Northeast Resource Recovery Association

June 15, 2016- Full of Scrap


  • From the Director’s Chair: 2016 NRRA Conference in Review
  • NRRA News: June Pricing Guide, Vendor Updates and CD Recycling
  • School News You Can Use: Conference Wrap Up & Bennington SWA Update
  • NH the Beautiful
  • NHDES:NH Groundwater Issues & Climate Change
  • NH NEWS: Recycled plastic will help Hudson’s gardens grow
  • Vermont News: Vermont Becomes Second State in US To Draft School Food Recovery Guidelines
  • Massachusetts News:  SSRC Updates & Congressman McGovern Praises Massachusetts for Efforts to Reduce Food Waste
  • National News:  Driver Shortages Causing Problems & Cool Upcycled Products
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar



~Recycling Fact of the Day~

1993 was the first year that in the US that more paper was recycled than the one dumped into  landfills



directors-chair1-200x300Dear Fellow Recyclers:

The 2016 “It’s Not Easy Being Green” 35th  Annual Conference and Exposition is now complete!  The press releases for the award winners have been sent out along with our congratulations for all their recycling efforts. We’ve also sent out heartfelt thank you letters to sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. The excellent presentations can be seen Here (you will need to use your IMG_0072 (1)“Member’s Only Login” to access).  I encourage those of you that may have had to choose between two sessions or couldn’t attend both days to review them on line. Needless to say, Kermit was a hit!

Next year’s 36th Conference  Is now in the early planning stages with dates, location, topics and schedule all in review. You will be receiving a survey from us in the next few weeks that will give you a chance to help us steer the conference theme and topics so please take a few minutes to return it to so we can charge ahead, finalize the save the date etc and get everyone on board for another great conference. The entire NRRA staff and Board of  Directors work extremely hard to try and make the conference experience a valuable part of the NRRA education and outreach programming.  Judging by the evaluation forms that we received from those in attendance, congratulations for a job well done is in order for all who worked so hard to make this another successful event!


NRRA Member Services:

It is reasonable to assume that after such an outpouring of dedication time and effort to the annual conference, that a respite would be in order. That is not how your NRRA team operates. Given the earlier date for this year’s expo (May instead of June), we are using the summer months of June, July, and August to focus our Member Services Team on account reviews for your facilities. Either by onsite visits, or by phone, they will be in contact with as many members as possible to help with questions on current practices, updating operations recommendations, and, of course, material marketing and the pricing outlook  which changes rapidly in this marketplace. If you would like to be included in this effort contact your Member Services Representative directly or . First come, first served.


In addition to the Member Services Team outreach, NRRA is completing its USDA Grant outreach both for Operator Training Sessions and School and Teacher Trainings in the North Country of NH and in Vermont. If you would like to have us present in your area both for teachers and for operator training which count toward the NH DES credits, contact . As part of its USDA Grant requirements NRRA presented on the success of the NRRA model at the Colorado Association of Recyclers on June 14 and will be presenting at the Resource Recovery Association National Conference in new Orleans in late August.

The normal day to day operations do not take a vacation either as the Administrative Dept. reworks of the new website, handles all the NHtB Grant and Sign Award processing, continues  with transaction support for Member Services, Finance, and the always challenging IT Department, all the while managing the Grants and Vermont Outreach Contracts and the School CLUB.  Additionally, Team Admin. is working on new order formatting which will allow Members to order load pickups on line. As with all technology, it takes longer than expected to get the bugs out!

Brenna 2Finance is facing the ongoing challenge of getting correct invoices from Vendors and making sure member payments are accurate and on schedule. We are very pleased to welcome, Brenna Carriger to the NRRA Finance Team.  Brenna is new to the resource management field but what she lacks in previous work experience she more than makes up for in enthusiasm to learn!  Brenna will be assuming the role of Finance Assistant and we look forward to watching her grow with our organization!

We look forward to a warm summer bustling with activity. The next MOM meeting will be on September 14, followed in October by a Fall Bus Tour on October 12 and the Annual Meeting on November 16. Enjoy your summer and stay out of the hot sun!



NRRA June Pricing Guide is Now Available

The NRRA Pricing Guide for June 2016 is now available!  To Access it, please click HERE.  Please note that the pricing guide is password protected for Members Only.  If you need assistance accessing the guide or need the password, please contact Stacey at


Important_noticeSchnitzer Steel Summer Hours Update

Beginning April 23, 2016 Schnitzer Steel’s  Concord and Manchester yards will be open on Saturday’s 7am – noon.

These hours will be in effect throughout Spring/Summer/Fall – no stop date at this time.




Congratulations to Phyllis Tarr of Harrisville, NH, winner of “Guess the Bale Weight” contest at this year’s conference sponsored by Ecosmith Textile Recyclers of New Boston, NH. Phyllis guessed that the textiles bale weighed 825 pounds, which was closest to the actual weight of 836 pounds without going over. As a prize, Phyllis won this Yeti cooler, perfect for summertime picnics. Hopefully she’ll share it with her husband Randy and son Randy Jr!!!



Did You Know That You Can Recycle your Old CD’s and DVD’s?? 

cdrc-logoEach year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators. If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, it is your responsibility to promote how to recycle them. Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming. Spread the word to help us save the world we all live in.  To learn more, visit


New & Improved! NRRA Website Home Page – Check it Out

nrra website

The NRRA home page just got a fresh new look, and we hope you agree that it’s now easier to find the information you need.  Our goal in the redesign was to have all the great information you are used to seeing on the home page be placed in a format that was quick and easy to navigate.

Looking for the latest NRRA announcements? It’s there!

Looking for the video on processed glass aggregate (PGA)? It’s right there, too.

And any new updates we have to share will be posted and easily accessible.

Please take a minute to check out our new page – and we hope you agree that our new look is a good one!

Members, we still encourage you to use create and use your own username and password to access exclusive “Member Only” Content such as updated pricing and more!




IMG_0095 (1)Kermit the Frog was a Big Hit!

Conference attendees were surprised and delighted when Kermit the Frog made several live appearances over the 2-day Conference!  Pictures and selfies abounded and he even assisted with the School CLUB Awards ceremony.

Check out our 2016 Conference Page where we have posted pictures from the workshops, activities and awards.



 Conference Award Winners:blue_ribbon

Outstanding Recycling Educator:  Charen Fegard, Enosburg, VT
Best Earth Day Event:  Allenstown Elementary, Allenstown, NH
Teacher Recycler of the Year:  Kimberlie Berrigan, Allenstown, NH
Rookie Recycler of the Year:  Erica Miller, White Birch Community Center’s Early Learning Program,  Henniker, NH
Outstanding Student Recycler of the Year:  Marin Lackmann, Moore School, Candia, NH
Facilities Staff Recycler of the Year:  Marc Brown, Burke Town School, West Burke, VT
Recycling Club of the Year:  Milford Middle School Recycling Club, Milford, NH
Recycling Club Assistant of the Year:  Joseph Gallagher, Milford Middle School, Milford, NH
Best Recycling School of the Year:  Milford Middle School, Milford, NH
Special Recognition Award:  Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Belle Chasse, Louisiana

For the Press Releases and pictures, go to our Conference Page.


BCSWA School & Business Outreach

Bennington County Map

The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance serves the communities of:  Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford, VT.

BCSWA has contracted NRRA and the School CLUB to provide outreach and training to schools and businesses in the Alliance area regarding Vermont’s Universal Recycling Act 148.

The Alliance website is up and running and full of useful links. Here is the link to the Alliance Webpage. They also have their own School Newsletter!

Free Workshops Available for Alliance Schools – Scheduling Now

Outreach to the Alliance schools continues next Fall. BCSWA schools interested in receiving FREE programming for the next school year should contact: to get on the calendar.


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.





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 Litter Free/Blue Bag Program – Order yours NOW..while supplies last!

Blue Bag PictureNH the Beautiful is once again providing blue bags for litter clean up.  Bags are available to communities in NH.  Nonprofit and other community groups are asked to coordinate your efforts with your town, and the town must submit the order forms.

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.  Bags are available for pick up NOW (contrary to the form which states pick up is not available until 4/30).

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 at the following link:

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

Email completed forms to  or Fax to 603-736-4402


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.




NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training and Certification (SWOT) Program Announcements

The NHDES SWOT Program announces that they have hired Tara Mae Albert as the new Training & Certification Program Coordinator.  In her new role, Tara will have the responsibility to train and certify about 1,300 solid waste operators annually.  You can reach Tara at or at 271-3713.

The SWOT Program is hosting a Basic Training Classes on September 29, 2016 at NHDES in Concord.  Classes are filling up quickly, please submit complete applications as soon as possible.

There are scheduled Continuing Professional Development Workshops as follows.

  • Wednesday, July 13:  Things that Go Bang! REPEAT (presented by NH DOS)
  • Wednesday, August 24:  Pollution Prevention & Household Hazardous Waste (presented by NHDES Staff)
  • Thursday, September 22:  Asbestos REPEAT (presented by NHDES Staff)
  • Tuesday, November 15:  Universal Waste, Part II (presented by NHDES Staff)

For more information on dates and topics, please go to  Stay tuned for additional topics.

For general information on the SWOT Program, please visit


Groundwater Results from the Former Merrimack Town Landfill Contain Elevated Concentrations of PFOA

Concord, NH (5/17) – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) announced today that it has received draft results  for groundwater samples collected at the former Merrimack Town Landfill that showed elevated concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In response to a request from NHDES, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) collected and analyzed water samples from 10 monitoring wells adjacent to the landfill.  These wells were previously installed to monitor the potential impact of the landfill on groundwater. The draft test results, which are being reviewed by USEPA for quality assurance, showed that the groundwater samples contained perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at concentrations ranging from none detected to 2,200 parts per trillion (ppt); eight of the samples showed concentrations over 100 ppt.  To further evaluate the extent of the impact, NHDES will today begin sampling private residential water supply wells in the vicinity of the landfill.

The former Merrimack Town Landfill property consists of two unlined landfills, totaling 25 acres, near the current Merrimack transfer station.  The landfills were operated from the early 1970’s to 2003, and received solid waste from households and businesses in Merrimack.  The landfills were capped with an impermeable membrane in 2004.  Groundwater monitoring began in 1987 and continues under a Groundwater Management Permit issued by NHDES.

For more information regarding NHDES’ investigation into PFOA found in southern New Hampshire drinking water, please visit


NHDES Climate Change

NHDES has been working to reduce our programs’ contributions to climate
change and to incorporate adaptation responses into our programs. During this time many of our program staff and our stakeholders have expressed the need to have a short informational presentation that can be shared with various audiences as a background to climate change, what impacts we are seeing here in New Hampshire and what we can expect in the future. Please feel free to view our new video, which can serve as an introduction to having an interactive discussion about climate change with your audiences.



Recycled plastic will help Hudson’s gardens grow

Eli Okun, Manchester Union Leader

Hudson Plastic

The greenhouse uses plastic bottles sent from Southeastern Container’s Hudson plant, which would otherwise have discarded them for minor defects. (Eli Okun/Sunday News Correspondent) – See more at:

Greenhouses, by their nature, function as sites of regeneration and renewal. But a new one at Alvirne High School takes that element a step further: It’s made out of recycled plastic bottles.

“I get a lot of oohs and aahs when people come in here and see that beast,” said 41-year veteran chemistry and earth science teacher Mike Sedlisky, who has led the project with several students.

The greenhouse’s builders put the finishing touches on their 8-by-6-foot structure over the past couple of weeks. For them, the project has offered a hands-on applied learning experience and a chance to contribute to the community an enduring structure. And for Alvirne, the greenhouse represents a somewhat unusual industry partnership.

The bottles arrived as slightly damaged – and therefore unusable – goods from Southeastern Company, which has a plant in Hudson and makes bottles for Coca-Cola.

For years, administrative manager Diane Holt had come to Sedlisky’s class to speak about sustainability, tied to a plastic materials chemistry lab that he put together for students.

Last spring, inspired by a similar project among middle schoolers in Scotland, Holt brought the idea for a greenhouse to Sedlisky. A handful of dedicated students, including some who graduated, have since pursued it during study halls and on weekends or school breaks.

The greenhouse’s four walls alone use more than 1,200 bottles, which are nested around bamboo poles and fit into a structure made of locally donated wood.

“It’s engaged some kids who otherwise may not have been engaged in something and they’ve really been passionate about it,” said Principal Steve Beals, “and it really fits our overall mission with our focus in agriculture.”

Alvirne’s working farm and live animals have functioned as learning tools for decades.

Sedlisky’s corresponding unit and lab have students investigate different plastics’ chemical and physical properties. Plastic doesn’t warp or deform like wood; it doesn’t rust and require new paint like metal.

“When you want to take advantage of plastic’s inability . to degrade, put it in a long-lasting, sturdy structure,” Sedlisky said. “In other words, build with it.”

The greenhouse was designed to be mobile, able to be disassembled and reassembled. And it recently found its new home: the Hudson town garden.

Seniors Mitch Belliveau and Tyler Venturini work on the final stages of the roof for a new greenhouse they and other students built largely out of recycled plastic bottles. (Eli Okun/Sunday News Correspondent) - See more at:

Seniors Mitch Belliveau and Tyler Venturini work on the final stages of the roof for a new greenhouse they and other students built largely out of recycled plastic bottles. (Eli Okun/Sunday News Correspondent) – See more at:

Its construction has been something of a family and community affair. Holt, a 1985 Alvirne graduate, was Beals’ classmate and Sedlisky’s student, and her son is now one of the seniors who helped build the greenhouse.

The roster of contributors includes teachers Judy DeTour and Eiric Marro and students Mitch Beliveau, Nathan Beliveau-Robinson, Ashleigh Boutin, Emily Carrignan, Matt Cassidy, Samantha Farnum, Jordan Gorn, Nicole Guitard, Da’Shaun Morin and Tyler Venturini.

The greenhouse is also intended to spotlight the importance of reusing materials. In American communities that offer recycling, only about one-quarter of families actually recycle, Holt said.

All of Coca-Cola’s bottles comprise at least 10 percent recycled materials. “People think of it as trash,” Holt said. “Well, if you recycle it, it becomes a commodity.”

Post-consumer recycled plastic can be used as fibers for a variety of items, from teddy bear filling to New Balance shoes to blankets.

“Forget about cotton, forget about wool – there’s the fabric of the future, at least from a certain point of view,” Sedlisky said.

One day in March, several students were hard at work on the greenhouse in the school’s building trades workshop, debating whether the door’s hinges should go on the inside or outside.

Beliveau, a senior who generally leans toward math and book smarts, said he’d never imagined building such a structure, which he’s worked on for more than a year.

“Once it all started coming together,” he added, “it was something I could take pride in.” – See more at:



Vermont Becomes Second State in US To Draft School Food Recovery Guidelines for Student Tray to Trash Donations

VT Food WasteWe are excited to announce Vermont has followed Indiana’s lead and became the second state in the U.S to our knowledge to have state education and health departments approve guidelines for the safe donation of unopened, unpeeled, and unwanted food items from the trays of students. These guidelines will open the door for millions of unopened and unpeeled food items to be kept out of landfills in Vermont, and placed into the hands of children and families in need instead. It will also inspire other states like New York, who has a bill that has passed the senate to direct the NY commissioner of Education to construct similar guidelines, as well as many other interested states all over the U.S.

Rhonda Mace, with the Chittenden Solid Waste District contacted Food Rescue in late 2014 for the very first time, and then in 2015 and asked our assistance in collaborating with Vermont stakeholders and others in sharing the process of how Indiana came to adopt these policies, as well as points of emphasis from Indiana’s Department of Education and Department of Health. Rhonda gave us permission to post the email sent announcing the program, as well as the guidelines themselves. Notice the cooperation of all involved at the highest level of state government departments in Vermont, as well as others listed.

​Hi John,

Here are Vermont’s food rescue documents! They are final and being distributed as I type to all food service staff throughout our state. I want to thank you again for your advice and guidance through this process. It was a collaborative effort, approved and supported by Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Hopefully other states will be encouraged to get something similar started.

We are actually part of a panel discussion at the upcoming Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People conference in Boston at the end of June on getting a K-12 food rescue program up and running.

​Keep up the awesome work!


Chittenden Solid Waste District
From: Oakleaf, Bryn
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:26 PM
To: food_service_managers ‘FARMTOSCHOOL
Cc: Wirsing, Elisabeth Rhonda Mace ; Nicole Civita
Subject: Vermont State Agency developed – Share table & Donation Guidance

Good Afternoon,

Attached are the final versions of the share table and food donation documents for distribution. These two documents have been developed in partnership with Vermont Department of Health (VDH), Agency of Education (AOE), Agency of Agriculture, Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), Chittenden Solid Waste District, Milton Farm to School, and the Vermont Foodbank. This team has drafted the contents of these two documents with assistance from the USDA-FNS, USEPA Region 1, and Food Rescue (Indiana based organization), among other partners.

Please reference these documents when initiating share tables in your K-12 schools or are looking to do so within the parameters set out by VDH, AOE, and ANR. For further information about donating surplus food from schools to local food shelves please reference the two page guidance document attached and consider reaching out to the Vermont Foodbank to assess logistics for capturing edible food for charitable distribution.

Note that donating food to charitable programs has federal liability protection under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act. The federal law can be read here:

You may know of Vermont’s Universal Recycling law (Act 148) and the phased-in landfill bans on food waste. (See the timeline of implementation dates here: Preventing wasted food and capturing edible food before it must be discarded is a way to reduce the amount of material that must be sent to be composted, or other downstream processing options that keep the material out of the landfill.

If you have questions about the Universal Recycling law please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleagues at ANR. If you have questions about food safety and handling for share tables or donation please refer to the contact information provided on the attached guidance documents.

Thank you,

Bryn Oakleaf
Environmental Analyst V
Waste Management & Prevention Division
VT Department of Environmental Conservation



Refoamit (Styrofoam Recycler) Closes Operations

ReFoamIt_Logov3Through no fault of thier own, ReFoamIt has lost its lease. Sadly, the search for an affordable and suitable location to which they could move proved to be unsuccessful, they will be closing our doors in the next few weeks. The events listed on thier web site will still be held.

From the owners, Dave and Barbara Sherman:

We thank everyone for their support over the years. Without all of you, we would not have kept over 300 tons of foam, cardboard and plastic bags out of the trash. We are proud of that and also for changing how Massachusetts recycles foam.

ReFoamIt will be featured on the Science Channel, hopefully next month. Check it out to see what happened to the foam you have given us. When you have foam to recycle, for options, please visit


South Shore Recycling Cooperative Updates May 2016

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May Board Meeting notes
EZ Disposal Presentation
Paint Letter
17th anniversary Event wrap-upssrc june
EBoard Nominating Committee
Executive Director’s Report
Legislative actions/updates
Mass Product Stewardship Council
Website upgrade
SSRC Board tours PC Survivors
NBWS files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy
Four alarm fire engulfs Zero Waste Solutions building
MMA consults with Director on Bottle Bill repeal bill
Springfield City Council opposes Bottle bill repeal
Recovered paper pricing finally rising
US paper recovery rate increases to 66.8%
Ontario lawmakers approve full EPR for packaging
Tips from the SWANA listserv:
Reducing contamination at community drop-off recycling centers


Congressman McGovern Praises Massachusetts for Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

GoLocalWorcester News Team

Congressman Jim McGovern spoke on the House Floor on Monday to raise awareness about food waste in the U.S. and also to praised efforts in Massachusetts and across the country to reduce food waste and help 50 million Americans, 16 million children, who struggle with hunger every year.

“American consumers, businesses, and farms spend an estimated $218 billion per year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. Up to 40 percent of all food grown is never eaten. Forty to fifty million tons of food is sent to landfills each year, plus another 10 million tons is left unharvested on farms. This food waste translates into approximately 387 billion calories of food that went unconsumed,” said McGovern.

During the speech, McGovern recognized Massachusetts leaders and organizations like Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for helping to reduce for waste as part of the larger push to tackle hunger.

McGovern also thanked Becker College, College of the Holy Cross, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute for their work with the Campus Kitchen Project and the Food Recovery Network to provide hunger relief in their local communities through campus food recovery initiatives.

“Thankfully, there’s already a lot of great work being done to raise awareness about the problem of food waste. I’m pleased to see so many partners at every level of the food supply chain taking action to reduce food waste, but still, more needs to be done. Let’s solve the problem of food waste and let’s end hunger now,” McGovern said.
To see the video:



Driver Shortage Poses a Challenge to the Waste Industry

Cheryl McMullen, Waste 360


garbage-truck-motion-bkgdIn a driver drought not expected to end anytime soon, the industry is examining its recruitment and retention strategies. Companies across the board are looking to not only find solid employees, but to keep them once they’ve become well-trained, experienced drivers.

In fact, a recent survey by HireRight on employee recruiting and retention practices in the transportation industry showed 59 percent of respondents reported finding, retaining and developing talent was their top business challenge. It got more than twice as many responses as any other challenge. The report also estimates that across all industries, the average number of new drivers needed per year over the next 10 years is 96,178.

The 2016 Transportation Spotlight report also found that 41 percent of drivers are leaving to spend more time at home and 21 percent are leaving due to health issues, prompting companies to take a closer look at wellness and lifestyle programs to increase retention, recognizing the positive effects they can play in retaining drivers.


“Companies and local governments need to provide appropriate compensation to attract qualified applicants,” says David Biderman, executive director and CEO of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). “Further, making sure that drivers feel appreciated and addressing safety concerns can help employers retain drivers.”

According to Christopher Doherty, vice president and chief marketing officer with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), the waste industry will have 49,300 new jobs for collection drivers and 71,500 new diesel mechanic jobs by 2022.

The NWRA tends to look at the situation as a “drivers, mechanics and welders shortage,” Doherty adds. So, for example, a lot of the companies that are suppliers to the industry are desperate for welders. As one of the largest industries in the country using natural gas vehicles, there’s also a mechanic shortage, he says.

One point of emphasis is making sure people know that this isn’t what the waste industry was 40 or 50 years ago, Doherty says. Today the job includes driving sophisticated vehicles and the highly technical skills needed to service those vehicles. In some situations, with overtime, a lot of drivers can make $100,000 or more annually.

As the driver shortages continue to dominate the waste and recycling industry, a driver recruitment and retention seminar will take place at the 2016 Waste Expo in Las Vegas on Monday June 6, at 9 AM. The panel will be moderated by Tony Cardamone, vice president, sales and marketing with Concorde Inc. and feuatre Nichole Causton, employment manager with Waste Connections Inc. and Dave Tidwell, senior manager of logistics EHS with Dean Foods. The panel will discuss how companies are strategizing their recruitment efforts and how they are closing the loop on retention.

To deal with these shortages, the NWRA has formed a recruitment committee that allows for its members to compare notes at an industry level looking at how many jobs might be available in one state or another. This also helps tackling ideas like reaching out to the veteran community with job opportunities. As service members transition back to civilian life, the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation have streamlined the commercial driver’s license process to recognize military service.

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“So a lot of our member companies, and we as an industry, have reached out to many of the organizations that are trying to promote the worthy cause of jobs for veterans—on how to appeal to veterans saying, ‘Hey we’re one of the few industries that touches every business and every community in the United States, so our jobs are virtually in every community around the country and not a lot of other industries can say that,’” Doherty says.

Earlier this year, the NWRA’s committee also released a recruitment toolkit for recruiting drivers and mechanics in the industry. It covers the screening and background processes, sourcing prospective employees and the types of training that might be helpful for onboarding.

The toolkit is not just for recruiting drivers and others, but also keeping them.

“Some companies are very well known for the quality of their driver training and they go through all of this recruitment process and training to get somebody on board only for the local mattress company comes and poaches that driver away after two years or so, and you’re back to square one. So it’s trying to retaining good employees as well,” says Doherty.

So a lot of comparing of best practices and trying to address why the careers in our industry are so compelling and what the benefits of careers in our industry really are. Some of the benefits are predictable hours, locations in terms of finding opportunities.

Last fall, NW&RA did a satellite media tour reaching 10 million people through TV and radio, highlighting a success story of an employee from Florida-based Waste Pro.

“He started right out of high school jumping off and on the back of a truck,” says Doherty. “And now he’s one of the youngest regional sales vice presidents at Waste Pro. He was the embodiment of the opportunities that exist within our industry.”




  • Life Vest Bags – Hipcycle

    Using the process of upcycling, Hipcycle has worked with a product partner to produce a number of uniquely designed bags and a barbecue apron from decommissioned Delta airline life vests. The bright yellow bags come in yoga (pictured), tote, pouch and messenger designs, some of which are creatively outfitted with red emergency inflate life jacket pulls.

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    Bella the Bride – Beacon Converters and Nancy Judd

    Sterilization packaging manufacturer Beacon Converters commissioned Designer and Environmental Educator Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway to design Bella, a wedding gown made out of discarded, pure white Tyvek. Tyvek is a material commonly used in healthcare sterilization packaging, and it is capable of being recycled and recovered for repurposing. The dress also features hand-crafted flowers made of Tyvek packaging waste, which were created by various heathcare professionals.


    Human Waste Compost – Casella Organics

    Casella Organics has teamed up with a number of Portland communities to recycle biosolids for compost. At Casella’s Hawk Ridge Compost Facility, the recycled biosolids are mixed with a carbon source like wood chips, oxygen and water to create rich compost that can be used as a soil amendment or a direct medium for plant growth. Annually, Casella produces approximately 800,000 wheel barrows of organic compost, roughly 5 percent of which contains biosolids.


    Fairphone 2 3D Printable Accessories – 3D Hubs

    3D Hubs, an online 3D printing service platform that operates a network of 3D printers in more than 150 countries and provides over 1 billion people with access to 3D printers within 10 miles of their home, has partnered with Fairphone 2 to create a night stand and a speaker dock using a 3D printer. These two accessories, which are specifically designed for Fairphone 2’s phone design, are 3D printed in a composite of recycled wood fibers and the bio-degradable plastic PLA.


    Nike Free RN Flyknit – Nike

    Nike is kicking up its sustainability efforts by creating more shoes from manufacturing waste. According to the company’s recent sustainability report, 70 percent of the company’s footwear contains materials made from ground-up shoes and scraps. Nike pledged to stop buying carbon offsets in 2010 and has since been working toward reducing its own emissions to eventually eliminate all waste products from its manufacturing process. The company is also selling its used materials to outside buyers for running tracks, playgrounds, gym floors and carpet underlay.


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    Fire Hose Post Bag – Elvis & Kresse

    Elvis & Kresse was established in 2005 to save decommissioned fire hoses from fire brigades across the UK. Since then, the company has been creating bags (pictured), wallets, belts and more from the recycled fire hose material, which is designed to survive the harshest environments. Elvis & Kresse has rescued more than 200 tons of material to date, and the company is always on the hunt for new materials for its product selection. The company also donates 50 percent of its fire hose products to the Fire Fighters Charity.


    Fabanaise – Sir Kensington’s

    In an effort to reduce food waste, N.Y.-based condiment company Sir Kensington’s has introduced a new vegan mayonnaise made with aquafaba, which is the liquid left behind from chickpea cans or cooking with legume. Fabanaise utilizes aquafaba as a natural egg substitute and comes in two flavors: classic and chipotle. To make this product, Sir Kensington’s has established a long-term partnership with Ithaca Hummus to ensure an ample supply of aquafaba.


    Recycled Billboard Brooklyn Backbag – RAREFORM

    Product manufacturer RAREFORM is giving billboard materials a new life by repurposing rescued billboards into bold and colorful bags, accessories, skateboards and more. To make its products, the company cuts the recycled 12-foot-by-28-foot adverts into a creative mix of elements and then sews various pieces together to create unique and one-of-a-kind product designs. RAREFORM has also partnered with 1% for the Planet to donate 1 percent of its sales to help restore and preserve the natural environment.

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    Captured CO2 Car Parts – Ford Motor Co.

    Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker Ford Motor Co. is working with N.Y.-based sustainable chemistry company Novomer to produce CO2-based foam and plastic required for its vehicles. Converge, the branded CO2-based polyols, could be featured in Ford’s vehicles within the next five years. According to Ford, these polyols could help reduce its annual petroleum consumption by 2 million barrels. This new development goes hand-in-hand with Ford’s other sustainability efforts, which include using upholstered fabric made of recycled plastic bottles for the seats in one of its pickup trucks and testing other upcycled and plant-based materials for window trim and other interiors.




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.

Wanted to Buy

Town of Gilmanton needs 10 Wheeler

10 Wheeler w/hoist for roll-offs, does not need to be road worthy.  Need to move containers on site.

Contact:  Board of Selectmen or Town Administrator,Gilmanton, New Hampshire  03237   (603)267-6700


For Sale

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.




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