Northeast Resource Recovery Association

April 1, 2015-Full of Scrap


  • Commingle is NOT Trash
  • Rate Changes & Quality Control
  •  2015 Conference Attendee Registration Now Open
  • 2nd Annual Talkin’ Trash
  • Keeping Your Recyclables Safe From the Elements
  • Time is Running out for 2015 NRRA Conference Award Nominations!
  • School News You Can Use-Wanted: School Conference Award Nominations!
  • NH the Beautiful-Order your Litter Free NH bags today!
  • NH DES News
  • NH News-One Day Household Hazardous Waste Workshop Offered
  • Vermont News
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar


~Recycling Fact of the Day~

17 million barrels of oil are used to make all the plastic water bottles used in the US every year!  Only about 12% of those plastic water bottles are recycled. 88% of the plastic bottles end up in landfills.




Trashy CommingleSeveral recent loads of commingled material were delivered to a new facility and what was in the container was basically TRASH. Members who do not maintain the proper specifications for the commingled material will be charged the going municipal disposal rate at the receiving facility plus any additional handling fees. Members who cannot maintain proper material specifications will have their containers rejected and risk not being able to return to the facility. All members are encouraged to call their member services representative if there is any question as to proper specifications.


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Its time to crunch the numbers once again

number crunchingOver the last six months NRRA has held the line and fought the good fight in the on-going and daily battle to keep costs down and revenues up for its members. April 15 is not only Tax Day but the day that some—not all – hauling rates will have to increase to start to cover the increased costs of doing business in the “new normal” of commodity pricing.

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tractor trailerAs you can see above, transportation and logistics are the backbone of the entire waste stream management system. The last time NRRA vendors had a significant hauling rate increase was in 2013. Our members have benefitted from somewhat lower than normal hauling charges which are now making a move upwards to more sustainable levels, and are more in line with industry norms.  In addition, container rentals are becoming the norm depending on frequency of movement.   NRRA tries hard to keep increases for any costs to the annual fall budget period for most members but in spite of our best efforts, that is not always possible. Call your members services representative with any questions about your particular programs.

As commodity markets have tightened over the last year, quality is the key word to all movement of material. Where before end mills might have taken the material shown below and “graded it” as OCC at a rate of $130 per ton, they now reject the load entirely for not meeting “specification”. If it is determined to have too much contamination of “off-spec” material , it can, in the worst case scenario translate into a haul charge of $1,200 with no payment for the load at all. In other cases it can be rerouted but there will still be a charge for the haul costs and the load may only receive $20 per ton instead of the $130 per ton it could have received had it met specifications. NRRA members pride themselves on making high quality product for markets and this economic reality only reinforces the value of that attention to quality.

Pre Shipped OCC 1In these pre-shipping pictures, it may be difficult to see just how much of this material is wet or contains wax. Mills have zero tolerance for either scenario. Once it lands on the dock for inspection the damage is done and the costs escalate dramatically. Members are encouraged to educate their citizens on the importance of proper sorting of material at their drop off facility.

Rejected Load!

Rejected Load!






PGAProcessed Glass Aggregate Pricing is also up on Tax Day. While these rates have not increased since 2012 the reality of mobilizing equipment and processing glass for a secondary “waste Derived product” market is up significantly over that period of time. PGA is still a much better alternative to commingled pricing or MSW. Again, call your member service representative for details.


What you can do to avoid the iceberg ahead! April 15 is also Titanic Remembrance Day

titanicKnow your specifications and prepare the commodities that you Earth Goddesshave NRRA ship to market accordingly and you will not have to worry about the dangers under the surface. Now that China and the waste stream domestically are being watched ever more closely and educate your townsfolk who want to do the right thing and you will avoid the bumps in the load ahead.

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Acceptable load

To get the latest updates and keep pace with a rapidly changing marketplace stay in touch with NRRA and register today for the upcoming conference which will have the most current, cutting edge workshops on the market realities and how best to navigate the waste stream waters ahead.


Attendee Registration Now Open for 2015 Conference!!

2015 NRRA Conference Announcement PicThe NRRA staff has been busy preparing for the upcoming conference and expo. on June 8-9, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. To see the full schedule of workshops and activities or to register, click the link below.  We offer two ways to register:  Simply fill out the form included in the link below and either fax, email or mail it back to us OR you can register on-line by visiting our website!

In addition to our usual informative workshops, networking opportunities, and variety of exhibits, we will once again offer “spin-to-win”, the infamous tub raffle, free yoga and a chance to win $100 by completing your talk-to tickets. If you’re in the area on Sunday, we invite you to sign up for the golf tournament. Details on all of these events can be found on our website by clicking on the link above. On Tuesday we will also feature our 6th annual school conference which is open to all attendees who are registered for the conference.

This year’s event is packed with great information, top-notch presenters, quality exhibits and lots of fun! If you haven’t registered already, please consider joining us for what is sure to be the best conference yet! Register by May 13th for the lowest rates!


EBC / SWANA / NRRA Solid Waste Program: Second Annual Talkin’ Trash-Solid Waste Management in Northern New England

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When: April 17, 2015 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Eversource Energy
780 North Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Click this Link To REGISTER:

This EBC New Hampshire Chapter, SWANA, and NRRA Solid Waste program will include presentations on the future issues of solid waste throughout New England and the critical issues facing the industry. All six State Solid Waste Directors have been invited from the New England States. The Directors will be asked to first give their perspective on the five most critical solid waste issues facing their individual states. They will then sit on a panel to discuss the future of solid waste in New England. Program attendees will be invited to ask questions and explore, with the panel, state-to-state differences and where they see opportunities for regional collaboration. With both the State Solid Waste Directors and the major waste management players in the room we hope to have a lively and interactive program that helps to facilitate constructive dialogue and provide a serious opportunity to move the industry forward.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Details

Breakfast & Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Included Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Receive $10 off your registration fee if you register by April 3! Discount applied during checkout. This discount does not apply to Subsidized Registration Rates.

Registration Fees

EBC / SWANA / NRRA Member: $80*
Non-Member: $110*
Government/Non-Profit: $30
Group Rate: Register any 5 attendees from your organization and receive a 20% discount. Use code EBCGROUP during checkout.

*After 5:00 p.m. on April 15 and at the door, add $20.

Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 15 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.


• Greg Cooper, Director of Business Compliance, Bureau of Air and Waste, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
• Melanie Loyzim, Director of Waste Management, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
• Charles (Chuck) Schwer, Director, Waste Management and Prevention Division, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
• Michael Wimsatt, Director, Waste Management Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
• TBA, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Click this Link for the Draft Agenda:



Keeping Your Recyclables Safe From the Elements

dumpster guardHere is alternative to mesh tarps for covering recyclables; keeping them dry, snow free and from blowing around your site.

DumpsterGard –made of rigid plastic — 90% recycled materials.

Takes four panels to cover a large container; each panel weighs 43 lbs.

They’re domed so snow will slide off. 4 panels ~ $1000.

The Town of Shelburne, NH utilizes this type of removal container cover to keep their recyclables from the elements. It was very helpful this winter enabling them to ship less SNOW!!
Thank you to Ken Simonoko for sending us this picture.

Shelburne cover


 New England Organizations Step Up for EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and Help to Reduce Food Waste

BOSTON – Thirteen New England organizations have backed a national effort led by the US Environmental Protection Agency to help cut down on the nearly 35 million tons of food wasted in the United States each year. This EPA initiative encourages businesses, organizations and institutions to prevent food waste by donating or recycling food.
Among the groups endorsing EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, are both the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), which have become official “endorsers.” Food Recovery Challenge Endorsers help educate others about the environmental consequences of wasted food and help recruit new groups to join the 750 already taking part in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.
“Sending food to a landfill represents missed opportunities to reduce costs, protect the environment and help our neighbors,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Our New England partners and endorsers of the Food Recovery Challenge are making a real difference for the environment and for our communities.”
“We are enthusiastically endorsing EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge,” said Robert Klee, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP). “We have been working closely with community partners to address this important issue – and this new EPA initiative offers another valuable tool to help us prevent and reduce wasted food, and to move forward with Connecticut’s overall solid waste reduction and recycling strategies. ”
“Massachusetts supports the goals of the U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “We look forward to continuing to partner with EPA on this valuable work and to assisting Massachusetts businesses through our RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts program.”
EPA’s Sustainable Material’s Management Web Academy Webinar Series ( highlighted active endorsers in a recent webinar. Endorsers include state government, associations, businesses and Non-Governmental Organizations whose missions align with reducing wasted food in their communities. New England groups are building on commercial food waste disposal ban regulations in Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Nearly 35 million tons of food waste was generated in 2012, 95 percent of which was thrown away into landfills or incinerators, according to EPA’s recently released Municipal Characterization Report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that wasted food costs America more than $165 billion annually and that the average family of four throws away $1,600 worth of food each year. At the same time, 14.3 percent of households in the U.S. in 2012 did not know where their next meal would come from.
Wasted food has economic, environmental and social impacts. Much of the food discarded, especially by institutions, is actually safe, wholesome food that could potentially feed millions of Americans. Excess food, leftovers and scraps that are not fit for consumption and donation can be recycled into a nutrient-rich soil supplement.

The New England Food Recovery Challenge Endorsers include these organizations:

Boston Green Tourism
Boston University Community Service Center
Center for EcoTechnology
EV New England
Manomet Center for Conservation Service
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA)
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New Hampshire
New Hampshire Hospital Association
Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s School Recycling Club

Community Plates
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Northeast Recycling Council, Inc.

More information:
– EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge: (
– EPA Municipal Solid Waste Facts & Figures (
– USDA information on Food Waste: (


Time is Running Out!  We need Your 2015 Conference Award Nominations TODAY!!!

awards red carpetAs always we will be holding an awards luncheon on Monday, June 8th at the conference. Each year NRRA recognizes outstanding contribution to the recycling efforts we all support.  Please submit to NRRA any individual or program that you think are deserving of recognition, and we will consider those for the Annual Conference. Innovative ideas, programs, or individuals can all be recognized so don’t hesitate to suggest a program or individual who makes a difference in your community.

  • Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year
  • Outstanding Recycling Program
  • Innovative Recycling Idea
  • Outstanding Recycling Brochure
  • Outstanding Recycling Website
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Recycling Facility
  • Recycling Business of the Year
  • Most Programs through NRRA
  • Best Bill of Lading
  • Best Composting Program of the Year

For more information or nomination forms go to or contact Stacey at  The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015!


Toner & Inkjet Recycling Information

aboutusEvolve Recycling is a division of Clover Technologies Group, the global leader in collection, remanufacture, recycling and resale of electronic assets including laser and ink cartridges, printer parts, and wireless handsets.

Evolve Recycling pays businesses for reusable ink and toner cartridges, used cell phones and other small electronics that are then re-manufactured for reuse.

How It Works
Evolve Recycling pays organizations cash for depleted ink and toner cartridges, used cell phones, and other small electronics. Evolve then remanufactures or recycles those unused assets – keeping millions of pounds of e-waste out of landfills each year.

  1. Register for free-Click HERE
  2. Recycle – Recycle empty inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics (see price list for acceptable items).  You can use your own boxes or order free Evolve boxes.
  3. Ship and Earn! – Once you have 20 items or 20lbs (4-5 toner cartridges) log on and print a pre-paid shipping label. Then you’ll automatically receive a check when you’ve banked over $25.

For more information visit



WANTED:  Your Award Nominations for the 6th Annual School Recycling Conference

This year’s Conference theme is “Real Challenges-Real Solutions.”  We have a challenge and we’re hoping you have a solution.

Does your school have an individual, program or event that deserves special recognition for outstanding work in recycling?  These are just some of the award categories to be considered:




















Choose one of the above, or come up with your own award idea!

Winners will be announced and recognized at our Conference Awards Luncheon on June 9.

Please follow this link to the nomination form.  Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015



Earth Day 2015

Earth DayFrom EPA GoGreen Newsletter – March 2015


Earth Day is April 22. If you’re in school, check out these ideas you can use — whichever side of the desk you’re on.
• Teachers lesson plan ideas:
• Student homework resources:
• Community projects:





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

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OK, It may not feel like Spring quite yet but according to the Calendar, 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.


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, 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.



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.


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!


Click here for ClearStream info.


Click here for Bin info.


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 –

 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 ( administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.




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:


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.


Used Oil Gift Grants

The Department of Environmental Services issues grants for the purpose of establishing and improving used oil collection centers serving Do-It-Yourselfers who change their own automotive oil. Grant funds, up to $2,500 per year, can be used to assist with the purchase of used oil management equipment. Municipalities and motor vehicle inspection stations are eligible to apply for yearly grants related to the collection of Do-It-Yourselfer used oil and/or automotive oil filters. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis with priority given to first time applicants or applicants in underserved areas.
Applications will be posted after June 30, 2015 at the following link:



Open Invitation to One Day Household Hazardous Waste Workshop

Dear all; I’m excited to share with you an upcoming one day workshop we have planned based in large part based on our NAHMMA Northeast survey that you received. This is a fantastic professional opportunity; I hope that you’ll be able to join us. Please see the message below from our workshop organizer and host, Victoria Davis.

You are invited to attend a Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator Workshop on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Concord, NH. This is an all-day workshop with expert speakers and the cost is only $35 to cover your breakfast and lunch (thanks to a USDA grant). The event is hosted by the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission and the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, Northeast Chapter.

Please spread the word. To register and obtain more information, visit — or contact me.

Hope to see you there!

Kind Regards,

Victoria Davis
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission



Good Point Recycling to Host E-Cycles Training

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Webinar Announcement

Good Point Recycling will host a training webinar on April 16th at 10 AM and an in-person training meeting held at 227 Pond Lane, Middlebury, VT 05753 on April 22nd at 10 AM.  Both the webinar and in-person training meeting will cover the same material.  All operators involved in any aspect of the Vermont E-Cycles program are invited and encouraged to attend, particularly recent hires or anyone new to the program. Discussion topics at the meetings will cover proper handling, labeling, storage and identification of covered and banned electronic devices as well as other pertinent information to the program. To register, please respond to Nathan Hill at

 Are there special management requirements for Banned Electronic Devices?

Banned Electronic Devices must be stored on an impervious surface and within a structure or transportation unit such that the electronic device is protected from precipitation. Outdoor storage is prohibited at any time. Electronic devices should be managed in a manner adequate to prevent breakage during transportation, storage, and handling. Waste “Banned Electronic Devices” may be labeled as “Electronic Waste,” “Used Electronics” or another term approved by the Secretary. The accumulation of electronic devices must be limited to one year from the date it becomes a waste or is received.

~Nathan Hill, Good Point Recycling



Recycling Household Hazardous Waste Provides Safety Challenges

By: Chrissy Kadleck, Waste 360

barrels-colorfulA live mortar shell from WWII, sodium in its metallic form, dynamite and even dead animals are some of the perplexing and potentially explosive items residents have driven up to household hazardous waste (HHW) collection sites around the country. Throw those into the mix of commonly accepted drop offs such as pesticides, mercury, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, diesel fuel and oil-based and latex paints, and HHW sites are hot zones filled with flammable, caustic and volatile materials.

Yet program managers and those coordinating collections in states like Ohio, Arizona and Minnesota say minor mishaps such as spills do happen, but accidents and injuries are extremely rare because of safety procedures, training of workers and proper handling of the materials. And the occasional call to the bomb squad.

Take Environmental Enterprises Inc. (EEI), a hazardous waste and collection facility based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In business since 1979, EEI has been facilitating HHW collection programs since 1993. That side of the business has taken of in the last eight years with many municipalities looking to encourage better environmental stewardship and to ultimately keep these materials out of the landfill, says Brian DePeel, director of EEI’s Lab Pack Services Division.

“With HHW there is an inherent hazard to it,” says DePeel, adding that EEI handles 93 mobile collections from March to November in a nine-state region that includes Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York and Virginia. All EEI employees receive training and those doing residential collections receive 40 hours of training and are outfitted with steel-toed shoes, gloves and safety glasses.

“Some of the stuff we’ve gotten would absolutely blow your mind,” DePeel says. “We’ve had nitroglycerine and once we had a live WWII mortar shell that an 80-year-old lady had in the trunk of her Chrysler K-Car and drove into us. Her husband brought it back from Europe.…We called the bomb squad for that one.”

The top concern for both workers and residents at HHW sites is “exposure in any way, shape or form,” says Fran LaSala, waste diversion manager for the city of Tucson, which recycles or reuses 98 percent of the household hazardous waste it collects.

“There are always the unknowns. It’s not uncommon for people to not know what they are bringing in,” says LaSala, adding that their site has had one accident in 20 years but the public wasn’t involved or in any danger during the incident. “We have a lot of mining that went on in Arizona so there are some exotic compounds sitting in some sheds. We have seen our fair share of those. For some reason we get sodium metal, which is highly unstable. We see blasting caps and dynamite. We don’t really question where it came from; we just deal with it when we get it.”

In Hennepin County, Minn., which encompasses the Twin Cities, transportation and delivery of the hazardous materials is often what puts workers and residents at the highest risk, says Louisa Tallman, operations managers of the county’s HHW program, which services more than 110,000 customers a year and collects more than 750,000 gallons of HHW.

“Once people say, ‘Hey I want to get rid of this.’ they don’t think about it too much anymore,” Tallman says. “They just want to make it go away. When it makes its way to us a lot of these containers are rusting. They are leaking. They don’t have covers. It’s fairly common that when they open the truck of their vehicle there are spills because there is something they didn’t contain well.”

This makes this tricky for workers who have less than a minute with each car during the busy season of May to October. During that time period, Tallman says, HHW workers can service 400 to 600 cards in eight hours.

“We can service four to six cars at a time so there is a lot of movement,” she says. “I would put a plea out for residents to make sure there is a cover on what they are bringing in and to make sure it’s in a plastic bag or put in a box so it doesn’t tip—whatever is appropriate for the material to make sure it’s contained and safe for the transport.”

At most HHW collection sites, residents are asked to remain in their cars unless it’s necessary for them to show workers what materials are to be removed from the vehicle.

“However the best laid plans go awry and inevitably someone will get out and want to tell us about a can of latex paint they bought in 1960 and how you apply it,” DePeel says.

By weight, paint is one of the top materials brought into Tucson’s HHW program, which collected about one million pounds in 2013, LaSala says.

“It’s a very effective program,” he says. “It’s been in place for over 20 years and it does exactly what it’s supposed to do and that’s keeping harmful chemicals out of the landfill and out of the garbage trucks and out of the environment.”


The Latest Movements in HDPE Rigid, Colored HDPE & News Pricing

By: Robert Boulanger, Waste 360

During the past year, the national average price of post-consumer natural high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Rigids has remained quite constant.

In March, 2014 the national average trading price was in the 16 cents per pound range. That price level dropped slightly to an average 15.6 cents through the summer months, gradually rising back to 16.1 cents per pound in late December 2014.

In the new year, the price remained constant and actually rose slightly to the current 16.8 cents per pound effective March 13 (see graph).

It should be noted that the Rigids grade has remained very constant, in comparison to post-consumer Natural HDPE, which has experienced a drastic downward drop during the past year, from an average high of 56 cents per pound last summer to the current 27 cents per pound range.

These prices are as reported on the Secondary Materials Pricing (SMP) Index. This pricing represents what is being paid for post-consumer recyclable plastic materials in a sorted, baled format, picked up at most major recycling centers.

Post-Consumer Colored HDPE Prices Recover

During the past 12 months, the national average price of post-consumer colored high-density polyethylene (HDPE) dropped more than 40 percent from a national average of 30 cents per pound, to a low of 18 cents per pound in January 2015 (see graph).

Gradually, the average price has risen to the current 22 cents per pound, effective March 13. This current price is now closer to the natural HDPE grade, now trading in the 26-27 cents per pound range.

These prices are as reported on the Secondary Materials Pricing (SMP) Index. This pricing represents what is being paid for post-consumer recyclable plastic materials in a sorted, baled format, picked up at most major recycling centers.

Post-Consumer News (PS-8) Drops 18% During Past Year

The national average price for post-consumer news (PS-8) continues on a gradual monthly downward price trend.

One year ago, the #8 PSI average trading price was in the $75 per ton range. This represented a fair return for baled tonnage picked up at most recycling centers. In June, 2014 the average price dropped to $74 per ton, and by December 2014 it settled in at $68 per ton.

Since January 2015 the average price has continued to drop another 9 percent to the current national average of $62 per ton. During the past year, this represents an overall price drop of 18 percent (see graph).

These published prices are for mill-size bales, FOB dealers’ plants, as reported on the Secondary Fiber Pricing (SFP) Index.

Meanwhile, prices for most post-consumer (PSI) high grades also have started to experience a slight drop during the past month.

Robert Boulanger is currently president of Recycling Markets Ltd., and director of the Commodity Pricing division. He has extensive experience in the operation and management of recycling plants, and is a long time publisher in the recycling sector. For more than 30 years, the company and its affiliates have focused on the management of company databases and commodity pricing for the Recycling Industry.

In 2002, was developed as the first industry online format to publish real-time pricing for 18 PSI grades of recyclable was launched in 2004 for post-consumer Plastics, Cans and Glass. Online Members have instant access to more than 10 years of historical data.



Help Wanted

Permanent Part-Time Transfer Station Attendants

The Town of Thornton is seeking candidates for immediate openings for two (2) permanent part-time positions of Transfer Station Attendant. It is recommended that applicants have experience working at a transfer station. Applicants must be willing to obtain the necessary NH DES certification. Job requires working weekends. The positions are labor grade 2 with an hourly pay range from $10.59/hr. to $14.96/hr. The goal of the Selectmen is to hire two part-time positions but may give consideration to hiring one full-time position. A full job description and application packet is available at the Town Office and on the town website:

Applications must be submitted by noon on April 24, 2015 to:
Board of Selectmen
ATTN: Permanent Part-Time Transfer Station Attendant
16 Merrill Access Road
Thornton, NH 03285

The Town of Thornton is an equal opportunity employer.
The position will remain open until filled.



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.  (


Gaylord Boxes – thru NRRA’s Cooperative Purchasing Program
Gaylords (Corrugated) available for pickup thru NRRA in Wolfeboro NH.
Please contact Marilyn, Mike or Bonnie at 1-800-223-0150




  • April 1st: Deadline for Conference Award Nominations

  • April 8th: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Office

  • April 22nd: Earth Day


  • May 13th: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Office

  • May 13th: NRRA Board Meeting-10:30 a.m. at the NRRA Office

  • May 13th: End of Special Value Package Pricing for 2015 Conference

  • May 25th: Memorial Day-NRRA Offices Closed


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