January 2019 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair – Exit Stage Left
  • NRRA News  – Weather Alert, January Pricing Guide, Register Today for the 2019 Conference and more!
  • School News You Can Use – Somersworth Farm to School Gives Thanks,  Register your school for the 10th Annual School CLUB Conference,  Battery Recycling News
  • NH the Beautiful – Signs, Grants and Bins
  • NHDES News – SW Operator Training Schedule
  • Massachusetts News – SSRC 20th Anniversary Presentation
  • National News- Plastics!
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar



~Recycling Fact of the Month~

While you’re making resolutions that you probably won’t keep anyway, why not make some Recycling Resolutions that are easy to keep!?  Visit https://www.recyclereminders.com/blog/7-recycling-resolutions-for-the-new-year/ for some great recycling resolutions for the New Year!



Recycling Still Rules— It’s Time to Recycle Michael!

I began my tenure at NRRA when I was hired as a consultant in December of 2008 on a six-month contract. I have now decided it is time to recycle me, and time to bring to the NRRA a new Executive Director who will be able to build upon the foundation that has been created during this decade.

I have been honored to serve this outstanding organization, to the best of my ability, for the Members, the Staff, the Board and the Environment, and I hope that I am leaving the next consultant or eventual Executive Director with a vital organization that will continue to grow and excel and serve its members with distinction for at least another 38 years and longer.

My sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the Members who have placed their trust in NRRA,  to the dedicated Staff that strives daily to serve at an unparalleled level, to the Board Members that donate their time and expertise to guide the NRRA, and to all of the recycling professionals and materials management companies that have shared their incite and knowledge and have been instrumental in helping me learn something new daily and apply those lessons to improve the management and growth of NRRA. At a time when Recycling is challenged there is no organization as well positioned to meet the challenges of the markets and industry.

My last day with NRRA will be May 31, 2019 and to assist in the transition over the coming months, the Board has retained the services of former Board President and former Executive Director, Michael Simpson. Michael is an Antioch NE Professor of Environmental Studies, manages his own Environmental consulting firm, has consulted on composting systems around the globe, and is a contributing researcher to a body of work on the economic impact of modernization of solid waste systems in developing countries. He is universally recognized as a pre-eminent authority on waste system management. Michael will be reviewing all NRRA operating systems, procedures, and basic fundamentals to develop a job description for the next Director and to assist the Board in its search. NRRA is extremely fortunate to have a professional of his caliber and credentials assist in making this transition as smooth as possible to the benefit of all concerned.

I do hope to have the opportunity to personally thank all of you who have contributed to NRRA’s success over the last 10 years and I know you will continue to support this outstanding organization in its never wavering search for a better recycling mousetrap and a pollution free environment for those who follow. My deepest thanks for allowing me to be a small part of the NRRA history. Mike Durfor



Weather Alerts:

Please note that on days when the when the weather is less than “cooperative” (snow, ice, both), NRRA often delays its opening or,if the weather is very severe, we will close all together.  Most recently, we experienced some winter weather on the day of our scheduled MOM Meeting (January 9th).  We regrettably had to delay the office opening and cancel the MOM Meeting.  We were sure to change the office voice message and send out an emergency email as soon as the decision was made (about 7:00 a.m.).  Unfortunately this was not timely enough to stop a few brave souls from making the trip.

Please be advised that if we are experiencing winter weather, please call our office PRIOR to driving over here for any meetings, trainings or visits.  Moving forward we will make every effort to update our voicemail immediately should we decide to delay opening or close.  We will also update the home page of our website with any delays, closings or cancellations.

Should the office close for the day, we are always monitoring our info@nrra.net email address throughout the day and also checking the voicemail system for any urgent messages.  One or, often, several of us are typically working remotely from home on inclement days so we will do our best to address any and all urgent needs.

Please mark your calendars,  the next MOM Meeting & NRRA Board Meeting will be  held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019…..weather permitting. 


The NRRA January 2019 Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA January 2019 Pricing guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

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.

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.


NRRA’s 2019 Annual Recycling Conference-Registration NOW OPEN!!

On-Line Registration is NOW OPEN!  We are still lining up our workshops and putting together some exciting events so the “Registration Brochure” isn’t yet available but we encourage you to sign up today to take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts!  We’ve just announced our 2019 Keynote Speaker, Katherine Shayne- see below for details!

Be sure to keep checking our 2019 Conference Page and your email for updates!  We are currently still accepting presentation proposals for speakers and workshops so if you have an idea for a workshop or you know someone who would be a great speaker for this year’s conference, please let us know!  This is YOUR conference, help us make it the best one yet!


NRRA Announces Key Note Speaker for 2019 38th Annual Recycling Conference

NRRA is both pleased and honored to be able to announce that Katherine Shayne of the University of Georgia will be opening the 38th Annual NRRA Conference and Exposition on May 20, 2019 at the Hilton Double Tree in Manchester, NH. NRRA is excited that “Kat” will kick off the conference by addressing the imminent threat of plastics in the environment including the oceans of the earth. This is one of the most pressing issues of the recycling industry today and her insight and expertise we know will enable all of us to better understand future solutions. Her impressive credentials are only surpassed by her passion for a better environment.

Mike Durfor, NRRA Executive Director, states, “Whenever I am asked to give groups good news about recycling and what can we do when the markets are in such turmoil, I look to the future and site the energy and innovation that we’ve been seeing every day from students and up and coming recycling professionals. Katherine, “Kat” to her friends, has been leading research and making a difference through her dedicated efforts to reclaim the planet one plastic bottle at a time. Along with the work of Boyan Slat of the Netherlands, the “Trash Girl” of England, and 15-year-old, Greta Thunberg who spoke at the Climate Summit in Poland last year, the next generation inspires us with their hope, their hard work, and their view that we can all make a difference and solve this growing problem once and for all.”

Katherine has been involved with the plastic pollution problem since her undergraduate years. She has talked to foreign governments about the issue, giving her first address to the Indonesian and Danish governments at the First Annual Marine Plastic Debris Summit in 2016 in Jakarta. She presented her research at the 69th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Students for Zero Waste, Georgia Informatics Symposium, UGA New Materials Kick-Off Meeting, and 6IMDC.

Katherine presented on innovations and entrepreneurship in a new plastics economy at Our Ocean SOA Youth Leadership Summit and ACHEMA 2018, one of the largest process industry exhibitions in the world. Katherine is also a lecturer at the University of Georgia, instructing engineering design courses for environmental engineers about civil infrastructure such as landfill and MRF planning and design.

Katherine is the Co-founder and CEO of Can I Recycle This, Inc., a company using AI to help citizens understand the end-of-life of their products through social media and technology. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Georgia, where she also earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Katherine consults as a researcher in environmental sustainability focused on material flow systems, citizen science, and marine plastic litter for the Jambeck Research Group and UGA New Materials Institute. She has a strong scientific background and passion for bridging science and technology with business and mitigation strategies in communities throughout the world, especially in terms of waste management and new materials.


NRRA Presents ALL New Operator Training Webinars thanks to a grant from the USDA (2018)

NHDES Certification Credits will be available!

Please take a moment and browse our selection of NRRA School Recycling CLUB and Solid Waste Operator modules. If you or your solid waste facility staff need additional NHDES Training Credits, this is one-stop perfection!

 These online training modules were created to provide school staff and solid waste operators as well as community members, cross training opportunities in the areas of solid waste and the NRRA School Recycling CLUB program offerings.

Professional development certificates are available by request and after taking the webinar evaluation which will be sent to you via email.

Click Here to find a webinar that is just right for you!


It’s Never Too Early to Think Spring!!  Coming soon in April 2019….The Annual NRRA Compost Bin Sale!!

Backyard Composting is becoming a very hot topic in the recycling and waste management forums.  It’s even a primary project that NRRA will be exploring with our newest USDA Grant, YIMBY – Yes In My Back Yard.  With landfills nearing capacities and the cost of hauling and disposing municipal waste (trash) skyrocketing, it’s time we really begin to consider some very important facts about Back Yard Composting.

Did you know…

  • Composting your yard waste and kitchen scraps and removing them from your trash can save your town hundreds and, possibly, thousands, of dollars just by decreasing the weight that these materials adds to the trash by as much as half!
  • Composting transforms waste into a valuable soil amendment, saves space in landfills, saves money on trash disposal, teaches students to be better environmental citizens, and actually helps slow climate change.
  • Composting at home is inexpensive and easy
  • Use of compost reduces the need for artificial fertilizers and pesticides
  • Compost Bins and Piles DO NOT need to smell bad.  If they do, then they simply need more oxygen and some aeration.
  • Compost enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant disease and pests.
  • A rain barrel can save about 1300 gallons of water during the peak summer months and can lower your water bill by about $35/month

In recent years, we’ve received a lot of feedback regarding the timing of our sale which typically falls in mid February when people are still too buried under snow to even think about their gardens and yards.  This year, we hope to increase sales/interest by postponing our sale.  We plan to begin taking full pallet/case orders of compost bins (20 per pallet), rain barrels (15 per pallet), kitchen pails (26 per case) and compost turners (35/case) in mid April for deliveries in May.  Just in time for gardening season!

If you belong to a garden club, or know of someone who does, this is a great fundraising opportunity for not only you but your school club, your girl scout troop or other organization.    Please contact us at info@nrra.net to be sure to get on our mailing list so that you can get up to date information about this sale and how to participate!


Rob Watson named one of Top 25 Dartmouth College alumni in its 250 year history

Rob Watson is the founder of the SWEEP initiative, (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol), a 21st Century Standard for Sustainable Materials Management., which NRRA has been supporting for the last several years. He also is considered the “Father of LEED” and with his many other accomplishments he is most deserving of the recognition granted by Dartmouth College as one of the 25 most influential alumni. NRRA commend him on this milestone and looks forward to supporting his efforts to help the further development of the SWEEP system.

Rob joins many highly esteemed alumi on the list such as, Daniel Webster, Robert Frost, Nelson Rockerfeller, and Fred Rogers.

“#24 Rob Watson ’84
An Eagle Scout, black belt, mountaineer, and crew racer, Watson has always been a leader. “We are either going to be losers or heroes,” he said. “There’s no room anymore for anything in between.” The father of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), he started the movement in 1993 to create environmentally conscious structures. He devised the Green Building Rating System guidelines that require eco-friendly components, construction, and building management. LEED has proven that green buildings can be more cost-efficient to build and operate than old-style structures. Since 1998 more than 80,000 projects have been built to its standards, saving vast amounts of energy and resources. “Rob Watson was seminal in LEED’s creation,” says Rick Fedrizzi, former CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “It has transformed the real estate market.”



Somersworth Farm to School Gives Thanks

By Wendy Berkeley, 12/12/18

Our good-natured custodian John, from Somersworth Middle School, taking care of compost details. (Photo Courtesy of Wendy Berkeley)

Composting at Maple Wood Elementary School and Somersworth Middle School continues to divert waste from landfills, and all students and staff there are to thank for a very successful first two years.

Our custodians are on the front lines of a more sustainable Somersworth, and we sure are fortunate for their commitment.

Visit Somersworth Farm to School on Facebook at Somersworth Farm to School, or on Instagram at Farm to Somersworth Schools, to keep up to date on events, activities, and ways to get involved.


Register your School Today for the 10th Annual NRRA School CLUB Conference!

New Hampshire Schools are eligible for a 50% registration discount!! 

Educational Workshops * Exhibitors * Prizes * Awards * Activities

Click HERE to register your school on line today!

For more information or to apply for the NHtB Registration Grant, contact Gwen Erley at theCLUB@nrra.net

Sharpen Your Pencils!

NH Schools – Put on your thinking caps! NH the Beautiful also added a new

$500 School Recycling Innovation Grant in 2018. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!


From our Friends at Call2Recycle

Go Green This Holiday Season

Turn the holiday shopping season green by recycling your old batteries! The best way to check ‘help the planet’ off your holiday list: make sure your Call2Recycle boxes are full when you ship them back.

Looking for more materials or to access battery safety information? Visit our refreshed homepage for all your battery needs. Wishing you a green and joyful holiday season!


Get Charged Up for National Battery Day 2019!

Batteries power our world and provide many everyday conveniences. As responsible consumers, it’s important to properly manage household batteries once they no longer power devices by recycling them. We’re partnering with Call2Recycle on National Battery Day February 18th to showcase how easy it is to go green with battery recycling year-round! Get started by visiting the Call2Recycle locator (www.call2recycle.org/locator) to find a drop-off location near you and be sure to check Call2Recycle’s homepage (www.call2recycle.org) for more information, including National Battery Day 2019 resources coming soon!



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



Click HERE for ClearStream Recyclers & Bag Info


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.


NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs

Bradford Thank You for Recycling SignAll NH municipalities are eligible to apply for FREE facility signs.  NHtB has been providing professional looking signs for NH municipalities since 1983.  Under the NHtB Sign Program, New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out).  The NHtB fiscal year runs November 1-October 31.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stacey at 603-736-4401 x.20. To maximize your points, you can also order “recycled” signs or overlays for existing signs!

For a complete list of sign options and to order signs, click here  Complete Sign Packet.  Simply print the forms you need, mail or fax them to 603-736-4402.

Please NOTE!!! You can only use points to order signs that are on the list.  Words can be removed, but nothing can be added.  Custom signs are available for purchase.  Contact the NRRA for details.


Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

facebook like To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-The-Beautiful/253682871403932

We are also on Twitter and Instagram

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




Updates from Tara Mae Albert, NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Coordinator

Happy New Year!!!!  I am updating you with the SWOT Calendar including the Basic Training Refresher tour.  We are inviting all operators to attend the refresher, however, I will be sending out emails focusing those 600 operators who took Basic Training prior to 2011 and have not had a refresher.  These classes will max out at 40 students so make sure you register early and don’t miss out!

***QUESTION:  I am thinking about offering another Operating Plan Workshop in 2019 geared to municipalities and PbN facilities.  Would you or someone from your facility/organization/municipality be interested?  If so, please respond with yes, your location and preferred week day & time so I can determine where & when to offer the class.***

The 2018 Annual Facility Report (AFR) forms, used for reporting required information regarding the operation of your solid waste facility (active or inactive) are available for distribution. The forms and attached guidance documents can be found at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/css/categories/forms.htm#annual. Please make sure you choose the correct form for your facility. If you have questions, please contact the Solid Waste Management Bureau at (603) 271-2925 or solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov.

The 2019 calendar can also be found at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/workshop.htm.  You may also go to that page for a list of third-party vendors with online training opportunities.  And, as always, you can contact me with any questions at Tara.Albert@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-3713.





South Shore Recycling Cooperative’s 20th Anniversary Presentation:  From Single Use to Zero Waste – Whats New with Recycling

Wed., January 30, 2019,  7:00 -8:30 pm
South Shore Natural Science Center
48 Jacob Lane, Norwell, MA

Recycling has been in the news for the past year, from China’s embargo on our recycling to how and why we need to recycle correctly.

Claire Galkowski, the longtime Director of the fifteen-town South Shore Recycling Cooperative and lifelong waste hater, will do a deep dive into impacts from some everyday consumer products, both upstream and down.  She will will explain how recycling works, and provide practical tools to Reduce, Reuse, and “Recycle Smart”.

The talk is part of the 2019 WaterWatch Lecture Series.  It will inspire new ways to think about “stuff,” and show how we can be gentler to our forests, streams, oceans and atmosphere.

Lectures are free, though donations are appreciated.
Preregistration is not required, but you may want to arrive early due to seat limitations. 
For more information, click here.



The Unlikely Eccentric Inventor Turning Inedible Plant Life into Fuel

Marshall Medoff unveils to 60 Minutes his innovative method of turning plant life into fuel and other useful products

You never know who’s gonna be the one with the big idea. History has shown it’s not necessarily the person with the most impressive credentials.

A breakthrough can come from the least expected, perhaps like an 81-year-old eccentric from Massachusetts who toiled in isolation with no financial support for more than a decade.

His focus? A challenge that has stumped scientists for many years – how to transform inedible plant life into environmentally friendly transportation fuels in a clean and cost-effective way.

This unlikely inventor calls himself messianic, as in the messiah. And likes to say, matter-of-factly, that he is “saving the world.”

Lesley Stahl: And that’s what you think?

Marshall Medoff: Yes.

Lesley Stahl: You think, “I’m saving the world.”

Marshall Medoff: I don’t think. I don’t think, I know that.

Who says things like that? Marshall Medoff does. He’s a man on a mission who decided one day that he was going stop global warming.

Marshall Medoff: When I realized what was going on here, I said, ‘This is an emergency.’ We gotta find new resources. We’ve gotta find new ways of saving the universe in terms of global warming and so forth and so on.

Lesley Stahl: What was your science education?

Marshall Medoff: Zero.

Lesley Stahl: So, no degree in chemistry?

Marshall Medoff: Oh, of course not. I didn’t have any degree in chemistry.

Lesley Stahl: What’s your IQ?

Marshall Medoff: I have no idea about IQs.

Medoff has been called a genius, 25 years ago, he became obsessed with the environment and decided to abandon his business career and become an amateur scientist.

But while engineers, geologists and ecologists with Ph.D.s went to labs at MIT and Stanford, Medoff went to one of the country’s most legendary settings for reflection.  

Marshall Medoff: I used to run out to– Walden, which wasn’t that far away.

Lesley Stahl: You mean Walden Pond?

Marshall Medoff: Yeah.

Lesley Stahl: Thoreau?

Marshall Medoff: Yeah.

Lesley Stahl: Okay.

Marshall Medoff: What I thought was, the reason people were failing is they were trying to overcome nature instead of working with it.

He knew that there’s a lot of energy in plant life. It’s in the form of sugar molecules that once accessed can be converted into transportation fuel. The key word is “access.” This sugar is nearly impossible to extract cheaply and cleanly since it is locked tightly inside the plant’s cellulose, the main part of a plant’s cellular walls. What’s so tantalizing is that sugar-rich cellulose is the most abundant biological material on earth.

Marshall Medoff: Cellulose is everywhere. I mean, there’s just so much cellulose in the world and nobody had managed to use any of it. Couldn’t get at it.

Lesley Stahl: So that was your target.

Marshall Medoff: That was my target. So, once I decided to do that, I said, “Wow, if I can break through this, we can increase the resources of the world maybe by a third or more.” Who knows?

To figure out how to break through cellulose to get at the sugars, Marshall Medoff did something that most of us wouldn’t dream of: he buried himself away in seclusion for more than 15 years in a garage at a storage facility in the middle of nowhere.

Marshall Medoff: I didn’t have a phone there. Nobody could disturb me. And I’d have a pile of papers that I had collected and I started reading them.

Lesley Stahl: The idea that you could solve this big problem–

Marshall Medoff: I know. Yeah.

Lesley Stahl: –no science background.

Marshall Medoff: Yeah. I was– apparently I must have had a very good mother who– who, uh, breastfed me an extra few months or something because I had a lot of security about the fact that I’d get it done. And I never had any doubts.

Lesley Stahl: What about your private life?

Marshall Medoff: No, I– I had to give that up.

Lesley Stahl: You gave up your private life?

Marshall Medoff: Yeah, of course.  Because I didn’t see anybody from nine in the morning till nine at night or later.

For Full Interview and Video, Click Here.


Scientists Scramble to create Replacements for Plastic


There’s a major push to replace plastics in our lives, and not just with paper bags or straws. NBC News’ Tammy Leitner talks to scientists working to create new alternatives from natural, biodegradable materials like crab shells or trees.



*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*

For Sale

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.


Free to a Good Home

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


More NH Municipal Job Postings…

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



January 2019

  • Week of January 14 through January 18 – NRRA Annual Customer Activity Reports will be sent out.
  • Week of January 21, 2019 – Environmental Impact Reports will be sent out.
  • Monday,January 21, 2019 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day  NRRA Office OPEN
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 – Final Last Call for 2019 NRRA Conference Speaker Proposals

February  2019

  • February 1, 2019 – Early Bird Discount for Exhibitor/Sponsors Ends.
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – NRRA MOM Meeting @ 9:00 a.m., Epsom, NH
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – NRRA Board of Trustees Meeting @ 10:30, Epsom, NH
  • Monday, February 18, 2019 – President’s Day – NRRA office CLOSED

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