INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- From the Director’s Chair – Recycling Rules the Roost!
- NRRA News – 2018 NRRA Compost Bin Sale, January Pricing and Call for 2018 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors
- School News You Can Use – USDA Grant Awarded to NRRA, TAke our School “Indoor Air Quality” Survey and more!
- NHtB News
- NHDES – Annual Facility Reports, Why is Recycling so Confusing and More
- Massachusetts News – EPA Food Recovery Award Winners, SSRC News and more
- National News – A Zero Waste Super Bowl? Benefits of Hub & Spoke Recycling
- NRRA Calendar
~Recycling Tip of the Month~
If you know someone interested in making art from recycled materials, offer to provide supplies. Many school children need items like paper towel tubes for art projects. Older artists use everything from rubber bands to oven doors. If you know someone who teaches art classes, suggest that an emphasis be put on making art from trash. ~ TreeHugger.com
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Recycling Rules the Roost!
“There has never been a better time to Recycle Right!”
~Mike Durfor, Executive Director – NRRA
The phrase “Recycling Rules” may seem obvious at face value but it serves the dual purpose of recognizing the need for “rules of the road” (how to make/prepare a bale and, also, how to properly load a truck) as well as being a form of royal stature (it’s the right thing to do to save the planet from drowning in trash).
Links are presented here to show the history of Recycling (https://www.citylab.com/city-makers-connections/recycling/ and https://www.buschsystems.com/resource-center/media/uploads/library/Brochure-History-Of-Recycling.pdf). They help put the current National Sword (ban) of China policy in perspective. From 500BC in Athens (Greece), to 1970 – (the first Earth Day), then onto the opening of the first single stream plant in 1995. From there, we progressed to making the EPA first National target of 25% recycling in 1996 and aiming higher to 35% (we are stuck at 34% currently nationwide). In 2006, the first e-waste recycling program paid for by manufacturers popped up on the horizon. Now, we find ourselves with a WTO Waste Ban of 24 different items from China. How do we pay for the ever-increasing cost of Recycling, while at the same time achieve the Holy Grail of 100% Recycling or true Zero Waste society?
During this last year, while China imposed dramatic restrictions on the importing of recyclables resulting in rapidly escalating costs which has, in turn, completely frustrated municipal budget planners, the “Recycling Rules” program has continued to chug along relatively unscathed. OCC/Cardboard did have a record drop in price last fall but it has since stabilized at its 15 year average. Mixed paper has been especially hit hard yet domestic mills are finding that they are receiving the benefit of ever cleaner materials from MRF plants to go along with the always preferred, organically harvested and double sorted, source separated stream. Aluminum, scrap metal and #1 and #2 plastics are rebounding slightly or holding their own.
There is a lengthy article here on the ins and outs of single stream which makes the case that the industry should operate as a fee for service product and no longer rely on underwriting from the unstable markets being impacted by National Sword.
There is no longer any question regarding the necessity of paying for collection and processing. If the public prefers someone to come to their driveway, pick up their trash and their recyclables, then the public will have to be willing to pay a fair fee to cover that expense.
If that fee exceeds the cost of treating recyclables as trash, then the national goal of Zero Waste will have to wait until the trash price once again surpasses the cost of collection, processing and movement to markets for the recyclables.
The reality is that companies that own, operate, and collect recyclables have to pay for the driver and the truck and or containers. They have to pay for the sort line sorters, the equipment and the power to run it. They have to pay for staffing to market the materials once processed, and for the residuals left over to go to the landfill when they cannot be marketed.
To quote a famous recycler in the North East, “My Board of Directors wants me to be on the cutting edge of the recycling industry, just not on the bleeding edge!” President and CEO John Casella –NRRA 36th annual Keynote Address.
Is this a momentary blip? Will it pass? That depends on the definition of momentary. It will, no doubt, pass into even higher costs or, perhaps, settle back to a level that’s not quite as high but nowhere near the lowcosts or even revenues seen in the early days of the industry.
How can you best prepare to deal with this continuing realignment of the “Titanic” so it does not hit the iceberg again?
NRRA is your best defense against not only the National Sword, but the future challenges to sound recycling practices that are sure to arise. Stay in touch with NRRA for the most current information on markets, both foreign and domestic pricing, Best Management Practices for your facilities and schools. Don’t forget that we can assist with programs such as composting, and are available to help negotiate or renegotiate your MSW and other waste/recyclable contracts. NRRA is happy to report that we are seeing more and more use of, and demand for, contracts both for MSW and all recyclables. A recent development in the New England glass market, has sparked interest in NRRA’s Processed Glass Aggregate program.
For over 37 years NRRA has been, and will continue to be, your best source for assistance in dealing with the entire waste stream. Call today for an in depth review and consultation on your current practices and markets and make sure the National Sword hits the NRRA shield and not your recyclables.
Sign up ASAP for the 37th Annual Conference May 21 and 22 in Manchester, NH which will be jammed packed with workshops and up to date information including a Keynote address by Ben Harvey, President of EL Harvey & Sons, whose family has been recycling for over 111 years. You don’t want to miss out and I especially encourage you to sign up early this year as we may have to limit the attendees. This conference is “one-stop” education for you & your municipal employees and as always, NHDES Credits are always available! Encourage your schools to register early for the NRRA School CLUB Conference on Tuesday, May 22nd as it is shaping up to exceed expectations with fun activities and workshops for students, teachers and administrators alike!
An NRRA Hall of Fame Member asked me if there is any reason to have some optimism in light of all of the market turmoil. See these last links describing China’s impact, action on the part of the EU and, last but not least, New Zealand’s efforts to reclaim it’s beaches one beer bottle at a time.
The real hope lies with an NH 4th grader reaching out to their West Coast Pen Pal to make sure plastic isn’t washing up on their beaches. We just need more 4th graders!
The 2018 NRRA Compost Bin Sale- Do your Part for Earth Day 2018
Our Annual Backyard Composting Sale is Back, Please help us make it bigger and better than ever!! If we want this sale to continue each year…we need your help and participation!!
Participation Packets will be going out very soon. If you want to be sure you’re on our mailing list for this annual event, please email email@example.com and let us know how we can keep you up to date on the details!
Earth day 2018, falls on Sunday, April 22nd. This is a wonderful & Earth Friendly opportunity for your garden club, charitable organization, scouting troop or school to celebrate Earth Day while raising funds for your cause!
NRRA is pleased to offer its annual compost bin sale once again. As in the past, you can offer these for sale to your residents or other folks at your cost, or you can use this as a fundraiser. NRRA will still assist groups with providing promotional poster and order form templates.
Due to transportation/logistics, all orders must be made in full pallets. (see participation packet for pallet sizes). All pallets will be direct shipped to their final destination, and all pricing will include shipping. If you are unable to commit to ordering full pallets, we encourage you to work with another group or town in your area and share the order.
We will collect orders through Thursday March 15th, 2018. All payments collected by you should be made out to your group. Final payment to NRRA should be made in one check from your group to NRRA.
It is your choice whether you sell these at cost or use this even as a fundraiser. Even if you are selling at the fundraiser prices, pricing for all items is still well below retail costs. So unlike other fundraisers, you are offering a great value for the dollar. Click Here for product details.
The NRRA January 2018 Pricing Guide is Now Available!
The NRRA January 2018 Pricing guide is now available! To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.
Spoiler Alert: Not much has changed, Fiber Market is holding steady as is the scrap metal market (with some minor fluctuations) and plastics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 NRRA Annual Recycling Conference Call for Exhibitors & Sponsors
Each year Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s Annual Conference addresses pressing recycling market & waste stream issues and brings the key players in the industry together. As a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your organization gains visibility with speakers and attendees as a valued leader in the recycling industry across New England. Click Here for more Exhibitor/Sponsor Details OR Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form. (Live registration is not yet available). Contact Marilyn Weir or Mike Durfor for more information & sponsorship opportunities.
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
USDA Town & Gown Grant Awarded to NRRA
NRRA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded another grant through USDA Rural Development. Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down will assist in building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools. We will be searching for communities in select counties of NH and VT to receive free training in the coming months.
For the list of eligible communities in NH & VT, click HERE.
For the full Press Release, click HERE.
If you would like more information about grant participation please contact Gwen Erley at email@example.com.
Schools Are Invited to Take Our Quick 10-Question Survey!
As part of our USDA Town & Gown Grant, we will be looking at Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning in K-12 schools.
If you haven’t received our Constant Contact Survey Request, please feel free to take our 10-question survey about Indoor Air Quality!
In return, you will receive a FREE set of Green Cleaning Recipe Books (Student, Teacher and Personal Care)!
To complete our survey, click HERE!
Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!
Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with 21st Century Standards
Thanks to grant funding through USDA-Rural Development, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is proud to offer the newest editions of their school curricula 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution. These references are divided into age appropriate lessons for K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Schools may select from hard copy or PDF versions.
In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and are available in PDF versions only. They are:
- Garbage Guerrillas
- Back to the Earth
- Healthy Home/Clean Waters
- Waste = Global Climate Change
Anyone else interested in purchasing these resources should contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.
- For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.
Sarah Answers Your FAQs
Special Project Manager Sarah McGraw has done quite a few Star Assessments all over the region. She has run into some common situations at many schools and thought our readers would like to hear the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Are Milk cartons allowed?
A: Cartons come in all shapes and sizes. Milk cartons are lined with plastic but mostly made of paper and needs to be separated out when it goes to be recycled. Some paper mills have machinery called a hydro-pulper, where chopped up cartons are mixed with water and the plastic separates from the fibers. The fibers can be made into products such as office paper. The remaining plastic is trickier to reuse but sometimes sent to be turned into building materials.
Contact your waste hauler, solid waste management district, or transfer station to find out if they accept cartons.
If you have a question for Sarah, just email her at email@example.com. You might just see your question in the next newsletter!
For more School News You Can Use, Click Here
NH THE BEAUTIFUL
NH The Beautiful now offers 18 Gallon Curb Side Recycling Bins as well as ClearStream Containers (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 NHtB Board Meeting will be on February 8, 2018. Please be sure to submit any grant requests to our office no later than Feb. 1th.
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
NHDES Annual Facility Report Forms are now available
As a reminder, your NHDES Annual Facility reports are due no later than March 31, 2018.
The 2017 AFR Forms can be found at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/css/categories/forms.htm#annual
The link for the active facilities is https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/documents/nhdes-s-05-056.docx
The link for inactive facilities is https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/css/documents/nhdes-s-05-057.docx
Why is recycling so confusing?
Michael Nork, NHDES
It happens to us all: you’re away from home and you find yourself with a container or package that you’d like to recycle. Which bin does it go in? Cap on or off ? Is it even really recyclable? Recycling often isn’t as simple as we would like, and the rules seem to change from town to town, and region to region. So, why is recycling so confusing?
Recycling is a system. Recyclable wastes go into the system, are processed into a marketable material, and are shipped to market for reuse. Recyclable wastes have to be prepared to enter the system: they need to be sorted and collected, contamination (i.e., non-recyclable items) has to be removed, and the recyclables need to be containerized for the processing facility. Processing facilities typically further sort the recyclables: changing the physical properties of the materials, such as reducing plastics to pellets, and containerizing the material for market. At the end of the process, a market for the material has to exist, otherwise, recycling is not economically viable and the whole system falls apart.
Product packaging comprises a significant portion of the recycling stream. However, companies that make containers for consumer goods are primarily concerned with safely getting a product from point A to point B; the actual recyclability of the packaging is a secondary concern. This is evident in the wide variety of plastics used in modern packaging. If you look on the bottom of most plastic bottles or containers, you’ll see a “chasing arrows” symbol with a number. Although you might assume that this means the item is recyclable, this is NOT always the case.
The 1-7 plastics numbering system located inside the chasing arrows only indicates the type of resin used to make the plastic item, but it does not guarantee that there are recycling systems in your area that can process that type of plastic or packaging. Recyclability of most materials is subject to whether local infrastructure is capable of handling them, and whether there are reliable resale markets for the
material. This can vary regionally. Moreover, the packaging industry tends to develop new types of packaging much more quickly than recycling infrastructure and markets can
adapt. For example, the recycling industry is still adapting to aseptic cartons (e.g., milk cartons), which are made with a combination of plastic and paper, and can only be recycled in certain municipalities. Further complicating the recycling landscape is the advent of single stream recycling. Many experts would agree that this system of mixed recycling has decreased consumer engagement with what is and is not recyclable. Additionally, because everything goes in the same bin, single stream invites contamination, as many people engage in “wishful recycling” – hoping they are doing the right thing by placing shopping bags or plastic tarps in the bin and keeping them out of the regular trash. Ultimately, this creates a compromised recyclables stream that is only suitable for certain markets, most of which are overseas. Recently, those export markets are reacting to the contamination. China has announced that it will impose much tighter contamination thresholds and will outright ban certain categories of recyclables.
The change in China’s acceptance protocol has sent shock waves throughout the recycling industry, and has left many recycling haulers scrambling to clarify standards and find alternative markets. For the near term, if you have questions, the best thing you can do is check with your local transfer station or recycling service to see what they accept
and how they want it sorted. For the long term, the packaging and recycling industries will need to put their heads together to establish a standardized system.
In the end, China’s ban will probably be a good thing for recycling as it forces a critical conversation about what’s broken so that, perhaps, we can figure out a recycling system that is less confusing for everyone.
NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training and Certification – In the North Country!
NHDES Solid Waste Operator Basic Training will be offered on April 19th at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne. This full day class is for NEW Solid Waste Operators who have yet to be certified and the SW Operator Training Coordinator invites any operator to contact her to see if they are eligible to use this training class as their continuing professional development for annual renewal. In addition, there will be a NEW workshop the evening of April 19th at the same location in Shelburne. For more information on this class and to register, please contact Tara Mae Albert, SWOT Coordinator at Tara.Albert@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-3713.
For all information regarding the NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training and Certification Program, please go to https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/index.htm.
2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge Winners in MA
n November, the US Environmental Protection Agency recognized 14 Massachusetts entities with 2017 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Awards. Food Recovery Challenge participants pledge to prevent and divert wasted food in their operations.
Food Recovery Challenge National Award Winners include Massachusetts businesses Signature Breads in Chelsea and Spoiler Alert in Boston. Last year alone, Signature Breads donated almost 12 tons of frozen bread and diverted another 2,368 tons of bread and dough from disposal through animal feed and composting programs. Spoiler Alert is an innovative software company that works with food manufacturers, distributors, supermarkets, and food recovery organizations to redistribute unsold inventory before it becomes waste.
In addition, the US EPA New England Region 1 recognized Regional Award Winners, including 13 in Massachusetts:
- Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Medical Center
- Big Y World Class Markets
- Boston College
- Café de Boston
- Clark University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Gillette Stadium
- Katherine Lee Bates Elementary School
- Northeastern University
- Raytheon Company & Eurest
- Salem State University
- University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
- University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Congratulations to all of the Massachusetts award winners! Visit the US EPA website to learn more about the Food Recovery Challenge and how your organization can participate.
RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts has worked with many FRC award winners, such as identifying additional food donation outlets for Signature Breads, designing signs for front-of-house collection at Cafe de Boston, and regularly assisting Big Y over the years as the supermarket chain has pushed the envelope with recycling and food recovery programs. Check out our business sector guidance for recycling and food recovery information catered towards businesses and institutions in several different sectors. To speak to a recycling expert, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organics customers, recovery and projected capacity all growing in Massachusetts
Cole Rosengrad, WasteDive
Last year, the DEP released a study touting $175 million in economic activity related to the 2014 diversion mandate. So far, the agency has issued a limited amount of compliance notices and believes overall acceptance of the mandate has been high. While some of the diversion increase can be attributed to businesses having to comply, the gradual uptick year after year shows that others have been opting in since 2014. The DEP attributes some of this to state assistance program RecyclingWorks. Some of it can also be tied to the growing interest in food waste throughout the state and the country.
In addition to commercial activity, Massachusetts has a range of residential options through municipal curbside programs, subscription services or drop-off sites. As Boston moves forward with a new “zero waste” planning process, the city is considering its own curbside program, similar to neighboring Cambridge. Yet a number of other cities have deemed such programs too expensive, due in large part to a lack of local processing capacity. The region does have a thriving food recovery network — which has helped boost statewide numbers — but that can only go so far, especially for capturing residential material.
This is a reminder that even in states such as Massachusetts, often viewed as a leader on organics policies, processing capacity expansion takes time. Upfront costs can be high, plans can change, community relations can be difficult and demand may not always grow at the same pace. Contamination also continues to be a challenge that more companies are working to address.
Organics diversion is critical for Massachusetts, which has dwindling landfill space and little interest in waste-to-energy expansion. As the DEP continues to work on a new 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, this is seen a top priority. Next year, the agency will conduct a comprehensive capacity survey for all disposal and processing infrastructure, and stakeholder meetings will continue, to figure out what the state’s waste future should look like.
South Shore Recycling Cooperative Updates
SSRC Updates January 2018
December Meeting notes, updates
Waste Management presentation
Grind Screen IFB
Small scale outreach grant proposals
RECO Report- Middleboro, Kingston, Plymouth
Cohasset pay-per-throw scofflaws warned
NBWS Announces Plans to Open Facility in Fall
RDP grant reports, recycling data due Feb. 15
Contracting for Solid Waste & Recycling Services
Organics recovery, capacity growing in Mass.
Maxed out Mass. MRFs prompt disposal waivers
Chinese processing group sets goals for US visit
Recycling Partnership Update: Where it’s at
December Meeting notes, updates
Jim Nocella of Waste Management (WM) discussed the recycling market disruptions resulting from China’s imminent import ban on mixed recyclables. WM processes single stream recyclables (SSR) from half of our member towns. He affirmed the accuracy of the Director’s article about China’s “National Sword” in the SSRC December Updates.
About half of US recyclables are exported, and China has been the biggest buyer. Last July, China notified the World Trade Org. that it would ban the import of mixed paper and plastics by the end of 2017. Despite much trade association pressure to reconsider, China appears firm.
China stopped issuing import licenses a few months ago. Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) stopped shipping to China, uncertain that there would be a buyer. This is causing a glut, reducing values and enabling other buyers to tighten their specifications.
MRFs including WM have slowed their sort lines and added labor to make bales saleable, raising processing costs to about $80/ton. They are seeking alternative markets. Indonesia and Italy are accepting materials.
The domestic market will take time to redevelop. Many US mills closed in the past several years due to their inability to compete with China. WM may upgrade its sorting technology.
A sustained effort is needed to improve quality at the curb long term. WM is working with communities to clarify what goes in to recycling containers. He recommended that municipalities budget for outreach to residents that use town recycling programs.
WM is keeping the specs of acceptable materials simple: Clean, dry paper and cardboard. Empty food and beverage containers. 1-7 rigid plastic containers.
The biggest problem is soft plastics: film, bags and bagged recyclables impede processing.
WM is stepping up load inspections from individual communities. It is time consuming but will inform where to focus education efforts. When in doubt throw it out.
MASSRECYCLE’s 2018 R3 Recycling & Organics Conference & Trade Show, 3/26/18 in Framingham, MA
MASSRECYCLE is pleased to offer the R3 Recycling & Organics Conference & Trade Show. The R3 Conference is the biggest annual recycling and organics conference in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and one of the biggest state conferences in the nation. At R3, MASSRECYCLE fosters discussion on issues that affect recycling, reuse and waste reduction and provides a venue to convene individuals from all sectors.
There is a fee to attend this conference. Find out more: http://massrecycle.org/r3conference#r3info
Super Bowl LII Aims to Score Zero for Waste
Amy Leibrock, Sustainable America
No matter who wins the Feb. 4 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, this year’s Super Bowl LII will be a victory for the green sports movement. If all goes according to plan, it will be a “zero-waste” Super Bowl. A team of partners announced yesterday that it has laid the framework to divert more than 90% of potential waste generated on game day to reuse and recycling instead of the landfill. (Rates over 90% are generally considered “zero waste.”)
Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium has been working the entire season toward this goal, increasing the stadium’s diversion rate by roughly 55%, reaching a high of 83% in January. An event like the Super Bowl can generate over 40 tons of waste.
One of the challenges of recycling and composting at public events is getting people to throw their waste into right bins. At the game, green ambassadors will be on hand at the stadium’s waste stations—with separate bins for recycling, composting and landfill—to help fans get their trash in the correct container. Standardized signage from Recycle Across America will be on all the bins to help guide fans. The stadium also uses a post-game waste sort to insure each waste stream is as contaminant-free as possible.
The effort will also take opportunities to repurpose items, like discarded handbags, signage and construction materials, through local community organizations. (Yes, large handbags that were surrendered at security used to be thrown away! Now they are donated to Dress for Success.) All of the landfill-bound waste will be incinerated and converted to energy.
As part of the work leading up to the Super Bowl, Amarak converted more than 70 different service ware and other products to compostable versions. They’ve made an effort to minimize food waste in the kitchen by composting food trimmings, and unused bulk ingredients are donated through Second Harvest to local food banks and charities. Unserved, prepared food from Super Bowl events will be distributed to local shelters and community kitchens, as well.
The NFL has tapped Super Bowl XL MVP and Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Hines Ward to be the face of a social media campaign, called Rush2Recycle, to educate fans about recycling to inspire them to tackle waste at home. Videos, tips and other resources are available at Rush2Recycle.com.
The Benefits of a Hub and Spoke Recycling System
At GWMS, Michelle Leonard, vice president of SCS Engineers, will discuss the “Rural Recycling Hub and Spoke Recycling Project” study that SCS Engineers completed for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Managing recycling in a rural area is no easy feat. There are challenges to worry about like transportation and having enough material to make recycling a financially viable option as well as the difficult task of finding a home for the material that’s collected and processed.
One effective and efficient option for these rural areas is a hub and spoke recycling system, which consists of centralized processing centers (hubs) and surrounding communities (spokes) that feed the recyclables they collect to the main hubs. This system has proven successful in a number of rural areas and offers benefits like cutting down on the costs of equipment, personnel, processing, transportation and marketing.
At the upcoming Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS), which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Space in Indian Wells, Calif., February 11-14, Michelle Leonard, vice president of SCS Engineers, will discuss the “Rural Recycling Hub and Spoke Recycling Project” study that SCS Engineers completed for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the many benefits of a hub and spoke recycling system.
Waste360: What is a hub and spoke recycling system and what are the benefits that this type of system provides?
Michelle Leonard: A hub and spoke system is where recycling hubs are established to shoulder the financial burden of operating a recycling center. The hubs, which are typically located in larger communities, process the material and benefit from capturing the value of the material that they market. The spokes, which are typically located in very rural areas, provide the hubs with recyclable materials. The spokes don’t benefit from the sale of the recyclables, and they are not liable for any of the expenses that come with operating the facility.
The reason why hub and spoke recycling works so well in rural areas is because those areas often don’t have well-established markets like port cities do. Rather, they are challenged with marketing materials and getting enough materials to make it worthwhile to process and recycle. The hub and spoke method allows for the consolidation of materials, ultimately producing enough volume to make it economically feasible to process and market the material.
Waste360: Tell us about the “Rural Recycling Hub and Spoke Recycling Project” study that SCS Engineers completed for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Michelle Leonard: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources had a grant, and we were contracted to research and consolidate existing information on the types and quantities of materials that are generated throughout the state.
We inventoried the existing recycling operations and looked at the various facilities, the infrastructure, the service providers, the haulers, the processors, etc. We also did a survey to identify who might be interested in a hub and spoke system because part of the original contract was to design a pilot hub and spoke system in a community in rural Iowa.
In addition, we researched and summarized some other rural recycling programs in other states and developed a cost benefit analysis model for the state to use to identify whether a certain area should be a hub or a spoke. The input for that model included things like whether they should charge for materials or pay for them, the types and quantities of materials, the distance from the spoke to the hub, whether it was private or public, etc. These are all factors that would impact the financial aspects of the program.
This study was a very valuable exercise for the state because it really had no idea who was doing what in terms of collection of recyclables, processing and where all of the materials were going. Above and beyond the hub and spoke aspect, the study gave the state a better idea of its current recycling infrastructure.
As part of the study, we also created a GIS-based map that included information on the state’s various facilities, such as location, ownership, type of facility and materials collected. This map helps the state keep track of its existing recycling infrastructure, which is something it wasn’t really able to do previously.
*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 email@example.com*
Help Wanted-Town of Barrington, Transfer Station Attendant
The Town of Barrington seeks a Transfer Station attendant for the Barrington Transfer Station and Recycling Center. This is a part time job that pays approximately $11.50-12.00/hour depending on qualifications and employment is available immediately. The Transfer Station is open 2 days a week, Tuesday 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 8 am to 5pm during winter hours and Tuesday, Thursday 1pm to 5pm and Saturday 8am to 5pm during summer hours with potential for 5 additional hours. The successful candidate should possess a New Hampshire Solid Waste Operators Certification or the ability to obtain one within six (6) months of employment, the ability to operate a cash register, have good communication skills with fellow employees, residents and other users of the transfer station. The position requires the person to be able to perform physical labor under all climatic and environmental conditions such as heat, cold, dust, noise, rain and snow. Duties include coordinating the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials and preparing the material for hauling; maintaining a safe environment for residents and employees, interacting with the general public including advising them of the policies of the Transfer Station and assisting them with their recycling and disposal needs. Position will require candidate to perform repetitive motion tasks and bend and lift a minimum of 50lbs. Any questions please call Peter Cook 664-0166. Mail application and resume to P.O. Box 660 Barrington, NH 03825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is December 18, 2017 3:00pm. The Town of Barrington is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Town of Henniker- Job Opening
Transfer/Recycling Center & Parks/Property Dept. Superindendent
Town of Henniker, NH (population 4,800) seeks a Superintendent to effectively plan and direct all activities of the Transfer Station, Recycling Center and Parks and Properties. The Superintendent ensures compliance with all local policies and procedures, laws, regulations and permits relating to solid waste; performs technical work necessary for directing the operations of all departments and supervises activities of all employees. This is a salaried position. Complete job description can be found on the town website at http://www.henniker.org/jobs
Pay compensatory with experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume to email@example.com or via mail to Town Administrator, 18 Depot Hill Road, Henniker NH 03242. First round of applications will be reviewed on November 22, 2017. Position open until filled.
BCEP Solid Waste District – Solid Waste Operator
BCEP Solid Waste District is seeking to fill a full-time, non-exempt, Solid Waste Operator Position. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid CDL A or B driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Possession of a State of New Hampshire Solid Waste Operators Certification and New Hampshire Weighmaster License required, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment. The successful candidate should have the ability to operate a skid steer, front end loader, forklift, baler, compactor, roll off truck, hand and power tools, computers, cash register and safety equipment together with considerable knowledge of maintaining such equipment.
Duties include coordinating the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials and preparing the material for hauling; maintaining a safe environment for residents and employees, interacting with the general public including advising them of the policies of the Transfer Station and assisting them with their recycling and disposal needs.
The operator is responsible for compliance of all operating requirements as required by RSA and permits issued by the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. A State of New Hampshire Hazmat Certification and welding experience a plus.
The position requires the person to be able to perform physical labor under all climatic and environmental conditions such as heat, cold, dust, noise, rain and snow. Work on Saturdays is mandatory.
All employees are subject to pre-employment background checks and drug and alcohol testing.
Send resumes to Administrator, BCEP Solid Waste, PO Box 426, Pittsfield, NH 03263, no later than November 21, 2017. Electronic submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hourly wage: $16.00 – $18.00, DOQ, and includes a complete benefit package. BCEP Solid Waste District is an equal opportunity employer.
JOB OPPORTUNITY:Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee
The Town of Canterbury NH is accepting applications for the position of Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee.
The position will combine two job functions and is a full-time position with benefits, reporting to the Road Agent.
JOB SUMMARY For transfer station manager: This position is responsible to supervise the acceptance of trash and recyclable material and general overall operation of the Transfer Station. Operating hours for the Transfer Station are Wed. 4-7 & Sat. 8-6. CDL & NHDES Solid Waste Operator Certification required within 6 Months.
A full job description is available on the Town of Canterbury website.
Please send resume to: Ken Folsom, Town Administrator Town of Canterbury NH PO Box 500 Canterbury, NH 03224
Salary: $16.00-17.50 per hour depending on qualifications.
Transfer Station Scale Attendant – Town of Hampton
The Town of Hampton Department of Public Works is seeking applications for a full-time Transfer Station Scale Attendant. This position requires computer skills and ability to maintain good public relations with the general public. A State of New Hampshire Weigh Master’s License will be required within 90 days of employment. A CDL-B driver’s license will be required within 8 months of employment to assist with other Public Works Department duties as needed. Duties include: enforcing rules relating to the proper utilization of the transfer station; weighing Transfer Station users consistent with applicable rules; collecting fees; and issuing receipts when necessary. The successful candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment screening including a background check, driving record check, and drug and alcohol tests. Other job related and employment tests may be required. Job description is available upon request. Starting Salary $14.16/hr. Send resumes with cover letter to Jennifer Hale, Deputy Public Works Director, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton NH 03842, or email to email@example.com Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please. No facsimiles will be accepted. The Town of Hampton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Vertical Baler For Sale
The Town of Colebrook has a vertical baler for sale. Specifically, the baler is a BACE baler Model V63HD Serial Number: V63HD1504912. It was purchased new by the Town in 2014 for $10,445 from Atlantic Recycling Equipment. The baler was used for less than 18 months. The baler is to be sold “where is, as is.” Please call if you wish to view. $7,500 or best offer. Town of Colebrook 603 237-4070.
Diesel Hyster Forklift & Two Balers for Sale
The Town of Canaan, NH has the following items for sale, Please contact Mike Samson (603-523-4501 x 5) if interested or if you have any questions.
1) 1986 Diesel Hyster H40 XL forklift, Load capacity 4,000 lbs.
2) TWO , Advance Lifts Downstroke Balers BR9000 SN 18004 997A and BR9000 SN 18004 997B. Looks like it’s rated for 15 HP but I haven’t climbed up to look.
Both in excellent condition. Acquired from NETC.
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Friday February 9, 2018 – 2018 Conference Speaker Registrations and Confirmations are due!
Friday February 9, 2018 – NRRA Compost Bin Participation Sign up Packages/forms are due! Start Selling Compost Bins!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – M.O.M Meeting, NRRA Office @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 15th, 2018 – NHtB Board Meeting, NRRA Offices @ 8:30 a.m.
Monday, February 19, 2018 – NRRA Office Closed for President’s Day
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Rhode Island Compost Conference, Providence, RI from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday March, 14, 2018 – NRRA M.O.M Meeting, NRRA Office @ 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Final Compost Bin Sale Group Orders are due by 4:30!
Monday, March 26, 2018 – MassRecycle Conference, Framingham, MA
Saturday, March 31, 2018 – ALL NHDES Annual Facility Reports are Due