November 24, 2015-Full of Scrap

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Important Notices from NRRA
  •  From the Director’s Chair: Annual Meeting and more
  • NRRA News: 2016 Conference & Expo-Call for Speakers & Save the Date!
  • NRRA Receives Grant from USDA-Press Release
  • School News You Can Use: Call for School Conference Speakers
  • NH the Beautiful: Local Land Trust/Non-Profit Celebrates America Recycle’s Day with help from NHtB
  • NH News:  Keene warns about wet-cardboard charge
  • VT News: NRRA Offers SWIP Assistance
  • Massachusetts News: RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts Receives National Honor for Food Waste Diversion Efforts during U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Month of Action
  • National News:  Talking Turkey on Food Waste
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year – equating to over 100 pounds per person (Source: Use Less Stuff).

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IMPORTANT NOTICES:

*Accounting Cut-off Notice:  NRRA will be cutting checks on December 28, 2015 for loads that have weights entered on or before December 15th.

 

*There will NOT be a M.O.M Meeting in December

 

*NRRA Offices will be closed on November 26th and November 27th in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday

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Kermit the Frog in Directors ChairFROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

It’s Not Easy being Green!!

Annual ReportThe Green theme was front and center as NRRA held its Annual Meeting in Concord on November 18, 2015. For this oldest and first in the nation membership organization, it was witness to a vibrant reaffirmation of its core principles to reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover all valuable resources. In spite of the recent spate of doom and gloom, NRRA stands firmly for improved recycling and diversion rates. In spite of the lower MSW tip fees, higher Single Stream costs, and a “New Normal” market becalmed for the foreseeable future, NRRA is in the strongest position possible to navigate through the sea of uncertain future markets to come.

Annual Meeting MikeAs reported by Treasurer Stevens, the staff has done a remarkable job during these market fluctuations to operate once again without a deficit. The financial strength of NRRA has allowed it to assist members improve their infrastructure with new purchases of equipment, including containers and storage, and it has saved several members significant expenses by bidding on MSW and C&D contracts, or negotiating contracts directly on their behalf, or merely advising on the current market metrics.

annual meeting attendeesNRRA continues to explore and study new technologies like the ECOHUB and ECOGLOBAL while steadfastly supporting the values of source separation programs where appropriate to yield long term sustainability for NRRA members. NRRA does not accept the current marginal recycling rate as a permanent given and will continue to work against the prevailing forces that conspire to roadblock the members best efforts to improve to a goal of which we can all be proud.caleb rick annual meeting

Caleb Rick of ECOGLOBAL presented a succinct and interesting overview of this exciting new innovation for recovered materials.

DSCN1287Together, the NRRA staff, the dedicated and engaged Board of Trustees, and its growing membership will move out of the current calm of the markets to a brighter future where all will benefit who keep their shoulder to the wheel of innovation new ideas, and proven value added recycling products.

 

 

Representatives of NRRA’s municipal membership elected the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the upcoming year and the NRRA Board of Trustees elected the Board Officers.  Duncan Watson, George Murray, Michael Faller, Sarah Silk and John Halstead were all re-elected to the NRRA board of Trustees.  They were joined by Marc Morgan, a newly elected Board of Trustee member.  Duncan Watson was re-appointed as BOT President, George Murray and John Hurd were re-appointed as Co-Vice presidents of the BOT, Roger Rice was appointed Treasurer of the BOT and Mike Faller was re-appointed as Secretary of the BOT.

NRRA Board of Trustees (left to right): Gerry Cornett, Mike Faller, Gordon Martin, Roger Rice, Mark Richardson, Duncan Watson, Sarah Silk, Roberta Orsini, David Hartman, Roger Guzowski (rear left), John Halstead (rear, right).  Not Pictured: George Murray, John Hurd, Marc Morgan, Charlie Kelley, Joel Moulton, Lisa Stevens, and Dennis Patnoe

NRRA Board of Trustees (left to right): Gerry Cornett, Mike Faller, Gordon Martin, Roger Rice, Mark Richardson, Duncan Watson, Sarah Silk, Roberta Orsini, David Hartman, Roger Guzowski (rear left), John Halstead (rear, right). Not Pictured: George Murray, John Hurd, Marc Morgan, Charlie Kelley, Joel Moulton, Lisa Stevens, and Dennis Patnoe

 

extra extraPUBLICATION ALERT:

The “Full of Scrap” is changing to a Monthly E-Mail Newsletter on or about the 15th of every month like the School News You Can Use, to allow us to catch our breath between information packed editions, and give some of you a better shot at having time to read it! As always, in the event of an immediate need for “Breaking News” we will continue to send those out as they arise.

 

Music To Go To The Dump By

ken squierKen Squier hosts this legendary radio program.

You’ll have to listen to truly understand what “Music To Go To The Dump By” is all about. Airing on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Ken Squier hosts the program and gives his unique take on everything happening from around the state of Vermont. Squier is joined each week by Farmer Dave, a Waterbury farmer who is vocal about his political opinions (which are quite unique). The program also features semi-retired, VAB Hall of Famer – Jack Donovan.

Just found out about this and will listen in for the first time this Saturday 11/28. I hope it measures up to the recommendation but it should be fun!

Meanwhile…..

kermit talkin trashNRRA finished up a month of Presentations with “Talkin’ Trash 3.0” at the NHMA Annual Conference in Manchester, N.H. The discussion was animated as it was at the PGA Glass presentation in RI. Education and outreach are such an important part of the NRRA mission that was reaffirmed by appreciative receptions over the last several weeks.

That Education and Outreach Continues in Full Swing next May!

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NRRA NEWS

Happy Thanksgiving From NRRA

Please note that the NRRA Offices will be closed on November 26th and November 27th in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We sincerely wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Save the Date NRRA Postcard-2016-4-enlarged2016 Conference & Expo – Call for Presentation Proposals

 

Submission Deadline: Friday December 18, 2015

For over 35 years NRRA has sponsored this first in the nation conference and expo, which is critically acclaimed as the one conference and expo you must not miss. The Emerald Jubilee Anniversary marks a benchmark year when NRRA is needed even more than ever before in its storied history of service to its members. The Resource Recovery industry faces a year of new metrics, new municipal challenges, and new market conditions. This is a fantastic opportunity for Recycling Coordinators, Solid Waste Managers, Volunteers, State/Federal Officials and Industry Representatives to exchange ideas, share philosophies and further promote waste reduction and strategic materials management!

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: trends in plastic, paper, glass or scrap metal recycling, 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, and Facility Design. 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, PowerPoint slides , or a link to a video presentation.

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).

Stay tuned to our Conference Webpage for updates: http://www.nrra.net/2016-conference-and-expo/

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NRRA Receives USDA Funding for Waste Administration Training and Educational Resources (W.A.T.E.R)

nrra logo color compressed_jpgEpsom, NH, November 18, 2015, The Northeast Resource Recovery nrra club appleAssociation (NRRA) has been named the 2015/2016 recipient of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Technical Assistance Grant Program. School districts, municipalities, solid waste districts and regional planning agencies are invited to partake in the services offered through this grant program.

The funds are primarily targeted to help the rural communities of Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT with obtaining long-term compliance with state solid waste regulations. Other communities throughout New England and the nation may also avail to take advantage of this opportunity. The goal is to help rural, low-income communities in the targeted regions reduce the contamination of their solid waste stream while increasing its value.

To do this, NRRA is developing a free on-site technical support program to do the following:

  • Assess the municipal solid waste (MSW) streams
  • Broaden hands-on professional development workshops to implement proven best practices for managing MSW
  • Create and distribute comprehensive leadership manuals that provide educators, decision makers and operators of landfills and transfer stations with the safety and maintenance planning necessary to meet permit requirements, focusing on the revised solid waste rules in NH and the new Act 148 in VT

NRRA’s W.A.T.E.R project is a collaborative between constituents, regional solid waste planning districts and school supervisory unions seeking to implement programs that actually reduce the volume and toxicity of their solid waste stream.

The USDA funds focus on expanding the training opportunities for rural communities in NH and VT by means of shining three of NRRA’s powerful spotlights. The first spotlight illuminates the need for providing training workshops and webinars to educate municipal transfer station operators, waste haulers and others working in the waste management industry. This addresses the need to implement best management practices while remaining in compliance with unfunded state mandates. The second spotlight shines on evolving professional development workshops for in-service teachers, decision makers, and department professionals to multiply the effect of NRRA’s outreach in schools, Supervisory Unions, and School Districts. The third spotlight shines on bringing hands-on lesson plans to educators burdened with meeting the Common Core State Standard Initiatives while continuing to teach science and social studies in the classroom.

NRRA is seeking assistance from teachers and school administrators  in the targeted regions with providing professional development workshops for in-service teachers, decision makers, and department professionals.  NRRA is also interviewing retired teachers, graduate students and part-time educators for a part-time paid position to assist (see Ad in Classified Section) with updating nationally renowned curricula to align with the common core standards. The researchers, editors and pilot sites will be compensated for their expertise.

To learn more or discuss these initiatives or opportunities, contact NRRA’s Grant Manager, Cindy Sterling, at csterling@nrra.net or call 603-736-4401 ext. 10.

About Cindy Sterling

Cindy is an Adjunct Professor of Geography at Keene State College and the Geography Awareness Week (GAW) Coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance.  Cindy has been an educator and program director at the Windham Solid Waste District in VT, the Northeast Rural Community Assistance Program in MA and is a founding member of the Keene State College recycling program, established in the mid 1990s.

About Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA)

Founded in 1981, NRRA provides a clearinghouse for current, up-to-date information and a source of technical and marketing assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling. The NRRA is a member driven organization made up of over 400 municipalities, individuals, and businesses in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Southern Maine. NRRA is a non-profit 501(c) organization. NRRA’s School Club assists schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs. To learn more visit www.nrra.net.

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Upcoming Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference

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We invite you to join us at the LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Eastern Regional Climate Change Preparedness Conference in Baltimore, MD, April 4-5, 2016, which is being convened by Antioch University New England and U.S. EPA. Additional information on Day 3 (Education and Business Continuity Summits) can be found on our web site here. This “how to” capacity-building regional conference on Days 1 and 2 (April 4-5, 2016) is designed for decision makers at the local level (municipal, county, regional planning, watershed). Learn how to prepare for severe weather and climate impacts, and to build health and resiliency into your community plans. Click here to learn more about conference sessions, workshops and walking tours. 

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Save the Date for the 7th Annual School Recycling Conference!!

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2015 School Conference – Call for Presentation Proposals

 Kermit Its Not Easy Being Green Conference LogoThis year our conference has been scheduled in May so we hope to attract even more schools than ever to celebrate our Emerald Anniversary so we need you to bring us your very best proposals for school workshops!!  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 Call for NRRA Conference Speakers.  School conference presentation proposals should be directed to Gwen Erley.

 DEADLINE for Presentation Proposals: Friday, December 18th, 2015

For your presentation to be considered, please email your proposal to Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net and copy the

email to info@nrra.net or Contact Gwen Erley at 1- 800-223-0150 x.19.

 

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Milford MS Hosts Two-Day TOLD Event

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Milford, NH –Milford Middle School hosted an historic two-day Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) event on October 27 & 28. Cindy Sterling, Gwen Erley and Ellen Cabral, from NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB, trained approximately 400 sixth and seventh grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a typical day’s worth of school trash. Students of Milford Middle School’s Recycling Club were instrumental in explaining the process, helping to supervise each group of student sorters and developing a recycling trivia game to keep everyone engaged. They even came up with a recycling song to start off each group training.

Armed with gloves, aprons and masks, each group of students was given several bags of MMS PR Photo 3trash which were then weighed, sorted, then weighed again and recorded. When sorting was completed the school received high marks for doing a good job with their current recycling program that includes special collections for markers, juice pouches and dental supplies which generate money for the school’s programs. The students asked lots of questions and learned that diverting recyclables, and especially compostables, would save energy, the environment and landfill space. Overwhelmingly, they acknowledged the amount of food waste that could have been diverted from the waste stream.  Of the 341 lbs. of trash sorted, only 153 lbs. (or 45%) was actual trash – the rest were recyclables.  Of the recyclables recovered, 88 lbs. (or 26%) was compostable material.

Art Teacher /Recycling Club Coordinator, Diane Varney-Parker, spearheaded this event, which was funded in part by a grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful. Special thanks to Lead Custodian, Lou Duval, and his team, who were especially helpful with logistics, set up and clean up.

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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Laconia Area Community Land Trust recognized as NeighborWorks Green Organization And Celebrates America Recycles Day with Help from NH the Beautiful
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LACONIA, N.H. – Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) has been recognized as a NeighborWorks Green Organization for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. To achieve this designation, LACLT was required to demonstrate adherence to a rigorous set of green business practices across its operations and all program areas.

A few of LACLT’s green achievements are:

  • 32 LEED certified units in Meredith (29 Gold, 3 Silver);
  • 47 EnergyStar® certified units in Tilton that also feature PV electrical generation and solar hot water;
  • 48 units in Wolfeboro that feature 20 solar arrays for hot water;
  • 6 EnergyStar® certified units and 6 panel solar electric system at Mechanic School in Laconia; and
  • Operation, asset management, construction, and rehab policies that reflect our green initiative.

Currently under construction is the River’s Edge project that will have many green features. Located in Laconia this 32 unit project will include a community river walk that will connect to other paths in the city, Filterra boxes, green design elements, and the use of hydropower. LACLT is proud of its green accomplishments and looks forward to doing even more with future projects and as an organization.

America Recycles Day LALTCTo celebrate this accomplishment, to continue their commitment to being green, and to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th LACLT initiated single-stream recycling at Lochmere Meadows in Tilton and Pinecrest in Meredith. Six information sessions were held at the properties with tenants and each household has been given a recycling bin to aid in their recycling efforts. Bins were provided to LACLT at a discounted price by NH the Beautiful, Inc.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a member of NeighborWorks® America and is supported in part by membership donations and the Granite United Way. Its mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs. For more information about LACLT and its programs, call 524-0747 or visit www.laclt.org.

About NeighborWorks America – For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $22.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

NH the Beautiful, Inc. (NHtB) (www.nhthebeautiful.org) 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.

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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 next NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be on December 10th, 2o15.  Please submit your grant applications by December 1st to have them considered at this next meeting!

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NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs

Bradford Thank You for Recycling SignAll NH municipalities are eligible to apply for FREE facility signs.  NHtB has been providing professional looking signs for NH municipalities since 1983.  Under the NHtB Sign Program, New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out).  The NHtB fiscal year runs November 1-October 31.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stacey at 603-736-4401 x.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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NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS

Keene warns about wet-cardboard charge

By Melissa Proulx, Keene Sentinel 11/18/15

Francestown and other area communities were recently warned that Keene will start charging $125 for each ton of wet cardboard they send to the city’s recycling center.

Keene already charges the Northeast Resource Recovery Association a processing fee for bringing the material to the city’s recycling center, according to Duncan P. Watson, Keene’s assistant public works director, solid waste manager and recycling coordinator.

The association is an Epsom-based nonprofit organization that works with approximately 300 New Hampshire municipalities to help with recycling services and education.

Keene officials gave the warning of the $125-per-ton charge to the association, which passed it on to Francestown officials two weeks ago, according to Town Administrator Jamie A. Pike.

The association also gave this warning to the roughly dozen other towns in the region whose materials are brought to Keene, according to Bonnie Bethune, member services manager.

Francestown contracts with the association to haul its recyclables the more than 30 miles to Keene’s recycling center. Besides cardboard, the association also transports plastic and tin from the town to the station.

Wet cardboard can cause issues, such as the cardboard decomposing too quickly, or damage the equipment at the center, Watson said.

The moisture in wet cardboard also ruins its ability to be processed into a valuable product, according to Pike.

“Once Keene bails it, it begins to mold and it can no longer be sold,” he said.

Recyclables are brought to Keene every other Wednesday. Francestown officials pay NRRA $15 a ton for paper products and $17.50 for plastic and tin. The average load is about 3.5 tons and a ton for the two sets of materials, respectively.

The town also pays a hauling fee of a little more than $200 for each load to NRRA, Pike said.

This is not the first time towns have been asked to control cardboard moisture by the association, according to Bethune.

“Quality of material is something we’ve always stressed,” she said.

Pike said bringing recyclables to Keene has been temporarily halted until Francestown officials can find a permanent solution. Right now, Francestown is storing the material inside its transfer station. However, this causes more challenges due to the limited space available.

Though Keene does receive revenue for processing the cardboard and other recyclables, it’s a small amount, according to Watson.

Thus, if Francestown continues not to send its recyclables to Keene, there won’t be a significant impact on the center, he said.

Bethune declined to comment on the processing fee the association pays Keene, but said it’s constantly changing.

Watson said he and other officials at the Keene center will work with the association to make sure communities that are facing problems similar to Francestown are able to continue recycling.

Bethune said she and others at the association are also working with Keene and the other towns to find a solution.

“The positive thing that has come out of all this is towns are working to make their product better and more profitable,” Bethune said.

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VERMONT NEWS

NRRA OFFERS SWIP ASSISTANCE/SUPPORT

ACT 148 and the new Vermont Materials Management Plan (MMP) have created new policy, planning, and outreach requirements for all of Vermont’s waste districts, alliances, independent towns and all other Solid Waste Management Entities (SWMEs). December 15th was the recommended submission date for new SWIPs and all SWIPs need full approval by ANR by June 18th.

NRRA is now offering Comprehensive SWIP and MMP Compliance Support to all SWME’s in Vermont to assist with

  • completing draft SWIP submissions
  • responding to required changes and approval support
  • implementing approved SWIP programs

For more information, click here or call Norm Staunton at 800) 223-0150 (x17), email:  vtswip@nrra.net

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MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts Receives National Honor for Food Waste Diversion Efforts during U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Month of Action

RW-header_new13 November, 19, 2015 – Boston, MA.  Earlier today, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection won US EPA’s 2015 National Food Recovery Challenge Endorser Award for leading food recovery outreach and technical assistance efforts in the Commonwealth and for its direction of the RecyclingWorks in MA program. RecyclingWorks is administered under contract by the Center for EcoTechnology, a non-profit environmental agency based in Northampton, MA.

MassDEP and Center for EcoTechnology were among four New England organizations that were honored nationally by US EPA earlier at the WasteWise fall forum, held in North Chelmsford (on November 19).

According to the U.S. EPA, Americans throw out more food than any other type of waste. In 2013 alone, 37 million tons of food waste were generated, of which only 1.84 million tons (5%) were recovered, resulting in 35 million tons going into the nation’s landfills.

In the past 12 months, during which time the State of Massachusetts launched its Commercial Food Waste Disposal ban, RecyclingWorks has helped businesses launch food waste diversion programs, including food donation, animal feed, anaerobic digestion and composting. These programs have helped divert more than 4,570 tons of food waste from the trash.

“It is a privilege to collaborate with the hard working and dedicated people at MassDEP and U.S. EPA”, said Lorenzo Macaluso, manager of RecyclingWorks and director of Green Business Services at the Center for EcoTechnology.  “Our partnerships and resources have enabled us to help thousands of businesses to reduce all waste, but especially food waste.”

The U.S. EPA’s Waste Wise program and Food Recovery Challenge are an important part of the suite of services offered through RecyclingWorks, said Macaluso. “The workshops, forums and communications help motivate businesses and provide a nationally recognized program for businesses to associate with. Many businesses see the value in the program and we are happy to facilitate industry connections for them.”

Several of the businesses and institutions that RecyclingWorks has helped and connected with the Food Recovery Challenge have received recognition from U.S. EPA at the Waste Wise forum, said Macaluso.

“These businesses and many others who have taken similar actions to reduce waste, recycle and compost are the real winners today,” he said. “They are reaping the financial, social and economic benefits of implementing these waste diversion initiatives.”

RecyclingWorks customers to receive a 2015 U.S. EPA Regional Food Recovery Achievement Certificate for their work reducing food waste include: The University of Massachusetts in Lowell; Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; Big Y headquartered in Springfield; Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, with various locations in Massachusetts; and Fairview Hospital of Berkshire Hospital Systems in Great Barrington, MA.

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SSRC Updates November 2015

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October Board Meeting notes
Capital Paper Recycling
Trash Bash 2016?  
CEF, E-Waste legislation
SE MRC municipal food waste collection presentations
Ewaste issues, RFQ interest?
SEMASS offering mercury sheds
SEMASS sending mercury rebate payments
Kingston BOS vote to present PAYT to voters
SSRC releases plastic bag op-ed for ARD
MAPSC, PSI set municipal goals for product stewardship actions
National Product Stewardship Forum coming to Boston
Director’s notes:  EBC Solid Waste Conference
Webinar: Best Practices for Implementing Reuse Events
Industry bites back after New York Times recycling column

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NATIONAL NEWS

Talking Turkey On Food Waste

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The United States government recently established the nation’s first ever waste reduction goal.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) combined to establish the goal and will lead a partnership with the private sector, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, and local, state and tribal governments to reduce food loss and waste to improve overall food security and conserve natural resources.With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are some fast facts about the current state of food waste in the United States.
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CLASSIFIEDS

 Help Wanted

Skilled Educator Needed

  • Seeking a Creative K-12 Educator
  • Part-time, work from home, strong research skills required.
  • Are you familiar with the common core standards initiative? Want to apply them to two really fun hands-on science based curricula?

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association is the Nation’s oldest non-profit recycling cooperative. .It is seeking a qualified educator to update our natural resource management and pollution prevention K-12 curricula. We are publishing a fourth edition for our two curriculums and want to align the lesson plans with the Common Core Standards Initiative. The curricula are already aligned with VT and NH state standards, but the fourth edition will move it to the next level. A level that assuredly helps teachers prepare their students to succeed in college, career and life with hands-on activities that combine science, math, English literature and social studies.

This is a limited time position, to be completed no later than February 1, 2016 or sooner. It is grant funded and can be completed working from home. Applicants should be sufficiently knowledgeable of the common core structure to complete this alignment project. Administrative support will produce the final product once the alignment draft is completed. Please submit a short letter of interest and qualifications with phone and email contact information.

Note: Compensation is based on your proposal following further discussion based on submission of your letter of interest. It is grant funded so there is an amount we cannot exceed.

Contact Cindy at csterling@nrra.net or 603-736-4401 ext. 10.

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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Canterbury, NH Solid Waste Transfer Station & Recycling Center

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

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

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

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RECYCLING/SOLID WASTE MANAGER- Plymouth, NH

The Town of Plymouth is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Recycling/ Solid Waste Manager. Applicants must have the ability to coordinate and manage various functions and operations of the Town’s Transfer Station/ Recycling Center. Applicants must have Class IV operator certification, and recycling management background. For a full job description see the town’s website at www.plymouth-nh.org.

If you are looking for a drug free, appreciative working environment that offers a competitive wage and benefit package including: Vacation, Sick Leave, Personnel Days, Educational Training, Health Insurance (Employee pays 15% of premium), Dental Insurance (Employee pays 100% of premium), Group Disability and Life Insurance, and retirement through NH Retirement System, you may be the person we are looking for. The Town of Plymouth is an equal opportunity employer.
Resumes with cover letter may be submitted to: Paul Freitas, Town Administrator
Town of Plymouth 6 Post Office Square Plymouth, NH 03264
(603) 536-1731 office
(603) 536-0036 fax
or
electronically at klowe@plymouth-nh.org

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Wanted to Buy

Town of Gilmanton needs 10 Wheeler

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

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

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For Sale

Diesel Hyster Forklift & Two Balers for Sale

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

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

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

Both in excellent condition. Acquired from NETC.

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spectecSPECTOR MANUFACTURING INC.-Trailer/Parts Sales

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

Contact: Faller Enterprises LLC (603) 455-6336

Website: http://www.spectec.biz

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Selco Vertical Baler

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

 

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 NRRA CALENDAR

November

  • November 26 & 27:  NRRA OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

December

  • December 10th:  NH the Beautiful Board Meeting – 8:30 a.m. NRRA Offices

  • December 24th & 25th:  NRRA OFFICES CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY

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