February 2020 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair – Find out What Reagan’s been up to and more!
  • NRRA News – February Pricing Guide – 2020 Call for Exhibitors & Sponsors – Free Medical Waste Roundtable – MOM Meetings and More!
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use – Rochester, VT School Examines Green Cleaning – Big Doings at Maple Street School in Contoocook
  • NH the Beautiful – An Exciting Change to the Sign Program – Swanzey, NH Receives NHtB Equipment Grant
  • Classifieds


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

The container and fiberglass industries collectively purchase 3.35 million tons of recycled glass annually, which is remelted and repurposed for use in the production of new containers and fiberglass products. (Sources: Precision Consulting, NAIMA)



It’s been a very eventful month (or two) here at NRRA with new website planning, growing our glass program, conference planning, designing our new, soon-to-be released 2019 Annual Report and more!  Here are the highlights of what has been keeping me so busy:

We’ve begun the process of  recruiting Exhibitors & Sponsors for our 2020 Annual Conference.  Both Marilyn (Weir) and myself are reaching out to as many potential vendors, exhibitors and sponsors from across the waste management, reduction and recycling industry as possible!  If you know of someone who may be interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this year’s conference, please have them check out our full 2020 Sponsor-Exhibitor Packet or have them reach out to Marilyn or me

Last week, I testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee about SB 591 and SB 629.  SB 591 would set a new solid waste reduction goal for the state.  SB 591 would impose a $1.50 per ton surcharge on all solid waste disposed of in NH, then rebate funds contributed by NH municipalities and use the remaining funds to allow NHDES to provide more technical assistance and education to municipalities and private companies, plus manage a grant program to benefit the same.  There was testimony both for and against (I only educated the committee and did not take a position).

On Tuesday, January 28th, I testified about SB 680, which would require NHDOT to do a pilot project using processed glass aggregate.  Facebook post here.  I also submitted written testimony about HB 1703, which would create a study committee to reduce food waste in NH.

Wednesday, January 29th, I led a webinar for 80+ people for the NH Municipal Association called, “Is Recycling Still Worthwhile in NH?”  It broke NHMA’s record for webinar registrations with 175 registrations, and they can only accommodate 100 participants.  NHMA emailed everyone beforehand and asked non-members to wait for the recording.  The recording is available on our website and below, and I encourage you to share it with others.

In mid-January, our PGA host site was featured on a local news station. The video includes footage of a live PGA glass crush taken by drone.  Be sure to check it out, Here.

Speaking of glass,  several communities in VT and MA have been in touch recently about becoming members of NRRA, motivated primarily by their desire to participate in one of our glass programs.

Looking Ahead…

NRRA is getting a new website.  You may have received an email survey from us asking for your input.  If you haven’t seen the survey or didn’t have a chance to fill it out, please email Stacey Morrison with any suggestions for the new site.  We look forward to unveiling the new site in June 2020!

On April 15th,  I’ll be participating in a full day workshop hosted by NERC (Northeast Recycling Council) and NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials Association), “Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects” in Concord, NH.  Click Here, to see the Agenda for this workshop.    Click HERE to Register.



A Note From Stacey Morrison, Administrative Manager and publisher of Full of Scrap

Stacey Morrison, Admin. Manager

You may have noticed that what was once our “Monthly Newsletter” “Full of Scrap” has been coming to you with less frequency and, let’s face it, predictability than it has in years past.  I wanted to take a moment to let you know that there are many contributing factors for less frequent editions but none of them are due to lack of things to share with you.  In fact, Reagan is keeping our entire organization busier than ever and she is constantly on-the-go as you can see by her “Director’s Chair” section above!

My most significant “excuse” for my tardy newsletter distribution is simply that we need to increase the number of amazing staff members that we currently have here in NRRA’s Administrative Department!  Recently, we’ve been undergoing some staffing changes  and I find myself in search of someone to assist me with the multitude of exciting things that Lindsay Dow and I do here at NRRA.  So, if you or anyone you know might be interested in joining the NRRA Team, please check out our Administrative Assistant job posting!

In the meantime, please be patient with me and be sure to follow us on Facebook for the newest updates here at NRRA!


The NRRA February 2020  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

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

As a reminder, this is simply a guide.  For true, up-to-date pricing, please contact your NRRA Member Services representative.  This guide is password protected, if you need the password, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

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.


NRRA’s 2020 Annual Conference – Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors

Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA)’s critically acclaimed Recycling Conference & Expo is a premier annual resource recovery conference focused exclusively on municipal recycling in the Northeast.

We invite your organization to join us as a sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser and gain visibility and access to over 400 attendees and speakers from across the recycling and waste management industry. Please review our enclosed 2020 Sponsor-Exhibitor-Advertiser Packet, which details the opportunities available to your organization.

For more details regarding Sponsorship opportunities or hosting a booth, email Marilyn Weir or Reagan Bissonnette or click on the box below!


FREE Medical Waste Roundtable

During this roundtable, we will share and discuss information about current take back programs for proper disposal of medical sharps and prescription drugs.

Please bring samples of any brochures, handouts, or data sets you may have about the disposal and/or risks of these items.

Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th (9:00 – 11:00am)

WHERE: Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH (The Community Room)

GUEST SPEAKER: Cindy Sterling (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) and Paige Wilson (Lakes Region Planning Commission) will help facilitate a discussion about:

  • Current take-back programs
  • Public education/outreach
  • Resources and information gaps
  • Next steps and assistance required to implement new programs

Professional Development Credits Available Where Applicable

To Register, go to:  https://arcg.is/nyPST


NRRA’s Member Operation Marketing (MOM) Meetings

On February 12, NRRA Members and Staff gathered for a M.O.M. meeting in Lee, NH. More than 25 members met at the Lee Public Safety building to talk about market changes, changes in paper specs from vendors, and a new chart of processed glass aggregate specs by state. Reagan gave an update on bills in NH legislation and we started talking about changes to our website that will occur this summer. Heather gave an Education Department report about upcoming school workshops and talked about research with our current USDA grant, Tara gave a NHDES report on trainings, and we were happy to report on several operators who will be leading some conference workshops for our annual conference in May. NHtB will be meeting this week so towns that are waiting on their proposals should hear the results soon. We went around the room to discuss member challenges and success stories, including what to do with sharps. After the meeting we were happy to tour Lee’s beautiful, large covered facility. This small town has planned for the future in recycling with their large, drive-through building , collection bins that can be changed as markets change and two horizontal balers. Lee keeps residents informed by putting updated market costs/revenues next to each recycling collection area as well as, the solid waste collection area.


Our next MOM Meeting will be held at the NRRA Office in Epsom on March 11th.

If you are interested in hosting a future traveling MOM meeting at your facility, please contact Heather Herring.


NRRA Member of the Month: Strafford, VT

Strafford, VT is an NRRA member who has a dual stream program with a twist! They started out using two containers (where residents put their fiber recyclables in one bin and their steel cans, glass bottles, and plastic in another bin). First the town removed cardboard to be recycled. Then, they removed heavy glass jars and bottles and started sending it to a NRRA host site in Lebanon, NH. There, the glass is sent to Canada to be crushed and sent back to the US to make fiberglass. Eventually, the town decided to pull out their mixed paper. They did this to have the lowest costs with the highest value. They invested in equipment to handle their new programs. Strafford, VT is an example of keeping up with the markets as they change!


NRRA Vendor of the Month:  2M Ressources, Quebec, Canada

NRRA has been working with 2M Ressources near Montreal, Canada to send our clean glass bottles and jars for recycling. Many towns were concerned about what to do with heavy glass jars and bottles and had no local option to send the material. 2M Ressources takes glass from NRRA host sites and some of our members in NH, MA, and VT. They crush, clean, and sort it to be imported back to the US and made into fiberglass insulation. Reagan Bissonnette recently visited their Canadian facility to see the process first-hand and understands why the material needs to be free of contaminants (like ceramics, porcelain, or Pyrex) to protect the sensitive equipment. Here is a video to show you more about 2M and see why they are a valued partner with NRRA in solving the glass challenge here in New England:


The Compost Bin Sale is Coming Back!

After much deliberation, NRRA will once again host it’s Annual Compost Bin Sale this year.  We had initially thought we’d pass on this event this year as sales in the past year haven’t been what we’d hoped.  However with more municipalities looking for ways to lower their municipal solid waste tipping fees and more residents, farms, and businesses looking for solutions to manage organic waste, we’ve had an increased interest in our compost bins and rain barrels so we’ve decided to forge ahead.  The sale is not open yet (likely opening in mid to late March) but watch your email for updates and details and be sure to sign up!  For more info, contact Stacey Morrison, smorrison@nrra.net.


From Heather Herring’s Desk:  Dear Scrappigail

Dear Scrappigail-

I used to live in MA, but now I live in Keene. When I go to the recycling center, why don’t they want me to throw my Pyrex dishes in with the glass recycling? It’s glass, right?


It’s clear to me in Keene

Dear Clear,

There are different rules for glass recycling for each town. It depends on what the final recycled product is going to be. Some towns, like Keene, are host sites for clean glass, so they only accept clean bottles and jars. They don’t accept ceramics, Pyrex, window glass, or other glass contaminants. This glass is hauled to Montreal where it is crushed and sent back to the US to make fiberglass. Other towns have PGA (Processed Glass Aggregate)  programs where the glass is crushed on site or hauled to another host site to be used for their public works road and drainage construction projects.



March 2020

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – M.O.M Meeting at NRRA Office in Epsom @ 9 AM
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – NRRA Office Closing at Noon for Staff Meeting and Office Cleaning Project
  • NRRA Conference Attendee Registration Opens – To Be Announced
  • NRRA Voting Dues Invoices to go out this Month!
  • Compost Bin Sale Orders – To Be Announced

April 2020

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – Traveling M.O.M Meeting  @ 9 AM- Location to be Announced
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – Workshop: Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects at NHDES Auditorium, Concord, NH
  • Monday, April 20, 2020 – NRRA Conference Early Bird Registration ENDS
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Earth Day!

May 2020

  • Monday & Tuesday, May 18 & 19, 2020,  The 39th Annual NRRA  Conference & Expo, Manchester NH – NRRA OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON THESE DATES.
  • Compost Bin Sale Items will be delivered this Month!
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day, NRRA Office Closed



Announcing our Newly Combined NRRA/CLUB Facebook Page!

Like us on Facebook!

As part of our on-going mission of providing a “one-stop shopping” experience for our readers, we have combined the School Recycling CLUB and NRRA Facebook pages.

Please visit us at our new digs: https://www.facebook.com/NRRArecycles/ We hope you “like” us and “follow” us!


Rochester School, VT Examines Green Cleaning

As part of our school outreach efforts on behalf of the White River Alliance Solid Waste Entity, programming was completed at Rochester School on November 13.  Here is the link to their PRESS RELEASE.  Below are pictures from the event.
For more information about White River Alliance in VT, see NRRA SWIP/MMP (Solid Waste Implementation Plan/Materials Management Plan) News

Big Doings at Maple Street School

Maple Street School in Contoocook, NH held their first TOLD last October and have been VERY busy since then.

Ted Wells, 6th Grade Math Teacher, sent the following email to our Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette:

“Hi Reagan,

After our TOLD, we did the following:

  1. Started a 6th Grade Green Club.
  2. We meet on Thursday at recess.
  3. We started sending “Lunch trash monitors” to 4th and 5th grade lunches for the final 10 min 3 or 4 days a week for about 2 months to make announcements and stand by the trash, recycling, and liquid waste bins to help younger kids.
  4. Took over recycling from our custodian. 2 to 3 days a week before school at 7:30 teams of 2 or 3 kids collect our single stream recycling. We have a bin in each classroom and office in school of about 200 kids.
  5. An assistant teacher and 1 student dump this larger bin in our Waste Management dumpster on these days after lunch.
  6. Then we started our big Nov/Dec project – planning a whole school assembly about recycling:  One student made a slide show to organize our many parts; another led a singalong about recycling to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat;” TOLD time lapse video and summary; story of how we started; facts we found about recycling; a dance to a recycling rap song we liked from YouTube (we wanted to write our own rap, but ran out of time); a discussion with whole school about what goes in recycling and what goes in trash; kicked off a 4th and 5th grade poster contest for our school bins; a student-written ski “The Son’s Choice” about Recycling Fairies and an evil Trash Dad – the best part of assembly! It was awesome! (I could send you script).
  7. We judged the 4th and 5th grade poster contest – we now have winners and will color copy, laminate, etc. to put on all bins


Ted’s email went on to state that the school has plans to further improve recycling by reducing paper an plastic waste.  Additionally they hope to begin a composting program and share some of their recycling knowledge with the community!

When Reagan asked about pictures to share, Ted responded:

“I do have the attached photos from recess this past Thur. We’re redoing a display behind cafeteria trash/recycling/etc. bins that have been there for 20 years. Long overdue.”  -Ted

Check out the full issue of School News You can Use, or visit our CLUB Website to learn more about our programs for students and educators!



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

Are You Interested in Learning More About…

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


NHtB Can Help you Get Signs for your Transfer Station & Recycling Centers EVEN If it’s NOT a sign listed in our Sign Packet!

As you probably already know,  NH the Beautiful has a Sign program that currently offers about 51 various sign options for your transfer station.  Each municipality in the state is gifted 60 points (annually, 11/1 to 10/31) to use towards the signs in our sign packet.  Each sign in the packet has been assigned a point value.   You can order as many signs from the packet as you wish up to 60 points.  In the past, the signs were not subject to changes or customization except if you wanted to remove a word or two but words (or pictures) could not be added.

NH the Beautiful understands that in this difficult recycling market, keeping our residents educated about what goes where and how to properly sort their recycling at the recycling center, is the best way to avoid contamination and garner cooperation.

I’m pleased to announce that NHtB is considering offering customizable signs.  If your town/facility has a sign that fits our standard sized signs (18″ x 24″,  36″ x 24″, 12″ x 24″ etc.) and you’d like to submit it to us, we will consult with our sign maker to see if we can get the sign covered under your existing point allowance.  Please submit your sign request and exact wording (if you want graphics, please include specific graphics) to Stacey Morrison at smorrison@nrra.net. 


Town of Swanzey, NH Receives NH the Beautiful Equipment Grant

In 2019, the Town of Swanzey was awarded a grant from NH the Beautiful (NHtB) in the amount of $3,790.00.  This grant was used toward the purchase of 40′ Hi-cube overseas shipping containers (x4). Their current storage situation is slowly dwindling. Unsafe storage trailers and the need to further separate out more recyclables has become a major burden on every day operations. The extra containers will also help to keep their materials dry, clean and market friendly.

Below are some before and after pictures of the (4) 40’ hi-cube storage containers.

Josh Whipple, the Swanzey Solid Waste Manager says, “The pictures don’t even do the project justice; these have been all around a huge difference here! We have been able to store (4) different (DRY) commodities: OCC, mixed paper, newsprint, and PET. These containers allow us to store them for a full trailer load of each item. It has given us the freedom to also move our warehouse around to more efficiently track and store any other commodities of different grades as well without guessing on quantities or weights anymore! –S.O.P, deposits, electronics, HDPE.”

NHtB has been helping New Hampshire communities improve their recycling programs for over 30 years by providing equipment grants and recycling signs as well as offering discounted pricing on recycling bins and containers.   If your town is interested in applying for a NHtB Equipment Grant, please click here.



*If your town/municipality has equipment that you’d like to sell or a job posting you’d like us to include in our publication, please email your posting to Stacey Morrison at info@nrra.net*

Administrative Assistant (Full Time)- NRRA

The nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) seeks a self-motivated individual for the position of Administrative Assistant.  The successful candidate will have a desire to learn and excel in a fast-paced environment, possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, have excellent customer service skills and support NRRA’s mission to partner with communities to make recycling and waste reduction strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions.

This is a full-time position based at the NRRA office in Epsom, NH.  NRRA is one of only a handful of nonprofits in the country that connects municipalities and businesses selling recyclable commodities with buyers of those recyclables.  The Administrative Assistant lends support to the Administrative Manager in many areas of the Administrative Department including assisting with reception duties, answering several incoming phone lines and assisting/directing callers, assisting with website updates and maintenance, creating and editing emails using applicable software, logistical duties, and assisting other departments as needed.  Attention to detail and the ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure are essential for this position.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. NRRA provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance, and cooperative marketing programs that have received national recognition for establishing innovative grassroots recyclables marketing cooperatives with competitive pricing which enable small rural and large urban communities to manage their own recycling programs.

A copy of the full job description is available here.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association offers an excellent benefits package and a positive, environmentally conscious office culture within 15 minutes of downtown Concord, New Hampshire.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.    Please email a resume and cover letter to Paula Dow, Finance & Human Resources Manager, at pdow@nrra.netPlease submit these documents with the phrase “Administrative Assistant Position” in the email subject line.  NRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


More NH Municipal Job Postings…

Can be found at:  https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/ClassifiedAds


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