Northeast Resource Recovery Association

July 1, 2015-Full of Scrap


patriotic-recycle-logo-2-SM_fullINSIDE THIS ISSUE

  •  From the Director’s Chair: Three Inspirational Recycling Stories
  • NRRA Awarded USDA Grant
  • Reminder: NRRA Will be Closed on Friday, July 3rd.
  • Our own Mike Durfor on NPR
  • NH the Beautiful
  • NH News: Two Enterprising NH Teens Created a School Composting Program
  • VT NEWS: GoodPoint Recycling to Host E-cycles Training
  • National News:  American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

Old crayons don’t decompose but you can send your unused colors into Crazy Crayons to have them recycled into new!



directors-chair1-200x300Each issue of the Full of Scrap is an opportunity to relay information and educate our members and supporters across New England. Sometimes we have to share challenges in the marketplace and hopefully solutions for those challenges. In addition we also get to share inspiring initiatives and progress being made to a better future and a protected environment. In this 4th of July issue we have 3 such inspiring stories and we hope they help you work through the challenges we all work on making tomorrow better than today.

Saving the Oceans: One sneaker at a time!

At our School Conference in 2014 we featured a Ted Talk presentation from a young student, Boyan Slat, working on reducing the plastic in the “gyres” (To view click this link: Not sure if the folks at Adidas saw that talk or found out about his work but they are working on making sneakers out of oceanic plastic!

Adidas Created A Shoe That Is Literally Made Out Of Trash

n-ADIDAS-large570Recycled ocean trash sneakers might be the new Air Jordans.

German apparel giant Adidas has created a prototype for a sustainable new shoe made almost entirely from recycled garbage pulled from the ocean, the company announced on Monday. The upper shoe is made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed from illegal deep-sea gillnets and other ocean waste, while the base is made from sustainable cushioning material.

To View the entire article click the link below:


A second sign of progress and hopeful activity is the work of the two Winnacunnet Students NRRA honored at its 6th Annual School Conference in June. See the full article on their work below.  Caroline Anastasia and Grace Cushing are great examples of young people stepping up and helping the environment.

Innovative Recycling Idea Grace Cushing & Caroline Anastasia-Winnacunnet HS 5

Caroline Anastasia & Grace Cushing Receiving their Innovative Recycling Idea Awards at the 6th Annual School Recycling Conference in June.

PLAN: Continues to Grow Nationwide

Alex Fried and his student cohorts at UNH have started a nationwide program that is virtually taking off. Post Landfill Action Network has been an NRRA supported collaborative program since its inception six year ago and we are thrilled at its success and look for it to go GLOBAL!! See the short video here:

These three stories inspire and motivate each of the NRRA team members. The Board of Trustees, the Staff and the Members are encouraged to rededicate their efforts each day to making a better tomorrow. Thanks to you and the entire NRRA team our environment will be there for those to come.

 Enjoy the 4th!

NRRA Awarded USDA Training Grant

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Epsom, NH-On Thursday, June 25, 2015 the US Department of Agriculture awarded a Grant to the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) to be used for training solid waste facility staff and recycling educators in rural Vermont and New Hampshire Communities.

In a three-pronged approach, regional workshops would be offered both on-site and through webinars for rural transfer station staff who have limited or no access to these opportunities. Not only will it increase knowledge of state and federal mandates, as well as current markets, it will encourage cooperation between towns and schools in bundling their recyclables for maximum value. The Vermont communities will have a focus on Act 148 compliance and requirements in their workshops.

The second phase would “train the trainers” by offering workshops to school educators in rural areas that do not have available funding. After completion, participating Teachers would earn the NRRA Certified Recycling Educator designation. Once trained, Teachers would be given the resources to train other Teachers who would not otherwise have access. Teachers would be shown how to conduct NRRA workshops, technical assistance trainings, and NRRA’s proprietary STAR Assessment – a comprehensive review of all phases of a school’s recycling and waste management practices.

In the third phase, the NRRA Teacher’s Resource Guide and Teaching Toxics Guide would be updated and made available to Recycling Educators. The two guides will include lesson plans and activities for all grades from K-12. Common Core Standards would be aligned with the 3R’s of recycling: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This would allow Teachers to sustain recycling education going forward.

The Grant period starts October 1, 2015 and runs through September 30, 2016. More information will be available by September. NRRA is honored to be recognized for its work by his grant award. If your town or school is interested in participating in this opportunity please contact us at or



**Reminder** NRRA will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observation of the July 4th Holiday.  Please plan ahead and book your loads accordingly.  Thank you and have a very Happy Holiday!


New Hampshire Public Radio (NPR):The Dollar and Cents of Recycling

If you happened to be listening to NPR on Wednesday, June 24th you may have heard some familiar names on the air!  Our very own Executive Director, Michael Durfor along with NRRA Board Members, Duncan Watson and John Halstead, Ph. D.  were interviewed on the station’s popular morning show, The Exchange.  The show’s subject matter focused primarily on the economics of recycling on its effects  here in New Hampshire.  To listen to the broadcast, click this link:


Plastic Gaylords Available For Sale!

plastic_gaylordNRRA is taking orders for these 43”W x 36”H x 32”D gaylords. They are very durable and great for storage of aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics, or paper.
Filled with cans or plastic, they are light enough to move by hand or can be stacked two high! And, although they are lightweight, they are extremely strong and have a top that can also act as a bottom to add strength and extend life expectancy.

NRRA has already received orders for 28 of these gaylords, but we need reach a minimum of 40. Any takers? Cost $116/ea without lid, $134/ea with lid (as pictured above).



safety-alert For Safety at local facilities AND our markets – please do NOT include small propane tanks in with steel cans!!

Per one NRRA Vendor :

“Any bundles found to contain propane tanks will result in immediate rejection of the entire load and the active order will be closed immediately. IF YOU CAN NOT GUARANTEE THIS, PLEASE DO NOT SHIP!!

The liability to the mill and our shippers is too great to risk any issues with propane tanks.”




Grants Program for NH Municipalities

Do you need equipment for your facility?  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, 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.10. 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.


NHtB Also has Clear Stream Containers and 14-Gallon Recycling Bins for Sale at Discounted Prices 

Click the links below to find out how you can get yours!  Please note that effective July 1, 2015 the cost of the 14 gallon Curbside Recycling Bins have increased by .50 cents a bin.  We regret this unavoidable increase but assure you that these bins are still being offered at a great discounted rate to all Towns, Schools, Businesses and non-profit organization who apply. 


Click here for ClearStream info.


Click here for Curbside Recycling Bin info.


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 –

 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 ( administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.




 NHDES Proposes to Amend Rule Regarding Required Signature

The Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is proposing to amend administrative rule Env-Sw 1105.13(b) regarding the requirement for an elected or appointed official to sign the annual facility reports for active solid waste facilities, instead allowing these reports to be signed by a “duly-authorized individual”.  The rulemaking notice indicates that this change is the result of numerous complaints from public officials and solid waste operators about the signature requirement.  A copy of the proposed rule is available here.  A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9:00 at DES Offices, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, in Room 111.  The deadline for submission of written comments on the proposed rule is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015.


Training Opportunities for Solid Waste Facility Operators

NHDES is offering Basic Training on Friday, August 14, 2015 from 8:30AM-2:30PM, with the exam following the training.  If you want to attend Basic Training, please complete the Initial Application for Solid Waste Facility Operator Certification available at and submit it to NHDES along with the required $50 fee.  If you have any questions, please call (603) 271-2925.


Continuing Professional Development for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operators

Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing professional development each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application for trainings not provided by DES. Credit will generally be given for continuing professional development that offers information about and increases awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.

DES offers workshops to meet the 2.5 hour per year requirement of continuing professional development, but also accepts relevant training from other organizations. Please click HERE for some current training opportunities. DES updates their web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.



Two Enterprising N.H. Teens Created a School Composting Program. Here’s How They Did It.

*Note* The two young ladies featured in this article were honored with an award at the 6th Annual NRRA School Recycling Conference and also presented a workshop at the conference.

By Chrissy Kadleck, Waste 360

Caroline Anastasia and Grace Cushing ended their high school career with distinguished environmental honors.

The motivated duo, friends since fourth grade, spent their senior year researching, funding and creating a food waste composting system at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H.

The program, which targeted cafeteria food waste, not only earned the pair the “Innovative Recycling Idea of the Year” award from the School Recycling Club (the CLUB) of Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), it diverted seven tons of organic material from going to the local landfill in 14 weeks.

“We both wanted to help and make a difference and we’re really happy with how it went,” says Anastasia. The girls’ efforts have also garnered them two additional notable awards including the Eco Maine Sustainability award and the Aquarian Water Environmental Champion award.

After attending an Advanced Studies program at St. Paul’s School in Concord, the girls decided to channel their sustainability knowledge into their senior seminar project. They originally hoped to create a compost pile on their school site but public policy would have made that challenging, if not impossible.

They didn’t want to give up on the idea so they engaged the help of local transfer stations, a composting hauling company and a nearby school, Oyster River High School, which had its own fledgling food waste program.

By collaborating with teachers and staff, and obtaining permission, they wrote a grant and received funding from school supporters. They lined up a vendor and rallied the student body to support the program. In a few short months, their program was up and running.

“There would be good days when the kids would separate all their stuff and there would be horrible days when they wouldn’t separate it well,” says Anastasia. “We had to sit by the trash cans every single day. People started calling us ‘Trash Girls’—not in a mean way.

“It kind of stunk for us because it was senior year and we had to spend every single one of our lunches monitoring the trash cans,” she says. “We knew it was worth it because we were making a difference, but it was challenging.”

If they had to do it over again, the girls says they would first implement the program at the elementary school.

“I feel like kids that age are more open to change and more adaptable,” Anastasia says. “If they start at a young age (third through fifth grade), they are more likely to carry it on as they get to high school. They are old enough to understand but not too old to think they’re too cool to compost.”

Anastasia and Cushing were recognized by the NRRA for their inspiration and motivation, says Mark Richardson, NRRA Trustee and Hampton Transfer Station Manager. Richardson worked closely with the girls and nominated them for the NRRA award.

“I’ve been here since 2000 and for seniors at Winnacunnet High School have come over and asked me all kinds of questions about recycling and then they write a paper as their senior seminar,” Richardson says. “Grace and Caroline were very different.”

He says they persevered at every turn. They met with their science teacher, administrators, cafeteria workers, the school board and even secured $2,200 from the Friends of Winnacunnet Foundation to pay for liners, which cost $1.11 each, and composting services.

“They did all the work and that’s what impressed me,” he says. “Here were two girls who, for the first time, actually did a project for their senior seminar. They were getting ready to graduate and they got this done.”

Both recent graduates intend to pursue sustainability causes. Cushing will attend Tulane University in New Orleans this fall and plans to major in environmental science. Anastasia will attend University of Connecticut and study chemistry with the ultimate goal of working to create more environmentally-friendly food packaging.



Good Point Recycling to Host E-Cycles Training

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Webinar Announcement

Good Point Recycling will host a training webinar on July 15th at 10 AM and an on-site training at 227 Pond ln Middlebury, VT 05753 on July 29th.   All operators involved in any aspect of the Vermont E-Cycles program are invited and encouraged to attend, particularly recent hires or anyone new to the program. Discussion topics will cover proper handling, labeling, storage and identification of covered and banned electronic devices as well as other pertinent information to the program. To register, please respond to Nathan Hill at

Are there any special considerations for broken or damaged Electronic Devices?

As a general rule, if an electronic device is physically broken, special care should be taken to ensure that components of the items do not leak or contaminate the facility or material stream. Broken CRT glass should be placed in a cardboard box or large plastic bag and labelled before being placed in a gaylord or stored for transport to a recycler. Broken or leaking batteries should also be contained and labelled before placing in a larger storage container. LCD or flat panel displays can contain fluorescent lamps that may contain mercury. If an LCD display shows evidence of damage to the lamps please clean up immediately and place in a “closed container that is structurally sound, protects from further breakage, and is compatible with the waste (i.e., not a metal container).” Further details can be found at the following link and please direct any questions or concerns to Nathan Hill at

~Nathan Hill, Good Point Recycling



American recycling is stalling, and the big blue bin is one reason why 

By Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post, June 20, 2015

Tucked in the woods 30 miles north of Washington is a plant packed with energy-guzzling machines that can make even an environmentalist’s heart sing — giant conveyor belts, sorters and crushers saving a thousand tons of paper, plastic and other recyclables from reaching landfills each day.

The 24-hour operation is a sign that after three decades of trying, a culture of curbside recycling has become ingrained in cities and counties across the country. Happy Valley, however, it is not.

Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to prop up one of the nation’s busiest facilities here in Elkridge, Md. — but it is still losing money. In fact, almost every facility like it in the country is running in the red. And Waste Management and other recyclers say that more than 2,000 municipalities are paying to dispose of their recyclables instead of the other way around.

In short, the business of American recycling has stalled. And industry leaders warn that the situation is worse than it appears.

“If people feel that recycling is important — and I think they do, increasingly — then we are talking about a nationwide crisis,” said David Steiner, chief executive of Waste Management, the nation’s largest recycler that owns the Elkridge plant and 50 others.

The Houston-based company’s recycling division posted a loss of nearly $16 million in the first quarter of the year. In recent months, it has shut nearly one in 10 of its biggest recycling facilities. An even larger percentage of its plants may go dark in the next 12 months, Steiner said.

The problems of recycling in America are both global and local. A storm of falling oil prices, a strong dollar and a weakened economy in China have sent prices for American recyclables plummeting worldwide.

Environmentalists and other die-hard conservation advocates question if the industry is overstating a cyclical slump.

“If you look at the long-term trends, there is no doubt that the markets for most recyclables have matured and that the economics of recycling, although it varies, has generally been moving in the right direction,” said Eric A. Goldstein, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who tracks solid waste and recycling in New York.

“And that’s without factoring in the external impact of landfilling or anything else,” he added. “There aren’t a lot of people saying, ‘Send more material to landfills.’ ”

Still, the numbers speak for themselves: a three-year trend of shrinking profits and rising costs for U.S. municipalities — and little evidence that they are a blip.

Trying to encourage conservation, progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have made matters worse. By pushing to increase recycling rates with bigger and bigger bins — while demanding almost no sorting by consumers — the recycling stream has become increasingly polluted and less valuable, imperiling the economics of the whole system.

“We kind of got everyone thinking that recycling was free,” said Bill Moore, a leading industry consultant on paper recycling who is based in Atlanta. “It’s never really been free, and in fact, it’s getting more expensive.”

Many of the problems facing the industry can be traced to the curbside blue bin — and the old saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Anyone who has ever tossed a can into a bin knows what’s supposed to happen: Anything recyclable can go in, and then somehow, magically, it’s all separated and reused.

The idea originated in California in the 1990s. Environmental advocates believed that the only way to increase participation in recycling programs was to make it easier. Sorting took time and was messy. No one liked it. So-called Material Recovery Facilities, or MRFs, were created to do what consumers wouldn’t.

With conveyers, spinning flywheels, magnets and contraptions that look like giant Erector Sets, companies found that they could recycle almost everything at once. Lightweight newspaper and cardboard were sent tumbling upward, as if in a clothes dryer. Glass, plastic and metal fell into a series of belts and screens. Automation was adopted to sort, bale and send to manufacturers all those tons of paper, bottles and cans.

For Sale

Lee Roll Off28.5 cu. yd. Roll-off container – 22’L  x  7′ W  x  5′ H
Needs door chain welded on.  Needs hinge wall stiffened.
$500 or best offer picked up in Lee, NH
Needs work  –  Hinge wall needs welding, etc.
For more information contact Roger Rice, Lee  NH Transfer Station – cell:  603- 969-9626



HHW SignOne Household Hazardous Waste Day sign.
Sign is 3ft x 5ft. Sign is laminated on plexi-glass. Made for use outside, so it can withstand the rain.
You must pick it up at the Peterborough Recycling Center

Contact Scott Bradford:

Phone: 603-924-8095




  • Friday, July 3rd: NRRA Offices Closed for Independence Day Holiday

  • July 8: M.O.M Meeting at NRRA Office 9:00 a.m.


  • NO MOM Meeting This Month

  • August 19: NRRA Board Meeting 9:00 a.m.-Location to be announced



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