January 22, 2014 Full of Scrap



  • NH Paint Care Bill and Bottle Bill Information
  • Annual Environmental Impact Reports
  • NRRA Annual Compost Bin Sale – Order Now!
  • Congratulations to the Town of Hampstead, NH
  • School News-2014 Conference- Call for Presentation Proposals, Fun Recycled Valentine’s Day Crafts, and more!
  • NH the Beautiful-Board Meeting Reminder
  • Massachusetts News-SSRC Update & Textile Recycling
  • New England News-Upcoming Organics Workshops & Webinars
  • National News-Carton Council of North America Reports Strong Growth
  • Classifieds

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~Quote of the Day~

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King, Jr.



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resource recycling logoI have only skimmed the January issue of Resource Recycling Magazine, but if you want to stay on top of the latest developments in the field of Resource Management  there is no better single source. Founder Jerry Powell certainly has created a valuable educational tool for all of us, and I am sure he is justly proud of its accomplishments and national recognition. The links here will take you to Composting, Economic Job Creation by Recycling, and an update on the Green Fence in China. All great topics and all well worth careful review: Compostability In The Field Pt 1Recycling Makes Dollars And Sense , and Rough Seas or Smooth Sailing .

NH Paint Care Update

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Last Tuesday the NH House Environment and Agriculture Committee heard testimony on HB 1570. Of the dozen or so who gave testimony, the overwhelming evidence submitted was in favor of removing the costly recycling of paint, both oil based and latex from being dealt with by our facilities. Provided concerns can be addressed in sub-committee, there is a chance that HHW costs in NH may be significantly reduced if this legislation is adopted. Please contact the committee, whose email addresses can be found at this link: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/bill_status.aspx?lsr=2272&sy=2014&txtsessionyear=2014&txtbillnumber=HB1570    with your comments and we will keep you posted as the bill progresses.

Bottle Bill Introduced

HB 1287 was introduced and testimony heard by A & E in LOB 303 yesterday, the 21st.  Majority of testimony relayed the current status of recycling in NH and how that compared favorably to surrounding states. Delaware reportedly is making strides since it repealed its bill and other states are considering impact on single stream facility operations.

ConferenceSave the Date FINAL

Workshops are being reviewed this week for final placement and a great line up is in store for the 33rd annual conference and expo. You can register on-line at https://www.nrra.net/conference/2014-conference-expo/registration/


swanaOn Friday, February 14th at 8:00 am in Manchester, a great set of speakers Printwill participate on the status of trash in NH in a morning program on the status of the entire waste stream in NH. It is easy to register online at CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!ebc

Annual Environmental Impact Reports

The last of the reports should be sent out today.  If you did not get yours, please contact the officeand we will get them right off to you. While it does take some resources to compile and translate the data, the positive feedback from the members makes it all worthwhile as always. Many of our members include this in their town reports to help their residents understand what a valuable resource recycling programs are in their community.  Below is a sample of what the report might look like:



NRRA Annual Compost Bin Sale – Order Now!

As many of you know, NRRA has hosted an annual compost bin sale for many years. Logistically, it takes a lot of work and coordination for the NRRA staff to make this sale successful.  As a result, we have been evaluating whether or not we should host the sale again this year.   Since we strongly believe in helping to increase composting efforts in order to divert more waste from the waste stream, we have decided to move forward.  We will, however, be structuring the sale a little differently than in past years.

Groups can still use the sale as a fundraiser.  NRRA will still assist groups with providing promotional poster and order form templates.  The primary change in the sale this year is that all orders will need to be made in full pallets.  All pallets will be direct shipped to their final destination, and all pricing will include shipping.  In order for this to work, NRRA needs to have a minimum number of orders or we will be unable to proceed.

As in the past, you can choose to resell these items at cost or use as a fundraiser.  Even if your group uses this as a fundraiser, pricing is still well below retail costs.  So unlike other fundraisers, you are offering a great value for the dollar.  If you would like to participate but do not think you can commit to full pallets, perhaps you can connect with another group nearby and go in on the sale together.  NRRA may possibly have some items for sale individually after the sale is complete, but we cannot guarantee that.  That is why we must require all sales to be in full pallets.

Pricing is as follows:

earth-machine-243x300Compost Bins             $ 50 each

(sell for $ 55 and make $ 5 ea.)

            20 compost bins/pallet – cost for 1 pallet = $ 1,000


rain barrelRain Barrels                $ 65 each

(sell for $ 70 and make $ 5 ea.)

            15 rain barrels/pallet – cost for 1 pallet = $  975

kitchen pail copyKitchen Pails              $ 10 each

 (sell for $ 12 and make $ 2 ea.)

            26 kitchen pails/pallet- cost for 1 pallet = $ 260



Compost Turners       $ 23 each

(sell for $ 25 and make $ 2 ea.)

            10 turners/box – cost for 1 box = $ 230


If you are interested in signing up for the compost bin sale, please submit your order no later than Friday, February 28th.  We will tally all of the orders on that date.  As long as we have enough to meet the minimum, we will proceed with the orders.   If orders are below the minimum required, all parties will be notified that the sale will be canceled.  For more information, please contact info@nrra.net or call the office.  Thank you!

Congratulations to the Town of Hampstead, NH

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2014 Conference – Call for Presentation Proposals

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31st, 2014

Has your organization, club, company or community been doing interesting or inspiring things in the world of waste reduction/recycling in relation to schools?  If so, then take advantage of an opportunity to present your information to fellow educators and students from the Northeast at the preeminent school recycling conference in New England.  This is a fantastic chance for Recycling Coordinators, Teachers, Students, Administrators, Solid Waste Managers, Volunteers, State/Federal Officials and Industry Representatives to exchange ideas, share philosophies and further promote waste reduction!

Individuals selected to give their presentation will receive a complimentary registration (which includes breakfast and lunch) for both days of the Conference and Expo and will be invited to a pre-conference reception.

Possible topic areas include, but are NOT limited to: education and outreach programs, ocean conservation, electronics recycling, successful regional/state models, “tricks of the trade”, composting, household hazardous waste reduction, school recycling, school recycling events, school curricula and activities.

Please submit a one-page abstract (MS Word or PDF), containing the following information:

  1. Proposed Title of Presentation
  2. Speaker Name(s), Affiliation, Address, Email & Phone
  3. 5-6 sentences describing the presentation content (no more than a ½ page)
  4. Prior speaking experience; has presentation been done at other conferences?
  5. If available, sample PowerPoint slides of presentation, or a link to a video presentation.
  6. Presentation length. Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes (including questions & answers). Please indicate if your presentation is expected to be that length or a fraction thereof (in which case we will try and find compatible speakers/presenters for the session)

For more information on the conference, visit http://www.schoolrecycling.net/conference/2014-conference/

DEADLINE for Presentation Proposals: Friday, January 31st, 2014

For your presentation to be considered, please email your proposal to Caitlin Meaney at cmeaney@nrra.net or Contact Caitlin Meaney at 603-736-4402
Thank You for Your Interest & Expertise!


Now Accepting Nominations for the Annual School Recycling Awards

Does your School have an individual, program or an event that deserves recognition for outstanding work in recycling? Click here and fill out the nomination form telling us all about it! NRRA and the NRRA School CLUB will be giving out awards in each category listed below at our 5th Annual School Recycling Conference/33rd Annual Conference & Expo on June 10th, 2014 at the Center of NH/Radisson in Manchester, NH. For more information about the conference go to http://www.schoolrecycling.net/conference/

  • School Recycler of the YearSave the Date School FINAL
  • Rookie Recycler of the Year
  • Best Composter
  • Most Profitable Recycling Program
  • Outstanding Recycling Fundraiser
  • 2013-14 Student Recycler of the Year
  • Outstanding Recycling Innovation in a School
  • Outstanding Community Involvement
  • Facilities Staff Recycler of the Year
  • Teacher Recycler of the Year
  • Cafeteria Staff Recycler of the Year
  • Best Earth Day/Recycling 2013-14 Event

Students Ramp up Recycling at
Conant High in Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Posted on January 5, 2014
by Kaitlin Mulhere
Sentinel Source

Recycling takes center stage

Members of Conant High School’s new environment club collected 210 pounds of recyclables in September. The club wants to put in place a district-wide policy on recycling.


They’ve picked through trash cans. They’ve scrubbed plastic bottles. They’ve hauled cardboard boxes from around the school and broken them down.

Some of their peers thought it was gross. And, well, it was a lot of dirty work, Conant High School senior Allina H. Bennett said.

But the 15 members of school’s new environmental club are on a mission that can’t be discouraged by a little bit of “gross.”

They want to cut down on waste, ramp up recycling and build a culture of sustainability in the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District.

Last year, a couple club members realized that social studies teacher Seth Farmer was the only teacher who had recycling bins in his classroom.

When they did some research and found that everything that’s disposed of at Conant High School goes straight to the landfill, the club was born, as was its first goal: To develop a district-wide recycling policy.

Members started collecting recyclables, first by sorting through the trash, and then by placing homemade, cardboard recycling bins in each classroom and the cafeteria.

In the month of September, the club rounded up 210 pounds of recyclables. The club members took three loads to the transfer station themselves, with a little help from some community members.

“That’s only things that we, as a club, are able to catch,” said Farmer, who serves as the club’s adviser.

But even if that was the maximum the school produced in a month, then in a nine-month school year, Conant High School could produce 1,890 pounds. That’s almost 1 ton of recycling, the club members point out.

With the bins in every classroom, students and staff don’t have to go out of their way to recycle anymore, senior Jackie T. Lundsted said.

The club members learned that a big part of getting their classmates to recycle was educating them about waste and the environment, Bennett said. Hundreds of those plastic bottles they scrubbed clean now adorn the school’s front entrance stacked in a display case with facts about the environment and recycling.

“I think, this year, we’ve realized we can get things accomplished,” senior Channia K. Aho said.

In addition to recycling, the club wants to sell reusable water bottles with the goal of eventually eliminating the sale of plastic bottles on campus. They’re looking into installing a water fountain that also has a water filter for bottles.

They’ve also noticed things such as the lack of hand dryers in the bathrooms, so students grab gobs of paper towels to dry their hands. Some members are interested in composting.

“It’s really a learning opportunity for us,” Bennett said. “It’s not just that we want to recycle, it’s trying to figure out how to deal with an issue.”

The club has gotten feedback and support from the Monadnock Conservancy and the Jaffrey Conservation Commission.

Last month they presented at a school board meeting, asking board members to create a district-wide policy to encourage recycling. Early next semester, they plan to schedule a meeting with the superintendent to present their ideas for setting up a recycling contract.

The goal is to make it cost-effective for the district, so the club members are researching trash removal and dump rates.

But doing the right thing is what’s most important.

“If it’s an added expense, we feel strongly that that’s necessary,” Farmer said.

All but three of the club members are seniors, and most of them are getting ready to leave Conant and the Jaffrey-Rindge area, Lundsted said. They all want to leave their mark on the school.

Or, rather, reduce their mark, Lundsted jokes.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Love is in the air! We love using the second “R” – reuse to create some fun things for kids!

1.)  Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Binoculars

via Housing a Forest

This trash to treasure from Housing a Forest is such a great idea: fun to make and fun to explore with after.

2.)  Valentine Paper Roll Owls

Who knew that toilet paper rolls could be transformed into something so cute?  ThesValentinePaperRollOwlsFinale_thumb1e Paper Roll Owls are from Happy Clippings adorable and would make a great gift for any kid to give.

3.)  Toilet Paper Roll Necklace

This craft is cute and festive from Filth Wizardry.  Have your child create this toilet paper roll necklace and wear it on Valentine’s Day!

4.)  Valentine’s Day Wreath

via The Thriftress

This Valentine’s Day Wreath from The Thriftress is fun to make with the kids.  You can proudly display it on your front door for the whole neighborhood to see.

5.)  Toilet Paper Roll Heart Stamps

Making a heart stamp has never been easier!  Just follow these simple directions from Prudent Baby and you’ll be all set to make some beautiful Valentine’s.

6.) Valentine Collection Boxes

Kid’s can let their imaginations go wild and create unique boxes for valentines to be deposited in. More ideas at the Crafty Crow.



Why do we do what we do? Because we love nature! And Nature is full of love too!


They’re the creatures we love to love. Big, furry, and expressive, we turn lions, gorillas, cheetahs, and bears into sports mascots, cartoon characters, and children’s toys. We identify with their apparent strength or perceived tenderness and imagine that their struggles might somehow mirror our own. But how well do we really know these beloved animals?

Photographer Suzi Eszterhas spends months in the field with her wild subjects to capture moments like the one’s below and she comes back armed not just with great photographs but also with firsthand knowledge of the animals’ family relationships and the dangers they face. Eszterhas’s series “Eye on the Wild” (Frances Lincoln Publishers) introduces endangered species to young children, a project she hopes will inspire a new generation of environmentalists.

Here are some favorite shots from Eszterhas’s portfolio and asked the photographer to share some of her tales from the field.


Gorillas have these big, close-knit families, and they’re always interacting,” Eszterhas says. “It’s one of the things that makes them so exciting to photograph.” The three young mountain gorillas pictured above are playmates from different mothers who will likely grow up together. Their small swath of home in the Virunga Mountains in East Africa is a fragile oasis. “You’re talking about 700 mountain gorillas in the whole world, in this tiny habitat that’s surrounded by human conflict, poverty, and overpopulation.”


Does this gorilla mother look relaxed? This shot is remarkable because mothers normally carry infants in the crook of their arm—a spot that protects the baby but makes it difficult to get a clear photograph of that tiny little face. Perhaps enjoying some sort of simian version of the “food coma,” this mother has become so comfortable while eating that she’s dropped her arm enough to allow Eszterhas to snap an intimate family portrait. “That baby’s less than a week old,” she says. “It’s very difficult to photograph a newborn gorilla with their eyes open, because they’re sleeping a lot. So that was a great moment where the baby was awake, and Mom is feeding and relaxed, and all the elements came together. Being at the right place at the right time is a huge part of this job.”


For the first two months of its life, a cub stays with its mother in a den, which can range from a rock crevasse to a grassy area. We can partly thank the lion’s instinctual nature for cute photos like this one. Says Eszterhas: “If you watch tigers or sometimes even cheetahs, as the cubs get a little older, they get less snuggly because they’re solitary cats. But with lions, they just stay snuggly forever because they’re pride animals and that physical contact is really important for reinforcing the pride bond.”


A cheetah cub licks its mother in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Adapted to life on the African plains, adults can go without water for three or four days. Perhaps an inspiration for football players, the black lines on a cheetah’s face protect its eyes from the sun. Eszterhas hopes that her photos of endangered animals will create wildlife activists: “That’s part of why I really like doing children’s publications. It’s a way of bringing home the amazing parts of these animals in a cute and fuzzy way that children can really get excited about and trying to spark some more interest from our future generations in terms of protecting these species, because it is going to be up to them.”



NHtB 2 color logo

meeting reminderReminder:  The Next New Hampshire the Beautiful Board Meeting is on February 20th, 2014

The next board of directors meeting is slated for February 20th, 2014.  Please submit your grant applications by February 6th to be considered at that meeting.


Grants Program for NH Municipalities

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 www.nhthebeautiful.org/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.

Sign Program for NH Towns

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.10.  To maximize your points, you can also order “recycled” 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

 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/253682871403932facebook like


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.


Massachusetts News


South Shore Recycling Center News

SSRC Updates 1/17/2014 (Click on Date to go to web page)ssrc15_years

Board Meeting Notes and updates 12/19/2013

Zero Waste Solutions (NBWS) presentation
Plymouth curbside/ dropoff/ SMART program
Scituate municipal building recycling
IMA extension
Spring HHW scheduling
Grind Screen IFB released
What happened to Got Books?
15th Anniversary Celebration in the works
Call for Environmental Hero award nominations
Hingham Universal Recycling bylaw delivering impressive results
Orleans/ Daley signs 10 year disposal contract with NBWS
What’s in a name?
Correction regarding Paint Legislation grant
Executive Director on vacation 1/30-2/5

Communities, charities profit in recycling textiles

recycled clothingWEYMOUTH — Forget the idea that gently worn clothes are the only donations worth giving to organizations like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Officials are putting out the word that torn pants, sweat-stained shirts, even singleton shoes, are welcome in the recycling world.

The only used textiles that can’t be reused, they say, are those that are wet, mildewed, or loaded with hazardous waste. And the useful items include not only clothing, but also one-eared stuffed animals, faded curtains, and ratty towels and sheets.

“There’s a perception that you don’t give away stuff that’s lousy; that it’s not charity, it’s dumping. And that perception is false,” said Joseph Ferson, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Recyclers “will take the good, the bad, and the ugly,” said Brooke Nash, branch chief for the agency’s municipal recycling program. “They’ll take everything.”

The new message is part of a state campaign to encourage people to recycle their old textiles the same way they now recycle their paper, cans, bottles, and glass, Nash said.

Weymouth is one of the communities that has taken the new approach to heart; it set up textile recycling bins at all of the town’s public schools this spring and collected 33,825 pounds in April alone, according to Betsy Harris, the community relations liaison for the Weymouth school district.

The schools are paid $100 per ton by a recycling company, Bay State Textiles of Pembroke, which picks up the materials three times a week, Harris said. And the town saves money by not having to pay for disposing of material that otherwise probably would have been thrown away, she said.

“We want to stress that the program is ongoing,’’ she said, and that anyone can drop off textiles in the bin at any of the schools.

Weymouth began its textile recycling with a contest among the schools, as did Quincy. Abington plans a similar approach when schools reopen in the fall, said the town’s health agent, Sharon White.

In addition, Bay State Textiles has collection trailers at municipal recycling areas in Abington, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Hingham, Marshfield, Plymouth, Quincy, Scituate, Weymouth, and Whitman, according to company founder Paul A. Curry.

The state became interested in textile recycling after a study of municipal waste last year found that textiles made up close to 5 percent of what was sent to landfills and incinerators in Massachusetts, Nash said, or about 230,000 tons a year.

After meeting with Curry and others involved with textile recycling last fall, and learning that only 15 percent of used textiles were being recycled, Nash said, it became obvious that more could be done.

“That’s a lot of material, it’s easy to handle, and there’s a very mature collection infrastructure in the state,” she said. “You’ve got charities, drop boxes, private businesses, all engaged in collecting the material and they want more of it.

“We just need to close the gap of awareness as to what is a recyclable textile, and that’s what our efforts are all about,” she added.

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association, or SMART, also is working on educating the public, especially children in elementary school, according to former president Larry Groipen.

“We believe all this is going to begin with children,” he said. “When a child sees a parent throwing away old clothes, we want [the child] to say, ‘Stop! Somebody can use that!’ ”

Groipen said that 95 percent of used textiles can be reused or repurposed.

The material in the best condition — about 45 percent of the total — is used as apparel either in this country or abroad, he said. Developing countries have thriving second-hand clothing markets with thousands of people employed in cottage industries such as cutting down clothes for smaller sizes, or redesigning them to meet local tastes, he said.

The less pristine material — about 30 percent of recovered textiles — is cut into wiping and polishing cloths such as those produced by Groipen’s company, ERC Wiping Products in Lynn. The cloths are sold to factories, contractors, power plants, schools, repair businesses, or “everybody who doesn’t have a closet and makes a mess,” he said.

The even less appealing material, about 20 percent of the total, is shredded into fibers and used to make such things as insulation, sound proofing, carpet padding, and furniture stuffing, Groipen said. He said even zippers and buttons are reused, sometimes ground up for roofing material. And a company in Arizona specializes in grinding up blue jeans for insulation, he said.

“An average car contains about 50 pounds of recycled textiles. It’s in the door panels, the carpet linings, hood linings, all over the place,” he said.

About 5 percent of used textiles end up in the trash, he said.

“This is an industry that has been around forever that nobody ever pays any attention to,” Groipen said. “SMART was green before green was smart. We’re the original recyclers.”

He said even he is surprised sometimes by the versatility of the system, noting that there’s a market for single socks, which are ground up and mixed with new cotton fiber to make yarn. And single shoes are wanted, both for people in war-torn countries who have lost limbs, and “as a fashion statement in some areas where you wear a different shoe on each foot,” he said

“The key is people shouldn’t judge. If your great-grandmother dies and has an attic full of polyester clothes, donate it. It will be put to use,” he said.

Groipen said charities in Massachusetts especially are making it clear that they’ll take far more than “gently worn” goods and will sell what they can’t use.

“That’s not negative because what the charities really need is money to do their good work,” he said. “They’re coming out and saying we’re not only a charity but the gateway to the recycling industry.”

Bill LaBelle, director of operations for Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, said he’s noticed that people are realizing that they can donate less-than-lovely apparel. He said about 80 percent of the donations his organization receives — a total of 10,861 tons last year in Eastern Massachusetts — go to Goodwill stores, including one in Quincy, with the rest sold to textile brokers.

LaBelle said he could take advantage of the new approach himself.

“When I got out of the Marine Corps, I had camouflage pants cut into shorts and used them around the yard,” LaBelle said. “Once I got done with them, I could still donate those shorts that I made to Goodwill, and also the bottom cuff I’d cut off. And we would then distribute them to a fiber recycler and give them a reuse life.”

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltz­johanna@gmail.com.





Highfields Center for Composting….

Get started, or get better.

xhcwebbanner580Log on or walk in with little to no knowledge of compost and come out a Rot Star! We’d love to have you join us at one of our upcoming “Extreme Home Composting” presentations.  These free classes, sponsored by the USDA, will help us reduce the amount of organic waste that is sent to the landfills. Friendly staff of the Highfields Center for Composting will show you about the benefits of compost, compost system options, and how to maintain your pile to produce high-quality, nutrient-rich compost. Read more »


(Participants must register in advance for the online webinars at the Highfields website.)

  • Thurs. 1/16/14 at 10:00 am
  • Thurs. 1/30/14 at 12:00 pm
  • Thurs. 2/13/14 at 5:00 pm
  • Thurs. 2/27/14 at 6:00 pm
  • Thurs. 3/13/14 at 7:00 pm
  • Thurs. 3/27/14 at 7:00 pm


(No registration necessary.)

  • Sat. 1/25, 10 am-12 pm
    Morristown Centennial Library
    7 Richmond St., Morrisville, VT
  • Sat. 2/15, 2 pm-3:30 pm
    Dailey Memorial Library
    101 Junior High Dr., Derby, VT
  • Tues. 2/18, 6:30 pm-8 pm
    Northwoods Stewardship Center
    154 Leadership Dr., East Charleston
  • Sat. 3/15, 2:15 pm-4 pm
    Haskell Free Library
    93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line

Questions about specific workshops can be directed to Maia:
(802) 472-5138 ext. 203 or by emailing maia@highfieldscomposting.org.


NERC’s Spring 2014 Workshop will Focus on Urban & Rural Organics Management Programs

NERC LogoYou’ve heard it said that diverting organics can increase a community’s waste diversion rate. And you may wonder how that’s feasible in a heavily populated area where neighbors are sensitive to smells, or in rural areas where transportation and the expense of collection are concerns.

NERC’s Organics Management Workshop, to be held on April 15 – 16, in Freeport, Maine, will address the technical and practical aspects associated with developing and maintaining organics management programs in both urban and rural areas.Expert trainers and pertinent sessions will teach and aid attendees to understanding the composting process, potential problems, and available technologies. In addition, hands-on exercises will give attendees the opportunity to solve common problems and to design facilities that avoid potential problems.

The workshop agenda and registration are now available.




Study Claims Most Americans Would Compost – if it’s Easy and Cheap

By Alan Gerlat,  Waste 360 1/8/14

Most Americans would be willing to compost in their homes if it was more convenient, but they don’t want to pay extra for it, according to a new survey.

The study reports that 72 percent of Americans don’t compost at home, but 67 would be willing to do so if it was easier.

The report was commissioned by the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association and conducted online by Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive. About 2,000 adults responded to the survey.

Conversely, 62 percent of those reporting said they wouldn’t support an increase in their waste and recycling service costs, either from a separate fee or a tax to support an increase in taxes, if separate food and yard waste collection and processing were necessary.

“While America’s waste and recycling industry has developed innovative composting technologies, there are hurdles inhibiting such changes,” said Sharon Kneiss, president and CEO of the association. “Challenges include the collection and transportation of food waste and the siting of food waste composting facilities more broadly. But a far greater hurdle inhibiting an organics revolution may involve a lack of understanding by the American public about the value of such a change.”



48 Percent of U.S. Households Now Have Access to Carton Recycling


VERNON HILLS, Ill.—Two thousand and thirteen marked a year of significant carton councilexpansion of carton recycling. Thanks to collaborative industry efforts and support from communities nationwide, 48 percent of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling. Meeting the Carton Council of North America’s goals for 2013, access increased by 16.4 percent and expanded from 43 to 45 U.S. states.

The Carton Council, a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill, credits this exceptional growth to voluntary private and public collaboration that includes industry companies and organizations, recycling facilities and local governments. Since 2009, the Carton Council has focused efforts on building infrastructure and improving access to carton recycling nationwide. At that time, just 18 percent of U.S. households had access to carton recycling. Currently, 56.1 million U.S. households have access to recycle cartons.

“We are proud of the progress made in 2013,”said Jason Pelz, vice president, environment, Tetra Pak North America, and vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America. “Carton recycling access has increased 160 percent in just four years. School-aged children are learning about the importance of recycling their milk and juice cartons as part of their larger contribution to the environment, and are then taking these lessons home to their parents. Citizens, who are buying more food and drinks in cartons than ever before, now have more ways to recycle these containers. Communities are treating cartons as ‘must recycle’ items. All of these are examples of the huge strides made, working together in a collaborative way.”

A number of large-sized communities added carton recycling in 2013, including Tampa, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Columbus, Ohio. In total, 7.9 million households gained access in 2013. As more communities have expanded their recycling programs to include cartons, the Carton Council has also launched a series of comprehensive public education campaigns to get the word out to local residents. The campaigns have included direct mail, television public service announcements, advertisements in local newspapers, and community event outreach, along with online digital ads and social media activities.

2013 Carton Campaign Communities  where CCNA ran education campaigns. (The list of communities added is much longer.)

Columbia, S.C.

Columbus, Ohio

Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

Des Moines, Iowa

Lansing, Mich.

Memphis, Tenn.

Tampa, Fla.

Twin Cities, Minn.

“We expect access to continue to expand in 2014 as more recycling and waste management industry professionals, as well as local governments, recognize the value of cartons and the ease by which they can be added to their community’s recycling program.” Pelz said. “We also want to make more Americans aware that cartons are recyclable and will continue our efforts on broadening awareness in 2014.”

Additionally, the industry has been taking notice of the strides made to improve access to carton recycling:

  • In August, the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) awarded the Carton Council with the 2013 Bow and Arrow Award for Coalition Building to recognize efforts in building strong, effective partnerships not only between competitors in carton manufacturing, but also across the entire recycling supply chain with recycling professionals, sorting facilities and paper mills.
  • The Carton Council was also recognized by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) in November with their 2013 Outstanding Recycling Partnership Award.

Made mainly from paper, a renewable resource, lightweight and compact in design and with a low carbon footprint, cartons have proven to be a sustainable packaging solution that is growing in use for a variety of liquid and food products. Including cartons as an accepted material in every curbside recycling program offers a better, more cost-efficient option than other proposed recovery solutions.

The Carton Council currently has a campaign designed to help counties and municipalities, as well as recyclers, bring carton recycling to their residents. For more information, visit CartonOpportunities.org.


The Carton Council is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Weyerhaeuser. Formed in 2009, the Carton Council works to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill. Through a united effort, the Carton Council is committed to building a sustainable infrastructure for carton recycling nationwide and works toward their continual goal of adding access to carton recycling throughout the U.S. For more information, visit CartonOpportunities.org.


New York City Expanding Organic Waste Collection

By Alan Gerlat, Waste 360 1-14-14

New York City will expand its curbside collection of organic materials to parts of Queens and Brooklyn beginning in April.

The Department of Sanitation (DOS) said in a news release that the service will be rolled out to parts of three neighborhoods in Queens and five in Brooklyn. The DOS already provides organics collection in areas of Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

The program affects single-family homes or buildings with nine or fewer residential units. The week before service begins, homes will receive a starter kit that includes a brochure detailing the program, a small kitchen container and a brown outdoor organics bin.

Residents can put organic waste from the home and yard in the brown organics bin.

“By launching our organics collection program, we will help the city reduce trash disposal costs and create renewable energy or compost – a natural fertilizer,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.




Help Wanted


Town of Candia is looking to fill two (2) part-time staff positions at their Recycling Center.  For further information contact:  Chuck Whitcher @ 603-483-2892,  Wednesday – Sunday.

Town of Dunbarton seeks a part-time Assistant Manager for the Transfer Station.  Applicants must have a CDL-B license (roll-off experience a plus), be at least 18 years old, able to lift 75 lbs., work in a fast paced environment, operate related recycling equipment and possess mechanical ability.  Saturdays are mandatory.  Starting pay is $14-$16/hr. depending on experience.

Applications available at the Dunbarton Town Office, 1011 School Street, Dunbarton, NH 03046 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (603) 774 -7090.



The town of Needham, Ma.  has 39 new 36″ x 72″ commercial grade white table tops to donate to a charitable organization or school. The table tops retail over $700 each. They do not come with legs, these will need to be purchased for $110 each set.
Spec sheet and additional information upon request.  Contact Ann at adorfman@needhamma.gov

*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*




  • February 12th: M.O.M. Meeting

  • February 17th: Presidents Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED 

  • February 20th: New Hampshire the Beautiful Board Meeting at 8:00 a.m. NRRA Offices


  • March 12th: M.O.M. Meeting




  • May 14th: M.O.M. Meeting

  • May 26th: Memorial Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED


  • June: No M.O.M. Meeting

  • June 9th & 10th: 33rd Annual Northeast Recycling Conference & Expo

  • June 10th: 5th Annual School Recycling Conference


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