March 2020 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair:  NRRA COVID-19 Resources; Weekly MOM Meetings; Legislative Updates; Join our Member ListServ and more
  • NRRA NEWS: Important Notice about our Annual Conference; March Pricing Guide; PGA Survey; 2019 Annual Report and more
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use
  • Classifieds

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~Recycling Fact of the Month~

Municipal Waste: Workers and employers should manage municipal (e.g., household, business) solid waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.

Medical Waste: For medical waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination, manage like any other regulated medical waste. COVID-19 is not a Category A infectious substance

(According to OSHA)

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

 

 

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.  In an effort to keep our Members and Vendors up-to-date with the constantly changing efforts being made across the waste management and reduction industry as a result of the Coronavirus, NRRA has created a resource page with a curated list of information and resources to share with you. If you have information to share, please send that to info@nrra.net. Click Here to visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.  We’ve created an NRRA Facility Impact Report which provides examples of how NRRA Members are changing their facility operations in response to this pandemic, you will find that report on the resource page. We will be updating our resource page and this report regularly. Please let us know what your facility is doing by taking our survey.

Weekly MOM Meetings

During this time of rapid change in light of COVID-19, NRRA will be holding a weekly Member Operations Marketing committee meeting by phone and optionally by video for voting municipal members. Members can join by phone only and also optionally by video through a web link if desired. The weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 9 am.  The first of these meeting was held last week with great success.  While NRRA staff will be available for the usual 1.5 hour time period, we anticipate these meetings will be shorter given the frequency and the length will vary week to week based on member needs.

Each week, we will send out an email invitation to the meeting.  This invitation will include a (Free) phone number to call along with a meeting specific PIN#.  The email will also contain a link to RSVP to the meeting.  Please be sure to RSVP whenever possible, the RSVP link  also includes an opportunity for you to submit questions, comments, or share resources in advance of the call. The RSVP list will be used for a roll-call at the beginning of the call to ensure NRRA can provide NHDES operator credit for New Hampshire operators.

Legislative Updates

As many of you know, Reagan has been busy testifying before the Recycling & Solid Waste Committee in regard to House Bill 617 (HB 617).  The committee held fourteen hearings to study how the State can assist municipalities during these challenging recycling Markets. To view the committee’s final report and to see a full update on the many legislative bills, Click here.

NRRA Member ListServ- Join Today!

What is a “ListServ”?   It is a method of communicating with a group of people via email. You send one email message to the “reflector” (or host) email address, and the software sends the email to all of the group’s subscribers. All group members have the ability to respond to the messages they receive from the group. All group members are able to initiate new topics for the group by sending out emails to the group with a new subject. All group messages will be monitored by NRRA staff to help ensure that questions are being answered, information is being shared, and topics are being addressed that impact the group.

We would like to invite all Municipal Voting Members of the NRRA to be part of a new email communication initiative called NRRAmembers. Participation in NRRAmembers will help all NRRA Municipal Voting Members to share and receive information with one another using email.

As a Municipal Voting Member you may have already received an invitation to be a part of this group. If that is the case, please ignore this message.

If you are a Municipal Voting Member and you have not received an invitation to NRRAmembers please click on the following NRRAmember SignUp Form link, complete and submit the form and we will process your request. NRRAmember Sign Up Form.

If you have any questions about participating in the listserv, please contact Ben Perham, NRRA Education Assistant, at bperham@nrra.net or at 603-736-4401 x121.

We are excited about this new communication platform and look forward to your participation.

NH Municipal Association’s Town & City Magazine Article

NRRA provided the feature story in NH Municipal Association’s Town and City magazine for the March/April 2020 issue in an article titled, “The State of Recycling Markets in New Hampshire.”  Take a look at the six-page article here: https://www.nhmunicipal.org/town-city-article/state-recycling-markets-new-hampshire

Small Town, Successful Recycling!

Seacoast Online also produced an article regarding the successful sorted recycling operations put into action by the town of Rollinsford, a small NH community that has a partnership with NRRA. Reagan Bissonnette was featured in the article on NRRA’s behalf, as well as Rollinsford Transfer Station Manager, Ed Walsh. Click here https://www.fosters.com/news/20200307/rollinsford-enjoys-success-in-return-to-sorted-recycling-can-other-communities?fbclid=IwAR1luwPEqJNI8eRwLsB8-vIzhx-YuHhPFmOdFRxdat_8vkR3hJ-MMzTLg1o to read how a community with a population of just 2,500 has proven that recycling is still viable!

Science Café NH Event

NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, participated as a panelist at the Science Cafe NH event on trash and recycling, which was held at Riverwalk Café in Nashua, NH last month. With the venue at full capacity, Reagan addressed a multitude of questions from attendees.  Check out the recording of the event here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m7PzUp6k2E&feature=youtu.be

NHPR Interview: Some NH Towns Change Recycling Services in Light of Coronavirus

On Friday, March 21, NRRA was interviewed by NHPR about the changes we’ve been seeing in recycling programs and services as a result of COVID-19.  Click Here to read more.

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NRRA NEWS

Important Notice:  NRRA Annual Conference & Expo

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we will most likely be cancelling our 39th Annual Conference and Expo scheduled for May 18 & 19th due to the complexities brought forth by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We are still in discussions with the venue regarding this matter but felt that we should let you all know that this year’s event is unlikely to happen.  We had so many great workshops and fun changes in store for this year’s conference.  We will be back next year, better than ever!

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The NRRA March 2020  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA  March 2020 Pricing Guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

As a reminder, this is simply a guide.  For true, up-to-date pricing, please contact your NRRA Member Services representative.  This guide is password protected, if you need the password, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

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Do you have experience using processed glass aggregate (crushed glass)in road and infrastructure projects in the Northeast?

If so, please complete this survey that we have prepared.  NRRA is collecting examples of processed glass aggregate use and will share the results with communities interested in learning more about the value of using crushed glass locally when markets to recycle this material are limited.

Please share this survey widely with anyone who may have experience using processed glass aggregate. The deadline to respond to the survey is Wednesday, April 8.

Click Here for the Survey

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NRRA’s Newly Redesigned 2019 Annual Report

We are very pleased to present to you our newly redesigned 2019 NRRA Annual Report! Full of information about our organization and our 2019 stats. Be sure to check it out to learn more!

Please share our annual report widely with anyone who may be interested in learning more about how NRRA partners with communities to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions.

If you wish to receive a printed copy of the Annual Report, please let us know.  To view the digital copy, click here.

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NRRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notices

Effective immediately, NRRA’s office will be closed to visitors and only be accessible by NRRA staff. If you need to come to the office for any reason, such as to pick up a New Hampshire the Beautiful sign, you will be asked to wait outside, and a staff member will bring what you need to you.

Until we are otherwise mandated, someone will always be in our office to assist you in person.  However, we are taking precautions to keep our staff safe and healthy so many staff members will be alternately working at home.  Rest assured,  regardless of if our staff is in the office or working remotely, they can continue to assist you  effectively and efficiently.  If you call the office and receive our voice mail system during regular business hours, there will always be instructions for reaching a “live person”.  If you need a release number or wish to book a load/pick up, we encourage you to send your requests to info@nrra.net this email is regularly monitored.

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NRRA Welcomes New Staff Members, Sam and Ben!

Sam Foresta, Administrative Assistant

We are pleased to welcome, Sam to the NRRA Administrative team. Sam graduated with her BS in environmental science in 2019. While in search of working for an organization whose values focus around environmental sustainability, she found us! Sam is joining us at a time where a lot of positive changes are occurring at NRRA, and she is excited to be part of it.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog, Ziggy! She also enjoys being outdoors, camping, vegetable gardening, and trying out new recipes.

Ben Perham, Education Assistant, NRRA School CLUB (picture unavailable)

Ben joins the NRRA staff in February of 2020. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University. Ben comes to the NRRA 7 years of experience in Secondary Education and 20 plus years in Food Sales. Ben works as an assistant in the Education Department. Outside the office, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, working around the house, and walking.

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Cancelled Workshop- Can You Turn Trash into Treasure?

Please note that the workshop, Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects, that was scheduled for April 15th, has been CANCELLED.

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NRRA CALENDAR

March 2020

  • NRRA Voting Dues Invoices to go out this Month!
  • Compost Bin Sale Orders – To Be Announced

April 2020

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Earth Day!

May 2020

  • Compost Bin Sale Items will be delivered this Month!
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day, NRRA Office Closed

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

Announcing our Newly Combined NRRA/CLUB Facebook Page!

Like us on Facebook!

As part of our on-going mission of providing a “one-stop shopping” experience for our readers, we have combined the School Recycling CLUB and NRRA Facebook pages.

Please visit us at our new digs: https://www.facebook.com/NRRArecycles/ We hope you “like” us and “follow” us!

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Attention School Nurses!

PRAPSE School Nurse Survey & Medical Waste Roundtable Events

As part of our PRAPSE research, we are canvassing school nurses in NH, VT

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and MA about how they handle their medical waste.

If you know a school nurse, please feel free to send them this link to our very short, anonymous survey:  http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egtlp718k4n4cqgx/start

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our full issue of School News you can use, here.

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CLASSIFIEDS

*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*

Wilton Recycling Center

Full time position for a Recycling Transfer Station attendant

Hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and half days Sunday & Monday

Wages based on Experience

Backhoe/skid steer and baling experience is a plus

Weigh Master License/Solid Waste Operator certificate is needed as soon as possible

Will train

Must be 18 years old and background check req.

Applications at Wilton Recycling Center, 291 Gibbons Hwy. or online at

www.wiltonnh.gov   for more information email:  recycling@wiltonnh.gov or call 603-769-9312

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More NH Municipal Job Postings…

Can be found at:  https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/ClassifiedAds

 

 

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