Northeast Resource Recovery Association

August 15, 2016-Full of Scrap


  • From the Director’s Chair-Saving the Oceans and the Earth’s dwindling Resources
  • NRRA News-Pricing, Fall Bus Tour Details and SO MUCH MORE!!
  • School News You Can Use-Educators Wanted!
  • NH the Beautiful-18 Gallon Curbside Recycling Bins Now Available!
  • NH DES-SWOT Schedule
  • NH News
  • Vermont News
  • Massachusetts News
  • National News
  • International News-Recycled Olympic Medals
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar-M.O.M Meetings Return in September!

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

The metal used in the 2016 Olympic Silver medals are recycled from, among other materials, recycled mirrors and X-Ray plates (for more on this, see the story below under International News).



summer sunset

The summer has flown by with only a few glorious weeks left. NRRA has been  ”On the Road Again”. With over three dozen site visits and account reviews, as well as separate USDA and Bennington Solid Waste Alliance Training Sessions, NRRA has logged many miles in both NH and VT. See USDA spreading the word article below.

busLooking ahead to the fall we are excited to offer the Fall Bus Tour. Ecomaine in South Portland, Maine has agreed to host a day of tours at their active landfill, Waste to Energy Plant, and state of the art single stream processing facility. A complete trifecta to show where your materials go?  See details for sign up below but be sure to register early as we only have 45 seats. Lunch is included and it does count for NHDES credits.


While we at NRRA have been trying to do our part here in New England, others around the globe have been doing the heavy lifting of resource recovery as well. Several years back boyanNRRA featured Boylan Slat from Belgium who had committed to a project to help rid the oceans of plastic from the gyres. His effort hopes to reverse the trend today that will produce more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050! He has a prototype in the works for testing (Click HERE for full Article) and we hope he will be successful both at recovery of the plastic and marketing it once it is captured. It is efforts like these that give us hope for a better environment ahead.

plastic solution

The 100m-long barrier will be towed 20km out to sea for a year of sensor-monitored tests. Photo credit: The Ocean Cleanup

For every hopeful story there is a counter tale and reason to not take anything for granted.  As you can see in the piece below (Click HERE for Full Article), we need to reverse the trend line that threatens the very future of the generations to follow. If we continue to deplete the earth faster than it can recover and populations continue to expand faster that technology can provide for higher crop yields then the ability of the earth to recover will be lost. The work we all do to recover existing resources now is critical to the sustainability of future generations.

living in the red




Notice: NRRA M.O.M Meeting return on Wednesday, September 14th!  Please join us at 9:00 a.m. at the NRRA Offices.


August 2016 Pricing is Now Available-Members only!

The NRRA August Pricing guide is now available!  To access the August NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE. This document is secured with a password, please contact Stacey at if you need the password.    NRRA Members who have a username and password for our website can access the pricing guide, as well as past pricing guides, directly through the website simply by signing in to our site!


We want to Hear from YOU!

The NRRA Annual Recycling Conference will be in it’s 36th year next year but this doesn’t mean that we are beyond the desire to improve this first-of-it’s kind annual event.

tell us what you think

Whether you attended our this year’s Annual Conference or not, We want to hear from you!!  This is your chance to help us make next year’s conference even better than ever!  Please follow the link below to take a VERY brief (8 simple questions) survey to tell us why you did or did not attend the conference and what we can do to make it even more appealing!  We’re all ears….



USDA Trainings – Spreading the Word

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Since the start of spring, NRRA has spread the word about sustainable materials management practices and preserving water resources to solid waste professionals, students and educators in NH, VT, CO and FL. The next stop will be Louisiana. As part of the USDA grant NRRA received in October 2015, six (6) solid waste facility operator-training modules and six (6) train-the-trainer recycling workshops for teachers have been produced and viewed by over 200 solid waste professionals and 250 educators and their students.

The three most popular operator-training modules- (Operator Smack Down! A Safety and Public Relations Training for Waste Facility Operators; It’s Not Easy Being Green: Current Market Trends in Recycling, and VT Act 148: What Do I Need to Know?) were presented in Bennington, Windham, Caledonia and Essex counties of VT; Merrimack, Hillsborough, and Grafton counties in NH; and at the 2016 Summit for Recycling in Grand Junction, CO. The two other modules (Things That Go Boom: Meth Labs and Dangerous Waste and Processed Glass Aggregate: A Certified Waste Derived Product) were introduced to smaller groups in southern NH and VT. The sixth module (Dirt on Dirt: Composting 101) awaits its preview.

The three most popular classroom workshops (­Back to the Earth, Waste = Global Climate Change, and Garbage Guerillas) were presented in the aforementioned NH counties and at the 2016 National Conference on Geography Education in Tampa, FL. NRRA President, Duncan Watson, will present an overview of all the Train-the-Trainer classroom workshops at the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, LA at the end of August.

NRRA will provide more training opportunities in September. Each module is designed to be 1.5 hours, but they can be edited to fit your group’s time frame. Please contact if you are interested in the operator trainings that help operators reduce accidents or other threats to personal/public health and safety, improve attitudes for service and increase compliance with rules. If you are interested in the Train-the-Trainer recycling workshops for educators, go to NRRA’s free webinar at to find out more.

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




Join other Operators, Recycling Committee Members, Town Officials and NRRA Staff as we tour Ecomaine in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, October 12, 2016  8am – 5pm (In lieu of October MOM Meeting).  

This tour will include tours of Ecomaine’s three facilities:

  • Waste-to-Energy Plant
  • Recycling Center
  • Landfill / Ashfill

Cost: $50.00 per person, includes on site lunch

Space is limited so please register as soon as possible. Stay tuned for further details and complete itinerary.  NH DES Credits ARE available for this tour!  Click HERE For registration form or call 603-736-4401 ext. 10 to register today!


save-the-date2016 NRRA ANNUAL MEETING

Mark your calendars!  The 2016 NRRA Annual Meeting will be held a week sooner this year on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.  We will update you with more details and registration info soon so stay tuned!


Plastic Gaylords For Sale!

plastic_gaylordNRRA has already received orders for several of these gaylords, but we need reach a minimum of 40. Any takers? Cost $116/ea without lid, $134/ea with lid (as pictured above).  Facilities that utilize these gaylords have not been disappointed & neither will you!

We are taking orders for these 43”W x 36”H x 32”D gaylords. They are very durable and great for storage of aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, or paper.
Filled with cans or plastic, they are light enough to move by hand or can be stacked two high! And, although they are lightweight, they are extremely strong and have a top that can also act as a bottom to add strength and extend life expectancy.  Please us today to place an order to help us reach our minimum goal of 40 units!


NRRA Welcomes it’s Newest Hire, Ryan Stewart!

Ryan Stewart 2Ryan is the newest member of the NRRA family, filling Donna Villemaire’s role as Finance Assistant. Ryan’s prior experience is centered heavily in a retail environment, both as an associate and a manager. Though new to the resource management/finance field, Ryan is highly motivated and a quick study. He is eager to perfect his role and not afraid to work outside of his position.

Ryan is currently taking online classes through NHTI with hopes of being in the bio-medical field. Outside of work and school, Ryan loves to stay active (gym, hike, races), going to the beach, and spending any time he can get with his girlfriend Stephanie.


Northeast Resource Recovery Association Participates in Federal and New Hampshire Charitable Campaigns!

EarthShareNEAs a member of EarthShare New England, Northeast Resource Recovery Association is participating again in the Northern New England CFC, a workplace giving campaign for federal employees.  The CFC is the world’s largest workplace giving campaign ever.  EarthShare New England ( is a federation of environmental non-profits providing environmentally-conscious employees and workplaces a way to support them through workplace giving campaigns.  This campaign is an opportunity for federal employees to directly support recycling and recycling education in New Hampshire and across New England by designating Northeast Resource Recovery Association (CFC code #71866) on their CFC pledge card.  If you do, please let us know so that we can thank you!

Northeast Resource Recovery Association also participates in the New Hampshire Employees’ Charitable Campaign (NH code #400019).

If your company offers a United Way campaign and Northeast Resource Recovery Association or EarthShare New England is not listed in your company’s annual giving campaign brochure, you may still donate to us or EarthShare New England by writing the name of the organization in a “donor choice” option.  Many campaigns allow you to write in the name of any eligible, tax-exempt charity that has 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS. EarthShare runs successfully side-by-side with United Way in hundreds of campaigns across the country.

 If you are interested in starting an employee engagement program that involves EarthShare New England at your employer, please call Stacey Morrison at 603-736-4401 ext. 20



Are you a recycling instructor in need of updated curricula?


As part of our USDA grant initiative, NRRA is seeking assistance from teachers and school administrators in the targeted regions of Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT.
NRRA is updating our Recycling Curricula to meet the needs of Common Core. We need your help in providing professional development workshops for in-service teachers, decision makers, and department professionals to present these revisions and get your feedback.
If you or your school is interested in assisting with this project, please contact NRRA’s School CLUB at

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


What is the School Recycling Club?

Summer is winding down and with the start of a new school year right around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to remind you of the NRRA School Recycling CLUB and their mission.  If your school would like to find out how easy it can be to be GREEN, call or email us to join the CLUB!!

The School Recycling Club assists schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs! We are housed and managed by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA).

The CLUB can give new or existing school groups a chance to join a program that will help them promote or advance their efforts, network with other school groups, and stimulate school recycling, reducing waste and save energy.

New! The CLUB now offers 6 Classroom Workshops and School Technical Assistance Programs. These workshops are designed for use in a standard classroom setting and most can be tailored to fit the curricular and developmental needs of any class grades K-12. The Technical Assistance programs are designed to work at a larger, school wide level and focus on big picture problems and solutions. Click HERE to view  our menu of programs.

The School Recycling CLUB Benefits:

The School Recycling CLUB has over 230-member schools and over 85,000 participating students! We can help you put your school on the road to becoming greener.

Student Recyclers makes school recycling happen!

Many municipalities have successful recycling programs, but what about the “community within the community”: our schools. By adopting a school recycling program, schools can establish and reinforce environmentally sound practices throughout the students lives, giving them the opportunity to continue this behavior as adults.

 Why Recycle at Schools?

Recycling is removing materials from the waste stream and put them to new uses. By adopting a recycling program, a school not only removes materials from the waste stream, but can also:

  • reduce disposal costs,
  • save valuable landfill space,
  • conserve natural resources,
  • provide students educational opportunities, and
  • empower students with the knowledge that their actions CAN make a difference!

Here’s a little history for you:

• The NH School Recycling CLUB started in 1998 through the NH Governor’s Recycling Program.
• In 2002, Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) adopted the school program.
• In 2009 NRRA merged with Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) and added their educational resources to our School CLUB arsenal.
• In 2012, the CLUB launched its own webpage, enabling us to reach out to more schools.
• In 2013, we created our FaceBook page to provide further outreach opportunities (Facebook)
• As of today we have over 200 member schools in NH, VT, ME, MA, CT & RI. Our newsletter goes out to over 1600 subscribers.
• We are now called The School Recycling CLUB (aka The CLUB).

The CLUB was created to assist schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs. The CLUB is designed to give new or existing school groups a chance to join a program that will help them promote or advance their efforts, network with other school groups, and stimulate school recycling. For example:
• The CLUB has developed a series of educational resources for students and teachers to use in our Resource section.
• We publish a monthly newsletter “School News You Can Use” throughout the school year.
• We offer Workshops and Technical Assistance throughout New England using a network of experienced educators.
• We have developed a waste audit STAR Assessment to monitor recycling efforts and suggest improvements to schools. The STAR is free of charge when done in conjunction with a CLUB Workshop or Technical Assistance. The results of a STAR Assessment can help your school determine how best to start your waste reduction program. (As a bonus, you can use the data you collect for real-world math lessons on weight, volume, graphs and charts.)
• We are supported in part by NH the Beautiful (, an organization dedicated to recycling and offering discounted products and educational opportunities to NH schools.NRRA-CLUB-applergclipped-150x150

Please take a few minutes to check out our website and our resources. We hope you find them useful, and we welcome your feedback on how we can improve in the future.




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

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



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



Click HERE for ClearStream Recyclers & Bag Info


NHtB still offering incentive grants for Floor Scale Grants-Hurry and get yours while funds are available!

Since NRRA highly recommends our members acquire floor scales to tally and track weights of their material,  NH the Beautiful is generously offering grants for up to 50% of the cost of the scale.   Typically, NHtB offers up to 20% of purchase cost on most recycling equipment grants so this is a very special, limited time offer!   

Floor scales can range in price from $1500 – $2000 depending on type and style.  NRRA has an approved vendor who will offer a 20% discount to NRRA Members….it is feasible you could have floor scales at your facility for approximately $750!!

To obtain a quote and receive your 20% discount or to apply for a grant, contact your NRRA Member Services Representative for more information!


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, 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 NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be on August 18, 2o16.  Please submit your grant applications by August 1st to have them considered at this next meeting!


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.



Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

facebook like To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link –

 We are also on Twitter and Instagram

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




SWOT: The 2016 Calendar is fully populated with Workshops!

The Solid Waste Operator Training & Certification Program has populated the remaining months of the 2016 calendar with Continuing Professional Development opportunities for all types of operators.  Below is a table with the list of classes and number of remaining seats.  For full workshop descriptions, please go to and click on either the course title or time. Each workshop is at least 2.5 hours and will count towards Continuing Professional Development.

Solid Waste Operator Training 2016 Workshop Calendar

WorkshopDate (Time)LocationSeats Available(as of 7/8)
Things that Go Bang!Jul 13 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDESFULL
Things that Go Bang!Jul 13 (1:00 pm – 4:00)NHDES40
P2 & HHWAug 24 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDESFULL
P2 & HHWAug 24 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES19
Asbestos (REPEAT)Sept 22 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES17
Asbestos (REPEAT)Sept 22 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES37
Basic Training (For those who certified prior to 2011)Sept 29 (8:00 am – 2:30 pm)NHDES45
Mock InspectionOct 12 (10:00 am)Hollis30
Managers, Part IIOct 27 (9:00 am – Noon)Littleton30
Managers, Part IIOct 27 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)Littleton30
Universal Waste, Part IINov 15 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES60
Landfills:  Everything you did not know you Need to KnowDec 20 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES40
Landfills:  Everything you did not know you Need to KnowDec 20 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES40

We also have had numerous concerns regarding late or expired certifications.  Many of the concerns stemmed from misinformation and confusion on the renewal process.  As a quick reminder,  when you are renewing your certification, there are three steps that YOU as the licensed operator must ensure take place regardless of who is mailing or paying for renewals.  1.  You must submit proof of 2.5 hours of continuing professional development within one year from your expiration date with your renewal form; 2.  Ensure that your renewal application has been sent to NHDES; and 3.  Ensure that the fee for your certification is included with the renewal application.

 We also have many webinars listed on our website, which we recently learned have been either taken offline or have been altered.  We will be addressing this situation in the upcoming months.  Please let us know if you have any questions on webinars or if you have a suggestion for a webinar to be added to our website.

Thank You,

Tara Albert


Drought Conditions Across NH

It is dry out there and experts agree conditions are likely to continue into the fall. NHDES is asking municipalities and public water systems to work together on limiting outdoor water use in their communities. Please go to and scroll through the “A-Z List” to “Drought Management Program” to find “2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems” and the latest drought status update.





Manchester OKs trial of automated trash pickup

Story as it appeared in the Manchester Union Leader by Paul Feely on 8/2/16

Manchester Trash Pickup

MANCHESTER — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to authorize a pilot program for automated trash pickup service in three wards, with the city splitting the cost for new totes 50-50 with residents.

The pilot program, to be conducted in Wards 12, 6 and 7, will likely get underway next spring, and last about a year. After that, city officials will assess the efficiency of the program and hold conversations about expanding the program citywide.

The vote approving the pilot program was 7-6, with Aldermen Pat Long, Keith Hirschmann, Nick Pappas, Joseph Kelly Levasseur, Bill Shea, Barbara Shaw, and Normand Gamache in favor. Keith Cavanaugh, Ron Ludwig, Chris Herbert, Tony Sapienza, Dan O’Neil and Bill Barry were opposed.

Mark Gomez, environmental programs manager for the Public Works Department, went before the aldermen Tuesday to present a proposal for a pilot program to bring automated curbside trash collection services to the city.

Automated collection involves the use of a one-man garbage truck fitted with an automated arm, which grabs and empties trash carts and is operated by the driver. Automated collection trucks from Pinard Waste already operate in Manchester, collecting recycling materials.

Gomez said one of the primary reasons behind the proposal is concern over worker safety. According to Gomez, Manchester loses an average of 4,503 hours per year to injury among city garbage collectors. The city has paid out an average of $298,310 per year in workers’ compensation claims to injured city garbage collectors over the last three fiscal years.

“We can eliminate the most dangerous aspects of refuse collection through automated collection,” said Gomez.

Gomez said no garbage collectors would lose their jobs if the switch were made to automation.

Several board members balked at the idea of providing the special totes for free to residents in the wards chosen for the pilot program. The estimated cost is $75,000.

“This is a want, not a need,” said Ward 4 Aldermen Chris Herbert.

Motions were made to take the $75,000 out of the city’s contingency fund and the economic development fund; both motions failed.

A vote was taken to split the cost 50-50 between the city and the residents in Wards 12, 6 and 7. That motion passed with Aldermen Cavanaugh, Ludwig, Long, Herbert, Pappas, Levasseur, Shaw, and Gamache in favor, and Sapienza, O’Neil, Shea, Barry and Hirschmann opposed.

Gomez said if the program were expanded citywide, the special carts necessary for automated collection would either be sold to customers, requiring no additional funding to launch a pilot program, or be provided free to residential customers. That would require $1.25 million in funding, or about $150,000 per year amortized over 10 years. – See more at:–20160803#sthash.G3HQPLGs.dpuf



NRRA Member, Trevor Mance of TAM is named one of Waste 360’s 40 under 40

TAM Waste Management’s Mance Turned his High School Job into a Lifelong Career

By Molly Szczepanski, Wate 360

Waste360 recently spoke with Trevor Mance about his high school job at a recycling facility and the challenges he faced while starting his own company.

Trevor Mance, owner of TAM Waste Management in Vermont, kicked off his career in the waste industry when he was in high school. His passion for the waste and recycling industry led him to start his own business, which he built up from one transfer station to one composting facility and two transfer stations, one of which has a MRF.

In addition to running his company, Mance serves on the Vermont Infrastructure Committee, where he helps implement the Universal Recycling & Composting Law Act 148. This law provides Vermont residents with a new set of systems and tools for keeping as much material as possible out of the landfill.

Mance was recently named one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award recipients for his positive contribution to the waste and recycling industry.

“Trevor has built his business on a strong business and environmental ethic, resulting in an extremely successful, growing business,” says TAM Waste Management Sales Representative Kathleen Danis. “He doesn’t make business decisions lightly, and he continues to succeed by forming lasting relationships with both customers and businesses across three states. He treats his employees with both dignity and respect, and he is never afraid to give a handshake and a ‘good job’ on a daily basis. Trevor strives for excellence in all he does, from the environment, the community, his employees and his family. All young professionals should take a page from Trevor’s business.”

Waste360 recently spoke with Mance about his high school job at a recycling facility, the challenges he faced while starting his own company and his proudest career moment.

Waste360: What was it like working at a recycling facility while you were in high school?

Mance-Trevor__130x150Trevor Mance: At first, I started working at the town transfer station’s recycling facility, where I told people where to properly put their recyclables. While working at the recycling facility, I got to know the residents and haulers that we worked with. Eventually, I had an opportunity to purchase a small route with 60 stops, and I grew my company from there.

It was challenging because once I graduated high school, I attended a community college in New York and graduated from Seneca College in Toronto with degrees in both marketing management and business administration. There were a lot of nights where I barely slept at all, and a lot of days where I worked up to 20 hours. I would do my route early in the mornings and then travel an hour and a half to school to take night classes.

During my time at Seneca, I used to turn a lot of heads because I would do my route at 3 a.m., fill the packer truck up, drive to the burn plant in Hudson Falls, N.Y., stop to eat at either Taco Bell or Burger King and arrive at the college in my garbage truck.

I have come a long way since those days. There aren’t a lot of job opportunities here in Vermont, but I am thankful that I am able to raise a family here and have a good job in a field that I love. I can honestly say I love getting up and going to work each day.

Waste360: What challenges did you face while starting your company?

Trevor Mance: Typical to all solid waste businesses, I have faced a lot of challenges throughout my 20-year career. Whether it be parking a garbage truck on my parents’ piece of property and having local residents being upset with me or it taking over five years to set up a transfer station and receive a permit, I have been through a lot of challenges. In every one of my challenges, I have learned that you need to be patient and you need to try and understand the other side of things.

At times, it was very hard to get my point across and people’s fear of the unknown was an overriding factor to a lot of problems that I faced. I have to say that the more of these facilities that we have and the more history we have, the easier it is for us to get approval. For example, I originally asked for 15,000 tons of capacity per year for my first transfer station and five years later, they granted me 8,000 tons of capacity per year. The last transfer station that I built received a permit for 70,000 tons of capacity per year in just six months. It really does help when you can prove that you have always done what you said you were going to do. History is also a great sales tool and when you can show that you have good history, it’s easier for people to trust you.

I also learned the hard way about picking the right towns for your facilities. I tried to get a composting facility approved, but it proved too difficult for us. The next town over, however, reached out to us and said that it would love to be home to our facility. Recognizing that it’s not always possible to get facilities permitted in certain areas is something that I have learned.

Waste360: How many facilities do you own and how do you manage them?

Trevor Mance: We currently have one composting facility and two transfer stations, one of which has a MRF.

I am very lucky to have a fantastic crew of 47 people to help me manage these facilities. Most of my employees are long-term employees, which makes me even luckier. The man who oversees all of the drivers and dispatch has been with me for about 16 years. He even stayed with me while he went to college, which is just one of the ways he has shown his dedication. His mom also works for me as a general manager, and she has been with me for more than 15 years. I have a very experienced crew, and

Waste360: Highlight one moment in your career that you are the most proud of.

Trevor Mance: I would have to say the day that I opened my first transfer station. It was a mixed-emotion day, and I was pretty beat up from its five-year process. But it did feel really good to persevere and come out on top.

Besides that, I love a lot of the victories that my company has had. I am a salesman at heart, and I love selling our services. I love talking to new customers and hearing the ideas that we come up with. I also love seeing all of our systems come together, whether it is integrating a new compaction piece of equipment to help with logistics or trying out a new idea to help the plant grow better.

Even though we have had missteps along the way, there is always something good that comes out of every situation. We learn from every situation, and we grow in different ways each and every time we combat a problem.

By and large, I wouldn’t change a thing with my career. I am very happy and I am very content with where the company is.

Waste360: Are you exploring any new and innovative ideas to roll out this year?

Trevor Mance: My goal is to build out the infrastructure that we have. I feel like we are in a really good spot right now because we have transfer stations with capacity, we have an organics facility that’s close to capacity and we have our MRF to help grow our hauling division.

Waste360: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in working for you?

Trevor Mance: The only constant thing in the waste and recycling industry is change. I think in order to be successful, you have to constantly reinvent yourself.

Over the past 20 years, we have relooked at the way we do things because of technology, economy of sale and regulatory changes. And I think that to be in this industry, you have to be willing to adapt to changes and you have to have the ability to figure out what the next up-and-coming technology is. We have implemented front-load and side-load trucks, and we always have to think about the things we are doing and if they make sense. I look for people who are open minded and willing to adjust to the changes in the industry, big or small.



ReuseConex 2016
4th International Conference & Expo
October 17-19, 2016 – Boston, MA (USA)

Announcing one of many topics of discussion at ReuseConex …

Worn or TornDonate it All!

What does your great uncle’s tie collection, a 1980’s bridesmaid dress, 
and a tattered bath towel have in common?

They’re all fit for reuse!
It’s time to clear up the misconception that all charities and textile recovery operations only want “gently used” items. Attend the ReuseConex session “Worn or Torn, Donate it All” to learn the real story of what you should deposit in donation boxes, and why 95% of those materials will find a second (or third) life. Hear how the State of Massachusetts partnered with non-profit and for-profit textile handlers to reduce textiles going to waste, support local jobs and businesses, and reduce the municipal waste stream.

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“Leveraging Reuse in a Circular Economy”

Join the conversation, attend workshop sessions and learn about cutting edge programs from across the nation on:

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These 4 States Are Doing Something Truly Revolutionary With Food

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07/29/2016 09:32 am ET

The mind-boggling amount of food Americans throw away is the kind of problem that seems ripe for nationwide reform. But while federal legislation lingers in Congress, some states have found promising ways to keep edible items out of the trash.

As much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten, wasting resources and money, filling landfills and harming the environment. More urgently, there are millions of families who struggle to afford food, while there are mountains of it decaying in the trash.

But these states are changing that, using strategies to keep food out of landfills and get it to hungry families. Their policies signal that officials are recognizing the economic, social and environmental benefits that come with making food waste reduction a priority.

Here are a few of the states that are ahead of the curve on food waste, and what they’re doing about it. 

1. Vermont 

Vermont is putting its foot down on food in the garbage.

In a few years, Vermont will allow exactly zero food to be thrown away ― whether you’re a restaurant chain filling dumpsters each week or just a guy clearing old food out of his fridge.

In 2012, the state took a close look at its trash, and found that over half of the material in landfills was recyclables and organic waste.

“That was a big wake-up call to us,” said Cathy Jamieson, a solid waste program manager for Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

That year, the state legislature overwhelmingly passed its universal recycling law. It includes a ban on organic waste in landfills that will be phased in gradually, starting with companies that generate a large amount of food waste.

Instead of tossing food, businesses can donate anything salvageable to groups that serve meals to the needy. Between July 2015 and March 2016, 1.6 million pounds of excess food were donated to the Vermont Foodbank, nearly doubling donations in the previous 12 months, Jamieson said.

For food that cannot be donated, the state has been beefing up its infrastructure for more sustainable processing, including composting.

Composting is considered one of the last resorts for preventing food waste, but it’s still better than putting food in a landfill. Compost gives off carbon dioxide as the waste decomposes, but when food waste breaks down in landfills, it releases methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. And compost is actually put to productive use, acting as a natural fertilizer to improve soil on farms and elsewhere.

The final step of the law takes effect in 2020, requiring all individuals to separate and compost their food scraps. To prepare for the change, next year, garbage collectors that offer curbside pickup will be required to collect food waste as well. Trash drop-off sites and landfills will also have to accept compost.

Jamieson acknowledges that composting is a reach for some people, and plenty of apple cores will probably still end up in the trash.

“We knew we couldn’t have all the change happening at once. It’s not like a light switch, you can’t just turn it on,” Jamieson said. “I think with time, people will come on board.”

2. Massachusetts

Massachusetts is equipping businesses with tools to cut down on food waste.

The state instituted a food waste ban in 2014 that prohibits businesses and institutions generating a ton or more of food waste weekly ― such as grocery stores, hospitals, colleges, breweries and larger restaurants ― from throwing food in the trash. So far, the law has been “really successful,” said Emily Broad Leib, the director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

Since Massachusetts’ new ban passed, the clinic has helped the state with implementation, trainings and creating guidelines on food donations for different industries.

What makes the state’s landfill ban particularly effective, Broad Leib said, is Massachusetts’ simultaneous investment in technical assistance to help waste generators, processors and municipalities reduce waste.

Massachusetts also offers a number of grants for waste diversion programs and  funds RecylingWorks, a program that helps businesses figure out how to comply with the waste ban. In one town, RecyclingWorks got eight restaurants that aren’t subject to the ban to start composting.

3. Ohio

Ohio has spent big to turn a farming problem into a food waste solution.

A surprising amount of waste occurs long before food gets to a grocery store. About 7 percent of planted fields aren’t harvested annually due to surpluses and other issues, according to a 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council report.

Instead of letting those crops rot, Ohio brings them to needy families.

The Ohio Food Purchase Agricultural Clearance Program is a 17-year-old partnership between the state’s food bank network and over 100 farmers. The program receives over $9 million in state funding annually, an amount much higher than the few similar programs in other states.

When farmers have surplus crops, they get reimbursed to pick, pack and deliver produce to food banks. It gives the agriculture industry an economic boost while getting fresh, healthy food to families in need.

Early estimates suggest that in the 2015 fiscal year, the program helped farms distribute over 40 million pounds of food ― or about 33 million meals ― according to Erin Wright, the program’s manager.

4. California

California is using several different strategies to reduce food waste.

By 2020, the state wants 75 percent of waste that would previously end up in landfills to instead be reduced, recycled or composted.

The state’s Farm to Family program is similar to the partnership in Ohio, though without direct state funding. The program brought more than 100 million pounds of farmers’ extra crops to food banks last year. The state offers tax incentives to farmers who donate produce and the haulers who transport it to nonprofits.

An organic waste ban like the one in Massachusetts also went into effect this year, and cities are required to create organic waste recycling programs.

Your State Next

While these four states have some of the strongest programs to reduce food waste, they’re not alone. A few other states have landfill bans; at least eight states encourage food donations with tax incentives; and more than 20 states have farm-to-food bank programs.

Others are hopping on the bandwagon.

“States are coming to us, saying, ‘We want to do something on food waste,’” said Broad Leib, the Harvard food policy expert.

Later this year, Broad Leib and her colleagues are publishing a toolkit to help state governments understand and implement policies that reduce food waste. For now, it’s unclear how much money or energy states will be willing to spend, or if more drastic policies will really catch on.

Jamieson from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, at least, is encouraged by early results of her state’s landfill ban, like a 5 percent reduction in municipal solid waste from 2014 to 2015.

“One of the things that actually surprised us ― even us ― was the amount of food rescue that is occurring already, due to the law,” she said. “I think that shows people’s willingness to do the right thing.”

Kate Abbey-Lambertz covers sustainable cities, housing and inequality. Tips? Feedback? Send an email or follow her on Twitter.



Olympic medals for Rio 2016 are made from recycled mirrors and X-ray plates

Olympic Medal 2Here’s an early glimpse of this year’s Olympic gold. On June 14, the International Olympics Committee released images of the Rio 2016 gold, silver, bronze and Paralympic medals.

According to a catalog of all medals since 1896 by the Olympics Studies Center, gold medals are traditionally made with gilt silver. London 2012’s gold medals, for example, were just 1% gold and olympic medals92.5% silver.

About 30% of the silver used in the new summer Olympic medals will be recycled waste from leftover mirrors, solder and X-ray plates, according to a statement on the official Olympics website. Bronze medals will be made with copper waste from the national mint. Even the ribbons hanging around the necks of the world’s most elite athletes will be woven with recycled plastic from old bottles.

Paralympics medals will be updated with tiny steel balls inside that allow visually impaired athletes to identify the type of medal by shaking them and listening to the noise.

On the face of each new medal is still the traditional laurel leaf and Rio 2016 logo. The reverse side displays a traditional etching of Nike, Greek goddess of victory.



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State Recycling Coordinator

Exciting, new job opportunity at the State of New Hampshire for a Recycling Coordinator/Program Specialist IV (LG25).  The Department of Administrative Services is looking for a self-starter who is passionate and knowledgeable about recycling, who can take a basic recycling program to the next level.  Looking for someone skilled at business processes, who can also train and grow the recycling program to state agencies.

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Salary for this part-time position is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Submit cover letter, resume and references to Sandra LaPlante, Administrative Assistant, PO Box 487, Marlborough, NH 03455 or email to by noon on August 11, 2015. The Town of Marlborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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