April 15, 2015-Full of Scrap


  •  Second Annual Talkin’ Trash
  •  2015 Conference Attendee Registration
  • NH Facility Reporting: SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT
  • Time is Running out for 2015 NRRA Conference Award Nominations!
  • School News You Can Use
  • NH the Beautiful-Order your Litter Free NH bags today!
  • NH DES News-NH DES Operator Certification Rules became effective July 1
  • NH News-Primex Insurance Offering SW Operator Safety Workshop in NH
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

 The recyclable materials in the U.S. waste stream would generate over $7 billion if they were recycled. That’s equivalent to Donald Trump’s net worth. 



Friday may be full for “Talkin’ Trash 2.0” but check the website and register if you can and we’ll find room. This workshop is well worth it as you will get to ask questions of the State Administrators with their fingers on the pulse of “Trash”. This market, and the changes that are happening daily, impact the entire waste stream including recycling. Aside for the 34th Annual NRRA Conference coming up quickly on June 8 and 9 in Manchester at the Radisson Hotel, this workshop is without a doubt your best source for up to date information and future projections.

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

Natl Waste Assoc LogoWhen: April 17, 2015 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

Click this Link To REGISTER: https://www.cvent.com/events/ebc-swana-nrra-solid-waste-program-second-annual-talking-trash-solid-waste-management-in-northern-ne/registration-4460bf081489437f8db27b02a2bcfb92.aspx

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: http://www.scribd.com/doc/260118054/04-17-15-Draft-Agenda-NH-Talking-Trash


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!


“On my way out the door I managed to review the latest School “News You Can Use” and was struck that I forgot about Earth Day next week!! You get so busy and buried in the work that you have to come up for air and perspective. Thanks to Gwen Erley of the NRRA School Club for reminding me it was fast approaching! Nothing can be as important as we struggle with changing recycling  markets than we are doing this work for a reason. To protect and preserve this precious planet. I encourage you all to step outside, take a deep breath of that winter scrubbed clean air and be ready for a spring and summer as warm and refreshing as the winter was tough to tolerate. Keep up the good work and thank you for recycling!”


Wishing you all a terra-ific Earth Day!





The NRRA School CLUB urges all schools to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.  We would love to feature your pictures and stories in our next newsletter, to inspire and support other environmental programs. Please feel free to email the CLUB at: Theclub@nrra.net




Annual Facility Reports and Compliance Certification Signature

Over the years, solid waste operators have told us they don’t always get support (financial or otherwise) from their Board of Selectmen/Town Managers, even when the operators cite the rules or Best Management Practices (BMPs) as the rationale for their concerns or requests.  It is also not unusual for DES to receive Annual Facility Reports (AFRs) from an administrative assistant who has been asked to prepare and sign the report even though they may not have much familiarity with the facility operations.  With this in mind, DES imposed the requirement that elected or appointed representatives sign off on AFRs for public facilities with the expectation that the public officials would communicate with the operators before they did so.  The operators may be the most knowledgeable about the information requested on the AFR form, but certifying accuracy and compliance comes with additional responsibility.  Submitting the AFR is an obligation of the permittee; when the permittee is a municipality, the Board of Selectmen/Town Managers are the official representatives.

Sharon Yergeau, Supervisor   Sharon.Yergeau@des.nh.gov

Solid Waste Compliance Assurance Section



NRRA April Pricing Guide is now Available!

The NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide for April 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.


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 https://www.nrra.net/2015-conference-expo/ or contact Stacey at info@nrra.net.


BBethuneFrom Bonnie Bethune’s Desk


Regular/Summer Freon Pricing is Now in Effect

We are now back to our regular pricing for Freon Recovery.  The effective dates 4/01/15 – 9/30/15.


Our Scrap Metal Vendor does not mind you moving their containers from time to time to get them closer to the wall, etc. But please take special care of the pins and safety locks that can be crushed or destroyed, therefore putting the container out of service for the next customer and creating costly repairs for our Vendor.

Please treat these containers as they were your own; using a spotter when necessary to get the job done safely and well.

Thank you,

Bonnie Bethune
NRRA Member Services



School CLUB Conference Attendee Brochure & Registration Now Available!

School Conference Logo 2015-smallConference Registrations

The School Recycling CLUB’s 6th Annual Conference will be held at the Radisson in Manchester on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Real Challenges-Real Solutions.” Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Member School fee is $50/Student; $75/Teacher. Non-member fee is $60/Student; $90/Teacher. If you are unsure of your member status, please call us at 603-736-4401 and we’ll check it for you.

To review the Conference schedule, workshops and presenters, click here:  Conference Brochure Link

To download the writable Registration Page, click here:  http://www.schoolrecycling.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/One-Page-Attendee-Registration-Sheet-Writable.pdf

Once you have filled it out, please email, fax or mail it back to us ASAP. (Don’t delay – special package rates end May 13.)

For on-line registrations:

  • If you are an NRRA Member and wish to register on-line, Click Here.
  • If you a NOT an NRRA Member and wish to register on-line, Click Here.


Please Note:  All NH schools may apply for grants of 1/2 off their NHtB-logo-e1359575289949registration fees through NH the Beautiful. Here is the link: http://www.schoolrecycling.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/NHtB-School-Grant-Form-Writable-Updated.pdf


double thumbs upWe look forward to seeing you all at the Conference!







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

Blue Bag Picture
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 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.


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 –  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.




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


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: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/orcb/fms/uomp/categories/grants.htm



 Primex Insurance Offering SW Operator Safety Workshop in NH

At our recent MOM Meeting here in Epsom, Tim Redmond from Weare, NH informed his fellow members about this Solid Waste Operator Safety workshop being offered by Primex Insurance to it’s members.

To Register, CLICK HERE



Unique Cleveland Plastics Recycling Program Creates Opportunities for Disabled Workers

By Chrissy Kadleck, Waste 360

buckeye-bennington-3Northeast Ohio’s Buckeye Industries is employing 42 developmentally disabled workers to debag, sort, separate and bale tons of pre-surgical medical waste in recycling program that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Tucked in a part industrial-part residential neighborhood of Cleveland sits Buckeye Industries-West, one of four area business enterprises of New Avenues to Independence located in this Midwest city.

Inside the 20,000-sq.-ft. facility, significantly disabled adults do the labor intensive, tedious material handling work necessary to recycle uncontaminated plastics from operating rooms throughout the region’s two largest hospital systems—the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Think gowns, empty saline bottles, cardboard boxes, bowls, trays and clear and mixed films.

“We are the only ones doing pre-surgical medical waste recycling. Nationally no one is currently doing what we are doing,” says Thomas Lewins, executive director of Buckeye Industries, who added that close to one-third of Buckeye’s 150 employees are devoted to the pre-surgical plastics recycling effort. The not-for-profit organization also recycles other hard-to-wrangle products such as polystyrene, along with cardboard and non-clinical plastics. In all, it recycled 1.2 million pounds of material last year.

“Our approach to our business enterprises is intended to employ people with disabilities, to be business friendly in our local community and to be friendly to the earth—those are the three underpinnings of everything that we do,” he says.

In 2014, Buckeye Industries recycled 83.5 tons from the Cleveland Clinic and 54.5 tons from University Hospitals and doubled its workforce, Lewins says.

“For years, our surgical teams believed there was a better way to dispose of the tremendous volumes of sterile plastics that they generated before an OR case,” says Julie Marth, program manager of Office for a Healthy Environment at the Cleveland Clinic, which has 86 operating rooms on its main campus that collect about three tons of clinical plastics each month, diverting it from the landfill. “Buckeye Industries saw our voluminous waste problem as a big opportunity. Together, we created a solution that ensures our plastics are recycled responsibly and affordably, while ensuring worker safety and creating local jobs.”

At the Cleveland Clinic, unused plastics are collected before the patient enters the room, and tied off in purple bags to be recycled. At University Hospitals, recyclable plastics are put in gray and blue bags. Those bags come to Buckeye’s west side facility where they have to be opened and the contents sorted and dealt with by workers.

“We are very good at creating jobs around a specific person’s ability and skill sets,” Lewins says. “A person who may only have use of one hand may have partial use of another and they may be able to hold part of a gown and with scissors cut off the end of the arm piece which is all cloth. Others use the buddy system to complete tasks that might include removing paper labels or separating plastic films.

“We have happy employees who are learning new skills and being successful—all of us want to be successful,” says Lewins, adding that almost half of Buckeye’s employees with disabilities get paid the minimum wage or higher. The program is also a training ground to move individuals with disabilities to more competitive employment.

Once completely sorted and color coded into Gaylord boxes, the clinical plastics are baled and then sold to Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services. Rumpke consolidates and markets the plastics to end-users and processors who further re-grind and pelletize these materials for the manufacture of new products. For example, blue sterilization wrap is made into blue recycling containers, and clear plastic is transformed into blended cotton and polyester clothing.

“It’s a magical relationship between three or four partners where everybody has to win in order for it to work,” Lewins says. “It is replicable, but it takes a willing hospital system and their bureaucracy to buy into green practices and sustainability, as well as training for the staff. Then you have to engage a waste management company that is willing to take the approach to sustainability. And it requires a company—in most practical purposes a not for profit—that has the labor force that can provide the sorting activity.”


Recycle Away and Carton Council of North America Donate Recycling Containers to Increase Milk and Juice Carton Recycling in New York City Schools

recycle away containerDENTON, Texas—The milk or juice carton has a simple, classic design that has been part of daily life for generations. To prevent them from ending up in landfills, Recycle Away is partnering with the Carton Council of North America to donate recycling containers to New York City Schools.
More than 600 specially designed milk and juice carton recycling containers are being provided to the New York Department of Education, for distribution to multiple New York City schools throughout the five boroughs. The purpose of this donation is to help expand the schools’ recycling efforts, making it easier for students and faculty to recycle and bringing greater awareness of recycling.
Sharon Jaye, director of Sustainability at the NYC Department of Education has been involved with sustainability work for more than four years and strives to bring attention to the importance of recycling to the schools with which she works closely. “We are thrilled to receive these milk and juice carton recycling containers,” said Jaye. “They will reinforce to students the importance and ease of recycling. We know that habits learned and developed in school are often brought home so the impact will continue to spread across the city.”
Cartons are highly recyclable and are used to make paper products such as tissue, paper towels and writing paper. Some companies even use the material from cartons to produce sustainable building materials. The Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers that came together to help build a stronger infrastructure in the United States for recycling cartons. Before their efforts began, only 18 percent of U.S. communities could recycle cartons in their neighborhood recycling programs. Now more than 53 percent can and that number is growing all the time. In addition to being able to recycle cartons in New York City schools, cartons can be recycled through residential recycling programs and drop off locations.
The average U.S. school of 545 students consumes around 75,000 cartons each year,” said Derric Brown, vice president of Sustainability for the Carton Council and director of sustainability at Evergreen Packaging. “That’s a lot of valuable material. We saw a need to support school milk and juice carton recycling and Recycle Away allowed for many more schools to be involved in this process.”
Recycle Away, LLC is a Brattleboro, VT company dedicated to providing superior customer service to meet the demands of organizations, municipalities, and corporations seeking recycling and waste solutions. They specialize in recycling containers for schools, public parks, corporate offices, manufacturing facilities, events, and stadiums. For more information, visit www.recycleaway.com.
The Carton Council is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Weyerhaeuser. Formed in 2009, the Carton Council works to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill. Through a united effort, the Carton Council is committed to building a sustainable infrastructure for carton recycling nationwide and works toward their continual goal of adding access to carton recycling throughout the U.S. For more information, visit CartonOpportunities.com.



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: http://www.townofthornton.org.

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.  (info@nrra.net)


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 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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