June 2019 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the (New) Director’s Chair – Welcome Reagan Bissonnette
  • NRRA News- 38th Annual Conference Report and Links
  • School News You Can Use – Ryan’s Recycling in the News again and more!
  • NH the Beautiful – New Grant Special
  • NH DES – Updates from Tara Albert
  • New England Recycling News
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as it takes to burn it



It is an honor to be the new Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association.  Five years ago, I volunteered at NRRA’s conference because I wanted to learn more about this organization’s compelling mission to assist communities and schools throughout New England with recycling, composting, and waste reduction.  After working for the past five years as a Senior Director at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, one of the country’s oldest and most effective land conservation organizations, I am excited to come back full circle to NRRA.

I appreciate the trust the Board of Trustees of NRRA has placed in me.  I would like to recognize the tremendous leadership of Mike Durfor, NRRA’s former Executive Director, over the past 10 years.  I look forward to celebrating and building upon the successes the staff, the Board, and—most importantly, you, our members—have achieved over the historic 38 years of NRRA.

If you believe—as I do—that for every challenge there exists an opportunity, then you know—as I do—that this is a great time to be recycling, and an excellent time to be a member of NRRA.  Thank you for your work to support the mission of NRRA.  I look forward to meeting and working with each of you in the months and years to come.

For more information about NRRA’s new Executive Director, see this press release on NRRA’s website.



The NRRA June 2019  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA  June 2019 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 smorrison@nrra.net.


The 2019 NRRA Annual Conference & Expo is in the Books!!

 On May 20 – 21, 2019 NRRA hosted over 650 attendees, speakers and exhibitors at the 38th Annual Conference and Expo at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester, NH. While the recycling industry is struggling to address issues such as the ongoing imported recyclable ban in China, glass recycling, 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 Still Rule$”.

The conference kicked off on Monday, May 20th with a keynote speech by Katherine Shayne who discussed the pressing, global issue of plastics in our oceans.  As an undergrad at the University of Georgia, she became very involved in researching and addressing this growing issue at summits around the world.  Ms. Shayne discussed current research, innovative solutions and mitigation strategies along with plastic’s value chain to show that together we can stop ocean plastic pollution.

Following the keynote address on Monday, attendees participated in sessions on Safe Battery Recycling Practices, Backyard Composting, The Future of the Fiber (paper) Markets in the Northeast and Beyond, Combatting Compost Pile Contamination, OSHA & Hearing Conservation at Transfer Stations, Transfer Station Safety, and more.  These workshops were presented by industry leaders from across the nation.  Most of the presentations are also available on NRRA’s website.

The Awards Luncheon on Monday, May 20th honored 6 individuals, towns or businesses for their recycling efforts. We are proud of all the award winners, but this year we honored someone very near and dear to our hearts with the Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award which was presented to Michael Durfor, the recently retired Executive Director of NRRA.  In the 10 years that Mike was leading the charge at NRRA, he has shown an unparalleled dedication to NRRA’s staff, members and above all, recycling. NRRA Board President, Duncan Watson proudly presented Mike with this award and thanked him for his many years of hard work and tireless efforts to ensure that “Recycling Still Rules”.    Other Award Recipients included: Marc Morgan of Lebanon (NH the Beautiful’s Environmental Stewardship Award); Walpole, NH (Most Programs through NRRA in 2018); Keene, NH (Outstanding Recycling Center Brochure & Calendar); Rick Plankey, Hancock, NH (NRRA Rookie of the Year); and Schnitzer Steel Northeast (NRRA Recycling Business of the Year).  To see the individual press releases and photos for each of these awards, click here.

Duncan Watson wrapped up the Luncheon awards on Monday by announcing that the NRRA Board/Search Committee had chosen the new NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette.  Reagan joined Duncan on stage and thanked him for this exciting opportunity and told the attendees, board and staff that she was looking forward to working with this outstanding organization.  To see the full press release regarding Reagan’s appointment as NRRA Executive Director, click here.

Throughout the day the exhibit hall buzzed as attendees met with a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors focused on recycling equipment, plastics, organics, waste management, single stream, C&D and metals – plus much more. That evening at a cocktail reception, Duncan Watson thanked the 50 plus exhibitors, many of whom have attended the conference for over 10 years, for their continued support.  Following the cocktail reception, attendees, exhibitors, speakers and guests were invited to attend NRRA Casino Night in the DoubleTree Ballroom for an evening of risk-free gambling. Five grand prizes were awarded to the highest chip winners at the end of the evening.

On day two, the main conference continued with sessions about starting a non-ferrous recycling program, the future of mixed paper recycling, plastic bag recycling, ECOHUB, Food Waste in Institutions, NHDES Regulations and more. These presentations are also available on NRRA’s Website.

Also, on Tuesday, May 21, NRRA hosted what it refers to as the “Conference within a Conference”, the 10th Annual School Recycling Conference.   Students and teachers from across NH, MA, and VT gave the hall a fun buzz. Students played educational games focused on recycling and composting, as well as attended sessions on Career Paths to a Recycling Future (a panel discussion), Engaging Students in Microplastics Research, Beyond the Bin/What happens when you Recycle, The Dollars and Sense of School Recycling, Plastics in our Ocean and Battery Recycling. Students and teachers also participated in a hands-on activity called a (mini) “TOLD” (Trash on the Lawn Day) which took trash from the venue and sorted it out to see how much of it could have been diverted from the waste stream by recycling or composting.  An awards luncheon on Tuesday afternoon recognized 9 schools, faculty members or students.  To see the full list of School Awards, click here.   NRRA would like to thank NH the Beautiful for their sponsorship of the NRRA School CLUB and the School Recycling Conference.

Attendees raved about the quality of sessions, the keynote speaker, the excitement of Casino Night and the variety of exhibitors. This year’s event was a huge success and we thank all who attended, exhibited, presented and sponsored the 38th Annual Conference.

Planning is already underway for our 2020 Conference.  We’d love to hear your conference workshop & activity suggestions.  Please email us at info@nrra.net


NRRA Board President, Duncan Watson, on New England News Collaborative Podcast

Check out this recent podcast from NE News Collaborative, “Episode 149: The Next Water Contamination Crisis; High-Octane Birding in Massachusetts”.  In this podcast, Duncan discusses how the recyclable ban in China is having effects at local transfer stations.  Duncan’s interview begins at time marker 20:33.

Episode 149: The Next Water Contamination Crisis; High-Octane Birding In Massachusetts



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-

NH is considering several bills to ban single-use plastic bags. How do I recycle them in the meantime?

Heidi from Hollis


Dear Heidi-

Here’s the first piece of advice: Don’t take your plastic bags from the grocery store and pharmacy to the recycling center! According to plasticfilmrecycling.com you can plug in your zip code and find the local drop off centers for flexible film. The following stores near Hollis accept plastic bags: Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Hannaford’s, Kohl’s, Whole Foods, Shaw’s, JCP, and Market Basket. These can include: single use grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, zip top food storage bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic shipping envelopes, bottle case wrap, air pillows, bubble wrap, and newspaper bags. If the plastic stretches easily and is clean and dry, it can be recycled as a #2 or #4 plastic film. Bags are taken from the stores to distribution centers where they are picked up by companies like Trex to be made in to plastics lumber and other products. Happy recycling!



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.



Special Recognition Award Winner in the News Again!

From our Friends at Waste360.com

Recycling is Not Child’s Play—or is it? Insights from Ryan’s Recycling

By Liz Bothwell

In our latest episode of Waste360’s NothingWasted! Podcast, we chat with 9-year-old Ryan Hickman, CEO of Ryan’s Recycling. We spoke about how $5 from his first trip to a recycling facility turned into a huge passion, how his family helps with his business, his successful beach cleanups and how this work helps him master math and geography.

To link to the article and podcast, CLICK HERE!


We TOLD you so!

It’s been a busy Spring for NRRA Educators.  We held Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) events in Somersworth (2), Manchester and Keene.  We even have a couple lined up for Fall already!

Here are some pictures from Somersworth Middle School:


Click here for the PRESS RELEASE.



TOLD Results Featured at Somersworth District Wide Showcase


NRRA Special Projects Manager Sarah McGraw attended the Somersworth District Wide Showcase on May 29 which highlights student achievements. Somersworth Middle School seventh-graders Jack Welch and Lukas Kelly proudly presented the results of their TOLD event at the Sustainability table:




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 should 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.  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. 


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!

NH 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.

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.

Once your order form is received, NRRA will confirm receipt and let you know when the bags will be available for pick up.  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).  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

facebook like 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

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 (www.nrra.net) administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.




News from Tara Albert at NHDES



Boston Announces its First-Ever Zero Waste Plan

Waste 360

Building on his goals for a greener, more sustainable city, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on June 19 released the city’s first-ever Zero Waste Plan, designed to move Boston toward becoming a zero waste city. The plan’s recommendations include 30 near- and long-term strategies for reducing both consumption of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. Key parts of the plan include expanding Boston’s composting program, increasing access to recycling opportunities and launching a citywide education campaign on recycling.

By implementing the strategies over time, Boston can reduce trash and increase recycling and composting by about 638,000 tons per year, boosting Boston’s current recycling rate from approximately 25 percent to 80 percent by 2035, according to the city. Approximately 6 percent of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the city’s discarded materials. By reducing waste, recycling more and composting, Boston aims to reduce emissions associated with waste and move one step closer to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Read Full Article


Maine and Vermont Governors sign Plastic Bag Bans on Same Day

Waste Dive

  • Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Monday (LD 1532) that will ban single-use plastic bags across the state by April 22, 2020. Reusable plastic and paper bags will be permitted for at least $0.05 per bag.
  • Shortly after, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill (S.113) that will ban single-use plastic bags by July 1, 2020 and require a fee of at least $0.10 for paper bags. Reusable bags will be encouraged as an alternative.
  • In addition, Vermont’s law goes a step farther by banning polystyrene foam containers, plastic stirrers and plastic straws (with certain disability-related exceptions) in what has been described as the “toughest” and most expansive state plastics policy yet.

Read Full Article



New Report Outlines Composting Best Practices

Waste 360

Composting all organic waste—including food scraps and yard trimmings—could eliminate nearly one-third of all materials sent to landfills and trash incinerators across the United States. That’s according to “Composting in America,” a new report released today by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group. The report outlines best practices for composting programs, which are critical for mitigating the negative impact of waste on the climate and public health.

Each year, America landfills and incinerates enough organic material to fill a line of 18-wheelers stretching from New York to Los Angeles 10 times over, according to the report. All of that trashed material could instead be turned into valuable compost, which helps pull carbon out of the atmosphere, return nutrients to soil and replace toxic chemical fertilizers.

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure—especially when that trash can be turned into compost,” said Faye Park, president of U.S. PIRG Education Fund, in a statement. “We constantly say to reduce, reuse and recycle. By reusing food waste and yard waste, we reduce our garbage and the negative impact it has on the earth and our health.”

Read Full Article


Common Recycling Mistake is Causing Big Fires in Minnesota

Fox 9 News, Jeff Baillon

Last year, the Dem-Con recycling plant in Blaine, Minnesota was gutted when flames roared through enormous piles of paper and plastic like a “Game of Thrones” Dragon on a feeding frenzy.

The Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View fire departments had crews on the scene for more than 24 hours.

“You could see smoke columns from all over the city,” said Fire Chief, Charlie Smith. “When we got there the fire had already had a significant head start.”

“It’s endemic in our industry; we’re losing a facility a month, nationwide,” said Keegan.

The crew at the Blaine facility had left for the day, when the first sign of smoke appeared. By the time fire alarms went off, it was already too late.

Investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact cause, but security camera images show the MO of what has become the recycling industry’s public enemy number one.

Watch News Story/Read Full Article



*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



July 2019

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – NRRA Office will be closing at 12 Noon
  • Thursday, July 4, 2019 – Happy Independence Day!  NRRA Office will be closed all day.

August 2019

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 – NH the Beautiful Board Meeting @ NRRA Office- 8:30 a.m.
  • 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



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