April 2018 – Full of Scrap

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • From the Director’s Chair–Earth Day 2018
  • NRRA News–Pricing, Conference Registration,
  • School News You Can Use
  • NH the Beautiful
  • NHDES
  • NH News-Union Leader Article Features our own Mike Durfor!
  • Massachusetts News – MassRecycle 2018:  Municipalities Should Brace for More Expensive Recycling
  • Rhode Island News – Rhode Island May Repeal Ban on using glass as landfill cover
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Tip of the Month~

Mixed Paper Pricing is at an all time low.  In most all cases, there is a charge to get rid of it .  To reduce mixed paper costs and possibly make some revenues, consider separating your “Sorted Office Paper” from your Mixed Paper as this particular market is trending upward.  You could make enough revenue to offset the costs of disposing of your mixed paper!  Call NRRA for “Sorted Office Paper” specs.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

April 22, 2018 Earth Day

To get up on Earth Day and know that the work you are privileged to be a small part of everyday of the year is to help the planet survive is a treasure.  I know that the NRRA team starts and finishes each day with the recognition that we are truly trying our collective best to do good work that will benefit the future of our planet and all who inhabit the globe. With the latest news from China putting its National Sword  through recycling markets world-wide, and with limited and dwindling media coverage of Earth Day today and each year that passes, one would have to believe that one of two things are true. Either the purpose of Earth Day has been fulfilled by changing the discussion to climate change and a special day of recognition is no longer needed, or the entire movement has collapsed and we are doomed.

I refuse to accept either premise and submit for your consideration the following:

The work of Earth Day is as relevant now as ever before as new challenges arise daily to challenge new generations of life long recyclers. The founding principles from 1970 are even more true today. We fail to heed those warnings at our peril. There will come a day when it will no longer be desirable nor possible to dump trash in the ground. While we head toward that eventuality, we can become ardent innovators and create and manage a 100% closed loop system for every material we manage, or we can come to a screeching halt when the last ton of trash passes the tipping point and makes the planet uninhabitable. Some would wait, confident that technology will do it. Some have faith that others will develop a better mousetrap. While waiting for the magic wand I hope that each of us will commit to working as hard as we can to make every day an Earth Day and to make recycling automatic in our everyday lives. We must establish a cultural heritage that is passed generation to generation without any necessary fanfare, circling garbage barge, major oil spill, or crying Native American to get our attention. May every day be Earth Day, one family at a time.

Part of what NRRA does to help educate is to host the Annual NRRA Conference and Exposition. This year’s theme is “Recycling Rule$” and there has never been a better time to recycle all we can and to recycle it right. I urge you to attend and benefit from the outstanding workshops and presentations over the two days  in Manchester, NH on May 21 and 22 with the School CLUB portion on the 22nd. See below for more details and don’t miss the Keynote Presentation of Ben Harvey whose family has been recycling for over a century. No one knows the challenges and how to recycle right more than the Harvey family and Ben’s insight into our current situation is sure to be the most current and succinct assessment of where things stand today. Do not miss this year’s Exposition and the “Lunch at the Dump” entertainment on Monday. See you there.

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Antioch New England’s 2018 Local Solutions: Easter Climate Preparedness Conference

NEW! REGISTRATION GRANTS

We are pleased to offer new registration grant funds to enable participants to apply for a grant to cover conference registration costs up to $345 to participate in the 2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference, to be held in Manchester, NH, April 30-May 2, 2018.

How may the registration grant funds be used?

Awardees may use these grant funds to cover actual registration costs for the conference, up to $345.

How will the registration grant be awarded?

Registration grant applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until all grants funds have been awarded.  Registration grant funds will be provided after the conference based on provision of receipts for actual conference registration expenses up to $345.

More information about these Registration Grants as well as our Travel Grants for participants from Maryland and Vermont is available on our website.

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NRRA NEWS

The NRRA April 2018 Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA April 2018 Pricing guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

Spoiler Alert:  Mixed Paper and Cardboard face another price drop while Sorted Office Paper pricing trends upwards.  Plastics pricing is up by about a $0.01/lb.  Scrap Metal and Aluminum cans have both seen recent increases as well.

As a reminder, this is simply a guide.  For true, up-to-date pricing, please contact your NRRA Member Services representative.  This guide is password protected, if you need the password, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

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37th Annual NRRA Annual Recycling Conference Updates

Come one, Come all to the 37th Annual NRRA Conference to be held at the Manchester Downtown Hotel (Formerly the Manchester Radisson)!  Find out why and how Recycling Rules!  The Exhibit Hall will be full of vendors-some returning favorites and some new to our show- from across the waste and recycling management industry.  We’ll have an impressive line up of workshops on topics such as Composting and Food Waste, Transfer Station Safety, Recycling Economics, Battery Recycling and so much more!  If you or your staff are in need of additional NHDES Operator Certification Credits, this is your one-stop shop event.  Up to 7.5 credits are available (if attending both full days!).  Breakfast and lunch are included in your registration fee.  Don’t delay, register today!

Click Here to view the entire line up of speakers, workshops and events!

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We still have Exhibitor Booths Available…

Please Let us know if you know of a vendor in the field of Waste Management/Reduction and/or Recycling that you’d like to see at this year’s conference!

Each year Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s Annual Conference addresses pressing recycling market & waste stream issues and brings the key players in the industry together. As a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your organization gains visibility with speakers and attendees as a valued leader in the recycling industry across New England. Click Here for more Exhibitor/Sponsor Details OR Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form.  Want to register on-line?  It’s quick and super easy!  Click Here.   Contact Marilyn Weir or Mike Durfor for more information & sponsorship opportunities.

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Looking for a fun, educational and environmentally friendly end of year field trip for your class?  Join us at The 9th Annual NRRA School CLUB Recycling Conference on Tuesday, May 22, 2018!

This is a GREAT end of school year field trip for your class or school recycling group.  With workshops, activities and speakers for teachers and kids in grades 4 through 12, this event is both fun and educational!  Sign up today!  Click HERE for downloadable PDF Registration Form.

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NH Schools – Apply Now for 1/2 Off Conference Grants!

New Hampshire the Beautiful has been a proud supporter of NRRA and it’s members, The School Recycling CLUB, our annual Conference and our NH Schools.

NH the Beautiful has again stepped up to the plate for NH schools this year!  They will offer matching grants of up to 1/2 the Conference Registration fees for your school group or individual!

For the NHtB Grant Application, CLICK HERE!

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NH the Beautiful Offers New School Recycling Innovation Grant for Conference! Essays Due April 27!

NRRA is pleased to announce that NH the Beautiful is implementing a new, annual grant award to NH schools with innovative waste reduction ideas or school recycling programs.

 

NH schools who have, or want to start, a recycling program are invited to submit an essay detailing your current program and how you hope to improve upon it.  The NH the Beautiful Board of Directors will select the winning essay and notify the winner.  A monetary grant of $500 will be awarded to the winning school at the annual School Recycling Conference in May.

Essays should be submitted to theCLUB@nrra.net no later than Friday, May 4th for consideration this year.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.

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Keene School District Recycling Program

The Keene School District has contracted  NRRA’s  School Recycling CLUB to provide analysis, programming and equipment to facilitate effective and cost-saving recycling throughout the District.

Phase One was completed last year with Star Assessments being done at each school.  We are currently surveying staff at all seven schools on their current recycling efforts.  Programming will be provided this spring and next fall.

If you work for the Keene Schools and have not received your survey, please use this link:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ef2s9jk4jd0cqy2u/start

Teacher Volunteers Needed:  We will be looking for a teacher at each school to be trained on doing the Star Assessment.  If you are interested, please let your Principal know and send an email to Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net.

To view the entire April 2018 issue of School News You can Use, Click Here.

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NRRA GRANT NEWS

USDA Town & Gown Grant Awarded to NRRA

 NRRA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded another grant through USDA Rural Development.  Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down will assist in building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  We will be searching for communities in select counties of NH and VT to receive free training in the coming months.

For the list of eligible communities in NH & VT, click HERE.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.

If you would like more information about grant participation please contact Gwen Erley at gerley@nrra.net.

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

NHTB_logo_new2018 Litter Free NH (Blue Bags) Campaign!  Order your FREE Bags today!

Is your City/Town, Class, or organization planning a “Green Up” or Road Side Clean Up event in your community?  If not, It’s never too late to plan one and NH the Beautiful makes it easy by offering road side clean up litter bags (up to 10 cases per municipality!) for FREE!

NH the Beautiful is once again providing blue bags for litter clean up.  Bags are available to communities in NH.  Nonprofit and other community groups are asked to coordinate your efforts with your town, and the town must submit the order forms.

All orders should be submitted to NRRA via fax or email (see info below). Bags will still be picked up at the NRRA office at 2101 Dover Road in Epsom.

If you are interested in ordering blue bags, please fill out an order form and mail, email or fax it directly to NRRA.    A participation packet can be found HERE.

Once your order form is received, NRRA will confirm receipt and let you know when the bags will be available for pick up.  If you have questions about the program, you may call NRRA at 603-736-4401 x. 10.

Email completed forms to info@nrra.net  or Fax to 603-736-4402.

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NH The Beautiful now offers 18 Gallon Curb Side Recycling Bins as well as ClearStream Containers (and replacement bags).

Click the links below to find out how you can get yours!

 

NHtB Bins LALTC

Click HERE for Curb side Recycling Bin Info-please note bin pricing has increased ONLY MINIMALLY ($0.20) due to the increase in the size of the bins

 

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Click HERE for ClearStream Recyclers & Bag Info

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Grants Program for NH Municipalities

Do you need equipment for your facility? A Floor Scale?  Storage Containers? 

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 NHtB Board Meeting will be on May 22nd.  Please be sure to submit any grant requests to our office no later than May 5th. 

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Is your Town, Organization, School or Group planning a Spring or Summer Event?

The RecycleMobile is a unique, mobile recycling trailer created to assist “special event” organizers with collecting recyclables. The RecycleMobile consists of a fiberglass “box” with six collection holes (three per side).  The “box” is attached to a 4′ x 6′ trailer and houses six 32 gallon barrels. Collection signs are attached by two pieces of VelcroTM above the holes and can be changed depending on which materials are being collected!

The RecycleMobile is not only practical, but easy to use, eye catching and educational!  Consider using the RecycleMobile at:

 

  • Home Comings
  • Sporting Events
  • Fall Harvest Days
  • School/Park Clean Ups
  • Street Festivals/Fairs
  • Earth Day Events

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of  New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. and NRRA, The RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH municipalities, Schools and community groups for FREE!!!

Visit www.nrra.net or call us at 1-800-223-0150 for more information

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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.20. 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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Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

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

 We are also on Twitter and Instagram

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

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NH DES NEWS

NHDES

NHDES Workshops on Composting

NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Program has partnered with Mark King from the State of Maine to offer 4 workshops on Composting to be held on May 29th and May  30th.  These workshops are for solid waste operators as well as municipal officials, composting facilities, community gardens looking to implement composting as well as the public.

  • Composting Basics:  Don’t Oversimplify It  (May 29, 9-Noon and repeated on May 30, 9-Noon):  The purpose of this workshop is not to deter people from composting but to let them know it is a process and they need to determine if it is the right one for their facility.  And if it is not right for their facility, is it right for their community as a community system or on an individual basis?
  • Implementing compost activities at your facility (May 29, 1-4):    The purpose of this workshop is to provide practical information to attendees on how to implement composting at their permitted solid waste facility.    Seats in this workshop will be held for SW Operators and town officials in charge of implementing composting at a permitted solid waste facility.
  • You are ready to compost, now what? (May 30, 1-4):  The purpose of this workshop is to have a conversation with those who are in various stages of composting.  Discuss their issues or what has worked really well.

For more information on this class and to register, please contact Tara Mae Albert, SWOT Coordinator at Tara.Albert@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-3713. For all information regarding the NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training and Certification Program, please go to https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/index.htm.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS

NRRA Executive Director Interviewed by Manchester Union Leader:

‘Wishful recycling’ mucks the works

Union Leader|SHAWNE K. WICKHAM

In Keene, humans and machines combine to sort materials that travel on a conveyor belt. (Courtesy)

 

You recycle faithfully, putting all your plastic containers, glass bottles, paper and cans into a bin that you faithfully put out at the curb each week.

And if you have any doubts about whether something is recyclable, you put it in anyway, figuring the experts on the other end will sort it out.

So you’re feeling virtuous, even a bit smug, this Earth Day. But the recycling industry is in trouble – and you might be part of the problem.

Mike Durfor, executive director of Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), says recycling is “on life support.” And there’s plenty of blame to go around.

“It’s all our fault; it’s all China’s fault; it’s all single-stream’s fault,” he said. “It’s a combination of all of those.”

Until recently, about 30 percent of American recycled goods were shipped overseas. Most of that went to China, fueling that nation’s economic growth. But last year, China announced it no longer would accept the quality of recycled materials the U.S. was sending there.

Here’s why. Over the past decade, many communities switched to “single-stream” recycling, collecting all recyclables in a single bin, to be sorted at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The idea was to increase the recycling rate by making it easier for folks, relying on technology to sort the goods at the other end.

It worked for a while, Durfor said.

Single-stream generates about a 33 percent recycle rate, he said. But the recyclables were being contaminated by other waste that was mixed in.

“It’s awfully hard to unmake an omelet,” he said.

Take a messy pizza box, for instance. If you throw it in with the rest of the cardboard, it contaminates the whole load, he said. Once that happens, that load has to be trucked to the dump – at a cost to the community.

And it’s not just pizza boxes. Garden hoses, plastic bags and engine parts have all gummed up the works, he said.

It’s what experts call “wishful recycling.”

Costs on the rise

Now, China’s new policy has set impossibly high standards for what materials it will accept. So the bottom has dropped out of the market and recyclables are piling up across the country while municipal managers scramble to find new markets.

The good news is that smart people are working on solutions.

Michael Nork is an analyst for the solid waste management bureau at the state Department of Environmental Services. “We were hoping by 2018 we wouldn’t be having conversations about whether recycling makes sense economically,” he said.

One solution is finding new uses for materials that used to go to China, Nork said. There are some emerging markets, such as Vietnam and India, but they can’t match the capacity China used to absorb.

There’s another problem, Nork said: The existing infrastructure isn’t designed to deal with new packaging materials, such as plastic films and multi-layered cartons. “The reality is … these MRFs were only designed to handle consumer packaging and food packaging,” including boxes, bottles and cans, he said.

So not only are recycled materials less valuable than they used to be, but the costs have gone up as the rate of contamination has been creeping up over the past decade, Nork said. “Everything that ends up in the bin that’s not supposed to be there ends up costing money and time,” he said.

Glass is an especially vexing problem; it’s heavy and it breaks, which can contaminate other materials. The last bottling plant in Massachusetts that used recycled glass closed down last month, further reducing demand.

Nork said some waste management companies are offering towns better rates if they leave glass out of their recycling loads. Hooksett recently announced it will no longer accept glass for recycling.

In contrast, some communities are looking at new markets, such as using crushed glass in road materials, Durfor said.

Mark Gomez, environmental programs manager for Manchester, said the current agreement with Pinard Waste Systems “provides financial protections to the city that have mitigated the impact of China’s new policies.”

But he agreed the current recycling model “faces very strong headwinds.”

When Manchester introduced curbside, single-stream recycling in 2012, Gomez said, “We saw an immediate 30 percent increase in recyclables placed for collections.” Recycling increased by 1,450 tons during that first year; the city now picks up nearly 7,000 tons of recyclables a year, he said.

But, he said, “There’s also no question it has resulted in cross-contamination that both shifts the cost of sorting from residents to the materials recovery facilities and devalues the products that the MRFs are able to pull out from the mix.”

Gomez said both the public and private sectors need to be involved in finding a sustainable model for recycling. In the near term, he said, “Municipal programs will need to be designed in a way that is more responsive to market forces.”

‘Moon shot’ needed

Duncan Watson is assistant public works director in Keene; he runs the city’s recycling center and transfer station. He’s also president of the board of trustees for NRRA.
Watson has called for a “moon shot” to fix the ailing recycling industry.

He likens single-stream recycling to the first rockets that went into orbit. “It was pretty cool, but we obviously wanted to go to the moon,” he said. That turned out to be far more complex than sending a rocket, but we eventually got there, he said.

Likewise, he said, the recycling movement is in the early stages.

Having residents sort their own recyclables is an obvious solution; it keeps items separate, which makes them more valuable, Watson said. That works in New Hampshire’s smaller towns, where a weekly trip to the dump is a social institution, he said.

But residents of larger communities depend on the ease of curbside pickup and single-stream recycling, he said. “They just want something they can do thoughtlessly and conveniently,” he said. “That’s what recycling has to be and this is where the technology might ultimately save us.”

At the Keene recycling facility, humans and machines combine to sort materials that travel on a conveyor belt. Once the items are sorted, managers work hard to find manufacturers that will take the material to make into new products, Watson said.

The problem is that not enough materials can be recycled today, he said. “I’m putting in a lot of effort to get 25 percent of the waste stream diverted right now. I want 90 percent.”

His moon shot? Watson envisions a “one-bin” solution in which all household waste goes into a single bin that’s picked up and taken to a large, multi-sort facility that can handle any and all materials. Some prototypes are already being tested, he said.

Someday, he predicted, “Anything you ultimately throw away, whether an orange peel or an aluminum can or a piece of paper, will ultimately find its way to a higher purpose.”

Another promising solution, Watson said, is to “co-locate” manufacturing facilities that repurpose recycled materials on the same campus as sorting plants. “I’m absolutely convinced this is not only possible but economical and achievable,” he said.

He’s not suggesting the town dumps need to close, Watson stressed. “I just think that ultimately it’s going to have to be a combination of that local thing combined with the genius of the technology that is available to us now,” he said.

Nork, too, is optimistic. “There is a silver lining in that, when there’s a challenge, it often brings an opportunity for people to get creative and find new solutions,” he said. “In the long run, this is going to force everyone to think hard about how to make a better mousetrap.”

The consumer can make a difference as well, by choosing products with minimal or no packaging, and supporting companies that use recycled content in their products, Nork said.

“At the end of the day, one thing that every individual has control over is what they put in the recycling bin,” he said.

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MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

MassRecycle 2018:  Municipalities Should Brace for More Expensive Recycling

Waste Dive|Cole Rosengren

The annual conference for this industry-backed nonprofit, co-hosted with SWANA’s Southern New England chapter, comes at a time of disruption for many Massachusetts recycling programs.

In the months since China announced and enacted new import policies, the state has felt the effects worse than others. Due to a “perfect storm” of circumstances this winter, the DEP issued more than 30 single-stream disposal waivers. The situation has improved marginally in recent months, but most material remains difficult to move at anything close to a profit. A current collapse in the local glass market, resulting in at least nine more disposal waivers, has further exacerbated the economics.

Harvey said that from a financial standpoint it’s now harder to justify spending extra money to process a recycling stream where roughly 70% of material has no value. Slowing down the lines at his MRF also means inbound tonnage backs up. Even then, it’s unclear what exactly Chinese inspectors will consider a contaminant. For fear of being on the hook to reclaim a rejected container, he’s turned to other less lucrative markets and is still sitting on a large amount of material.

Getting a handle on contamination — which could be anywhere from 10-20% at the MRF — may be similarly intangible but also the easiest to control. While Harvey isn’t interested in seeing drivers get out of their trucks to inspect carts, he does support the possibility of routine load audits from municipalities as a way to enforce contamination costs.

The DEP is offering municipal grants for curbside inspection and education, and also working on a statewide list of universally accepted materials. This would be similar to what Connecticut did last year, what recyclers in Oregon are now pushing for, and what was included in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Top 10 in the Bin” list. Biderman also mentioned plans to coordinate an updated version of that national list.

While Nash said all involved should “stay the course,” after investing collective years and dollars in building the current recycling system, that still requires action. Enforcing contamination standards “takes political backbone,” requiring hard conversations with residents and elected officials. Many of those conversations will come back to money, so that processors such as Harvey don’t face a scenario where it’s less expensive to close their doors than keep accepting the inelastic single-stream supply at a loss.

Though many in attendance are also waiting for forces beyond their control to play out. Domestic infrastructure development will take time, growing Southeast Asian markets may not be reliable (according to Biderman) and international trade politics are complex. In the meantime, Massachusetts recycling coordinators need to step up their game and be thankful that their state has some of the highest disposal costs in the country as an incentive to figure this out.

Click Here for Full Article

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RHODE ISLAND NEWS

Rhode Island May Repeal Ban on using glass as landfill cover

Waste Dive|Cole Rosengren

Glass recycling remains a challenging enterprise in various parts of the country due to transportation costs and other factors. The recent closure of an Ardagh bottling plant in Milford, MA has made New England the latest example of this and caused repercussions throughout the region. Without that reliable end market for cullet, Strategic Materials has curtailed its demand, forcing many local governments and recyclers to stockpile or dispose of the material.

This has led at least one New Hampshire town to stop collecting the material in its recycling program, while others in New England are waiting to see what happens with market options first. Local program managers are concerned such a significant change could be disruptive to recycling habits for all materials and are hesitant to take the step without a long-term plan. In Massachusetts the Department of Environmental Protection has approved multiple waivers — some one-time and others through mid-May — and begun facilitating discussions about where to go next.

This has meant raising awareness about construction aggregate applications, grant funding and alternative markets. At this year’s MassRecycle conference, the DEP mentioned interest from multiple out-of-state companies including one from Philadelphia. Waste Dive has also heard from a range of companies that say they’re interested in purchasing the material for insulation and other applications.

RIRRC told the Senate committee it doesn’t believe any other markets can fully meet the state’s needs, making landfill cover the most efficient option. Rhode Island allowed this practice until 2012 when glass was put on a banned cover material list — which also included construction and demolition debris and organic material — due to odor concerns. The inclusion of glass on that list was confusing to many at the time, though may have also prompted efforts to find new markets for it after a period of unprofitable disposal.

Now that Rhode Island is back in the same place again it may rectify that decision once and for all. Following passage by the Senate Environment & Agriculture committee last week, this bill is now scheduled for a hearing in the Senate on April 11 and a House committee on April 10.

For full Article, Click Here.

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CLASSIFIEDS

*If your town/municipality has equipment that you’d like to sell or a job posting you’d like us to include in our publication, please email your posting to Stacey Morrison at info@nrra.net*

 

Part-Time Transfer Station Attendant – Sanbornton

The Town of Sanbornton is hiring a part-time Transfer Station Attendant to work up to 30 hours per week. This is a non-benefited position with vacation and sick time accrued on a prorated basis. Duties will primarily include: assisting the public, housekeeping and grounds maintenance. Must be able to lift heavy loads up to 50 pounds, possess basic backhoe operation experience, and be able to stand for long periods of time. Work on Saturdays is required.  Successful candidate will be required to attend training for attendant certification. A full job description and application can be found at: www.sanborntonnh.org. Applications will be accepted at the Town Office until the position is filled.

The Town of Sanbornton conducts a thorough background check on all employees, including State Police Record check and DMV driver’s record check.

Applications and resume to: Town of Sanbornton, Transfer Station attendant recruitment, P.O. Box 124, Sanbornton, NH 03269.

The Town of Sanbornton is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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Help Wanted-Town of Barrington, Transfer Station Attendant

The Town of Barrington seeks a Transfer Station attendant for the Barrington Transfer Station and Recycling Center.  This is a part time job that pays approximately $11.50-12.00/hour depending on qualifications and employment is available immediately.  The Transfer Station is open 2 days a week, Tuesday 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 8 am to 5pm during winter hours and Tuesday, Thursday 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 8am to 5pm during summer hours with potential for 5 additional hours. The successful candidate should possess a New Hampshire Solid Waste Operators Certification or the ability to obtain one within six (6) months of employment, the ability to operate a cash register, have good communication skills with fellow employees, residents and other users of the transfer station. The position requires the person to be able to perform physical labor under all climatic and environmental conditions such as heat, cold, dust, noise, rain and snow. Duties include coordinating the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials and preparing the material for hauling; maintaining a safe environment for residents and employees, interacting with the general public including advising them of the policies of the Transfer Station and assisting them with their recycling and disposal needs. Position will require candidate to perform repetitive motion tasks and bend and lift a minimum of 50lbs. Any questions please call Peter Cook 664-0166.  Mail application and resume to P.O. Box 660 Barrington, NH 03825 or email barringtondpwaa@gmail.com. Deadline is December 18, 2017 3:00pm.  The Town of Barrington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Town of Henniker- Job Opening
Transfer/Recycling Center & Parks/Property Dept. Superindendent

Town of Henniker, NH (population 4,800) seeks a Superintendent to effectively plan and direct all activities of the Transfer Station, Recycling Center and Parks and Properties. The Superintendent ensures compliance with all local policies and procedures, laws, regulations and permits relating to solid waste; performs technical work necessary for directing the operations of all departments and supervises activities of all employees. This is a salaried position. Complete job description can be found on the town website at http://www.henniker.org/jobs
Pay compensatory with experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume to townadministrator@henniker.org or via mail to Town Administrator, 18 Depot Hill Road, Henniker NH 03242. First round of applications will be reviewed on November 22, 2017. Position open until filled.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY:Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee

 The Town of Canterbury NH is accepting applications for the position of Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee.

The position will combine two job functions and is a full-time position with benefits, reporting to the Road Agent.

JOB SUMMARY For transfer station manager: This position is responsible to supervise the acceptance of trash and recyclable material and general overall operation of the Transfer Station. Operating hours for the Transfer Station are Wed. 4-7 & Sat. 8-6. CDL & NHDES Solid Waste Operator Certification required within 6 Months.

A full job description is available on the Town of Canterbury website.

Please send resume to: Ken Folsom, Town Administrator Town of Canterbury NH PO Box 500 Canterbury, NH 03224

Salary: $16.00-17.50 per hour depending on qualifications.

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Transfer Station Scale Attendant – Town of Hampton

The Town of Hampton Department of Public Works is seeking applications for a full-time Transfer Station Scale Attendant. This position requires computer skills and ability to maintain good public relations with the general public. A State of New Hampshire Weigh Master’s License will be required within 90 days of employment. A CDL-B driver’s license will be required within 8 months of employment to assist with other Public Works Department duties as needed. Duties include: enforcing rules relating to the proper utilization of the transfer station; weighing Transfer Station users consistent with applicable rules; collecting fees; and issuing receipts when necessary. The successful candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment screening including a background check, driving record check, and drug and alcohol tests. Other job related and employment tests may be required. Job description is available upon request. Starting Salary $14.16/hr. Send resumes with cover letter to Jennifer Hale, Deputy Public Works Director, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton NH 03842, or email to jhale@town.hampton.nh.us Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please. No facsimiles will be accepted. The Town of Hampton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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For Sale

Two Balers For Sale

The Town of Meredith has two used balers for sale:  1998 PTR and a  2007 Cram-a-lot Baler, Model # VB60-B.  Both are 208V- 3 phase.  For pricing and more details, contact Mike Faller, Director of Public Works mfaller@meredithnh.org

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Vertical Baler For Sale

The Town of Colebrook has a vertical baler for sale.  Specifically, the baler is a  BACE baler Model V63HD Serial Number: V63HD1504912.  It was purchased new by the Town in 2014 for $10,445 from Atlantic Recycling Equipment.  The baler was used for less than 18 months.  The baler is to be sold “where is, as is.”  Please call if you wish to view$7,500 or best offer.  Town of Colebrook 603 237-4070.

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Free to a Good Home

Plastic Barrels available (must pick up) in Lancaster, NH.  First Come, First served.

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More NH Municipal Job Postings…

Can be found at:  https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/ClassifiedAds

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NRRA CALENDAR

April 2018

  • April 20th, 2018 – LAST DAY for Early Bird/Special Value Package Pricing for NRRA Conference

May 2018

  • No NRRA M.O.M Meeting This Month

  • May 21 – May 22, 2018 – 37th Annual NRRA Northeast Recycling Conference at the Manchester Downtown Hotel

  • May 21- May 22, 2108 – NRRA Offices Closed

  • May 22, 2018 – 9th Annual NRRA School CLUB Recycling Conference at the Manchester Downtown Hotel

  • May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day, NRRA Office Closed



 

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