Northeast Resource Recovery Association

July 15, 2016- Full of Scrap

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  • From the Director’s Chair: Food Waste, Plastics, and Free Training in Vermont
  • NRRA NEWS:  Conference Feedback Wanted; Important Dates
  • School News You Can Use: Hampstead School Recycling Training
  • NH the Beautiful:  Next Meeting August 18th
  • NHDES: SWOT-The 2016 Calendar is fully populated with Workshops
  • NH NEWS:  Organic Waste Diversion and Management Presented by North Country Council
  • VT NEWS:  Two upcoming Training Workshops Announced
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

Fireworks are hardly an environmentally friendly activity, but they’re an unwavering Fourth of July tradition. If you’re setting off your own fireworks this year, be sure to use fireworks rich in nitrogen. They often cost a bit more but put out less smoke into the environment.




Looks like another warm summer in store for 2016, and I am talking weather not politics! As we consider the immediate future temperatures it behooves us to also consider how we can address 5 of the looming challenges of the industry.

  1. Food waste and organics are rising to share the limelight as Vermont Act 148 is showing some signs of progress (see article here) and will be banning all organics by 2020. Major cities are looking to get to zero waste or at a minimum reduce their budget costs by diverting organics from their MSW (Click HERE for full article)(Another great article can be found, HERE). For every ton not landfilled or incinerated towns can save on average $70-$120 per ton including transportation. Do the math for your town and see how much your savings will result in found money!
  1. Plastics: LDPE is a bane on all recycling subsets from transfer stations to MRFS to single stream processing plants. In general plastic continues to pollute the oceans (Click Here for full article). We continue to hope for a solution similar to that of the young Belgian engineer to help with the gyres and closer to home work continues on the path of making a processing plant for LDPE a reality in Vermont.
  1. Paint Care is now up and operating in Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. At some point NRRA believes NH will step up and reduce municipal HHW costs for members tremendously by providing free paint recycling including pick up and processing removing all paint from the waste stream.
  1. Electronic Recycling is facing ever increasing costs and downstream issues. To date the Vermont program has shown the most capacity to address cost increases as the manufacturers honor their obligation to pay for the cost of recycling and pickup just like the Paint Care program. NRRA will be meeting with NHDES this summer to explore the possibility of a similar program in NH to help reduce municipal costs for electronics and even help with the handling costs.
  1. PGA glass processing has the capacity to produce even more than its current volumes. The only issue keeping this program from expanding is the availability of consistent end markets. NRRA continues to seek out additional users and projects that will help sustain this great reuse program.

NRRA has received a new USDA Grant (see below) to help with organics, lope, and electronics and that will start on October 1, 2016. Funding form this grant will help NRRA continue its current grant outreach and also provide research funding for logistical support for these new initiatives. NRRA is thankful for the confidence of the USDA in its special project work.

None of these projects would be possible without the day to day support and efforts of the entire NRRA team. Issues that arise during the normal transaction process can help identify problems and present solutions to help make all of these recycling reductions and reuse initiatives successful.

If you would like to know how you can help with any of these issues just contact the office or email us at

A special note of thanks to the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance for contracting with NRRA to perform education and outreach in its district to meet the requirements of Act 148. NRRA outreach educators Charen Fergard and Lisa Maggio have visited over 80 businesses and Gwen Erley has been in contact with over 500 different enterprises in the Bennington District, along with all 25 of the District Schools as we have completed the first six months of a 2 year initiative.  Speaking of Which…

BCSWA-LOGOfinalNRRA is presenting a dual session workshop focusing on business and operator outreach as it pertains to ACT 148 next Wednesday, July 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm at the  Arlington Inn in Arlington,VT. See below (VT NEWS) for more info!  Registration is still open, contact Gwen or Stacey at for more info or to register!


nekwmdOn Thursday, August 4th we will team up with Northeast Kingdom Waste Management for another FREE workshop for Operators at the Lyndon Public Safety Building in Lyndonville between 9 a.m. and 1 pm.  (more information about this is also below in VT NEWS),  please contact to register.


As you can tell it is not just temperature that is heating up.


Looking forward, be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall Bus Tour, and the Annual Meeting and next year’s conference date should be settled by next month’s FOS!

Enjoy your summer.

Are you a recycling instructor in need of updated curricula?


As part of our USDA grant initiative, NRRA is seeking assistance from teachers and school administrators in the targeted regions of Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT.
NRRA is updating our Recycling Curricula to meet the needs of Common Core. We need your help in providing professional development workshops for in-service teachers, decision makers, and department professionals to present these revisions and get your feedback.
If you or your school is interested in assisting with this project, please contact NRRA’s School CLUB at

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



We want to Hear from YOU!

tell us what you think

Whether you attended our this year’s Annual Conference or not, We want to hear from you!!  This is your chance to help us make next year’s conference even better than ever!  Please follow the link below to take a VERY brief (8 simple questions) survey to tell us why you did or did not attend the conference and what we can do to make it even more appealing!  We’re all ears….


save-the-date2016 NRRA ANNUAL MEETING

Mark your calendars!  The 2016 NRRA Annual Meeting will be held a week sooner this year on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.  We will update you with more details and registration info soon so stay tuned!





Join other Operators, Recycling Committee Members, Town Officials and NRRA Staff!  Wednesday, October 12, 2016  8am – 5pm (In lieu of October MOM Meeting)

Itinerary to be Announced in next Full of Scrap


NRRA’s EPICURE Project Receives Funding from USDA’s Rural Development Program

Epsom, NH, July 13 2016, The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has been named the 2016/2017 recipient of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Technical Assistance Grant Program for their proposed project to Expand Plastic Incentives and Composting to Uphold Recycling Efforts (EPICURE) in VT and NH.

The funds are primarily targeted to help planning and conservation districts, farmers, reclaimers and solid waste facility operators in the rural communities of Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT to improve markets for LDPE (#4 plastics) and organic wastes. In addition to providing information about the viability of expanding plastic and organic waste recycling programs, NRRA will also address the need for updated information about electronics and mercury devices.

The grant project begins October 1, 2016. Following preliminary research and collaborations with constituents, NRRA will offer hands-on training, education, and technical support to:

  • Understand the aspects of collecting LDPE plastic products (i.e. agricultural and marina wraps, plastic grocery and pellet bags, and shrink wrap);
  • Assess systems and tools for all residents, businesses, and institutions to find methods for managing food scraps and yard waste that works for them; and,
  • Obtain instruction on proper handling techniques for electronics and mercury containing appliances of all types.

Although the targeted audience is low-income rural communities in VT and NH, NRRA is confident that the nation will benefit from their project results.

To learn more or discuss these initiatives or opportunities, contact NRRA’s Grant Manager, Cindy Sterling, at or call 603-736-4401 ext. 10.

NRRA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write, USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Hampstead Central School Trains Students in Recycling


Hampstead, NH –Hampstead Central School hosted four Garbage Guerillas Workshops for approximately 100 third-graders on May 4.

Garbage Guerillas is a workshop designed to raise awareness of recycling possibilities by examining the current waste stream.  After a brief presentation, School CLUB Educators Cindy Sterling, Ellen Cabral and Gwen Erley coached the students on the importance of recycling and how they can each help in the process.  They reviewed the types of recycling and how to sort out compostables from actual trash.  Armed with gloves, the students sorted the bags of typical school waste.  At the end of each presentation, the students had a visual record of how much material could have been recycled.

Special thanks to the Hampstead Central School staff, Mr. Diaz and Principal Dillard.  Generous funding from the Hampstead Recycling Committee and New Hampshire the Beautiful made this event possible.


What is the School Recycling Club?

The School Recycling Club assists schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs! We are housed and managed by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA).

The CLUB can give new or existing school groups a chance to join a program that will help them promote or advance their efforts, network with other school groups, and stimulate school recycling, reducing waste and save energy.

New! The CLUB now offers 6 Classroom Workshops and School Technical Assistance Programs. These workshops are designed for use in a standard classroom setting and most can be tailored to fit the curricular and developmental needs of any class grades K-12. The Technical Assistance programs are designed to work at a larger, school wide level and focus on big picture problems and solutions. Click HERE to view  our menu of programs.

The School Recycling CLUB Benefits:

The School Recycling CLUB has over 230-member schools and over 85,000 participating students! We can help you put your school on the road to becoming greener.

Student Recyclers makes school recycling happen!

Many municipalities have successful recycling programs, but what about the “community within the community”: our schools. By adopting a school recycling program, schools can establish and reinforce environmentally sound practices throughout the students lives, giving them the opportunity to continue this behavior as adults.

 Why Recycle at Schools?

Recycling is removing materials from the waste stream and put them to new uses. By adopting a recycling program, a school not only removes materials from the waste stream, but can also:

  • reduce disposal costs,
  • save valuable landfill space,
  • conserve natural resources,
  • provide students educational opportunities, and
  • empower students with the knowledge that their actions CAN make a difference!

Here’s a little history for you:

• The NH School Recycling CLUB started in 1998 through the NH Governor’s Recycling Program.
• In 2002, Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) adopted the school program.
• In 2009 NRRA merged with Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) and added their educational resources to our School CLUB arsenal.
• In 2012, the CLUB launched its own webpage, enabling us to reach out to more schools.
• In 2013, we created our FaceBook page to provide further outreach opportunities (Facebook)
• As of today we have over 200 member schools in NH, VT, ME, MA, CT & RI. Our newsletter goes out to over 1600 subscribers.
• We are now called The School Recycling CLUB (aka The CLUB).

The CLUB was created to assist schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs. The CLUB is designed to give new or existing school groups a chance to join a program that will help them promote or advance their efforts, network with other school groups, and stimulate school recycling. For example:
• The CLUB has developed a series of educational resources for students and teachers to use in our Resource section.
• We publish a monthly newsletter “School News You Can Use” throughout the school year.
• We offer Workshops and Technical Assistance throughout New England using a network of experienced educators.
• We have developed a waste audit STAR Assessment to monitor recycling efforts and suggest improvements to schools. The STAR is free of charge when done in conjunction with a CLUB Workshop or Technical Assistance. The results of a STAR Assessment can help your school determine how best to start your waste reduction program. (As a bonus, you can use the data you collect for real-world math lessons on weight, volume, graphs and charts.)
• We are supported in part by NH the Beautiful (, an organization dedicated to recycling and offering discounted products and educational opportunities to NH schools.NRRA-CLUB-applergclipped-150x150

Please take a few minutes to check out our website and our resources. We hope you find them useful, and we welcome your feedback on how we can improve in the future.





NH the Beautiful ‘Ups the Ante” for Floor Scale Grants
(And an NRRA Vendor will offer incentive discounts too!)

Since NRRA highly recommends our members acquire floor scales to tally and track weights of their material,  NH the Beautiful is generously offering grants for up to 50% of the cost of the scale.   Typically, NHtB offers up to 20% of purchase cost on most recycling equipment grants so this is a very special, limited time offer!   

Floor scales can range in price from $1500 – $2000 depending on type and style.  NRRA has an approved vendor who will offer a 20% discount to NRRA Members….it is feasible you could have floor scales at your facility for approximately $750!!

To obtain a quote and receive your 20% discount or to apply for a grant, contact your NRRA Member Services Representative for more information!


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, 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 NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be on August 18, 2o16.  Please submit your grant applications by August 1st to have them considered at this next meeting!


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.


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.




SWOT: The 2016 Calendar is fully populated with Workshops!

The Solid Waste Operator Training & Certification Program has populated the remaining months of the 2016 calendar with Continuing Professional Development opportunities for all types of operators.  Below is a table with the list of classes and number of remaining seats.  For full workshop descriptions, please go to and click on either the course title or time. Each workshop is at least 2.5 hours and will count towards Continuing Professional Development.

Solid Waste Operator Training 2016 Workshop Calendar

WorkshopDate (Time)LocationSeats Available

(as of 7/8)

Things that Go Bang!Jul 13 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDESFULL
Things that Go Bang!Jul 13 (1:00 pm – 4:00)NHDES40
P2 & HHWAug 24 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDESFULL
P2 & HHWAug 24 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES19
Asbestos (REPEAT)Sept 22 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES17
Asbestos (REPEAT)Sept 22 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES37
Basic Training (For those who certified prior to 2011)Sept 29 (8:00 am – 2:30 pm)NHDES45
Mock InspectionOct 12 (10:00 am)Hollis30
Managers, Part IIOct 27 (9:00 am – Noon)Littleton30
Managers, Part IIOct 27 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)Littleton30
Universal Waste, Part IINov 15 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES60
Landfills:  Everything you did not know you Need to KnowDec 20 (9:00 am – Noon)NHDES40
Landfills:  Everything you did not know you Need to KnowDec 20 (1:00 – 4:00 pm)NHDES40

We also have had numerous concerns regarding late or expired certifications.  Many of the concerns stemmed from misinformation and confusion on the renewal process.  As a quick reminder,  when you are renewing your certification, there are three steps that YOU as the licensed operator must ensure take place regardless of who is mailing or paying for renewals.  1.  You must submit proof of 2.5 hours of continuing professional development within one year from your expiration date with your renewal form; 2.  Ensure that your renewal application has been sent to NHDES; and 3.  Ensure that the fee for your certification is included with the renewal application.

 We also have many webinars listed on our website, which we recently learned have been either taken offline or have been altered.  We will be addressing this situation in the upcoming months.  Please let us know if you have any questions on webinars or if you have a suggestion for a webinar to be added to our website.

Thank You,

Tara Albert



Workshop Announcement: Organic Waste Diversion and Management Presented by North Country Council

Organics Management Workshop 2 - announcement




On Wednesday, July 20th join us in cooperation with the Bennington Solid Waste Alliance at the Arlington Inn.

Arlington Inn Flyer 7-20-16 Revised


On Thursday, August 4th join us in cooperation with Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District and the USDA Rural Development at the Lyndon Public Safety Building



“No More Ironing – I am going Flying Instead!”

Recycling Center Creations by Dan Farrar of Springfield, VT – Biplane from Recycled Materials

Titled:  “No More Ironing – I am going Flying Instead!”

Biplane 4




Join NEWMOA & EPA for a Webinar on Recent Updates & Revisions to EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 10:00 – 11:30 EST

Presenters from EPA Headquarters and ICF International, their contractor will provide an overview of the most recent revisions to EPA’s WARM. This free webinar is open to federal, state, and local government officials, NGOs, companies, consultants, and others who are involved in solid waste management. There will be ample time for Q & A. To register, go to:

EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from different waste management practices. WARM calculates and totals GHG emissions for baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, combustion, composting, anaerobic digestion, and landfilling. The Model calculates emissions across a wide range of material types commonly found in municipal solid waste. The latest version of WARM was released in March 2016. The majority of updates concern the addition of the anaerobic digestion materials management pathway. EPA added energy and emissions for anaerobic digestion of organic materials, including food waste, yard trimmings, and mixed organics.


tiffany kollarTiffany Kollar has worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for 12 years. She began her career working in hazardous waste and the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities program. She has been working on the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) for seven years. In that time, WARM has been extensively updated in the organics category to include new food waste factors and composting and anaerobic digestion. Along with WARM, Ms. Kollar is working on wasted food issues including the 2030 Food Waste Reduction Goal and the Food Recovery Challenge.  Ms. Kollar holds a JD and MPS in Forest and Natural Resource Management from Syracuse University. She will present an overview of WARM and EPA’s recent upgrades.

bobby renzBobby Renz is a Manager with ICF International who has focused on climate, sustainability, and materials management issues. He has been involved in lifecycle assessment and greenhouse gas) inventory projects analyzing climate and waste impacts for both public and private clients. Mr. Renz manages support for the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM). Mr. Renz has supported WARM for over seven years, contributing to updates related to anaerobic digestion, food waste source reduction, plastics, construction and demolition materials, organics composting, landfilling, and all annual data updates. He has also provided stakeholder support to WARM users throughout that time. Mr. Renz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. His presentation will focus on how to use WARM, the recent updates, what underlies the model’s calculators, and its outputs.



Help Wanted


The Town of Marlborough (pop. 2,000) seeks a knowledgeable and experienced, part-time (approx. 20 hours/week) Solid Waste Manager to manage and coordinate all aspects of the community’s Recycling Center/Transfer Station. Working under the supervision of a three-member Board of Selectmen, the Manager supervises three part-time employees.

Desired skills and experience include knowledge of municipal solid waste and recycling management issues, mechanical aptitude and “trouble shooting” skills and experience operating mechanical/motorized equipment used in solid waste operations. The candidate must have or be eligible to obtain State certification. Must be able to perform physical tasks including lifting, turning, reaching and squatting. Candidates should possess proven interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with the ability to maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, department heads, employees and the public. In addition, working Saturday (the center’s busiest day) is required.

Salary for this part-time position is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Submit cover letter, resume and references to Sandra LaPlante, Administrative Assistant, PO Box 487, Marlborough, NH 03455 or email to by noon on August 11, 2015. The Town of Marlborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


For Sale


Joes toter


Count: 76

Cost: $20/each

Seller will Deliver.

Vendor’s (Seller’s) Logo on one side

Please call  Joe at 1-978-670-7140



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.


spectecSPECTOR MANUFACTURING INC.-Trailer/Parts Sales

spectec trailerAt Spector Manufacturing Inc. providing the highest level of customer satisfaction is our top priority. Founded in 1994, we have quickly grown to become an industry leader for all your demolition, construction, and waste management needs. We offer a wide variety of steel and aluminum moving floor, rear ejector, and dump trailers that can be custom tailored to meet your specifications. In addition, we also carry an extensive parts inventory to meet all your repair needs. Our on- site repair facility is open to all makes and models and our repair crew has a combined experience of over 40 years in the industry! In short, whatever your needs are, Spectec is here to help you take care of them.

Contact: Faller Enterprises LLC (603) 455-6336



Selco Vertical Baler

Weathersfield, VT DPW has a used Selco Vertical Baler for sale.  Model# V5-HD.  Good working condition.  $5000.00 or Best Offer.  Contact Wesley Hazeltine at 802-291-3219 for more information.




  • July 20th-FREE Recycling Training for Businesses and Operators-Arlington Inn, Arlington, VT


  • August 4th-FREE Operator Training-Lyndon Public Library, Lyndonville, VT

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