May 2020 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair -NRRA “pivoting” its work in response to COVID-19
  • NRRA News – May Pricing Guide; NRRA’s Summer Webinar Series; NRRA Staff Working at Home Update; Medical Waste Roundtable and More!
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use- The School Recycling Club launches SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program), Check out our FREE Lesson Plans
  • NH the Beautiful – Programs that help support NRRA Members

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~Recycling Fact of the Month~

The increased demand for and delivery of food items are dependent upon food packaging which in turn is produced using a variety of grades of recovered paper and plastics, made from recyclables collected and processed by the scrap recycling industry.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

I hope this Full of Scrap finds you and yours healthy and weathering the pandemic as well as possible.  I am writing to you from my home office, which is a patio table in the corner of my bedroom.  My husband and I alternate roughly two hours shifts throughout the day between working and caring for our four-year old-son, whose preschool was closed with no clear plans to reopen.  While this has its challenges, I am grateful that we are healthy and safe.

I am also grateful that NRRA has been able to retain all of its staff during this time without reduction in hours or pay, supported in part with funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.  All staff are working remotely, with a few staff occasionally going to the office as needed to keep our operations moving smoothly.

The NRRA staff and I have been busy “pivoting” NRRA’s work to ensure we can continue supporting our members during this unprecedented time.  That includes holding regular Member/Operations Marketing meetings by phone, launching a members-only email listserv, presenting a popular webinar about how to safely recycle during the pandemic, and providing school recycling lessons for educators.  And now, on the week that would have marked our annual two-day NRRA Recycling Conference & Expo, I am pleased to announce that we are launching a Summer Webinar Series that will feature over 20 presentations that would have been available at our annual conference.  Please read below for more details.

We are very grateful for the essential work that our members continue to provide during this time.  If you missed it, please read and share the op-ed I wrote for the Concord Monitor about how solid waste operators are more than essential – they are silent heroes.  Thank you for the work you do to support your communities, both during the pandemic and throughout the year.

Be safe and be well.

 

 

 

Reagan Bissonnette

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NRRA NEWS

The NRRA May 2020 Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA May 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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NRRA’s Summer Webinar Series

COVID-19 may have put a damper on our 2020 Annual Conference plans but we are turning those lemons into summer lemonade by offering would be conference attendees an opportunity to earn NHDES certification credits by viewing any number of our 20 webinars which were all meant to be conference workshops. 

Learn More & Register

A Special Thanks to our webinar series sponsors, USDA & Schnitzer Steel.

 
 
 
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NRRA Staff:  Working at Home to Continue to Bring our Members the Services they Deserve!

We may not be coming to you live from our offices at 2101 Dover Road, but we are all working just as hard from our home offices.   We thought you’d like to learn more about what we have enjoyed about working remotely and what may be some of our challenges.(Left to right, top to bottom)

“Working from home has had its ups and downs – I get to spend the day with my dog, Ziggy, which he loves (but he barks all day!). I have only been at NRRA since the beginning of March, but I already miss going into the office and seeing all of my “new” coworkers as well as learning in person rather than through a screen. All in all, I am so very grateful to have joined this team at such a crazy time and we are making things work despite these challenges.” ~Sam Foresta, Administrative Assistant

“I love being able to have my dog as my coworker!” ~ Lindsay Dow, Administrative Assistant

“I’ve enjoyed being home with my two sons.  Juggling remote learning, remote working and my “mom duties” keeps me so busy that this “social distancing” time has really flown by for me.  Never a dull moment.  I’m so grateful to work for an organization that values their employees’ health and safety and has been able to not only keep itself relevant but “essential” as well!”  ~Stacey Morrison, Administrative Manager

“I am writing to you from my home office, which is a patio table in the corner of my bedroom.  My husband and I alternate roughly two-hour shifts throughout the day between working and caring for our four year old son, whose preschool was closed with no clear plans to reopen.  While this has its challenges, I am grateful that we are healthy and safe. I am enjoying daily walks around my neighborhood to see what new flowers are blooming.” ~Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director

“I have enjoyed using my creative outlet to help with these introductory videos to support Gwen’s online lessons from our amazing educational resources! I have also enjoyed connecting with students virtually online and connecting with our summer series webinar speakers.”~ Heather Herring, Education Manager

“I enjoy wearing shorts to work and making lunch in my own kitchen. I really miss attending events and getting out into the world every day!” ~Ben Perham, Education Assistant

“I have enjoyed the learning of all the technology available to use and the ability to set up myself the same way I am at the office.  Challenge for me is working at home and being distracted thank goodness I come in two days a week.” ~Liz Duncan, Finance Assistant

Gwen Erley, Programs Coordinator is enjoying that amazing view from her home office!

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FREE Online – Medical Waste Disposal Roundtable

The purpose of the PRAPSE (Promoting Recycling at Public Spaces and Events) Free Online Medical Waste Disposal Roundtable is to share and discuss information about current take back programs in your area for proper disposal of medical sharps and prescription drugs.

Please join us as we share our experiences and expertise in an effort to better understand this important and timely topic.

Presenter:

Cindy Sterling from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association will facilitate this Remote Roundtable Discussion. Topics to be covered include:

  • Current take-back programs
  • Public education/outreach
  • Resources and information gaps
  • Challenges hidden in vaping
  • Next steps and assistance required to implement new programs
  • Most recent information on COVID-19 and implications on safe disposal

Professional Development Credits Available Where Applicable

Join us on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00pm

Registration Link:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eh38cmz0e756e4b2&llr=9wyrldzab

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NRRA Member of the Month:  Dublin, NH

Dublin, NH, population 1,597, let us know this week that they have resumed their recycling program. COVD-19 led many facilities to amend or stop their recycling in the last two months. NRRA is happy to report that now there are no facilities we know of closed due to COVID-19 in NH! In the past year, Dublin has moved scrap metal and plastics through NRRA, and we are happy to support their safe effort to serve the town of Dublin!

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Vendor of the Month:  Environmental Projects Inc. (EPI)

It is Household Hazardous Waste season because many are home cleaning out their basements and garages for spring cleaning! Environmental Projects Inc. is NRRA’s vendor in NH for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

We will assist in scheduling days that EPI will to come to your recycling facility for a safe collection. They have already booked all of their dates for this summer, so it is good to schedule in the fall for the following spring. We are pleased to work with them and respect their professional services. Contact NRRA in September to set up for 2021!

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From Heather Herring’s Desk: Dear Scrappigail

Dear Scrappigail-

I am very frustrated as someone dumped a washing machine, dryer, couch, chair and other leftovers over the hillside near where I live. How could they be so rude and heartless? I don’t have a crane to pick them up and besides, it will cost me money to dispose of them. Why do people dump?

Wish I Could Throttle Them in Thornton

 

Dear Wish,

There is no apology for dumping on other private or public property. It is a waste of resources that could have been recycled or properly disposed of, it degrades the landscape, and is rude. But people rarely consider the full cost of a product: the production of the product and how the factory affected the local environment, to transporting the product to its final purchase place, to recycling or disposing a large or heavy product at the end of its useful life. Production responsibility is coming up more often and companies are being pushed to produce items that are more easily recycled, produce less emissions in production, and incorporate the final disposal costs. Right now, those final disposal costs are left to the consumer. And in hard times, some people choose to take the easy way out. Report the dumped items to your local recycling facility. Perhaps they can direct you to some resources to help get this mess cleaned up.

Cheers,

Heather A. Herring, Education Manager

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Impacted Reducing & Recovering Wasted Food – Free Webinar

Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

Don’t miss this upcoming webinar to discuss the critical issues of food waste reduction and COVID-19.  The webinar will be hosted by the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA).

The presenters represent ReFed and the Harvard University Food, Law & Policy Clinic. They will share the latest ideas and information on reducing wasted food and recovering and diverting what can’t be reduced. Topics that will be covered include new tools and information from ReFED and on date labeling of food.

Register Here

Presenters:

Ariel Maria Ardura, Clinical Fellow, Harvard University, Food Law & Policy Clinic

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) serves partner organizations and communities by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. She will discuss policy responses have already been implemented and what other policy solutions could help.

Katy Franklin, Operations Director, ReFED

ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit foundation, and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. ReFED takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. She will focus on what is happening right now in light of the pandemic and some of the ways our food system is shifting in response.

 

NRRA Member Listserv –Municipal Voting Members of NRRA, Please Join!

Do you have questions about how other transfer stations or recycling centers are handling certain situations or materials?  Join the NRRA Listserv so you can easily ask and interact with other transfer station managers, operators and other affiliated municipal personnel.  Get answers to your questions and maybe even help answer someone else’s!

A Listserv enables participants to communicate via email in a way that conversations are organized by topic. Municipal Members are encouraged to sign up and either join in the discussions/learn about each other’s facility operations. See how other facilities are adapting safety precautions and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up for the NRRA members Listserv, please complete the brief sign-up form:

Join our Listserv

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NRRA CALENDAR

May 2020

  • Compost Bin Sale Items will be delivered this Month!
  • Monday, May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day, NRRA Office Closed
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Next Call in MOM Meeting @ 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020 – NRRA Medical Waste Roundtable Webinar

June 2020

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – NRRA Summer Webinar Series Kicks Off
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – NRRA’s New Website launches!

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

The School Recycling Club’s Supporting Home Instruction Program (SHIP)

FREE Recycling Lesson 8

The School Recycling Club’s SHIP offers FREE weekly Lesson Plans from our wheelhouse – 3R’s of the Common Core and Teaching Toxics – to all teachers, parents and students who are home schooling. For teachers, we have included the Common Core Alignments. For parents and students, we have provided additional crafts, activities, videos and links to enhance each lesson and keep them fun.

 

 

Lesson 8 for grades:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12

Look over our cargo of lessons to find the ones that best fit your students. We encourage you to add your own instructions and activities to each plan and to share this with other teachers and parents. They can easily join our crew using the “Subscribe Here” link below.

Are these lessons helpful? Please let us know at TheClub@NRRA.net.

Other Resources: Check out all of the free resources on The School Recycling Club’s Website.

 

Home with Heather

LESSON 8: For 9-12 graders, Heather examines the cost of recycling:

These FREE lessons are being made available due to the generous sponsorship of NH the Beautiful

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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.

 

Are You Interested in Learning More About…

For information or assistance in applying for any of the NH the Beautiful programs, please call us at 736-4401 or email nhtb@nrra.net .

NHtB Litter Free Blue Bag Program – Register Today!

Litter Free Blue Bag Registration Packet

This is a great way to practice social distancing while getting outside to get some exercise and help keep NH Beautiful all at the same time.

A registration form must be completed to participate, which you can send via email to info@nrra.net, or bring it with you when you come to pick up your Town or Organization’s cases of bags. Every town in New Hampshire is able to get a maximum of 10 cases (150/case) per year, at NO CHARGE, while supplies last.

Due to social distancing efforts, we ask that you please contact us prior to picking up your cases to confirm a date/approximate time so that we can ensure someone will be at the NRRA office to assist you!

Phone: (603) 736-4401

Email: info@nrra.net

Fax: (603) 736-4402

Shout out to Sandy Lafleur from the Town of Wilton, NH for hosting her own roadside trash pick-up event when COVID-19 concerns led to the cancellation of her community clean-up event!

When the Town of Wilton, NH decided to cancel their community roadside trash pick-up event to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Sandy took it upon herself to hold her OWN clean-up day alone! She advertised her cause on Facebook where she obtained sponsorship for each bag of trash that she could pick up in 6 hours. Sandy ended up being sponsored $79 per bag by local community members, raising a total of $1,515, which was then donated to Baby Steps, a 501 c3 organization located in Claremont, NH that helps new moms and their babies.

Sandy is a Milford School District employee and wants to continue to raise money for her charity. Read more about Sandy’s clean up story and maybe you will be inspired to hold your own clean up event!

 

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