April 29, 2015-Full of Scrap


  •  From the Director’s Chair: Things to know about NRRA and SWANA 2.0
  • Register NOW for the NRRA 34th Annual Conference-Special Value Package Ending Soon!!
  • School News You Can Use: EPA Region 1 PEYA Winners (President’s Environmental Youth Award)
  • NH the Beautiful: Town of Hudson Roadside Clean-up
  • NH DES News
  • NH News: Is a Bag Ban in NH Possible?  An Editorial
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

The entire process of recycling an aluminum can is about 6 weeks. That involves, manufacturing, filling, selling, recycling and re-manufacturing.



Did You Know? $$$

dollarOver the last two fiscal years, NRRA returned over $15,000,000.00 to its members for materials sent to market.   NRRA take its fiduciary responsibility for these funds very seriously and for over 34 years has been a constant beacon of responsible stewardship for its Member’s revenue.   Each “transaction” is scrubbed by Member Services and Finance to be sure to get every last penny earned, accurately processed, reported, and paid back to the member.   It takes hours and sometimes days to track down missing Bills of Lading or Scale Tickets and then make sure they match what the member is quoted for the material. The members can rest easy knowing that NRRA is on the case. While we strive for the absolute best pricing possible for materials that meet increasing more stringent specifications, we also try our best to work with reputable vendors as partners in the bigger recycling picture. Anyone can promise a better price on any given day, but at the end of the process did it hold up?   No NRRA member has ever lost money on a load of material marketed through NRRA that met specifications, and we believe that is a significant value for all its Members. In these uncharted waters of rapidly changing recycling markets, it is ever more important that NRRA continue to stand guard for all its members and continue its dedicated vigilance on their behalf.


2015 NRRA Conference Announcement PicThe other half of the NRRA charge by its charter is education. This year marks the 34th Annual Conference and Exposition. This was the first in the nation of its kind and continues to bring the most cutting edge topics to the forefront each year. “Real Challenges” you bet….. “Real Solutions” absolutely! See the line-up listed here and sign up now while you can take advantage of the Early Bird discounts on this not to be missed educational conference. The best in New England and beyond!

See Below for more information about the conference and links to register!


Speaking of education the NRRA School Club has had a busy couple of weeks doing Trash NRRA CLUB applergclippedon the Lawn Day events in Vermont and Garbage Guerillas in NH. Working with schools and students is one of the most rewarding parts of the NRRA experience.




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On Friday April 17, 2015 NRRA co-sponsored a standing room only workshop session in collaboration with the Environmental Business Council, SWANA, and the NWRA. Over 90 people attended to hear from the 5 New England State Solid Waste Managers on the current and future outlook for managing the entire solid waste stream from MSW, to organics, to light weighted plastics and beyond. This really inspired a great deal of ebc2positive and productive discussion across state lines. I am sure the 3.0 version will be equally informative. NRRA will continue to reach out and collaborate wherever appropriate to stay true to its chartered mandate for education in the waste management arena.





Special Value Package Ending SOON!  Register NOW for the NRRA 34th Annual 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!



EPA Region 1 PEYA Winners (President’s Environmental Youth Award)

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Sudbury, MA
Lincoln-Sudbury High School Environmental Club

The Environmental Club at Lincoln-Sudbury High, consisting of Savannah Snell, Michael Bader, Brianna Bisson, Grace Chin, and Clara Cousins, worked to promote the use of reusable water bottles and to bring awareness of climate change to the 1,600 students at their school. The club raised money to purchase two purified water fountain refilling stations for the school, with the goals of decreasing and eliminating the sale and use of one-use plastic water bottles and reducing plastic waste at the school. The students started their project with a water taste test that showed that despite common belief, water from the fountains can taste just as good as water from one-use bottles as long as the temperature of the water is held constant. The club then held several fundraising events to help purchase the refilling stations. For one fundraising event, the club partnered with Next Step Living to conduct home energy audits. The actions of the club to reduce their school’s plastic waste stream and help others in their area learn how they could save money on home energy bills have reduced the carbon footprint in their community.

For inspiring details on all the PEYA winners, go to: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award-peya-winners


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!

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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.


Town of Hudson NH Holds Annual Roadside Clean-Up

Cleanup SignSpeaking of Litter Free NH Blue Bags, The Town of Hudson held a roadside Spring Clean-up Cleanup Hudson 1event on April 18th and they were kind enough to share some pictures of their event!  About 25 people pitched in to collect  over 31 bags of trash and over 43 bags of recyclables! Great Job Hudson!!  The Town organizers would like to send a special thanks out to NHtB for providing the Litter Free Blue Bags and also to Planet Aid who provided extra helping hands for the clean-up event.  The Town plans to hold another clean-up event in the Fall.




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



NH’s first bag ban? Portsmouth ponders it

Editorial from Manchester Union Leader 4/21/15

The Portsmouth City Council is working on an ordinance to ban plastic shopping bags in the city. The unintended consequences would be enormous.

California’s early municipal bag bans produced mixed results, with bag litter being reduced in some places, not in others. But as plastic bags account for such a tiny percentage of litter, the benefits were small. The costs, on the other hand, were notable.

California’s statewide ban allows stores to charge people a dime for paper or compostable bags. There is cost one. Retailers say the municipal bans have increased shoplifting, as people sneak items into their opaque bags. There is cost two. Many municipalities have also banned styrofoam packages and other portable food and beverage containers. There is cost three. And researchers have found that reusable bags are crawling with dangerous bacteria. There is cost four.

Researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found that 95 percent of reusable bags that were tested contained huge amounts of bacteria, 50 percent had coliform bacteria, and 12 percent contained E. coli. Portsmouth might make its own residents sick to save marine life.

Plastic bags are a huge convenience, and they are more sanitary than other options. Portsmouth could encourage other options, but a ban would be unwise.



Embracing Reuse as Part of Modern “Rag Trade”

Ira Baseman, Waste 360

ragsIn 1976, DC Comics offered a limited release of a comic book character called Ragman who borrows from the legends of the past and the mystical powers inherent in clothing and related items.

The Ragman hasn’t appeared since 2010, but whether or not DC Comics decides to revive this character, I am on a mission to change the world of clothing recycling and propel it into the 21st century. The timing is urgent.

In the United States, we have achieved a level of affluence and consumption that is unparalleled in the world. As such, Americans discard approximately 86 pounds of clothing and related items each year, which is the equivalent of 22 billion pounds annually. We only recycle 15 percent of that amount, which leaves about 10.5 million tons per year in landfills, giving clothing one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material.

According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), reuse—second only to reduction—enjoys the highest and best environmental and economic value. Economically, this movement is creating jobs around the world for the collection, handling and distribution of this valuable material. Many different types of business are engaged in the resale of textiles, including those developing new recycling methods, logistics companies that manage the flow and distribution and retailers of all sizes and formats.

As such, reuse fuels economies both here and abroad. From micro-entrepreneurs to larger family-owned businesses in every corner of the world, more than 70 percent of the world depends on second-hand clothing and accessories.

A quick historical survey reveals that the buying and selling of used clothing dates back more than 200 years into the early rise of Western civilization. There are stories of used clothing trade operations from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other parts of Western Europe.

Closer to home, during the Victorian period, the Jewish communities of New York were involved in the used clothing trade, acquiring garments from the wealthy who discarded them when new fashions came in, or from the family of the recently deceased.

Other sources in the states included obsolete military uniforms and clothes taken from workhouse inmates or, items literally stolen from clothes washing lines. In many respects, the modern day incarnation of this business—and the issues pertaining to the sourcing, handling and distribution of used clothing—reflect the same challenges, stereotypes and misunderstandings of the past.

I came to this industry 14 years ago as a newcomer and have been fascinated by this history, and the breadth and scope of the industry that bears several names, including the “rag trade.”

While the business of buying discards and selling them to others was relegated to outsiders, often spurned and disparaged as “rag men,” the efficient laws of supply and demand continue to support the business fundamentals of this for-profit business trade of used clothing, shoes and related materials.

The environmental benefits are compelling. Recently, the EPA reported that the recycling of clothing, shoes and accessories has a more favorable impact to reducing carbon emissions than plastic, glass and yard trimming recycling combined. Even at the low level of two million tons annually of clothing recycling, this is the equivalent of removing one million cars from America’s highways.

I firmly believe that sustainability and economic viability are not mutually exclusive, but complimentarily. That’s why the U.S. needs meaningful, engaging and convenient recycling experiences for consumer recyclers and retail partners that champion The Reuse Movement. This approach creates the human connection and community-building that comes from reuse, allowing everyone to be a superhero by reducing waste, generating economic good and improving lives.

The economics of recycling for reuse support these initiatives, allow us to experiment, innovate, take measured risks and pursue ambitious goals. The pursuit of good intentions and social initiatives can be well-founded on a solid, sustainable business model.

Sustainability is here to stay and is being integrated at many levels of the retail and manufacturing industry. Not only is this smart, essential and valuable to our world, it is good business. Each day, we see more signs of growing awareness that clothing, shoes and other similar items can and should be recycled and reused. The Reuse Movement allows everyone to be a part of transforming—perhaps even saving—the recycling and waste reduction industry.

The Reuse Movement can transform our industry. The question is, when will the industry be completely on board? To my thinking, the old world efficacy and value of reuse infused with the new world of modern technology and scale of social media is a powerful combination. The positive human, environmental and economic rewards can be incredibly strong. Indeed, a superhero story in the making.

Ira Baseman is president of Community Recycling, a social-conscious, for-profit recycling company which has championed the reuse movement. Community Recycling scales clothing recycling and reuse for people while helping retail organizations build brand reputation and connectivity among their customers. Community Recycling engages more than 5,000 partner organizations in the U.S. and more than 50 countries in the reuse movement by reusing materials or turning them into new products, helping to grow local economies and provide jobs for people in the U.S. and abroad.

 Hospitality Industry, Firm Reduce Waste, Save Lives With Soap Recycling Program

Cheryl McMullen, Waste 360


A boy in Honduras displays some recycled soap donated from Clean the World the hospitality industry.

As hospitality companies strive to increase sustainability and lessen their environmental footprint, hotels across the country and around the world are recycling used soap and other discarded amenities from guest rooms to reduce waste and even save lives.

Through Clean the World, an Orlando, Fla.-based social enterprise, hotels recycle soap and bottled shampoo, conditioners and lotions previously adding to the waste stream. The company, says founder and CEO, Shawn Seiper, is remanufacturing used soap and distributing it to impoverished people fighting diseases like pneumonia and cholera in countries in Africa, India and Central America.

Partnering since 2011, Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which owns hotels in the U.S. and Asia, including the Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas, recycles with Clean the World as part of its global corporate program, Sands Cares, which works to reduce its global environmental impact.

Thus far, Clean the World has collected 166,225 pounds of soap from LVS properties worldwide, says Kristin McLarty LVS director of corporate communication. That’s the equivalent of 886,540 bars of soap to children and families around the globe. LVS also has diverted 49,347 pounds of bottled amenities, that’s 526,368 bottles of lotion, shampoo and conditioner for reuse by Clean the World.

McLarty says the company has diverted 108 tons of waste from landfill.

“We like to look at it as kind of a win, win, win,” she says. “The recycle, the reuse and then, of course, making a difference with the planet by keeping that from the landfills. So it’s been a great partnership and it’s been increasing since we’ve been with them.”

Lifecycle of the Soap

Hotel housekeeping collects discarded soap and bottled amenities in Clean the World-provided bins. Staff pre-sorts the items into bins–green for soap, blue for bottles. Next, as bins are nearing full, the recycler sends a prepaid UPS Carbon Free label for shipping to Sysco Guest Supply distribution centers across the U.S. that partner with Clean the World.

At Sysco facilities, bins are weighed and diversion rates calculated, before heading to one of Clean the World’s recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas or Hong Kong. Equipment grinds the soap into a powder; it’s sterilized and remanufactured into a 3-ounce bar of soap stamped with a Clean the World Logo and boxed for distribution by non-profit volunteer groups.

Clean the World keeps full or nearly full bottles for its One Project, where volunteers pack hygiene kits that include the soap and amenities for families in the U.S. who experience house fires, floods or other personal tragedies. The remaining bottles are sent to waste-to-energy facilities in South Florida and Utah.

The process today, Seiperl says, is a long way off from where it began in a single-car Orlando garage in 2008, when they sat on upside-down pickle buckets, scraping the outside of soap bars with potato peelers and grinding soap in meat grinders. They melted it down in four Kenmore cookers he bought from Sears for $59.99. They were regularly priced $79.99, Seiperl says.

They considered selling the repurposed soap, but soon realized preventable diseases were killing 9,000 children a day worldwide. Instead of charging for soap, they would charge for collecting and recycling it.

“Here we were, looking at a dozen studies that said if we gave them soap and taught them how and when to wash their hands that we could cut those deaths in half. At the same time, we figured out we’re tossing a million bars of soap every day and there are some easy ways to recycle it.”

Still Saving Lives and the Planet

Today 4,000 hotels recycle with Clean the World. Since its humble beginnings, the company has distributed 25 million bars of soap to kids and families in 99 countries and while diverting 7 million pounds of waste.

This month, Clean the World merged with Global Soap Project in Atlanta. Under the new structure, Clean the World Foundation manages soap and bottle collection and recycling in North America. Clean the World Asia oversees soap recycling in the Asian-Pacific region. Hilton Worldwide was the first major hospitality company to partner with Global Soap back in 2011 and will continue recycling under Clean the World.

As part of its global waste solutions program, RePurpose, 850 Hilton hotels are participating in the soap recycling program, and Hilton Worldwide properties have donated nearly 600,000 pounds of soap, the equivalent of one million new bars.

 “Our partnership with Clean the World is a testament to the efforts of our hotels around the world to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of sustainability, Hilton Worldwide, in a press release.

 “Whether it’s soap or any other product that’s left behind, our guests count on us to manage our waste responsibly and develop solutions that enhance the guest experience,” she said.

Heroic Waste

Seiperl estimates hotels toss 5 million bars of soap a day worldwide, while 2 million children a year die from preventable diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. The good news is, says Seiperl, it’s working. He says fewer children under the age of five are dying–6,000 per day from 9,000 worldwide.

“That’s still one child every 15 seconds. Our goal is to eradicate those deaths,” he says.

“I think that’s due to a lot of organizations, no doubt, but that’s absolutely due to 25 million free bars of soap being flooded and all the education that we’ve driven. So all the hospitality industry and those folks who have supported it can feel good that we are making a difference around the world, and we are saving lives.”




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




  • 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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