April 2020 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair – Best Management Practices for Recycling Facilities During COVID-19 Webinar; Join our ListServ; Weekly MOM Meeting Reminder
  • NRRA NEWS – April Pricing Guide; Compost Bin Sale; COVID Support for Municipal Members; Member of the Month; Vendor of the Month and more
  • School News You Can Use – Educational videos; Happy Earth Day from NRRA
  • NH the Beautiful – Order your Litter Free Blue Bags today!!  It’s a great way to practice social distancing while keeping NH Beautiful!
  • National Recycling News – How is COVD-19 affecting others?
  • Just for Fun


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash



We hope this Full of Scrap finds you healthy and weathering the pandemic well.  We at NRRA are grateful for the continued essential services that our members are providing during this challenging time.  We held a free webinar this week for members and nonmembers alike on “Best Management Practices for Recycling Facilities during COVID-19.”  Bonnie Bethune, NRRA Member Services Manager, and Dr. Ben Locwin, an expert in infectious disease epidemiology, joined me to answer your questions.  We had over 380 registrations and over 300 participants attend live.  If you have not yet watched this webinar, I encourage you to do so and share it freely with others.  Here’s some feedback from our participants.  
I think this was an awesome webinar.  I was impressed with speaker knowledge and keeping it simple. I also could see the slides and questions followed with supplemental examples were well prepared!

It was really terrific. I appreciated that it was very high level and featured an expert from outside the industry on the topic that was most pressing. Thank you!

So enlightening to understand that through the air is a much, much more likely path of exposure than through surface-hand-face contact. I’m so glad you asked that.

Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource page by clicking the  button below to learn more and watch the webinar yourself!

Visit NRRA’s COVID-19 Resource Page

This Webinar is eligible for 1.0 NHDES Training Credit.  If you wish to receive a credit certificate, please email bperham@nrra.net after you’ve watched the webinar.  We will verify your viewing and send the certificate to the email used to register for the recording.

NRRA Member Listserv –Municipal Voting Members of NRRA, Please Join!

A Listserv enables participants to communicate via email in a way that conversations are organized by topic. Municipal Members are encouraged to sign up and either join in the discussions/learn about each other’s facility operations. See how other facilities are adapting safety precautions and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up for the NRRAmembers Listserv, please complete the brief sign-up form:

Join our Listserv

Weekly MOM Meetings

NRRA has been holding weekly Member Operations Marketing committee meetings, where members have the option of joining by phone only, or by video through a provided weblink. These meetings have been successful and very informative thus far and we encourage members to please RSVP whenever possible. An invitation will be sent out via email to members each week, which includes the RSVP link. The RSVP link also allows you to submit questions, comments or share resources prior to the meeting. RSVPing greatly helps with the rollcall process at the beginning of the call, ensuring NRRA can accurately provide NHDES operator credits for NH operators.

MOM meetings are being held weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00am (unless otherwise specified).

NRRA staff will be available for the normal 1.5-hour time period, but meeting lengths will vary based on member needs, likely being shorter due to the increased frequency.



The NRRA April 2020  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA  April 2020 Pricing Guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

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.


Annual NRRA Backyard Compost Bin Sale – Deadline to Participate has been Extended to May 1st, 2020!

Help us meet our minimum order requirement by ordering today!

Sign up Here!

In celebration of National Composting Day – May 29th, 2020, do yourself and your community a favor by participating in this fundraising opportunity for your Garden Club, Municipality, Organization or School.

With most communities spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 recommendations, this is a great opportunity to recycle that surplus of kitchen waste we are all creating, as we are undoubtedly making more meals at home. Instead of taking up space in your trash, a lot of kitchen waste can instead be composted, resulting in a nutrient-rich soil that is better for your garden and your pocket (as it reduces the need to purchase chemical fertilizers).

*If we do not reach the minimum requirement of pallet orders to make this sale possible, we will not be able to hold the sale.

Deadline for Submitting Participation & Orders Extended to: No Later than May 1st, 2020.

Product Information & Pricing

Sale Overview


Important Notice:  2020 NRRA Annual Conference & Expo-CANCELLED

It has been confirmed that we have had to cancel  our 39th Annual Conference and Expo scheduled for May 18 & 19th due to the complexities brought forth by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We had so many great workshops and fun changes in store for this year’s conference. Stay tuned for details about our summer webinar series, which will take many of the workshops planned for our conference and make them available for you online. If you have already been invoiced for a conference registration, please disregard that invoice, if you’ve already paid, please contact pdow@nrra.net if you would like to request a refund.  We will be back next year, better than ever! 


NRRA’s COVID-19 Support for Municipal Members

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Page

NRRA has established a page on our website which provides resources and information to help support our municipal members during these challenging times.  We update this page regularly as new information or resources become available. 

One very helpful resource is our NRRA Facility Impact Report which provides examples of how NRRA Members are changing their facility operations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The report categorizes facility changes into one of four categories: (1) safety precautions and public education; (2) temporarily not accepting certain recyclables; (3) temporarily stopping recycling; and (4) facility closure.  We update it regularly as new information is shared.  Please let us know what your facility is doing by taking our survey.

NRRA’s Facility Impact Report

Facility Survey- Tell us about what changes you’ve made


Member of the Month – Lebanon, NH

Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager at the Lebanon (NH) Recycling Center, has been lauded before, but this time it is for diving into examining how COVID-19 affects recycling centers and his staff. They practice social distancing by outlining a six-foot area near drop off stations, not assisting residents with unloading, and no longer handling punch cards. All staff have been briefed on COVID-19 safety protocols. Their website instructs residents to consolidate trips to the facility and reminders of what is not recyclable. Marc has been active on NRRA’s weekly member calls and on our new listserv and involved as we all figure out what the new normal is. Many other facilities are making changes as well, and we salute you all for your hard work!



Vendor of the Month – Naughton Recycling Center, Bradford, NH

During this past month with all of the changes due to COVID-19, all of our NRRA vendors have had to be flexible. NRRA has worked with Naughton for over 10 years. One thing that our Members depend on is reliability in a recycling center and transfer station.  As both a hauler and a vendor, we can always count on Naughton to get pick ups when they say they are going to pick up and we truly appreciate that they’ve continued to do so despite all of the recent changes. We applaud Naughton for doing just that.

About Naughton & Son/Naughton Recycling Center, LLC (from their website)

“Naughton & Son Recycling, LLC was established in 1985, and is still family owned and operated. We provide professional recycling services for both residential and commercial customers. In 2009 we opened our transfer station; Naughton Recycling Center, LLC. Naughton & Son Recycling, LLC hauls material directly to our transfer station and we recycle as much of the loads as possible. This helps to decrease the amount of waste that is deposited into landfills.”


From Heather Herring’s Desk:  Dear Scrappigail

Dear Scrappigail,

I’m scared to recycle. I want to throw everything away because there might be COVID-19 on it. I wipe everything down with bleach solution and hope for the best. But I see that my neighbor is still recycling. He wears gloves and a face mask.

Bleached in Boscowen

Dear Bleached-

I understand that you have health concerns. We all do! Everyday tasks have changed, and we all have questions. Although you wish to keep your home clean, make sure you aren’t throwing away bleached towels that are still wet or combine them with ammonia which will cause dangerous chloramine fumes. If enough people use bleach, and don’t let those towels dry, they could cause a fire at your local recycling/transfer station. The safest way to recycle is to follow your local town’s policies and wear a face mask if taking your recyclables to your local transfer station. The main concern is to keep faces covered with masks and maintain social distancing, more than a concern about COVID-19 spreading to others through recyclables.



So much has changed in the last month!  With our students studying remotely, we are proud to announce that we have launched a “Blizzard Bag” series of recycling lessons available to all teachers, parents and students. We will  be taking lessons from our 3R’s of the Common Core and Teaching Toxics curricula, adding activities, videos and games to provide a diverse weekly lesson. Just go to our Teacher Resources Tab to access them!

Our FREE recycling lessons are being made available due to the generous support of NH the Beautiful!

We look forward to presenting our workshops and technical assistance programs when schools are cleared to reopen.  Until then, we hope you will use these lessons and our newsletters to keep current with “all things recycling!”

Earth Day has NOT been cancelled! Start planning now for actions you can take to clean and protect the earth! Our monthly newsletter offers several options!

Our latest project is our TOLD to Go Tool Kit.  The kit is now available for rental and has all the instructions and tools you will need to conduct your own school waste audit – when schools reopen! For more information, contact TheCLUB@nrra.net.

Our First Educational Video:  What’s Hazardous in the Home?

Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s School Club is offering free educational lessons on recycling and composting issues for K-12 teachers. This introductory video is from Teaching Toxics is for 7th and 8th grade teachers.


Happy Earth Day from NRRA

Earth Day is April 22nd and NRRA wants you to know that just because most of us are at home, and we cant’ gather to celebrate, it does NOT mean that Earth Day is cancelled!  Check out this fun video!



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.


Are You Interested in Learning More About…

For information or assistance in applying for any of the NH the Beautiful programs, please call us at 736-4401 or email nhtb@nrra.net .

NHtB Litter Free Blue Bag Program – Register Today!

Litter Free Blue Bag Registration Packet

This is a great way to practice social distancing while getting outside to get some exercise and help keep NH Beautiful all at the same time.

A registration form must be completed to participate, which you can send via email to info@nrra.net, or bring it with you when you come to pick up your Town or Organization’s cases of bags. Every town in New Hampshire is able to get a maximum of 10 cases (150/case) per year, at NO CHARGE, while supplies last.

Due to social distancing efforts, we ask that you please contact us prior to picking up your cases to confirm a date/approximate time so that we can ensure someone will be at the NRRA office to assist you!

Phone: (603) 736-4401

Email: info@nrra.net

Fax: (603) 736-4402



Recycling and facilities all over have had to adapt to the challenges that have arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. Social-distancing and proper sanitation efforts has led some facilities to adapt their procedures to meet suggested government guidelines to reduce community spread of coronavirus.

While some facilities have been able to continue operations, others have limited hours of operation, and some have ceased recycling programs altogether. Read more about changes in recycling programs in various states in article from Resource Recycling here: https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2020/03/24/virus-leads-to-program-changes-across-north-america/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=April+TIF+RR


Recycling IS Essential – Ecomaine, a recycling facility in Maine continues to provide services despite COVID-19 challenges

One of NRRA’s vendors, Ecomaine, gives insight on how recycling facilities provide an essential service to American consumers and why facilities must continue operations to keep up with the increased demand of fiber products. Check out the article here: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/13/garbage-is-on-the-rise-but-recycling-remains-vital/#



It looks like former NRRA Executive Director, Mike Durfor, is keeping busy outdoors & planting a garden! Way to celebrate Earth Day while social distancing, Mike!


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