INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- From the Director’s Chair – Recycling’s “Flat Tire”
- NRRA News – 2018 NRRA Conference Recap, Pricing, Important Notices and More
- School News You Can Use – 9th Annual School CLUB Recycling Conference Recap
- NHtB News – NHtB and NRRA Hosts Forum to Address Growing Glass Recycling Issue
- NH News
- Vermont News
- Massachusetts News
- National News
- NRRA Calendar
~Recycling Fact of the Month~
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains almost 3.5 million tons of trash in the form of light bulbs, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks, bottles, cans, fishing gear, polystyrene cups, shoes, toys, and even toothbrushes. Plastic constitutes around 85% of the garbage floating in this great garbage patch. ~ Credit: HelpSaveNature.com
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
“Would you throw away your car just because it had a flat tire?”
Recycling isn’t broken, it has a flat tire.
After Reduce and Reuse, Recycling is the third and the last line of defense from disposal in a landfill or incinerator. The entire practice of removing material with value from the waste stream and moving it to markets is as sound today as when it first started. Todays’ recycling challenge is two-fold.
- Restore and maintain a commitment to quality material that eliminates contamination.
- Reconstitute and maintain domestic markets that pay a fair market price.
There is a daily parade of “recycling is broken” articles these days as we all struggle to find a better solution to our current marketplace challenges. We need to be made short term immediate type decisions and at the same time those of the long range sustainable variety.
NRRA encourages all recyclers to take a minute to review best management practices and options, and then develop or reaffirm a long term sustainable plan for the entire waste stream including trash, demo, organics, and recycling.
Basically, it boils down to just fixing the flat tire!
NRRA has been tracking market conditions and advising towns for over 37 years on best management practices and best market opportunities for their entire waste stream; from negotiating Trash and C&D contracts to negotiating the changing Rules of Recycling.
If you feel it is important to stay informed on the latest ebbs and flows of the recycling market place and how it will dramatically impact your community please call NRRA at 1-800-223-1150 x 16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to help you look into the tunnel and determine if that light is the end of it, or a train wreck on its way!
In the meantime, check out the many NRRA programs at nrra.net and remember “Recycling Rules”.
NRRA’s 2018 37th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo – That’s a (royal) Wrap!
To View the Full Conference Brochure, Click Here
To View our 2018 Workshop Presentations (Member’s Only), Click Here
To View our 2018 Annual Award Winners & Press Releases, Click Here
To See our 2018 Conference Photo Gallery, Click Here
On May 21 – 22, 2018 NRRA hosted over 700 attendees, speakers and exhibitors at the 37th Annual Conference and Expo at The Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH. While the recycling industry is struggling to combat issues such as China’s recent ban on recyclable imports, organics/compost waste management, hauler & trucking shortages, flat recovery volumes and contamination issues, attendees were upbeat and chose sessions that gave them the opportunity to learn insights and updates from industry experts. This year’s conference theme was “Recycling Rule$”.
The keynote speech was given by Ben Harvey, President of E.L. Harvey and Sons, Inc., a full-service waste and recycling firm that provides services to municipal, commercial and industrial corporations throughout eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Ben’s family has been in the recycling industry for over 100 years.
To see our full Conference Report, Click Here.
We already have begun to think forward to next year’s 38th Annual Event! We truly want YOUR feedback, please email us at email@example.com with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to help us make next year’s event even more spectacular!
The NRRA June 2018 Pricing Guide is Now Available!
The NRRA June 2018 Pricing guide is now available! To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRRA is Keeping you Informed- Watch your email for Important Notices
In these troubling times of market instability, mill closings and hauling headaches, NRRA is here to help keep you informed of the newest, most up-to-date information, alerts, program notifications, workshops, products specs and more.
If you’ve been paying attention to your email, you’ve seen several notices lately with a Subject line that included the words “Important Notice” or “Did You Know”. I urge you to carefully read each notification that you receive from NRRA with these subject lines or ones like them. In most all cases, we carefully determine the “mailing list” to which we will send the notices so that our Members aren’t inundated with emails that don’t even pertain to them. Rest assured, if you’re getting an email from us, it most certainly does apply to you.
In recent weeks we’ve sent out notifications regarding:
- Contamination fees for single stream materials
- Off loading fees for loose material in gaylords
- One of our plastics vendors is no longer accepting ANY plastic bales with headers. Further more, they’ve placed restrictions on cross directional wire ties, outside storage of material and bale dimensions.
- One of our fiber vendors has implemented very strict loading and hauling rules that must be followed for all loads sent to their facilities.
If you missed any of these notices or would like more information about any of them, please call or email us!
NRRA in the News:
NRRA reminds New England municipalities that glass is recyclable
Megan Workman, Resource Recycling, May 2018
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association issues a statement encouraging municipalities to refrain from disposing of glass in landfills, pushing for recycling it instead.
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), Epsom, New Hampshire, has issued a notification to New England municipalities reminding them that glass is not trash and can and should be recycled.
The statement reads, “Glass is an extremely valuable recyclable material. Whether crushed to a 3/8-inch-minus specification for reuse under roads, sidewalks and parking lots, or melted and reused for other glass products, it most certainly is not trash and it can be recycled at a much lower cost per ton than either single-stream recycling or trash disposal. Glass is detrimental for both incinerators and single-stream processing plants and its disposal as waste will only accelerate the loss of landfill capacity. The recent international recycling market upheaval has put a tremendous strain on municipal recycling budgets and programs. NRRA recognizes that cities and towns are in a tough spot with no easy answers. They are facing rapidly rising recycling costs unheard of only a year ago, and NRRA stands ready to help them recycle right. All municipalities are encouraged to call 1-800-223-0150 for assistance with options other than disposal.”
Founded in 1981, NRRA provides a clearinghouse for current, up-to-date information and a source of technical and marketing assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling. NRRA is a member-driven nonprofit organization made up of more than 400 municipalities, individuals and businesses in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and southern Maine.
NRRA Presents three NEW Operator Training Webinars
Mark your calendars and register for three, 1.5 hour webinars this spring/summer hosted by NRRA Staff.
Learn how to keep your employees and community safe from toxic chemicals, promote saferpersonal care products, and how to safely dispose of hazardous household materials.
NHDES Certification Credits will be available!
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
The 9th Annual School CLUB Recycling Conference was a Crowning Success!
Students and teachers received a royal welcome to our Conference with gold crowns and green bracelets lettered with our Recycling Rules logo and a throne to sit on! After collecting their backpacks to fill with goodies, they were off to breakfast in the Exhibit hall. This year we added some raffle items exclusively for school attendees. Teachers and students were issued two tickets each and could choose from four great prizes – a Tin Man made from recycled cans, a Handmade Doll from Bonnie’s Bundles, a lunch box from Bentology and a terrific backpack filled with schools supplies from Staples. Many thanks to our donors for adding this new element of excitement to the Conference.
Attendees could choose from six workshops during the morning, with breaks in between to visit the exhibitors and collect goodies, run our Recycling Obstacle Course, Paint the Can, Scavenger Hunt, Recycling Pinball and several other great interactive demos.
A mini-Trash On the Lawn Day was held just before lunch and the students were enthusiastic about helping us sort a sample of trash from the exhibit hall to see what we could recycle.
A great lunch buffet was offered and, as attendees settled in to eat, the Allenstown Drama Club presented their musical skit – The Green Machine, highlighting how important it is for all of us to recycle. They did a fantastic job, thanks to their inspired teacher/director, Kimberlie Berrigan! After that, we had our Awards Presentation followed by the drawings for the raffle items with everything wrapping up around 2 pm.
For all the Award Winners, Press Releases and Photos, check out our 2018 Conference page!
Many thanks to our proud supporter, NH the Beautiful! Schools in NH received 1/2 off their registrations, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers could attend. We hope that more NH schools can take advantage of this program next year.
NH the Beautiful also added a new $500 School Recycling Innovation Grant this year. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!
Overall, the Conference feedback was terrific, it was a lot of fun and we learned about exciting new programs and innovations in recycling. This is a great way to close out the year for school recycling clubs throughout New England!
Thanks to all of our Exhibitors, Speakers and, most of all, our Attendees!
We’d love to have you join us for our 10th Annual School Recycling Conference & Expo in 2019!
Early Bird Discount For School Administrators, Faculty, Teachers and students of 10% if you confirm before 12/31/18
Allenstown Elementary in N.H. Receives NRRA’s Special Recognition Recycling Award
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), New Hampshire the Beautiful and NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB presented a Special Recognition award to the Allenstown Elementary Drama Club at the 9th Annual School Recycling Conference on May 22 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, N.H.
The Allenstown Drama Club was recognized for its spirited performance of The Green Machine, by Michael and Jill Gallina, adapted by Allenstown Teacher Kimberlie Berrigan. The children sang and danced their way from a polluted park, through a Green Machine transformation, to a litter-free park and a Party for the Planet song. In keeping with the Conference Recycling Rules theme, the students received gold crowns, green bracelets and hearty applause.
“The future of recycling in Allenstown looks secure with these enthusiastic future recyclers. I especially liked the Recycle Michael song,” said Michael Durfor, NRRA executive director, in a statement.
From our friends at ecomaine
Which Bin to Put it In? Check Your Recyclopedia!
Help ecomaine kick contamination! Recycling contamination has been in the news lately, with supply and demand out of balance, levels of contamination at higher levels than we’d like, and China’s government has imposed severe restrictions on recyclable paper contamination.
ecomaine is taking steps to help make post-consumer paper more marketable.
We have the new, free RECYCLOPEDIA app and website, with more than 700 items you can look up!
We have materials and resources that you can print and share.
We offer tours and presentations to help educate about the DOs and DON’Ts of recycling.
For more information, go to: http://www.ecomaine.org/news-and-events/
NH THE BEAUTIFUL
NHtB and NRRA Hosts Forum to Address Growing Glass Recycling Issue
For more than four decades, recycling glass containers has been one of the most difficult materials to keep out of landfills and off roadsides as litter. Realizing this concern, New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) and Northeast Resources Recovery Association (NRRA) began addressing this issue more than thirty years ago. It remains a well known fact that returnable bottle bills were not the answer. They proved to be expensive to store, transport, and clean for reuse. The higher costs to distributors, retailers and bottlers were ultimately born by consumers in higher purchase prices.
NHtB partnered with NRRA to create an alternative use for aftermarket glass. All processed glass is created from silica sand. The simplest solution was to convert glass containers back into crushed aggregate particles the size of silica sand. It can then be used as a base under paving products or mixed into concrete structures. To accomplish this, in the late 1980’s, NHtB funded the construction and deployment of the state’s first glass crusher able to achieve the aggregate’s requirement.
At the same time, NRRA working with communities throughout the state identified locations willing and able to experiment is using this ‘recycled’ material. The first town selected for the project was New London, NH. The results were so successful, they have been using crushed glass for various projects ever sense. In addition, New London began accepting glass containers from surrounding communities in an effort to eliminate glass from those district’s solid waste tipping fees or adding more material to their landfills.
In recent years, glass has found other sources of disposal. Primary among those was trucking glass to regional reprocessing plants. Those options have all but ceased; and today the abundance of used glass is being stockpiled locally. Some communities are even encouraging local governments to stop recycling glass and include this item to their solid waste deposal. However, that would be an expensive additional residential cost and not an ideal environmental solution.
In recent months NHtB and NRRA became aware of a new glass-processing plant that is seeking glass containers to be reprocessed in fiberglass insulation. To facilitate further discussions, both organizations invited the international processor to an initial meeting following an NHtB Board meeting. Also invited to the meeting were representatives of the Governor’s Office and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Following this meeting, NRRA began focusing on and evaluating storage and transportation issues, as well as, the logistics needed to inform citizens of the procedures and benefits of continued glass recycling, rather than treating it as solid waste.
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
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 http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/equipment_grant_app_710.pdf, print & fill out the form and fax it to 603-736-4402. If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call, and we can fax or mail a form to you. **The next NHtB Board Meeting will be on May 22nd. Please be sure to submit any grant requests to our office no later than May 5th.
NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs
All 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.
Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter
To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link – https://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-The-Beautiful/253682871403932
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.
NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS
Recycling changes raise environmental concerns
LACONIA — It doesn’t sit well with some residents that after years of encouraging recycling, city officials now plan to cut costs by closing three recycling stations and urging people to throw out glass.
Jon Poitras, who was dropping off bags of recyclables at the Messer Street station Thursday, said the pending closures are a “little senseless.”
“They’re taking profit over the fact that we’re doing something environmentally sound,” he said.
Poitras also doesn’t like the idea of no longer recycling glass.
“I don’t know why we would go down that road,” he said. “It doesn’t seem ecologically friendly to me.”
Joanne Slade, who was also using the Messer Street station Thursday, questioned the city’s commitment to recycling.
“I thought we were doing it for the environment,” she said. “No, it looks like we were doing it for profit.”
The City Council approved the recycling changes, expected to save $70,000 yearly, on May 14 after City Manager Scott Myers explained that costs have skyrocketed and recyclables have lost much of their value.
Curbside recycling will continue and recyclables will continue to be accepted at the Laconia transfer station. The three remote stations are unmanned and recyclables tend to pile up, including from nonresidents who aren’t supposed to use the facilities.
Myers told the City Council, “Glass is trash,” explaining that since the Northeast’s only glass recycling plant closed, the city’s recycling contractor is placing glass in a landfill. The city pays more per ton for recycling than for disposal, so money can be saved if people keep glass out of their recycling and merely put it in the trash, he said.
Myers said his saying, “Had a nice ring to it,” but on Thursday, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association pushed back in a news release with the headline, “GLASS IS NOT TRASH!”
The nonprofit organization, which provides marketing assistance for municipalities, individuals and businesses in the areas of waste reduction and recycling, said glass remains “an extremely valuable recyclable material.
“Whether crushed to a three-eighths’ minus specification for reuse under roads, sidewalks and parking lots, or melted and reused for other glass products, it most certainly is not trash and it can be recycled at a much lower cost per ton than either single stream recycling or trash disposal.”
Glass is made up mostly of sand. Some cities crush it to a fine mix for use in construction and road building.
Gilford will soon be recycling glass in this way, said town Administrator Scott Dunn.
“We will use the material locally,” he said. “I think of it as fill. We could use it to fill a hole or for a base for a road.”
Laconia Public Works Director Wes Anderson said Laconia is not planning a similar system, but it might be something that could be examined in the future.
Mike Durfor, executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, said all recycling costs have gone up as China has scaled back purchases of recyclables. Many municipalities are seeing budget overruns.
Still, many people remain committed to recycling as the right thing to do environmentally.
“How many people are willing to pay more for recycling?” Durfor asked. “It’s a visceral issue. Some people believe in it passionately, and will pay more for it, like an organic banana that people will pay more for, believing it’s better for you.”
Staff Writer Adam Drapcho contributed to this report.
Editorial Note: See NRRA Executive Director’s Press Release response to this article above under NRRA News
New Hampshire approves Waste Management landfill expansion
Cole Rosengren, WasteDive June 2018
UPDATED, June 13, 2018: The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services granted Waste Management conditional approval for a vertical and horizontal expansion of the Turnkey Landfill on June 11, including the necessary wetlands setback waiver.
DES acknowledged comments about groundwater contamination, berm stability and other environmental concerns, but ultimately determined these issues to either be unfounded or addressable through continued monitoring.
Because Turnkey has become a more popular export destination for states such as Massachusetts, the permit does include a condition that Waste Management “shall make available disposal capacity for New Hampshire generated solid waste for the entire operating life of the facility.” DES projected that New Hampshire could face a “shortfall in disposal capacity” by 2020 if this expansion wasn’t approved based on the current status of other sites in the states. If construction proceeds as planned, Turnkey could now remain open until at least 2034.