INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- From the Director’s Chair – 36th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Announcement
- NRRA News – December Pricing, Storage Trailers and NRRA Admin. Updates
- School News You Can Use – Hollis Brookline Senior Takes Action
- NH the Beautiful -Signs, Bins and Grants available!
- NH DES – Operator Training Schedule
- NH News
- Vermont News
- National News
- NRRA Calendar
~Recycling Fact of the Day~
Around 125,000 tons of plastic packaging will be thrown away over Christmas – that’s the equivalent weight of more than 50,000 Polar Bears!
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
This very rough drawing is one my mom did of the Chatham Lighthouse on Cape Cod. For over 200 years this beacon has been lit to guide those in stormy seas to a safe harbor. The movie “Finest Hours” shows, in extremely realist terms, how ordinary people are capable of extraordinary deeds. NRRA has only been around for 36 some odd years and throughout its entire history it has epitomized this concept. The only difference is that NRRA has been fortunate to have exceptional people all doing outstanding work on behalf of the membership. In the film, the Coast Guard and tanker crews fought the turbulent seas. It is with that same tenacity and dedication that the NRRA crew fights for the best environmentally sound, sustainable material management practices each and every day. In these past few years the recycling industry has been more than turbulent, and NRRA has held steady on the helm and brought the recycling ships into safe harbors. On behalf of the entire crew of NRRA we wish you all the best of holidays and a safe, peaceful, and enjoyable New Year. Should your recycling ship flounder or lose its way look to the light on the shore and let NRRA light the way to safe harbors.
A big part of our education each year is the NRRA Annual Recycling Conference & Expo. This year we are pleased to announce a keynote speaker who is uniquely qualified to give our “Back to the Future For Recycling..Its Time” theme just the right start!
John Casella is considered one of the top leaders in the environmental services industry. He has redefined the boundaries of traditional solid waste management through innovation, commitment to environmental stewardship, and the new paradigm of resource transformation. His 40+ year history in the industry and his day to day involvement in resource solutions gives him a valued perspective. That, when combined with his weather eye on the future, makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the state of the resource recovery industry in New England.
Mr. Casella’s address will kick off a full two days of workshops, presentations, and awards that will cover the gamut of interests from day to day operations, contract management, market realities, and long term planning. Resource recovery is recognized nationally as one of the most challenging professions today and Mr. Casella will be able to address those challenges in a manner that will resonate with everyone in attendance.
If you or someone you know would like to present a workshop at either our NRRA Recycling Conference (May 22 & 23) or the School Recycling Conference (May 23), please email us at email@example.com. We will soon be sending out our official “Call for Speakers” and anticipate a mid-January deadline for all proposals. Why wait for the deadline? Send us your submission TODAY!
NRRA has been working with the National SWEEP Steering Committee as it invigorates the national discussion of industry standards.
Despite the existence of standards and certifications for products and companies, there is no unified protocol governing the environmental performance and definition of sustainable materials management–including recycling and waste disposal–for municipalities and the solid waste and recycling industry. This is the niche that the SWEEP standard is designed to fill. The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is supporting the SWEEP initiative with administrative services during the development process.
SWEEP’s mission is “To promote continuous improvement toward a zero waste society that is environmentally restorative, economically productive, socially just, and to recognize and reward municipal and industry leadership in sustainable materials management.”
NRRA has been following the impact of plastics in the environment and especially in the Pacific Ocean where the “garbage patch” is now bigger than Texas. This latest video from CNN online titled, “Midway Island“, is a riveting piece of journalism and I encourage you all to watch it. It will certainly convince you to redouble your efforts to save the planet before it is too late.
NRRA is also working to reduce unnecessary disposal by finding new markets and solutions for hard to market materials. Part of our current USDA grant work will focus on LDPE and Organics. NRRA will be sending out surveys to help assess the state of the current situation and develop possible alternatives.
NRRA’s EPICURE Project Underway
Epsom, NH, November 10, 2016. The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) was recently named a 2016/2017 recipient of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Technical Assistance Grant Program for their project to Expand Plastic Incentives and Composting to Uphold Recycling Efforts (EPICURE) in VT and NH. Work on the project began on October 1, 2016, and is expected to last one year.
The funds are primarily targeted to help solid waste management entities, planning and conservation districts, farmers, recyclers and transfer station operators in the rural communities of Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT to improve markets for LDPE (#4 plastics) and organic wastes. In addition to providing information about the viability of expanding plastic and organic waste recycling programs, NRRA will also address the need for updated information about electronics and mercury devices.
As part of the project, NRRA will offer hands-on training, education, and technical support to:
Understand the aspects of collecting LDPE plastic products (i.e. agricultural and marina wraps, plastic grocery and pellet bags, and shrink wrap);
Pilot the collection of LDPE plastic products to demonstrate market viability;
Assess systems and tools for all residents, businesses, and institutions to find methods for managing food scraps and yard waste that works for them;
Work to coordinate compatible regulations and policies across state lines to develop larger markets for LDPE and organic wastes;
Provide instruction on proper handling techniques for electronics and mercury containing appliances of all types to operators in both states.
Among the early priorities for the project are to assess the volumes of LDPE plastic, organic wastes, and electronics and mercury containing devices being collected in each state; determining total volumes of each that could be diverted; contacting stakeholders who may wish to participate in trainings or pilot programs; and looking at the similarities and differences in policy and regulations across state lines. Although the targeted audience is low-income rural communities in VT and NH, NRRA encourages stakeholders from either state to participate and learn more and is confident that the nation will benefit from their project results.
Special “On Location” M.O.M Meeting
As a reminder, On January 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. we will tour the new source separated Transfer Station in Derry NH. Mark your calendars to make sure you can join us for this state of the art facility tour. All of those wishing to attend this special “On Location” M.O.M Meeting, should plan to meet at the Derry Transfer Station at 9 a.m.
December 2016 Pricing is Now Available-Members only!
The NRRA December 2016 Pricing guide is now available! To access the December NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE. This document is secured with a password, please contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Need Storage? NRRA Can Help!
Did you know that NRRA sells new & used storage trailers and containers?
- Used non-road worthy, 40′ + trailers from $1900 and up.
- New 40′ containers from $5250 and up
- Other sizes also available (High cubes, 20′, etc.)
Grants may also be available from New Hampshire the Beautiful to help you finance these storage trailers and containers.
For more information, please call your NRRA Member Services Representative at 1-800-223-0150.
News from NRRA Admin. Department
From Stacey Morrison, Admin Manager, NRRA
Hello & Happy Holidays to all NRRA Members, Customers and Vendors! I just wanted to make you aware of a couple of important notices.
First, You may have noticed that some of your emails from NRRA have a new look to them. Rest assured, you are not being “spammed” or sent a virus. We have obtained new software to assist us with our bulk emails such as Full of Scrap, MOM Meeting Info, Conference Mailings and more. Some of you may not be able to see the full graphics in the body of the email upon opening it but if you wish to do so, you need only to right click on one of the boxes where the images have been blocked and select “download images”. I urge you to do this if you are unable to see the images immediately because you may miss out on valuable information if you don’t. If you have any questions regarding an email from us, please don’t hesitate to call me, I can be reached at 736-4401 ext.20.
Second, I know that several of our municipal members are in the heat of budget planning season or end of year book keeping. We will be sending out our Voting Member Dues (Municipal) within the next week or so. For planning purposes, I can tell you that we will not be increasing dues this year and our formula will remain the same: Population X $0.07 with an maximum cap of $1800.00.
Annual Activity Reports and Environmental Impact Reports will be going out in mid-January.
Thank you all for your continued support of this organization. I wish you all a very happy Holiday Season and a healthy & peaceful New Year!
2017 NRRA COMPOST BIN SALE…COMING SOON!!
Back by popular demand, NRRA is pleased to announce that it will be resuming our Annual Compost Bin Sale again this year!! We took last year off due to other commitments but are prepared to offer this sale again this year as we have received many requests to do so. We are not yet taking participation forms but will be soon so keep an eye on your email, our website and future issues of Full of Scrap for details. This sale makes an excellent fundraiser for your school, garden club, recycling committee or any other group that wishes to celebrate Earth Day 2017 while earning some funds for their organization and supporting a good cause! If you wish to be added to our Compost Bin Sale Mailing List, please email Stacey Morrison at email@example.com.
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
Barnard Academy Students Learn About Clean Water and Recycling
Barnard, VT – As part of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP), White River Solid Waste Alliance funded four NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) workshops and two technical assistance trainings for Barnard Academy. The Alliance’s goal is to assist schools in their region to become compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.
On October 25 & 26, NRRA’s School CLUB Educator, Charen Fegard, presented workshops on: Recycling & Composting in Your Town to K-2 students; Healthy Home/Clean Waters to 5-6 graders, Back to the Earth (Composting) for 3-4 graders, and Waste=Global Climate Change to 5-6 graders.
The first technical training, a STAR Assessment, was done on the entire school on October 25. The STAR is NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review which identifies the five key areas of recycling. The report produced from this data offers clear, unbiased suggestions for future improvements as well as a baseline for examination of the positive effects of change.
Ms. Fegard conducted the second technical training, Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning, for the custodial staff on October 26. This training consisted of a comprehensive inventory and analysis of cleaning products used in the school.
Special thanks to Barnard Academy Principal Anne Koop, teachers and staff, and especially Custodian Cazimir Rozonewski and Teacher Britney Koetsier, for making this event success.
Hollis Brookline Senior Takes Action
Hollis Brookline High School just joined The CLUB in August and we are proud to report that one of their Seniors, Allie Campbell, has started her own environmental blog: http://www.deepgreenblog.com/
When asked to tell us a bit more about herself, Allie provided the following statement:
“Growing up in Montessori schools, I spent a lot of time outside—at recess, during lessons, on school trips, and after school. This instilled in me a passion for the outdoors which grew into the desire to protect and give back.
I am currently a senior at Hollis Brookline High School. Last fall, I collaborated with school staff to create the “Green Group” (a student environmental club) and helped to initiate a school wide recycling program. Up until last year, HBHS was not recycling at all, so this was a very exciting step for our community.
As an elective course this year, I am working on an independent study I am calling “Society and the Environment”. I am currently collaborating with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association and a local director of waste management to create a plastic film recycling program for my town, Hollis, New Hampshire. My hope is to raise awareness regarding the issue of plastic film waste, make recycling plastic film practical for Hollis residents, and to ultimately establish a permanent program that will divert significant quantities of plastic film waste from landfills. In addition, I started a blog (www.deepgreenblog.com) with the aim of inspiring and empowering others to make more sustainable choices in their everyday lives, as well as record and publicise the progress of the plastic film recycling program.”
We were inspired by her story and hope it will inspire our readers!
SAVE THE DATE: NRRA School CLUB’s 8th Annual School Recycling Conference
This Year’s Theme is “Back to the Future for Recycling…It’s Time“
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Place: The Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, Manchester, NH
Mark your calendar and save the date! We hope you’ll join us as we return to Manchester and the Radisson’s newly re-designed Ballroom and hotel facilities! This One-day event is jam-packed with need-to-know tips & tricks to making recycling strong & sustainable at your school. There will be engaging workshops for students, teachers and administrators alike as well as activities and vendors! The School Recycling CLUB Awards will also be presented.
Stay Tuned as we will soon be announcing a special Keynote speaker just for the School Conference!
We strive to make this conference affordable to schools so we haven’t changed our pricing this year:
**New Hampshire The Beautiful is pleased to offer grants to NH Schools to cover up to 50% of their total registration fee. Call us for more details!
NH THE BEAUTIFUL
NH the Beautiful’s “Benefits of Recycling” Series
New Hampshire the Beautiful has released a series of videos that emphasize the importance -and benefits of-Recycling. Click here to view the videos!
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
Grants Program for NH Municipalities
Do you need equipment for your facility? A Floor Scale? Storage Containers?
All New Hampshire municipalities are eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment. For more information or to apply for a grant, go to http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/equipment_grant_app_710.pdf, print & fill out the form and fax it to 603-736-4402. If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call, and we can fax or mail a form to you. The next NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be in February 2017.
NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs
All 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
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
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.
NH DES NEWS
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 see the list below for some current training opportunities. DES updates the web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS
Plastic bag ban in NH on 2017 agenda after being killed in 2016
Two NH State Reps have requested bills related to disposable plastic shopping bags for the new year.
Rep. Marjorie Shepardson and Rep. Christy Bartlett both requested these 2017 bills – but the text of these are not yet public, according to the LFDA.
Last year the Senate shut down a bill that would have allowed towns to ban plastic bag use.
Those in favor of plastic bag ban argue that the bags are a waste of fossil fuels, harder to recycle, and can harm marine wildlife.
Others argue that most plastic bags are reused for garbage or picking up dog waste.
Because Republicans are keeping control of both houses of the state legislature in 2017, it is unlikely a plastic bag ban will pass. If legislators are convinced that municipalities should have the right of local control of the plastic bag issue than there could be a possibility of passing.
Smaller Devices Pose New E-Waste Challenges
Waste 360 Dec 2016
“As devices have become smaller, yet more complex, there are fewer valuable materials to extract and what is salvageable is harder to access”
Dealing with the still amassing tonnage of near-worthless cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors and televisions is the biggest hurdle for e-cyclers, but an influx of disposed smartphones and tablets is presenting processors with a whole new set of issues.
As devices have become smaller, yet more complex, there are fewer valuable materials to extract and what is salvageable is harder to access. In 2017, there will be about 2.6 billion smartphone users, worldwide. By 2018, there will be about 1.43 billion tablet users.
This trend is driving changes in how materials are processed and who electronics recovery companies do business with. Those who capitalize moving forward will likely have to invest in new technology, tools and training.
Jason Linnell, executive director, National Center for Electronics Recycling, cites the evolution from desktops and laptops to tablets to illustrate some of what the industry is in store for.
“With [larger computers], you have plastic casing that snaps off or … screws that have to be removed to get to internal components. But you can easily extract the hard drive and other components,” he says.
The older computers are especially meaty, with accessible optical drives and circuit boards that can be pulled out along with RAM, which can be extracted for metal or resalable for memory.
“But with tablets there is no clear way in … sometimes you have to heat the screen around the edge to loosen the glue to separate it from other components,” he says. “Then, if you haven’t cracked the screen, you deal with smaller components in a tighter space.”
So, the question becomes, is it worth it from a business perspective to dismantle tiny gadgets and sell parts?