July 2019 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair:  Reagan’s First Month & First Media Interview
  • NRRA NEWS:  July Pricing, Compost Bins for Sale, Member Spotlight, and more!
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use:  Changing of the Guards
  • NH the Beautiful:  Take advantage of the NHtB Equipment Grant Special!
  • NH Dept. Of Environmental Services:  HHW Events, Annual Facility Reports
  • Recycling News from Around New England:  This month features news from NH, ME and CT
  • National News:  Explosive Electronics,  Could there be hope for the Paper & Plastic Markets?
  • International Solutions:  The Only Fish that Should Swallow Plastics
  • Classifieds


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million



During the past six weeks as the new Executive Director of  NRRA, I’ve been drinking from the firehose and loving it. 

In addition to getting to know the talented staff here, I’ve enjoyed meeting some of our members, vendors and partners.  Between the June Members/Operations Marketing Committee and Board of Trustees meetings, the July Cheshire members meeting and site visits, I’ve gotten a taste of some of the key issues affecting our supporters, including the economic realities of the current market, public education, and safety.  

At its roots, NRRA is an organization dedicated to supporting the success of our members in recycling and waste diversion.  I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months and learning from you both what NRRA is doing well and how we can better support your important work.

Check out Reagan’s first official media interview as NRRA’s Executive Director in the WasteDive Article Below:

New Hampshire passes recycling study bill amid market challenges

    Legislators were moved to act after seeing local communities suspend programs or undergo price increases. Gov. Chris Sununu has yet to give final approval. Read Full Article



The NRRA July 2019  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

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

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.

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.


NRRA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:  Walpole Transfer Station

Walpole, NH may only have just a little over 4,000 people who reside there, but they have a bustling recycling center with a long history of volunteers who come and help the staff at the facility. Residents recycle paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, electronics, freon, metal, tires,  and more. NRRA also works with Walpole’s MSW and C+D contract. A new horizontal baler assists with compacting material. They have an active reuse center and a planted garden by the pond to encourage community participation and enjoyment. Ben Hoy, the new Manager at the Recycling Center, is always looking for better ways to improve their systems and greets everyone with a friendly hello. NRRA awarded Walpole with the “Most Programs through NRRA in 2018” award at our 38th Annual Conference this year.

*Note:  We’d love to begin spotlighting more of our Member facilities.  Please send us a cool or interesting picture from your transfer station/recycling center and tell us more about you so we can share it with other NRRA Members!!  Send your information and pictures to Stacey Morrison, smorrison@nrra.net


NRRA Has Compost Bins, Rain Barrels, Kitchen Pails and Compost Turners for Sale!

  • Compost Bin  $58.00 each
  • Rain Barrels   $65.00 each
  • Kitchen Pails  $10.00 each
  • Compost Turners   $26.00 each

Call 603-736-4401 or email info@nrra.net to order yours today!! Sorry, delivery is not available, all items must be picked up at our office in Epsom, NH.


From Heather Herring’s Desk:  Dear Scrappigail

Each month Heather tackles the tough recycling questions that come in to our Member Services department from transfer stations, concerned citizens, and businesses.

Dear Scrappigail-

I recycle my paper, plastics and aluminum cans every week at my recycling center. I try to reduce my use of plastics and refuse straws in my drink at the local diner. One week, I found out that my local recycling center wasn’t recycling yogurt cups (plastic #5s) anymore and putting them in the trash. I got really upset and started yelling at the operator there, but he won’t listen to me. What can I do to make sure my recyclables aren’t thrown away? Can I call the president of the United States about this? I am mad!  ~Overheated in Ossipee

Dear Overheated-

I understand your frustration at wanting to do the right thing and recycle as much as you can. You also mention trying to refuse unnecessary plastic and reducing how much you use. They are some of the good practices in order to lighten the resources we use: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. Yelling at the recycling center staff isn’t likely the best way to get what you want and it slows them down from doing their job of recycling. Often towns have a Recycling Committee and it is best to put your request and questions in writing locally and follow up with it. It is true that the squeaky wheel does get the grease!

Sometimes changes in recycling policies are the result of a change in the market to sell them; other times it is due to lack of space at the recycling center for that commodity. Each town has different places they send their recyclables, which is why towns have different recycling policies. NRRA helps to find each town the best solution for their needs and assist with problem-solving.


NRRA VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Safe Battery Recycling Matters!

When it comes to battery recycling, safety is the number one priority. This is especially true of batteries that may be damaged or defective, showing signs of bloating, swelling or puncture. Call2Recycle®, the country’s leading consumer battery recycling program and stewardship organization, provides special recycling services that meet U.S. DOT requirements for these batteries. Learn more about damaged, defective or recalled batteries (https://www.call2recycle.org/safety/damaged-defective-and-recalled-batteries/) and visit the Call2Recycle store (https://www.call2recycle.org/store/) to purchase damaged, defective or recalled lithium battery kits.



August 2019

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 – NH the Beautiful Board Meeting @ NRRA Office- 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday , August 21, 2019 – NRRA Office Closing at Noon for Office Clean up Day!
  • Associate Dues Invoices & Vendor Fee Invoices will go out this month

September 2019

  • Monday, September 2, 2019 – Happy Labor Day!  NRRA Office Closed
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – NRRA MOM Meeting @ NRRA Office, Epsom, NH – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – NRRA Board of Trustees Meeting @ NRRA Office – 10:30 am – 12 Noon



*School News You Can Use has taken a month off for “Summer Vacation” but will return next month just in time for the schools to open!  In the meantime, here’s some important information about the NRRA School CLUB.

Changing of the Guards

This past month we were sad to say good bye to NRRA School CLUB Special Project Manager, Sarah McGraw.  Sarah did a lot of great work with our School CLUB including outreach to hundreds of NH Schools, workshops, presentations, grant work and research, technical assistance at schools across the state and so much more!  Her field of interest has always been composting, especially since attending the Maine Composting School when she first began her work with NRRA.  This is why is should come as no surprise that Sarah will be moving on to work with Mr. Fox Composting in York, Maine.  We will surely miss Sarah’s hard work and dedication to the recycling education cause but we wish her all the very best in her new endeavor and we know we will be seeing her again!

Some of you may have met or worked with Julia Lemay, an educator who has been assisting Gwen Erley, Cindy Sterling and Sarah McGraw in their educational outreach and programming as of late.  We are pleased to announce that we’ve made Julia a temporary NRRA Staff Member to assist us with completing some of the great work that Sarah started.  One of Julia’s targets for this Summer has been visiting Summer Camps across NH & MA to assist them with waste audits and TOLDs (Trash On The Lawn Days).

If your school (or summer camp) is interested in learning more about our educational programming, technical assistance and workshops, please call Gwen Erley at 603-736-4401 or email theclub@nrra.net


It’s Never Too Early to Plan Ahead!

Kermit with Kids 2

Is your school science class or recycling or environmental club looking for a fun, educational and environmentally friendly field trip for next year??  Pre-register (before 10/1/19) today for our 11th Annual School CLUB Recycling Conference in Manchester NH in May, 2020 and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your total conference registration fee!  NH Schools are eligible for a 50% discount thanks to funding from NH the Beautiful PLUS the additional 10% discount!

Our conference offers fun, educational workshops geared to both teachers and students that address the most current trends and issues in school recycling today; an exhibit hall with fun activities for the kids and vendors who can offer educational insight into the importance of recycling and what happens when you recycle; and a special awards luncheon to recognize outstanding student, school and teacher recyclers.



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.

Grants Program for NH Municipalities- New Special Available!

Do you need equipment for your facility? A Floor Scale?  Storage Containers? 

Breaking News!  As of June 7th, 2019, The NH the Beautiful Board has voted to consider grant reimbursements of up to 50% on Floor Scales and Storage (shipping) Containers.  The Floor scales must be purchased through FairBanks Scales as they offer an additional 25% off their regular prices to NRRA Members, the 50% grant would apply to the discounted price.   Storage Containers must be purchased through the NRRA cooperative purchasing program to be eligible for this particular grant special.  If you are in need of either of these two items, please submit your grant application as soon as possible (by email, info@nrra.net or fax to 603-736-4401)  Once the grant funds run out, this special will end.

All other qualifying NHtB Equipment grants are typically approved for 20% of the purchase price with a total cap of $5000 per request.

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, CLICK HERE, print & fill out the form and fax it to 603-736-4402 or email it to info@nrra.net.   If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call, and we can fax or mail a form to you.   The next NHtB Board Meeting will be held on August 1, 2019.   If you wish to apply for an NHtB Equipment Grant, please send in your application no later than July 23rd.  If you miss this deadline, you can submit an application for the October 2019 Meeting.


2019 Litter Free NH (Blue Bags) Campaign!  Order your FREE Bags today!

Is your City/Town, Class, or organization planning a “Green Up” or Road Side Clean Up event in your community?  If not, It’s never too late to plan one and NH the Beautiful makes it easy by offering road side clean up litter bags (up to 10 cases per municipality!) for FREE!

All orders should be submitted to NRRA via fax or email (see info below). Bags will still be picked up at the NRRA office at 2101 Dover Road in Epsom.

If you are interested in ordering blue bags, please fill out an order form and mail, email or fax it directly to NRRA.    A participation packet can be found HERE.

If you have questions about the program, you may call NRRA at 603-736-4401 x. 10.

Email completed forms to info@nrra.net  or Fax to 603-736-4402.


Is your Town, Organization, School or Group planning a Spring or Summer Event?

The RecycleMobile is a unique, mobile recycling trailer created to assist “special event” organizers with collecting recyclables. The RecycleMobile consists of a fiberglass “box” with six collection holes (three per side).  The “box” is attached to a 4′ x 6′ trailer and houses six 32 gallon barrels. Collection signs are attached by two pieces of VelcroTM above the holes and can be changed depending on which materials are being collected!

The RecycleMobile is not only practical, but easy to use, eye catching and educational!  Consider using the RecycleMobile at:


  • Home Comings
  • Sporting Events
  • Fall Harvest Days
  • School/Park Clean Ups
  • Street Festivals/Fairs
  • Earth Day Events

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of  New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. and NRRA, The RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH municipalities, Schools and community groups for FREE!!!

Visit www.nrra.net or call us at 1-800-223-0150 for more information


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


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).

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.





News from Tara Albert at NHDES

At our last MOM Meeting in June, Tara told us that the NHDES website offers a listing of scheduled HHW Event Days across the state.  Here is a direct link to that list for anyone that may find it useful:  https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/hhwp/documents/hhw-schedule.pdf

Annual Facility Reports – Mid-Way through 2019

The SWMB at NHDES would like to remind you that each year all solid waste facilities must submit an Annual Facility Report (AFR) including for inactive facilities (i.e. closed landfills).  We are a little bit more than halfway through 2019 and ALL facilities should be keeping data to complete their 2019 AFR, which is required to be submitted by March 31, 2020.  Additionally, the SWOT Program will host 2 mini work sessions for those that would like assistance filling out their AFRs.  These sessions will be held on January 15, 2020, so mark your calendar.  For more information on these sessions, please contact Tara Mae Albert at tara.albert@des.nh.gov or (603)271-3713.



New Hampshire voters could slow development of new Casella landfill

WasteDive, Cole Rosengren

Casella’s efforts to expand the Bethlehem site have been blocked multiple times in recent years, leading the company to pursue what it has described as “Plan B” for more landfill space in New Hampshire. This comes after another Casella site closed due to public and regulatory pressure in Massachusetts last year. According to a company presentation, Casella settled on the Dalton site after considering multiple options in the middle of New Hampshire with close highway access.

Read Full Article Here


Connecticut bag ban spurs contentious food waste debate

WasteDive, Cole Rosengren

Connecticut’s newly passed bag bill marks an incremental step forward in plastic reduction efforts. It’s also being described as a missed opportunity by many involved in the process.

The law defines “single-use” as plastic bags less than 4 mils thick – excluding bags for meat, fish, produce, newspapers and dry cleaning. The dozen-plus municipalities that already have their own policies in place will be allowed to keep them, and others can still pass stricter ordinances.

Environmental groups wanted to see paper bags included as well, while companies in the organics world pushed for compostable bags to be exempted entirely. The final version has resulted in a universally palatable stalemate of sorts, but tension remains after a heated legislative process.

Read Full Article Here


Market shifts prompt bill to shore up Maine recycling programs

Portland Press Herald, Peter McGuire

State policymakers alarmed by the growing number of Maine communities restricting or abandoning costly recycling programs will draft legislation requiring private companies to shoulder the cost of disposing of common household packaging.

The proposed measure is partially a response to the collapse of global markets for recyclables such as paper and plastic. Communities accustomed to getting paid to export low-value material to China were caught off guard last year when the national government effectively banned imports of recyclables.

Read Full Article Here



The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They literally catch fire.

The Washington Post, Geoffrey Fowler

It’s gadget season. But before you buy something new, take a look inside the recycling centers catching fire as they struggle to dispose the lithium-ion batteries in your old stuff.

What happens to gadgets when you’re done with them? Too often, they explode.

As we enter new-gadget buying season, spare a moment to meet the people who end up handling your old stuff. Isauro Flores-Hernandez, who takes apart used smartphones and tablets for a living, keeps thick gloves, metal tongs and a red fireproof bin by his desk here at Cascade Asset Management, an electronics scrap processor. He uses them to whisk away devices with batteries that burst into flames when he opens them for recycling.

Read Full Article Here


Experts express optimism for paper and plastic markets

Resource Recycling, Colin Staub

Between overseas import restrictions, tariff impacts and domestic market volatility, an erratic environment has become the norm for recycling operators around North America.

But amid that turmoil, there are plenty of factors that seem destined to push markets back up in the years ahead.

Although the speakers described a great deal of unrest around pricing, they all also offered details on billions of dollars worth of end user investments and other tangible reasons why material sellers have reason to be optimistic.

Read Full Article Here



An Artistic Solution to Ocean Plastics:  The Only Fish that should Swallow Plastics!

Fish That Swallowed Plastic Bottles’ Attracts Crowd At Malpe Beach?

Mangaluru, India, June 5, 2018: The caption might take you by surprise since it is not a real fish that has swallowed all that plastic, but a creative sculpture on Malpe Beach, near Udupi on the Arabian Sea in Karnataka, to raise awareness about the damage done by plastic materials to marine life.

This unique concept, named “Yoshi the Fish”, has been created by artist and sculptor Janardhan Havanje.

Finding Goby: the only fish that should eat plastic

Luxury boutique hotel, W Bali, Seminyak has taken a creative approach to make their business more sustainable, by installing a larger-than-life fish-shaped trash can on their beachfront, designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste on the island.

“We saw a similar installation on social media and begun researching it. We found out the fish was installed on a beach with a sign saying, ‘Goby loves plastic, please feed him!’, and we embraced the idea.” —Craig Seaward, General Manager of W Bali – Seminyak

Without a doubt, Goby helps show us exactly what is happening when the trash ends up in the sea: in the belly of fish, and the only fish that should eat plastic is Goby the Fish!

To read more about Yoshi & Goby, follow these links:





*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 Free:  Used Foremost Plastics Granulator

Location: Meredith NH Solid Waste Facility/Must pick up at this location

Call: Barry Weeks @ 603-279-8480 for more info.




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


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