Conference attendees and Kermit all agree:
It’s not easy being green
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On May 16-17, NRRA hosted over 400 attendees, speakers and exhibitors at the 35th Annual Conference and Expo at The Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. While the recycling industry is struggling to combat issues such as low market prices for recyclables, flat recovery volumes and contamination, attendees were upbeat and chose sessions that gave them the opportunity to learn insights and updates from industry experts.
The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation from Jerry Powell, President, Resource Recycling, Inc. He pointed out the recent successes in the industry, as well as gave his thoughts on 12 future trends. To name a few, he discussed the evolving ton and that per capita waste is down 8% since 2000 and that composting curbside is happening and we’ll see more of this.
On day one, attendees heard sessions on mercury/thermostat recovery issues, waste composition study issues to consider, high diversion goals, pay-as-you-throw, operator discussion on transfer station guidelines, plastics recycling, municipal composting, SWEEP (Solid Waste Excellence Protocol) and a round-table discussion on issues drop-off facility managers/operators are facing.
The Awards Luncheon on Monday, May 16th honored 11 individuals and towns on their recycling efforts. We are proud of all award winners, especially Joanie Hamel (Derry, NH) who was given the Environmental Stewardship Award from NH the Beautiful for her efforts to make the new Derry Recycling Center a reality. View the full list of recipients and their accomplishments.
In addition, there was a well-attended panel discussion on single stream recycling with panelist representatives from Casella, EcoHub, EcoMaine, EL Harvey, Waste Management. They all agreed that plastic bags are the #1 headache for their machines, each of them saying their equipment is shut down for 30-120 minutes per day to remove plastic bags caught in machinery.
Throughout the day the exhibit hall buzzed as attendees met with vendors focused on recycling electronics, plastics, textiles, C&D and metals – plus much more. That evening Michael Durfor, Executive Director, NRRA, announced the list of exhibitors who were being inducted to the NRRA Hall of Fame. The following exhibitors have been exhibiting with NRRA for over 10 years: New Hampshire the Beautiful, Covanta, Veolia, GoodPoint, Clean Tech, ERRCO, Interstate Refrigerant, OPR Systems, and RMG Electronics.
On day two, the main conference continued with sessions about how to improve diversion with a public-private partnership, how to improve collections in high-performing communities, food rescue from the waste stream, accounting for solid waste management and a discussion of ekopolimer, a product made from dirty film plastic.
In addition, the School Recycling Conference was on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Students and teachers from across NH gave the hall a fun buzz. Students played educational games focused on recycling and composting, as well as attended sessions on green household cleaners, textile fundraising and starting/rejuvenating a school recycling program. Students and teachers also participated in a hands-on lesson plan focused on landfill soil, and did a mini “TOLD” (Trash on the Lawn Day) which took trash from the venue and sorted it out to see how much of it could have been diverted from the waste stream by recycling or composting. There were 10 School CLUB awards given out on May 17, 2016. To view details about each award recipient, click HERE.
Attendees raved about the quality of sessions, the great speaker panel, the delicious breakfast, lunch and snacks – and we even got compliments on the great weather (sure we’ll take the credit for that, too!) And let’s not forget about the star of the show, our friend, Kermit. He gave us all a big smile and let us know (in his own silent way), that it may not be easy to be green, but it sure it worth it! We will be booking our 2017 conference by early fall and will send out details when that is available. We hope to see you then!
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