August 2019 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair – Reagan wants to know, What recycling and solid waste management challenges are you facing?
  • NRRA News – Pricing Guide, Member Spotlight, Vendor Spotlight and M.O.M Meetings on the Road
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use – Trash on the Lawn Days at McLaughlin MS and Maplewood Elementary
  • NRRA Grant News
  • New Hampshire the Beautiful – Piermont Receives Equipment Grant & Litter Free Blue Bag Tally for 2019
  • Recycling News from Across New England – Bow is Recycling Again; Proposed Landfill in Dalton, NH
  • National News – New Glass Bottle Factory Uses Recycled Glass in Southeast
  • Classifieds


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

Did you know that nearly 100% of the clean glass jars and bottles that NRRA sends to it’s vendor in Canada to be processes are eventually returned to the United States to be used in insulation by US owned and operated companies! 



In July’s Full of Scrap, we shared with you a proposed recycling study committee in New Hampshire.  That has since been approved by the Governor.  The committee will consist of three members of the house of representatives, and one member of the senate.  The committee is tasked with studying the following:

  1. The state of recycling programs in New Hampshire in light of changing market conditions.
  2. Challenges faced by the state and municipalities in running recycling programs and solid waste management.
  3. Such other related issues as the committee deems necessary, including potential legislation.

The committee must report its findings, any recommendations for proposed legislation, and recommendations for actions that can be taken by municipalities and the state to state leaders on or before November 1, 2019.  We anticipate that the study committee will begin hearings in early September, and I intend to testify to ensure NRRA’s membership is represented.

What recycling and solid waste management challenges are you facing that you want me to convey to New Hampshire’s state leadership?  Whether you’re located inside or outside of New Hampshire, are there other legislative or policy issues that you think NRRA should be involved in?  Please email me at to share your thoughts.    



The NRRA August 2019  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA  August 2019 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

IMPORTANT PRICING ALERT:  Mixed Paper Pricing (loose, bales, picked-up or delivered) is currently at a COST to Members.  There are a number of ways NRRA can help until the fiber market improves, please call us if you have any questions or concerns.



Hancock, NH has a new operator, but he is not new to the recycling world. Rick Plankey was awarded the Rookie of the Year at NRRA’s Annual Conference this year after working at the Keene Recycling Center. Hancock requires recycling of all paper, cardboard, glass, #1 & #2 plastic containers, aluminum cans, steel (tin) cans, electronic components and scrap metal. NRRA has worked with Hancock’s recycling fiber, glass, plastics, electronics, steel, and tires programs since 2009 and moved 297 tons since the beginning of 2018. Rick’s questions, attendance, flexibility and grant proposals have brought great updates to Hancock’s facility. Rick’s enthusiasm and humor are contagious and Hancock is interested in getting involved with the schools this year. Way to go, Hancock!



Photo Credit: Schnitzer Website

As their website states: “Schnitzer is a global leader in the metals recycling industry.”

NRRA has partnered with Schnitzer Northeast of Concord NH a.k.a. Advanced Recycling since 2003.

In 2018 alone, NRRA Members marketed over 18 million pounds of light iron, steel cans, aluminum cans, car batteries, aluminum scrap and non-ferrous items through Schnitzer!

We, here at NRRA,  appreciate their excellent service and competitive pricing in an ever-changing and challenging global market.

We acknowledged Schnitzer as “NRRA’s Business of the Year” at our 2019 Annual Recycling Conference.

Our partnership demonstrates how well an international company and a local non-profit can work successfully together.


NRRA Has Compost Bins, Rain Barrels, Kitchen Pails and Compost Turners for Sale!

  • Compost Bin  $58.00 each
  • Rain Barrels   $65.00 each
  • Kitchen Pails  $10.00 each
  • Compost Turners   $26.00 each

Call 603-736-4401 or email to order yours today!! Sorry, delivery is not available, all items must be picked up at our office in Epsom, NH.


From Heather Herring’s Desk:  Dear Scrappigail

Each month Heather tackles the tough recycling questions that come in to our Member Services department from transfer stations, concerned citizens, and businesses.

Dear Scrappigail-

I buy 5 gallon water bottles for my large family at home, and I heard through the grapevine that my recycling center is no longer accepting these. What gives?

Thirsty in Keene

Dear Thirsty-

You are correct- more and more plastics facilities are no longer accepting containers over 2.5 gallons for recycling because they shut down their machinery due to their size even though they are recyclable. And recycling centers can’t cut them up first before sending them to the vendor. NRRA advises consumers of 5 gallon water bottles to return the bottles to the source (at work, a water service picks these up) (at home, you can return them to the store where you purchased them).

For example, you can return empty Primo 5 gallon water bottles to the local Walmart in exchange for a coupon to purchase a new one right at the entrance to the store. Ask at your local Walmart.


M.O.M Meetings are going “On the Road”

In an effort to bring our informative M.O.M (Member Operations Meetings) to more of our members we are going to start taking several meetings a year “on the road”.  This will also give many of our Members an opportunity to tour another transfer station to see how it operates and possibly exchange ideas.

Our first On the Road M.O.M Meeting will take place on Wed., October 9th,  in Littleton, NH as follows:

  • 9:00 am Meeting @Littleton Opera House,  2 Union St. (intersection of Cottage/Main/Union),  Littleton, NH 03561
  • 10:15 am Tour @ Littleton Transfer Station Littleton Transfer Station, 1213 Mt. Eustis Road, Littleton, NH

Coffee and Donuts will be provided and as always, NH DES Credits will be available.  You must provide your own transportation but we hope you’ll join us!

If you would like to host one of On the Road M.O.M Meetings, please email Bonnie Bethune at



September 2019

  • Monday, September 2, 2019 – Happy Labor Day!  NRRA Office Closed
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – NRRA MOM Meeting @ NRRA Office, Epsom, NH – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – NRRA Board of Trustees Meeting @ NRRA Office – 10:30 am – 12 Noon

October  2019

  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 – NRRA M.O.M Meeting On The Road – Littleton, NH @ 9:00 AM, Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton, NH
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – Columbus Day, NRRA Office Closed
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 – NHtB Board Meeting @ NRRA Office, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Please have all Grant requests to Stacey Morrison before 10/17/19

November  2019

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – NRRA MOM Meeting, NRRA Office @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – NRRA ANNUAL MEETING, PURITAN BACKROOM, MANCHESTER, NH @ 12 pm – 2 pm.  Preregistration required.  Office will be closed at this time.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 – Veteran’s Day, NRRA Office Closed
  • Thursday, Nov. 28 & Friday, Nov. 29th- Thanksgiving Holiday, NRRA Office Closed



Henry J. McLaughlin MS in Manchester, May 29:


For the Press Release, Click HERE


Maple Wood Elementary in Somersworth, NH, June 4:



For the Press Release, Click HERE

To View the entire August Issue of School News You Can Use, Click Here.



YIMBY goes to Camp!

Educators Cindy Sterling and Julia Le May held a TOLD (Trash On the Lawn Day) event for the campers at Copper Cannon Camp in Bethlehem, NH on August 6.

Approximately 45 campers and counselors sifted through a sampling of their trash to see what could have been recycled.  The groups were enthusiastic and had lots of questions.

The YIMBY grant is focusing on composting and a TOLD is an excellent way to gauge the volume of food waste that can be diverted from the landfill.

For more on YIMBY, see our Press Release.



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.

Town of Piermont Receives Grant from NH the Beautiful

Piermont’s new storage box and compactor unit made possible by a grant from NHtB

The Town of Piermont was awarded a New Hampshire the Beautiful Equipment grant in the amount $3647.00 to assist them with the purchase of a new recyclable compactor and collection/storage box.

This compactor/box allows the staff at the recycling center to put all of the recyclables in a covered box which protects it from the elements and keeps the contents from blowing out.  The compactor then condenses the material allowing them to put more material in the box which ultimately saves the town about $5000 – $6000 annually on trucking.

New Hampshire the Beautiful would like to applaud the Town of Piermont on their outstanding recycling efforts.


2019 NHtB Litter Free Blue Bag Campaign- The Numbers are In!

2019 proved to be a very busy year for the NHtB Litter Free Blue Bag program!  Our initial order of 350 cases was gone within a month which required us to order another 400 cases.  Within another month, we had already handed out half of that order too!  We couldn’t be more thrilled to see so many communities, organizations, schools and clubs pitching in and doing their part to help keep NH Hampshire’s roadways beautiful and clean of litter and debris.  A special thank you goes to the folks at NH the Beautiful who supply up to 10 cases of the litter free bags to the volunteers who organize these amazing clean-up events!

Not everyone reported back to us but those that did, shared some fantastic details!  Below are the few highlights:

  • Total Number of Litter Free Blue Bags given out = 507 (that equates to 50,700 bags)
  • Total Number of Volunteers involved (state wide) = 1,659
  • Total Miles of NH Roadways that were cleaned up = 634 miles
  • Total Bags of trash/debris collected = 3,730

Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to all who participated in this year’s clean up efforts.

We still have plenty of cases left over and it’s a great time to plan a Fall road side clean up in your town or community.  Contact us at or to order your free blue bags today!


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



Bow is recycling again, but costs depend on how careful people are

David Brooks, Concord Monitor

Bow has decided to stick with its recycling program despite the expense, and officials hope that people in town will clean up their act to keep the cost down.

Bow, like all communities in the U.S., has been hit by huge cost increases spurred by changes in the global recycling market. It experimented this spring with picking up curbside recycling material in trash trucks and sending it to the incinerator or landfill along with all the other trash, to find out how much costs would go down. After debate in town and pressure from the town’s Recycling Committee, in May the selectmen voted to continue the recycling program.

Recyclables left at the curb in Bow are again being picked up in separate trucks by Pinard and taken to Casella’s recycling facility.

Full Article Here


Proposed landfill divides Dalton, New Hampshire

DALTON, N.H. (WCAX) An upcoming vote in Dalton, New Hampshire, has divided the town. It’s over zoning and it was sparked by a proposed landfill.

Signs dot the roadways all across Dalton. They encourage residents to vote yes, which would create a new temporary zoning ordinance in the town to block the landfill plan.

“We are country people. We are into the land, we are into our farms,” Ronda Lee Read said.

Read is one resident who supports the new ordinance.

“It gives us a tool and it gives us an option,” she said. “It’s the difference between having an open door on your home or having a door that somebody needs to knock on.”

“I don’t really believe that ordinances should be set for certain purposes,” Christian Correia said.

Correia has a different sign in his yard– “no zoning.” Dalton does not currently have a zoning ordinance and Correia thinks it should stay that way.

“For me to say that they can’t build a shed on their property so they can store their lawnmower because they only have an acre of land because that is all they can afford– it’s just ridiculous to me,” Correia said.

Read Full Article Here



Large cullet end user coming to Southeast

A newly formed company plans to build what it calls the first new U.S. glass bottle factory in over a generation. The $123 million plant will use recycled glass.

The project in Valdosta, Ga. is being developed by Arglass Yamamura, a joint venture between Japanese bottle maker Nihon Yamamura Glass Co. and Cambium Arglass, a privately held investment company. The plant will have an annual capacity of 100,000 metric tons of product, or about 265 million bottles.

Valdosta is a city of around 55,000 people in southern Georgia. It’s located roughly 70 miles from Tallahassee, Fla. and 120 miles from Jacksonville, Fla.

José Arozamena, Arglass Yamamura’s CEO, confirmed to Resource Recycling the facility will take cullet. He noted the challenge of sourcing a large enough quantity and quality of recovered glass.

“We want to be very involved in this to increase the volume of recycled glass,” he said. “That is part of our DNA.”

Full Article Here



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For Free:  Used Foremost Plastics Granulator

Location: Meredith NH Solid Waste Facility/Must pick up at this location

Call: Barry Weeks @ 603-279-8480 for more info.




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


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