INSIDE THIS ISSUE
- From the Director’s Chair – New Process for Scheduling Pick-ups & Logistics
- NRRA News – November Pricing
- School News You Can Use – Kensington Elementary hosts T.O.L.D Event
- Massachusetts News
- Connecticut News
- NRRA Calendar
~Recycling Tip of the Month~
Need to get rid of burned out Holiday? Check online to see if there is a location in your community that accepts lights for recycling.
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
This issue of the Full of Scrap is a shorter version due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the recently completed NRRA Annual Meeting, and the continuing process of restructuring our customer service to make it more efficient for both members and vendors. We hope you all have had a holiday filled with family, friendship, and good health. As the recycling world faces changes that are international in scope, NRRA gives thanks to all of its members and vendors who work so hard all year long to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible. The NRRA Annual Meeting heard from Todd Ellis of Call2Recycle about the latest changes and opportunities in the world of batteries. With the help of organizations like Todd’s, the future of recycling toxic materials is much brighter.
In face of the latest material ban on recyclables by China, making material quality a premium and absolutely necessity to obtain an import license, “National Sword” is a serious and permanent change that is shaking the very foundation of recycling in the 21rst century. How we react and adapt to this overarching new paradigm will determine how recycling survives.
Just as Call2Recycle has adapted to changes in its market segment to better serve its customers, NRRA has made internal changes that reinforce its tradition of outstanding member services that has been the foundation of NRRA and its benchmark for over 37 years. Logistical support issues will now be handled by Ryan Stewart (see first picture above) and routine and regularly scheduled transactions by Lindsay Dow(Second Picture Above). This logistical team will be backstopped by Brenna Carriger, Gwen Erley, and Stacey Morrison (respectively pictured above)and will free up the Member Service representatives Bonnie Bethune and Marilyn Weir (last two pictures above)to assist with new and improved programs for members. Please do bear with us as we work through the final steps in this restructuring process and continue to strive to serve you efficiently and with the personal touch that is the hallmark of NRRA. If you wish to book a load, get a release number or have a pick up tracked, please call and speak to Ryan or any member of the support team or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be hearing more about National Sword in the coming months. Click HERE to view the Annual Meeting Presentation.
The TOWN and GOWN grant work is underway and EPICURE grant work continues. NRRA is working on helping town facilities and school facilities collaborate wherever possible to make recycling a cooperative effort. Whether it be with the normal recycling materials or with the toxics that can enter the systems through inadvertent purchasing programs, NRRA is embarking on a USDA funded drive to help towns and schools recycle more, recycle right, and deal with those toxins that can present challenges in the safest manner possible. Look for more news on Town and Gown in the New Year.
EPICURE Grant work continues in spite of the end of the grant period. NRRA and NHDES are continuing the work begun under EPICURE as it relates to improving opportunities for composting in New Hampshire. NRRA has secured tentative agreements with numerous potential sites to either expand or begin compost operations. One motivating factor is the forecast of rising MSW rates which will make composting an economic alternative to landfills or incineration.
PRICING ALERT$$$$-MSW disposal tip fees moving up by more than 10% at one location on January 1, 2018. More expected to follow suit and it would not be a surprise to see additional increases later in 2018.
As the Holiday Season is now in full swing, look to 2018 as a year even more fraught with dramatic changes in the markets. NRRA is developing its Annual Conference workshops and the May 21 and 22, 2018 Conference will be one for the ages starting with the Key Note address by Ben Harvey whose family has been recycling for over 11 years. Don’t miss it, register early and send us any suggestions for workshops you would like to see before the New Year. Remember, this is your conference and your opportunity to help shape this not-to-be-missed, annual event.
As always thanks to the new Board Members of NRRA and the election of officers as listed below. In this time of “Crisis” there is “Danger” but also “Opportunity”. With your support, NRRA is the best “Shield” against the impact of “National Sword”.
2018 NRRA Board of Trustee Officers:
President: Duncan Watson
Vice President: Paul Tomasi
2nd Vice President: John Hurd
Treasurer: Roger Rice
Secretary: Lisa Stevens
Important Notices from NRRA
Our next M.O.M Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10. 2018 at 9 a.m. at our office in Epsom.
NRRA Will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observation of the Christmas Holiday and then again on Monday, January 1, 2018 as we celebrate another New Year. Happy Holidays!
The NRRA November Pricing Guide is Now Available!
The NRRA November 2017 Pricing guide is now available! To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.
Bad News: Paper Pricing has not increased. Good News: Paper Pricing has not gotten worse. Not much has changed in commodity pricing for this month as things have relatively stabilized for the time being.
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 email@example.com.
NRRA’s 37th Annual Conference & Expo
CALL FOR SPEAKER PROPOSALS
NRRA is now accepting proposals for speakers and presenters for our 2018 Annual Conference and Expo which will be held on May 21 and 22, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Manchester, NH.
Submission Deadline: Friday December 22, 2017
For over 37 years NRRA has sponsored this first in the nation Conference and Expo, which is critically acclaimed as the one Conference and Expo you must not miss. The Resource Recovery industry faces a year of new metrics, new municipal challenges, and new market conditions. With this year’s conference theme of “Recycling Rules”, we hope to highlight how the industry can continue to move forward, whether by focusing on what has worked well in the past or embracing the new. It will be a fantastic opportunity for Recycling Coordinators, Solid Waste Managers, Volunteers, Local/State/Federal Officials and Industry Representatives to exchange ideas, share philosophies and further promote waste reduction and strategic materials management!
For full Proposal guidelines and details, click here.
We are also seeking speakers for our 9th Annual School CLUB Recycling Conference which will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. If you or someone you know would like to present a workshop to the students, teachers and administrators who attend this special conference within a conference, please contact Gwen Erley at firstname.lastname@example.org
NRRA 37th Annual Conference & Expo
CALL FOR EXHIBITORS
All Exhibitors/Sponsors who Register before January 1, 2018 will receive 10% off of their booth/sponsorship fee. Contact Marilyn Weir for more details or Click Here to download the registration form today!
Each year Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s Annual Conference addresses pressing recycling market & waste stream issues and brings the key players in the industry together. As a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your organization gains visibility with speakers and attendees as a valued leader in the recycling industry across New England.
SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE
Kensington Elementary Hosts Trash On the Lawn Day
Kensington, NH –Kensington Elementary School enjoyed beautiful weather for their Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) event on October 5. Gwen Erley, Sarah McGraw and Ryan Stewart, from NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB, trained 105 enthusiastic and energetic KES students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash. Students prepared for the big event with recycling projects, recycling games and even a Recycle Relay. KES teachers were instrumental in helping to organize and supervise the students throughout the day. Not only did the press arrive to cover the event, there was even an observer from the local police department.
Each group of students was given several bags of trash which were then weighed, sorted, then weighed again. A bag of cafeteria food waste was also sorted to illustrate how much could have been diverted to composting or animal feed. A worm bin was on display to show that it is important to keep contaminants, such as plastics, out of the food waste. When sorting was completed the school received high marks for doing an excellent job with their current single bin recycling program. The students asked lots of questions and learned that diverting recyclables, and especially food waste and compostables, saves energy, the environment and landfill space.
KES Teacher Sarah McCarthy helped to spearhead this event, which was funded in part by a grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful. She made arrangements to have three student helpers for each of the groups. Special thanks to the KES custodial staff, especially Head Custodian Matt Andrews, who were very helpful with logistics, set up and especially clean up. This event would not have been possible without the support and assistance of Principal Becky Ruel, who was instrumental in coordinating this all-day event.
Brendon Burns, a reporter from Seacoast Online, attended the event and posted an article. For the whole article, click HERE
Welcome New NRRA School CLUB Member:
- Where: Kittery, ME
- Grades: 4-8
- Students: 400
Welcome Renewing Members:
Boscawen Elementary School
- Where: Boscawen, NH
- Grades: K-5
- Students: 240
Kenneth A. Brett School
- Where: Tamworth, NH
- Grades: K-8
- Students: 204
Travels with Sarah
Special Project Manager Sarah McGraw’s recent work in Somersworth, NH, has provided us with a great resource through the Somersworth Farm to School Coordinator, Wendy Berkeley, who has provided us with another nice article and pictures:
Let it Rain
At Somersworth High School, Mr. Shane Chick’s Building Trades students had some fun in the spring of 2017 putting their education to practical use once again, this time designing and building rain barrels out of industrial-sized olive containers. The use of rain barrels is a wise one; when we collect rain water, our gardens don’t suffer in times of drought, nor does our water bill! Big thanks to Shane Chick and Ed Olson on this wonderful collaboration. (Wendy Berkeley, Farm to School Coordinator)
NH THE BEAUTIFUL
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 October 19, 2017. This will be their LAST meeting of their current fiscal year so we urge you to get your applications to us no later than October 10th. Any applications received after this meeting will not be approved until the next Fiscal year.
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.
NH DES NEWS
Basic Solid Waste Facility Operator Training for First-Time Applicants
NHDES has scheduled a Basic Training Class for Solid Waste Facility Operators. Registration is required.
- December 14, 2017: NHDES Offices in Concord
Basic Training will begin promptly at 8:30 am, so please arrive no later than 8:15 am to sign in. Testing begins around 2:30 pm. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided to all attendees.
If you are a solid waste facility operator with Processed Applicant status, you MUST attend this training. Please contact us at (603) 271-2925 or email@example.com to register. Solid waste facility operators who don’t have Processed Applicant status must submit an initial application and $50 fee within 30 days of employment at a NH permitted Solid Waste Facility. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Continuing Professional Development for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operators
Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing professional development each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application for trainings not provided by NHDES. Credit will generally be given for continuing professional development that offers information about and increases awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.
NHDES offers workshops to meet the 2.5 hour per year requirement of continuing professional development, but also accepts relevant training from other organizations. Please see the list below for some current training opportunities. NHDES updates the web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.
Below are some of the currently scheduled workshops available:
December 14, NHDES Concord, NH – Facility Managers, What You Need to Know, Part 2
January 24, 2018 – Facility Managers, What you Need to Know, Part 3
February 22, 2018 – Used Oil, Part 3
February 22, 2018 – Landfills
March 28, 2018 – Used Oil, Part 2 (repeat)
April 13, 2018 – Ticked Off & More
May 2, 2018 – Extreme Weather Events
1. All workshops are subject to change.
2. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop session begins.
3. To register for a workshop, or for more information, please contact Nelson Ordway at 271-2925 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jennifer Hermes, Environmental Leader Nov. 6, 2017
Boston has pulled together a Zero Waste Advisory Committee, co-chaired by the chief of streets and chief of environment, energy and open space. Committee membership is still being finalized.
The preliminary zero waste planning process started in late 2015 with support of the Zero Waste Boston coalition, formally known as Boston Recycling Coalition. Zero Waste Boston, in partnership with the city, hosted a Zero Waste Summit in April 2016 with a broad range of stakeholders, including experts from three cities that already adopted zero waste plans – Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The city’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh is considered a leader in the move to curb carbon pollution and climate change. A recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change: 9 Ways Mayors Can Build Resilient and Just Cities, featured efforts by Mayor Walsh and highlighted the progress being made in Boston under his leadership. Click Here for full article to see what they city’s action plan includes.
To Recycle Or Not: Connecticut Issues New Universal List Of Recyclable Items
Patrick Skahill, WNPR
What goes in your recycling bin can be confusing. Now, the state is trying to clear up some confusion by putting out a new universal list. It’s part of a campaign called “What’s In. What’s Out.”
Plastic bottle caps are out — unless they’re connected to the bottle. Those little black and green pots for plants? They’re in — if you can fit them in the bin.
Then there are pizza boxes. They’re good to recycle, even if greasy, said Sherill Baldwin with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
“Do they want your crust? Definitely not. Do they want food in it? No,” Baldwin said. “They are asking that we pull out the liner — whether it be cardboard or paper — but doesn’t matter how much grease is in it, just throw it in your recycling bin.”
What you do not want to throw in, said Baldwin, are plastic shopping bags.
“Plastic bags, plastic wrap,” Baldwin said, “are a huge problem. They take so much time and effort for the staff to pull out and it often causes safety concerns.”
Instead recycle those bags back at the retailer where you got them. Baldwin said don’t recycle shredded paper, either.
“Good rule of thumb is only shred what you need to shred,” Baldwin said. Everything else — in terms of junk mail or other types of correspondence — if it’s not needed to be shredded, she said, don’t, so that you can recycle it.
And what about all those confusing numbers on your plastics?
Baldwin says it’s simple. Ignore them. They’re for recyclers — not residents. Instead, she says ask yourself: is it a bottle, a jug, or a carton?
“All of those plastic containers can be put in the recycling bin,” she said.
The new program is voluntary and it’s up to the towns and cities to implement the new guide. Confused residents can check what’s in and out on using the search tool on the state’s website.
Baldwin said residents should start using the new universal list now because cleaner recycling streams help both customers and haulers.
West Hartford Launches Curbside Food Waste Recycling Program
Greg Hladky, Harford Courant
About 130 West Hartford homeowners are taking part in a 15-week experiment to see if average families can help change the depressing statistic that more than 20 percent of all American trash is food waste that is thrown out and burned or buried.
Participating residents are separating the coffee grounds, bones, egg shells, cooking oils, old pasta, stale bread and all the other organic food waste they would normally throw out as garbage. They put it in an odor-resistant, dishwasher-safe kitchen “caddies,” and dump that into special brown bins that are taken to the curb every Thursday.
A garbage truck then picks up the food waste and transports it to a recycling center in Southington that turns the organic garbage into methane and the methane into electricity.
If this new-wave recycling system can be made to work in West Hartford, it might provide a model that could be used in municipalities all across Connecticut. The trouble is that a similar test carried out two years ago in Bridgewater never quite worked out the way organizers hoped.
Phillips said he is definitely worried that the same old-school attitudes that caused problems for Bridgewater’s food waste recycling effort could be replicated in West Hartford.
“When it comes to garbage, people want to throw it all in one pile and have it go away for free,” Phillips said. “People get offended when you say they have to pay for it.”
This new trial is a combined effort involving the city; the food-waste-to-energy operation in Southington, Quantum Biopower; West Hartford’s waste contractor, Covanta; and the garbage hauling company, Paines, Inc. For this preliminary test, all the equipment, transportation and recycling are being paid for by the three companies at no charge to participants or the city.
“We’ve been preparing for it for the last few months,” Phillips said of the test program that is currently scheduled to run through Jan. 4, 2018.
The volunteer homeowners were recruited from a few blocks bounded by Mountain Road, South Main Street, Sedgewick and Fern Streets, Phillips said, explaining the area was chosen to make the food waste pick up as simple as possible.
Comparable food-waste recycling programs are now being used in cities all over the U.S., from Portland, Ore., to New York City. In fact, Quantum Biopower is already receiving some food waste being collected for recycling in New York City.
*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 email@example.com*
Town of Henniker- Job Opening
Transfer/Recycling Center & Parks/Property Dept. Superintendent
Town of Henniker, NH (population 4,800) seeks a Superintendent to effectively plan and direct all activities of the Transfer Station, Recycling Center and Parks and Properties. The Superintendent ensures compliance with all local policies and procedures, laws, regulations and permits relating to solid waste; performs technical work necessary for directing the operations of all departments and supervises activities of all employees. This is a salaried position. Complete job description can be found on the town website at http://www.henniker.org/jobs
Pay compensatory with experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Town Administrator, 18 Depot Hill Road, Henniker NH 03242. First round of applications will be reviewed on November 22, 2017. Position open until filled.
BCEP Solid Waste District – Solid Waste Operator
BCEP Solid Waste District is seeking to fill a full-time, non-exempt, Solid Waste Operator Position. The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid CDL A or B driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Possession of a State of New Hampshire Solid Waste Operators Certification and New Hampshire Weighmaster License required, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment. The successful candidate should have the ability to operate a skid steer, front end loader, forklift, baler, compactor, roll off truck, hand and power tools, computers, cash register and safety equipment together with considerable knowledge of maintaining such equipment.
Duties include coordinating the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials and preparing the material for hauling; maintaining a safe environment for residents and employees, interacting with the general public including advising them of the policies of the Transfer Station and assisting them with their recycling and disposal needs.
The operator is responsible for compliance of all operating requirements as required by RSA and permits issued by the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. A State of New Hampshire Hazmat Certification and welding experience a plus.
The position requires the person to be able to perform physical labor under all climatic and environmental conditions such as heat, cold, dust, noise, rain and snow. Work on Saturdays is mandatory.
All employees are subject to pre-employment background checks and drug and alcohol testing.
Send resumes to Administrator, BCEP Solid Waste, PO Box 426, Pittsfield, NH 03263, no later than November 21, 2017. Electronic submissions may be sent to email@example.com.
Hourly wage: $16.00 – $18.00, DOQ, and includes a complete benefit package. BCEP Solid Waste District is an equal opportunity employer.
JOB OPPORTUNITY:Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee
The Town of Canterbury NH is accepting applications for the position of Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee.
The position will combine two job functions and is a full-time position with benefits, reporting to the Road Agent.
JOB SUMMARY For transfer station manager: This position is responsible to supervise the acceptance of trash and recyclable material and general overall operation of the Transfer Station. Operating hours for the Transfer Station are Wed. 4-7 & Sat. 8-6. CDL & NHDES Solid Waste Operator Certification required within 6 Months.
A full job description is available on the Town of Canterbury website.
Please send resume to: Ken Folsom, Town Administrator Town of Canterbury NH PO Box 500 Canterbury, NH 03224
Salary: $16.00-17.50 per hour depending on qualifications.
Transfer Station Scale Attendant – Town of Hampton
The Town of Hampton Department of Public Works is seeking applications for a full-time Transfer Station Scale Attendant. This position requires computer skills and ability to maintain good public relations with the general public. A State of New Hampshire Weigh Master’s License will be required within 90 days of employment. A CDL-B driver’s license will be required within 8 months of employment to assist with other Public Works Department duties as needed. Duties include: enforcing rules relating to the proper utilization of the transfer station; weighing Transfer Station users consistent with applicable rules; collecting fees; and issuing receipts when necessary. The successful candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment screening including a background check, driving record check, and drug and alcohol tests. Other job related and employment tests may be required. Job description is available upon request. Starting Salary $14.16/hr. Send resumes with cover letter to Jennifer Hale, Deputy Public Works Director, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton NH 03842, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please. No facsimiles will be accepted. The Town of Hampton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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.
More NH Municipal Job Postings…
Can be found at: https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/ClassifiedAds
NO M.O.M Meeting This Month
Monday, December 25, 2017- Merry Christmas! NRRA office will be closed.
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Due Date for Conference Speaker Proposals
Monday, January 1, 2018 – NRRA Office Closed – Happy New Year!
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – NRRA M.O.M Meeting, 9 a.m. at NRRA Office