015 Sami Izzo Award Winner, Steve Bennett from Loudon (center) with Marilyn Weir, NRRA Member Services (left) and his wife, Cheryl Bennett (right)

Pictured: 2015 Sami Izzo Award Winner, Steve Bennett from Loudon (center) with Marilyn Weir, NRRA Member Services (left) and his wife, Cheryl Bennett (right)

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Pictured Left to Right: Mike Durfor, NRRA Executive Director; John Dumais (at podium) of NH the Beautiful; Bonnie Bethune, NRRA Memeber Services Manager; Paul Colburn, Walpole Transfer Station Manager and 2015 NHtB Environmental Stewardship Award Recipient; Ray Dube, NHtB

 

Many other NRRA Awards were well deserved and listed below. Congratulations to all the 2015 NRRA recipients for a job well done!

PRESIDENT’S PINBALL CHALLENGE SET FOR 2016!

Mike with Pinball MachineFor those of you who missed the Sunday night Social, I can tell you that his little jewel of a classic recycling pinball adventure was a real hit. Apparently it blew a fuse Sunday night so it will have to wait until the 35TH Platinum Anniversary Conference next year to make its working appearance. Resurrected from the Keene Recycling Center, this little piece of pinball magic rings up every time you hit cardboard, plastic or aluminum cans! The number to beat next year is the long held record of 1,353,680!!!

Recycling obstacles remain, despite achievements

Participants at NH forum hear of ‘Real Challenges, Real Solutions’

*Article Reprinted by permission
 

By Liisa Rajala, NH Business Review June 26, 2015

Chaz Miller, director of policy and advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association

Chaz Miller, director of policy and advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association

When it comes to recycling, the nation has had several accomplishments in recent years, but adding to those achievements may be more challenging.

That’s according to Chaz Miller, director of policy and advocacy for the National Waste & Recycling Association, who was the keynote speaker at “Real Challenges, Real Solutions,” the 34th annual Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s Recycling Conference & Expo, held June 8-9 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Miller said one of the chief recycling accomplishments was the big reduction in waste produced in the U.S. in 2012 – some 80 million less tons than should have been created, based on the increase in waste in the previous two decades.

But making further gains will be challenging, he said, as the industry has successfully recycled the easy stuff.

Miller discussed the “evolving ton” of waste, which today consists of 25 percent more plastic and 20 million fewer tons of paper since 2002, a result of communications going online and fewer print publications.

And manufacturers have been innovative in their approach to cut waste, he said.

Miller cited deli meat producer Hormel, which announced last year that it cut 4.72 million pounds of plastic packaging with 37 packaging reduction projects. “This is zero waste at its best because it’s simply making less with less,” said Miller.

With just one product, Hormel shrunk its packaging by 1.5 ounces, eliminating 800,000 pounds from a shipment of deli meats, fitting more packages in a truck, and resulting in cost savings and less environmental impact.

Miller started seeing this type of thinking about seven years ago, when Subaru ran commercials highlighting its reengineering to eliminate waste at its Indiana facility, which is now 97 to 98 percent waste-free.

“Industries can do this for a number of reasons because, to industries, zero waste is simply smart capitalism,” said Miller.

But there will be moments when manufacturers realize the limits of what they can reduce, for instance, water bottle manufacturers, who have lessened the plastic to a point where they’re leaning, said Miller.

Another challenge is the fluctuating metals and recyclables markets.

“Markets have not been very good lately,” said Miller, holding up a Wall Street Journal article from that morning, with the headline, “U.S. Awash in Scrap Materials.”

The price for old corrugated containers (OCC) – a lighter cardboard-like material – is down about 37.5 percent over the last year, said Miller. Mixed paper’s price is down 10 percent. The price of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has gone down but has been going up, said Miller. Ferrous dropped significantly, by $100 a ton in March.

But Miller is not concerned. “We have been fortunate, over the last five years – we’ve had the longest sustained high-level markets for recyclables at least since I’ve been doing this in the mid-‘70s; extraordinarily strong markets and an extraordinarily solid market. So what happened is what always happens eventually – prices went down.”

What’s driving the market? Miller pointed to China’s economy, which isn’t as good as the government there claims. Instead of 7 percent growth, Miller thinks China’s growth rate is more like 3.5 to 4 percent.

“Their economy’s not as strong as it used to be,” he said. They overbuilt, they’ve got their own set of issues, and to make things even more interesting, our dollar is strong,” said Miller, acknowledging that the strong greenback makes it more difficult to export.

“I think it’s a unique opportunity for a lot of companies and a lot of communities to think hard about the cost of recycling and how we contract for it, with the pure realities involved in sharing the risk of those commodities markets,” said Miller.

Miller also discussed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws. Currently, there are 83 such laws in 33 states, mostly regarding collection of products with hazardous materials, mainly mercury, said Miller.

But the results of a 2013 joint Harvard/Northeastern study are disappointing, with collection rates of just 15 to 20 percent for electronics, 10 to 12 percent for rechargeable batteries and less than 10 percent for mercury thermostats.

Miller said oversight of the laws is “skimpy” as best, and state legislators are “happy to pass the laws and then forget about them.” In general, companies and municipalities need to consider the process of reaching their goals, which includes establishing a new recycling habit for those products.

“I don’t care how good manufacturers are at selling you products – getting them back is an entirely different process.”

The times they are a changin!

Chaz Miller of the National Waste & Recycling Association did a fantastic job with the keynote presentation to get everybody thinking recycling and materials management. The materials and the markets are changing rapidly, sometimes by the hour. Never has it been more important to stay in touch with NRRA to help keep you up to speed on every part of the markets and the “NEW NORMAL” reality of recycling and MSW management. NRRA staff maintains a database of over 150 different programs and vendors to serve all your recycling needs not just a few. Call on us for SWAT programs, grant applications help, and of course contract negotiations. NRRA your one stop Recycling Shop!

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NRRA NEWS

2015 NRRA Northeast Recycling Conference Awards

2015 NRRA Conference Announcement PicEach Year at our Annual Conference we hold two awards ceremonies: One on Monday to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, businesses and/or municipalities in the world of recycling & sustainability. On Tuesday, during the School Recycling Conference we hold an awards luncheon to recognize those who make a difference in the world of recycling education in our schools.

Below you’ll find all the 2015 Conference Award Press Releases. Click on the desired Award recipient to see full Press Release. For more information, pictures or questions please contact us at info@nrra.net or 1-800-223-0150.

MUNICIPAL AWARDS

Stars Town of Walpole, NH
o Most Programs thru NRRA in 2014

Paul Colburn, Transfer Station Manager, Walpole, NH
o New Hampshire the Beautiful’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award

City of Concord, NH
o NRRA’s 2015 Outstanding Recycling Facility Website

Windham Solid Waste Management District, Brattleboro Vermont
o NRRA’s 2015 Best “BOL” (Bill of Lading)

City of Danvers, Mass.
o NRRA’s 2015 Outstanding Recycling Program

Steve Whitman, Alexandria, NH Recycling Committee
o NRRA’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Interstate Refrigerant Recovery, Inc., Foxboro, MA
o NRRA’s 2015 Business of the Year

Donny Tebaldi, Keene Recycling Center, Keene, NH
o NRRA’s 2015 Special Recognition Award

Brian Patnoe, Littleton Solid Waste Manager, Littleton, NH
o NRRA 2015 Rookie of the Year

Steve Bennett, Transfer Station Manager, Loudon, NH
o 2015 Sami Izzo “NRRA Recycler of the Year”

 

SCHOOL AWARDS

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Mason Elementary, Mason, NH
o 2015 Team Earth Best of the Best

Allenstown Elementary, Allenstown, NH
o 2015 NH Rookie of the Year

Oyster River High School Sustainability Club, Durham, NH
o 2015 NH Best School Composter

Grace Cushing & Caroline Anastasia, Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH
o 2015 Innovative Recycling Idea

Stan O’Neil, Custodian, Lothrop Elementary School, Pittsford, VT
o 2014-2015 VT Facilities Staff Recycler of the Year

Rick Griffith, B & G Supervisor, Mason Elementary, Mason, NH
o 2014-2015 NH Facilities Staff Recycler of the Year

Evelyn McMann, Mildred C Lakeway Elementary School, Littleton, NH
o 2014-2015 NH School Volunteer of the Year

Fritzie Nace, Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, MA
o 2014-2015 MA School Volunteer of the Year

Danvers School District, Danvers, MA
o 2014-2015 MA School Recycler of the Year

Allenstown Elementary School, Allenstown, NH
o 2015 Best Earth Day Event

Michelle Jimeno, Mason Elementary School, Mason, NH
o 2014-2015 Teacher Recycler of the Year

Cindy Sterling, NRRA School CLUB Educator, Keene, NH
o 2015 Outstanding Recycling Educator of the Year

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NRRA June Pricing Guide is Now Available

The NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide for June 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 info@nrra.net.

Market trends have produced a bit of a mixed bag for the month of June. Aluminum cans dropped significantly. Pricing on paper and cardboard remains perpetually flat. On the other hand, scrap metal made the first significant gains in months, increasing in value about $20/gt. Let’s hope that trend continues! Meanwhile, plastics pricing saw some minor changes- HDPE natural crept up slightly while HDPE colored and PET dropped a bit.

 Just a quick reminder for those delivering C&D to ERRCO: June 1st rate changes went into effect on all categories, including source separated wood and white wood. Regular mixed C&D is now $69/ton delivered (up from $66.50/ton)

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In Memorium

William Dowling  10/20/41 – 6/6/15

Bill Dowling TS Sign - CarrollIt is with great sadness that report the passing of a long time NRRA member, William (Bill) Dowling.  Bill was the Transfer Station Manager of the Twin Mountain Transfer Station for many years.  In 2012, the Town of Carroll dedicated and renamed the transfer station  the “William Dowling Transfer Station”for his dedication and “love of his job”.  Bill was a steady presence at many NRRA MOM Meetings and Conference and he will be truly missed.

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Member News: News from Bradford  Transfer Station & Recycling Center

Submitted by Lois Kilknapp, Manager

Reducing Waste in a Creative and Beautiful Way

Bradford NHFay Davidson is helping us keep solid waste down by crafting super utility bags from heavy gauge plastic grain & feed bags that would otherwise be discarded into the compactor.  Her creative, green contribution not only benefits the environment, but must surely brighten her day as it will all of those who own one of her thoughtful totes.

When I gave Fay a grain bag depicting an Arabian horse on one of her visits to the transfer station, I told her I thought it was pretty. I surely did not imagine that what could have become trash would be handed back to me by Fay on her next visit transformed into a work of art with a purpose!  It was now a sturdy tote bag with large handy straps and its focal point-that beautiful horse-all parts of the tote made 100% from the “Grain Bag”.

Many of us dedicated to a greener way understand that while recycling is crucial, reusing the the first step to a healthier planet.  Kudos to those who make the choice to give second life to a plastic yogurt container by making a storage container for leftover food, etc.

Fay has put a new, exciting twist on “reusing”.  I was moved and thoroughly impressed when she presented me with the repurposed  grain bag.  Her great sewing skill, combined with her natural entrepreneurial sense, is all she needs to continue to produce these unique, repurposed totes.  You can find these bright, vibrant, carryalls that bring color and art to a day’s tasks and errands at Fay’s shop.  She is offering these bags for sale-Fay’s Sewing & Quilting at 45 Sunset Hill Rd., Bradford.  The bags are made from many different themes: food for various animals-horses,dogs, cats, cows, goats etc.

Thank you, Fay, for your direct contribution to reducing tipping fees at the transfer station and for making caring about our planet not just rewarding but fun too!

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Plastic Gaylords Available For Sale!

plastic_gaylordNRRA is taking orders for these 43”W x 36”H x 32”D gaylords. They are very durable and great for storage of aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, or paper.
Filled with cans or plastic, they are light enough to move by hand or can be stacked two high! And, although they are lightweight, they are extremely strong and have a top that can also act as a bottom to add strength and extend life expectancy.

NRRA has already received orders for 28 of these gaylords, but we need reach a minimum of 40. Any takers? Cost $116/ea without lid, $134/ea with lid (as pictured above).

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Mission Accomplished!

Thanks to everyone who sponsored, exhibited and attended our 2015 Conference.  We will be posting the pictures and award winners to our Conference Section shortly so check back frequently!

DSC09828-Students View Exhibits 1The CLUB, in conjunction with the Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo, hosted the 6th  Annual School Recycling Conference on Tuesday June 9th. This conference provided a full day of educational workshops and activities specifically tailored to school issues in recycling and the solid waste industry. The Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for students, teachers and administrators who were interested in learning more about school recycling, expanding their programs, increasing the efficiency of their current program, adding recycling education to their curricula, exchanging ideas, sharing philosophies, and further promoting waste reduction efforts. The Conference & Expo featured six workshops hosted by nationally recognized organizations and speakers, as well as hands-on activities that got the students learning about recycling and waste reduction in a fun interactive way! During lunch, NRRA, and the School CLUB supporter, New Hampshire the Beautiful, presented the School CLUB Recycling Awards in front of the entire conference audience.  Stay tuned because we will soon be uploading more conference pictures and the workshop presentations!2015 NRRA CONF (MINI TOLD) (7)

2015 NRRA CONF (MINI TOLD) (4)One of  the key events offered was the mini Trash on the Lawn Day (TOLD).  This popular activity involved taking actual trash from the conference facility’s kitchen and sorting through it to remove any items that could have been recycled or composted.  It’s amazing how much “trash” was not trash at all!

 

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DSC09851This year’s conference featured a special performance by Jack Golden,  a.k.a. “Dr. T”, Garbage is my bag.  During this fun and engaging performance, Dr. T uses humor, props, song and dance and even some audience participation to help students learn the importance of sorting and recycling and the impact it has on our environment.  Thank you so very much Jack Golden…er, I mean, “Dr. T” for entertaining us during this year’s luncheon!

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Special thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful for assisting so many NH students, staff and teachers with registration grants.

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CLUB NEWS

Prospect Mountain Hosts TOLD Event

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Prospect Mountain hosted a Trash On the Lawn Day on May 12.  Students did an audit of typical school cafeteria waste as a prelude to starting a new recycling program in the fall. Here are some pictures:

 

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Alton Weighed & measured

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More from Hampstead Central Garbage Guerillas

Here are some additional pictures from their Earth Day Event:

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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 theclub@nrra.net or call 1.603.736.4401 ext. 19

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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NH the Beautiful “2015 Environmental Stewardship”
AWARD ANNOUNCED
At NRRA’s Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo in Manchester, NH

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Pictured Left to Right: Mike Durfor, NRRA Exec. Director; John Dumais, NHtB; Bonnie Bethune, NRRA Member/Operations Manager; Paul Colburn NHtB Environmental Stewardship Award Recipient; Ray Dube, NHtB

EPSOM, NH – New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is pleased to recognize Paul Colburn, Town of Walpole, NH with the “2015 Environmental Stewardship” Award and a $250 Gift Certificate to be used for Educational Supplies.
For over 30 years NH the Beautiful has been awarding grants for bins, balers, containers, skid steers, shredders and a host of other equipment to support recycling in NH.

This Environmental Stewardship Award was created by the NHtB Board to recognize a dedicated transfer facility professional who goes above and beyond their facility recycling responsibilities and engages their entire community in better recycling for a better future. Most importantly, the NHtB Board wants to recognize that extra and most rewarding effort that reaches out to that community within the community, the local school.

Paul Colburn is an environmental steward in his everyday life as well as in his passion for recycling.

He is well respected by his peers in the industry for his knowledge of recycling markets and for sharing that knowledge with other operators at the monthly NRRA M.O.M. meetings and at the monthly Cheshire County Group meetings.

He keeps an eye on the bottom line at the Recycling Facility, reducing expenses when possible and assuring the best revenues for the Town’s valuable commodities. In 2014, the Recycling Center received nearly $179,000 in revenue! Paul applies on a regular basis to NH the Beautiful for equipment grant money, free signs and to DES for Used Oil grants.

Paul not only manages a clean and organized recycling facility in Walpole NH, but also organizes and keeps inspired up to 70 volunteers!!!

Direct from Paul’s 2014 report to the Town, Paul quotes Erma Bombeck –
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”

Paul led the way in convincing DES to do away with the need to have all of his volunteers go through the certification process.

Paul’s continuing passion is working with the local School District to get and keep recycling in the local schools.

Paul also wrote: “The Walpole School recycling program operated throughout the school year. We collected their recyclables on Thursdays. We also continued to serve the Fall Mt. Regional School District recycling program.”

New Hampshire the Beautiful wishes to applaud Paul Colburn for his outstanding efforts in recycling!

This award was presented at NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo held on June 8th and 9th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. The Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for those interested in recycling and waste reduction to come together to discover new technologies, exchange ideas, share philosophies, and further promote waste reduction efforts.

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Order your FREE Litter Free NH Blue Bags & Clean up NH!

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Spring is here and that means that the snow is melting leaving our road sides looking well, trashed.  Once again NH the Beautiful will be providing blue bags to communities in NH free of charge.  Since 2007 a total of 565,650 bags have been donated for litter clean-up efforts in New Hampshire. If your community is organizing a litter clean-up day and you would like to take advantage of this program, please fill out the order form and return to the NRRA office.   Click here for the order form and more information.

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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.

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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!

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Click here for ClearStream info.

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Click here for Bin info.

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Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

facebook like To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-The-Beautiful/253682871403932

 We are also on Twitter and Instagram

NH the Beautiful, Inc. (NHtB) is a private non-profit charitable trust founded in 1983 and supported by the soft drink, malt beverage, and grocery industries of New Hampshire. By offering municipal recycling grants (over $2.5 million) and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to recycling programs, NHtB is a unique organization that represents a voluntarily-funded alternative to expensive legislation intended to achieve the same end results.  NHtB supports the NRRA School Education Program (the Club).  The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (www.nrra.net) administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.

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NH DES NEWS

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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

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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.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Image - call2recycleBehind the Scenes: Shipped Used Batteries to Recycle? What Happens Next?

While supporting collections through public outreach and the collection and transportation of batteries is a valuable part of industry stewardship, equally important is how Call2Recycle manages Call2Recycle Physical Flow Chart US_Rev3.16.15athe process after the batteries are shipped to a recycling destination. In this article, we’ll take a look at what happens behind the scenes on a battery’s journey from collection to metal recovery.

  1. Shipping. The process starts when collection sites have batteries ready for shipment. Collection sites can ship used batteries using our bulk shipment option or box collection kit option. However, most sites use our specially designed, patented Call2Recycle box. These boxes have a Special Permit from the US Department of Transportation which incorporates requirements to make it easy to collect and ship in the US.We have equivalent certificates and approvals from Environment Canada and Transport Canada to help simplify battery shipments. Many sites tell us one of the best things about our program is that with a few flips of the cardboard, the collection box can be converted into a shipping box. The box also features a bar code with the site identification number and a pre-addressed/pre-paid shipping label. More on why this is important in the next step.
  2. Sorting and reporting.  After we collect batteries from our retail stores, businesses, cities, towns and government agencies, they must be sorted before any type of processing and recovery can occur. When each box is received, sorters record details about the weight and battery chemistries.Call2Recycle Physical Flow Chart Canada_March2015Sorting is a critical step. Not only does it prepare the batteries for the next step of recycling, it allows us to collect data about what is being recycled. Are collections of some battery types increasing? Decreasing? Which sites are collecting more batteries? We use that data to spot collection trends, plan future resources and generate the reports required by regulatory agencies in the US and Canada. We also send reports to our collection sites; they can use this information to evaluate individual site performance and target under-performing sites for training or public education. Municipalities with zero waste programs use our reports to see if they are on track to meet their goals and to adjust their recycling efforts accordingly.
  3. Process and Recovery. After sorting, the batteries are ready to be processed. Specific chemistries are shipped from the sorting facility to the appropriate specialty processor that recover usable materials including  metals. Call2Recycle has a network of processing facilities across the US and Canada. For example, INMETCO recovers nickel-iron, stainless steel and cadmium from Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel-Zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries in the US while GlencoreXstrata recovers cobalt from Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) for both countries.AustinResourceRecovery_sortingRecovered metals include nickel, cobalt, cadmium, lead, iron and copper, which are used in the manufacture of new batteries, cement additives and stainless steel products. While the recovery process differs for each battery type, most rely on some type of heat or distillation process.
    The Call2Recycle recycling network includes seven recycling partners throughout North America. These facilities are regularly audited to ensure they follow the highest safety and compliance standards. By maintaining a geographically dispersed network, we can minimize the environmental impact and costs of transportation. In the US, rechargeable battery sorting occurs at INMETCO, Ellwood City, PA, and Wistron, McKinney, TX. In Canada, where we collect both alkaline and rechargeable batteries, the sorting for western Canada occurs at Retriev, Trail, BC, while Terrapure Environmental in Fort Erie, ON, and Laurentide re/sources, in Victoriaville, QC, handle eastern Canada. Cellphones are sent to the TheWirelessAlliance for refurbishment or recycling. All sorters and processors are third-party companies that are regularly audited to ensure they follow Call2Recycle’s safety and compliance requirements.
  4. Compliance. To ensure batteries are properly managed and recycled according to the highest standards of responsible recycling, Call2Recycle was certified under the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2), R2:2013, in 2014. R2 is a set of voluntary principles and stringent guidelines to promote and assess responsible practices in the areas of environmental and public health, worker health and safety, security and the downstream recycling process. Two important prerequisites for achieving R2:2013 status including meeting requirements put forth in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001. Call2Recycle was the first program of its kind to receive R2 certification in 2012.Call2Recycle has also been recognized by the Basel Action Network (BAN) for meeting qualification standards. This means that all our recycling occurs in North America; nothing is disposed of in a landfill. No waste materials from the recycling process are exported out of the country and batteries are not resold on the black market. Waste disposal is an important, but often overlooked, part of any recycling process.

Here are some additional resources about the battery recycling process:

  • Video that illustrates the process for recovering nickel-iron
  • Infographic that shows what happens to batteries during the recycling process.
  • Flow charts that show the US and Canadian recycling processes.

20 Years of Improvement

Call2Recycle has spent the past two decades refining its recycling process to ensure it meets the highest standards of responsible recycling. By bringing together diverse groups—transporters, collection sites, sorters and processors—into a streamlined recycling process, we are able to help battery manufacturers comply with the patchwork of regulations across North America and protect the environment by eliminating harmful waste disposal practices. Equally important, the Call2Recycle program helps organizations publicly demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sound battery recycling practices and share them with their communities and stakeholders. Our role is to work behind the scenes to coordinate the process—from collection through recovery.

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Coca-Cola unveils 100 percent plant-based PET bottle

Coke-Coca-Cola-Plantbottle.jpg&cci_ts=20150604122138Coca-Cola Co. has unveiled the world’s first PET bottle made entirely from plant materials.

PlantBottle uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET.

Showcasing the new bottle at the World Expo in Milan, Nancy Quan, global research and development officer at Atlanta-based Coke, said: “Today is a pioneering milestone within our company’s packaging portfolio.

“Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials.

“We are delighted to unveil the first bottles here at World Expo — a world-class exhibition where sustainable innovation is celebrated.”

The PlantBottle can be used for a variety of packaging sizes and across water, sparkling, juice and tea beverage brands. Since its 2009 launch, Coke has distributed more than 35 billion bottles in nearly 40 countries using its current version of PlantBottle packaging, which is made from up to 30 percent plant-based materials.

It is estimated the use of PlantBottle packaging has helped save the equivalent annual emissions of more than 315,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The World Wildlife Fund said plant-based plastics, if responsibly produced, allows the public to continue to benefit from the value that plastics provide but without the negative environmental effects of using fossil fuels.

Sustainable research and development manager Erin Simon said: “With every technological advance made in the bioplastic industry comes the opportunity to continue to scale the impact of more sustainable production for the materials we depend on today.

“We’re working with major companies around the world, including the Coca-Cola Co., to consider all the trade-offs involved with plant-based plastics. We all want to make sure that as we shift from fossil fuel based feedstocks to biobased feedstocks for materials we provide net positive solutions without putting additional strain on precious land and water resources.”

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The Foul—But Very Necessary—Business of Diaper Recycling

The roof of your home—or even the paper in your office—may soon be made from dirty diapers.

knowaste-diaper-recylcingBabies in the United States go through about 24 million diapers a year, contributing 3.4 million tons of waste to landfills. And, worldwide, the impact is too foul to contemplate: The average baby needs about 6,000 diapers before becoming potty-trained. There are a lot of babies in the world.

Disposable diapers are a major environmental problem—a cause of water contamination and landscape blight, and a challenge not likely to be solved with alternative products. And that’s before we even talk about other “absorbent hygiene products” (AHPs) like feminine hygiene and incontinence pads, which have their own place in landfill hell.

Help may be at hand—and elsewhere—though.

A Canadian company has developed a method of stripping out up to 98% of the plastic and fiber from AHPs and re-using the material to make products such as roof tiles, plastic components, tubing, and recycled paper.

The process isn’t new—the company has been around since the late-1980s. But the economics of AHP-recycling may finally be viable—at least in places that are trying to cut their landfill use.

Knowaste, which is originally from Toronto, is opening its first U.K. facility this week, and plans to invest to $39.6 million in five facilities across the country in the next four years, including in Scotland and London. CEO Roy Brown says the plants will eventually handle about a fifth of Britain’s AHP supply, which totals 1 million tons a year.

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It’s no accident that Knowaste has chosen the U.K. With one of the worst landfill problems in Europe, Britain has been dubbed the “dirty man of the Europe“, and needs to find ways of diverting as much material as it can.

Londoners, for example, produce 1,150 pounds of garbage per year, the fifth-worst of the EU’s 24 capitals. And half of that—2.2 million tons overall per year—ends up in landfills. Diapers account for about 5% of domestic waste.

Founded in 1989, Knowaste has built facilities in Canada, the Netherlands, and California. But in each case the numbers didn’t make sufficient sense for the plants to get established (though the company did stay in Holland for 10 years). Bountiful and cheap landfill space in the U.S., and high rates of incineration in Holland, pulled against recycling things like diapers.

The U.K., on the other hand, has relatively few landfill alternatives, and a hefty landfill tax that has quickly pushed up prices. Local councils already pay $88 per ton to dump waste in landfills, and the cost is set to rise further in the years ahead, giving a strong incentive to find other options. Knowaste doesn’t collect waste itself: It has partnered with companies that already gather AHP material from hospitals and nursing homes. (It isn’t squeamish pointing out the aging trend will mean a reliable supply of incontinence pads).

More ingeniously of all, Knowaste is using a portion of the non-recyclable content to produce electricity, selling some back to the U.K. grid, and using the rest in the facility itself.

“Our solution not only helps reduce the waste that goes to landfill, but also provides an environmentally sound method of capturing energy from the remaining waste stream, which will be used to power the plant and also sold back to the grid,” Brown says.

AHP waste may not be everyone’s cup of tea—or anyone’s cup of tea. But it’s welcome that someone is seeing gold where everyone else sees detritus. Hopefully, before too long the process will make sense in places other than the U.K.

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CLASSIFIEDS

Wanted

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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Help Wanted

Part Time Transfer Station Attendant: The Town of Greenfield, NH is looking for a part time transfer station attendant.  10+ hours per week.  Must work Saturdays. Background check required.  For questions/inquiries please call 547-8617 or email resume to greenfieldnhrecycling@myfairpoint.net

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For Sale

For Sale BalerIPS 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.  (info@nrra.net)

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Town o f New Durham is selling a 2006 Ford F-550

New Durham Truckodometer: 63303 paint color : blue type : truck drive : 4wd
fuel : diesel transmission : automatic title status :
clean cylinders : 8 cylinders

2006 Ford F-550 6.0 diesel with 63,303 miles and 5783 hours. 10′ power angle highway style plow, 9′ steel wing with poly shield face, 2-3 yard Galion dump cart, Pintle hitch, brake controller, automatic transmission, 19.5″ tires (new), belt driven central hydraulics. ENGINE NEEDS TO BE REPLACED, connecting rod through block. Owned by Town of New Durham Highway Department since new.

Contact David Valladares, Fleet Manager, Town of New Durham for more info or to schedule a viewing at 603.859.8000.

Only sealed bids will be accepted, drop off/mail to New Durham Highway Dept.,56 Tash Rd. New Durham NH 03855. Bids due by June 12, 2015 at 12:00pm. New Durham Board of Selectmen reserve the right to accept/reject any and all bids.

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 NRRA CALENDAR

July

  • Friday, July 3rd: NRRA Offices Closed for Independence Day Holiday

  • July 8: M.O.M Meeting at NRRA Office 9:00 a.m.

 

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