October 2018 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair – Thank you, Marilyn Weir! and Plastic, Mixed Paper, and Glass…OH MY! 
  • NRRA News – Sign up today for the 2018 Annual Meeting! And other important news from around the NRRA office.
  • School News You Can Use – Plymouth TS Helps Launch School Recycling and more!
  • NHtB News – Help make NH Beautiful, plan a fall clean up event with free Litter Free Blue Bags
  • NHDES – Solid Waste Operator Training Schedule
  • NH News
  • Massachusetts News
  • National News
  • Classifies
  • NRRA Calendar


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

Leaves can account for 75 percent of the solid waste stream in the fall.  Reduce municipal solid waste costs and increase space in your local landfill by composting your yard waste.



Thank You Marilyn Weir!

NRRA has reluctantly accepted Marilyn’s request to “semi-retire”, step down from her Member Services position, and spend more time with her family. Marilyn has set the bar high for anyone coming in to fill this position: she’s a passionate and tireless fighter for member’s needs and recycling. Marilyn’s dedication to detail and hallmark pushing of the envelope for new programs included the NRRA Consolidation Program, the HHW “Did You Know” Campaign, Rigid Plastics marketing, Non-Ferrous Metals Program, Vendor Development, and Mill Direct Marketing.  Additionally, we have her to thank for the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Conference which was always superbly organized. Her knowledge of the industry and her devotion to NRRA for the past 11 years is without parallel. We wish Marilyn and her family all the best. On behalf of all the many members Marilyn has fought for so valiantly during her tenure with NRRA – Thank You!


“Plastic, Mixed Paper and Glass…OH MY!”

“Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My!”

If ever there was a time that this catch phrase applied to recycling it sure does now.  Short of chicken little and the sky is falling, this three-part jingle leads us to everyone’s favorite place kicker in the fall – Charlie Brown. Nothing sums up the recycling world better right

Good Grief!

now than,  “GOOD GRIEF”.

Be reassured NRRA is not sitting around the office reading comic strips all day. Once in a

while, a little good humor lightens the load and gives us perspective.

Take Plastics for example –“Please.”  More and more stringent specifications are being rolled out daily as the markets are responding to the new reality of clean, non-contaminated materials shipped with specific bale sizes, gauge of baling wire, no headers, must be covered if outside, and much more. Domestic capacity is available but only for those shipments that comply.

Mixed Paper – Anyone? Any Price?   While some stabilization has occurred and some loads are finally moving, the pricing is still 180 degrees from this time last year. This looks to be a permanent realignment and NRRA is working to develop new domestic markets for Mixed Paper to compensate for the damage being done to the overall value of this market segment.

Glass-OH MY!   With the continually expanding list of items no longer accepted in single stream, (All plastic bags come January 1, 2019 for one processor), and other recycling programs, glass is headed for the list soon. This past July NRRA established a new market for clean (this means: no ceramic, no porcelain, no pyrex or stone) in the glass—just glass jars and bottles. Educating the public will always be a challenge but if the rules of the markets are ignored, it will be at the peril of ever rising costs.  In addition to just jars and containers, NRRA continues to expand its PGA program for material that will be crushed and used for road base, under sidewalks, under parking lots and roundabouts, and anywhere else that needs a clean solid, cost effective alternative to gravel.

Be sure to stay tuned as NRRA continues to honor its mission to help communities create and sustain recycling programs throughout the North East.  In addition to “Plastic, Mixed Paper and Glass Oh My!”, We are working on ”YIMBY”,  “Yes, in My Backyard” which will have us developing new compost facilities in our target areas. Organic waste to compost, including meat and dairy, are the next frontier that will become big part of reducing the cost of MSW. For information on any of the programs under way please contact the office.


Another Successful Bus Tour

This year, our Bus Tour could not have picked a better day to travel. Wednesday, October 10, was a beautiful fall day and one of the last warm days of the season. Departing the Epsom office in a sweet ride, it was relaxing to sit back and leave the navigating to the professionals.

Ben Harvey shows the Fall Bus Tour Attendees around the Harvey Facilities

The first stop was the EL Harvey and Sons “Recycling Campus” where we were met and escorted on the tours by none other than Ben and BJ Harvey themselves who took the time to personally show us through their family’s life work of recycling. Acres upon acres of recycling operations and facilities dedicated to diverting the maximum amount of material from the waste stream are testimony to the dedication of the Harvey family. In addition, we toured the state of the art single stream processing facility which is processing 4-600 tons daily of recyclables.



Jeff Azano Brown (RDF Director, Wellesley, MA) addresses the Fall Bus Tour Crew

From the Harvey operation, the big bus motored over to Wellesley, Mass for the second

half of the day where Jeff Azano-Brown, RDF Director gave the tour of the spectacular resident source separated facility. From signage, to traffic flow, to variety of programs, once again the dedication to protecting the environment by reducing waste and diverting  material was evident throughout.

On behalf of the Bus Tour travelers and NRRA our special thanks to the Harvey family and the City of Wellesley for showing off the successful and sustainable operations.




Important Notices:

Please note that our office will be closed on the following dates/times:
Wednesday, October 24 – Staff Meeting & Lunch – We will be closed from 11:30 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, November 7 – NRRA Annual Meeting, Puritan Backroom, Manchester – Office closed from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Monday November 12 – Veteran’s Day – NRRA thanks all who have served.  Our office will be closed all day.

The NRRA October 2018 Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA October 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 smorrison@nrra.net.

Click here to download Registration Form
Click here for Meeting Agenda & Slate

Please note that there will be a M.O.M Meeting at the NRRA office on this same day (11/7/18) prior to the Annual Meeting at 9:00 a.m.


NRRA Presents ALL New Operator Training Webinars thanks to a grant from the USDA (2018)

NHDES Certification Credits are available!

NRRA is pleased to announce 14 newly updated webinars recorded as part of our 2017 USDA Grant, Town & Gown.  These webinars range in time from 30 minutes to about an hour and 45 mins, applicable NHDES credits are available for each webinar.

 These online training modules were created to provide school staff and solid waste operators as well as community members, cross training opportunities in the areas of solid waste and the NRRA School Recycling CLUB program offerings.

Professional development certificates are available by request and after taking the webinar evaluation which will be sent to you via email.

Please contact NRRA if you have questions about any of the webinars or interested in programming for your community.

To see the entire listing of all 14 Operator Training Webinars that are now available, Click Here!



School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Waste Management in Schools

Are you concerned about your school’s health and safety? NRRA’s School HazMat 101:  A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools was written specifically to help the entire school community benefit from addressing hazardous materials use. Funded by the USDA Rural Utilities Program, this manual provides information that improves the school’s ability to employ safe management practices.

Many people are accustomed to using hazardous materials in their everyday lives and have become desensitized to the potential health and environmental risks. They also may not fully understand the short­ and long-term health and environmental consequences. NRRA’s School HazMat 101:  A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools reveals how hazardous materials can be used safely by raising awareness of the role hazardous material play in their lives and the associated risks. This manual informs school personnel how to be pro-active in protecting themselves, the students, the environment, and by taking a leadership role in their community.

This full length manual can be downloaded for free by clicking HERE.  Please note that the manual is password protected for copyright purposes.  If you wish to download the manual, please email info@nrra.net or gerley@nrra.net to obtain the password.

Speaking of Town and Gown…..

Plymouth Transfer Station Helps Launch School Recycling

Plymouth, NH – Sarah McGraw, School Programs Special Projects Manager for Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), traveled to The NRRA School Recycling CLUB’s newest member school, Mountain Village Charter School in Plymouth, NH on October 17, to support the Plymouth Transfer Station’s unveiling of their new recycling trailer and talk about School CLUB programs.

Jessie Jennings, the Transfer Station Manager, along with his employees, took the old school recycling trailer and made it new again with some ingenuity and recycled materials. The trailer will be parked at the school to be filled with school recycling and the transfer station will come around on specified days to pick up and possibly weigh the materials. In addition to the trailer, the Transfer Station also purchased ClearStream™ kits for the school as well as recycling bins.  The ClearStream™ kits and 18-gallon recycling bins were purchased through NRRA and made available to Jessie and the school at a discounted price thanks to funding from NH the Beautiful.

During the presentation, Jessie gave the students some background information on what he does and about recycling in general. He explained what the Plymouth Transfer Station accepts for materials and how the students are helping the environment by removing recyclables from the trash.  Sarah talked about what NRRA does to help transfer stations and what the School Recycling CLUB program does to help educate schools about how to reduce, reuse and recycle. She handed out Water Recycles Posters to all the attendees. The students had lots of questions for both Jessie and Sarah and the teachers were eager to start recycling as part of their curriculum. The School Recycling CLUB is excited to welcome its newest members and help them get started on their new recycling program!

Special thanks to Plymouth Transfer Station Manager Jessie Jennings and Head of School Katy Gautsch for their warm welcome at this recycling kick-off event.



Keene Girl Scouts Collect Star Data

As part of our outreach work for the Keene School District, we held a training at Symonds Elementary in September to instruct staff from each school on how to collect the field data for a Star Assessment. Representatives from Symonds Elementary, Keene Middle School, John H. Fuller Elementary and Wheelock School were in attendance.

We were delighted when the Girl Scouts from John H. Fuller Elementary asked to join our training.


Fair Haven, VT Hosts USDA Funded Household Toxics Training

NRRA Grants Manager Cindy Sterling and NRRA School Program Special Project Manager Sarah McGraw traveled to Fair Haven, Vermont on September 19, 2018 to present the Healthy Home, Clean Water workshop as part of 2018 USDA Town and Gown grant outreach.

It was a beautiful fall afternoon as Cindy and Sarah set up their presentation at the Fair Haven Town Green. Students, community members, a police officer, and a member of the board of selectmen were present throughout the presentation and demonstration of household hazardous waste and personal care products. This workshop demonstrates why certain household chemicals and personal care products are hazardous to humans and the environment, as well as offer local solutions for proper disposal and use of alternative products.  There were great questions and conversations throughout the event. As the presentation was set up in a public park, many passersby stopped to see what was going on. It was a great way to reach people who might not normally see this presentation.

The Healthy Home, Clean Waters presentation is available to interested communities and for school classrooms. Please email (theclub@nrra.net) or call if interested in this or any other educational programming offered by NRRA.

Special thanks to Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) Administrator Pamela Lavoie Clapp for helping to arrange this presentation. Additional thanks to SWAC Board Member Bonnie Rosati for her on-site logistics and set up assistance.  Generous funding from USDA Rural Development made this event possible.



NHtB Litter Free NH Blue Bags:  They’re not just for Spring Clean-ups!  Fall Clean ups are Awesome too!

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 Fall Festival or 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


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.


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.




An Update from Tara Mae Albert, NH DES SWOT Coordinator

Hello!  I wanted to update you on the 2018 SWOT Calendar.  I also am working on populating the 2019 calendar and I would like your input.  If you are so inclined, please feel free to pass along your ideas for topics or thoughts on classes that should be repeated.  I also am looking for a facility to host the October Mock Inspection for next year.  I am looking for a facility that is in the middle of the state but am taking all offers right now!







With trash disposal costs on the rise, Bedford considers new fees

Kimberly Houghton
Union Leader October 2018

BEDFORD — A proposal to increase transfer station fees is being considered by town officials in an effort to generate more revenue and possibly curb outside commercial entities that are utilizing the local dump.

“I think there is anecdotal evidence that our rates are a little bit low and we may be attracting folks from other communities,” said Jeff Foote, director of Bedford’s public works department.

He is recommending that the fees to dispose of mattresses, tires and televisions be increased under a new proposal that will also raise the cost that commercial contractors pay to dispose of waste.

Foote stressed that it is still free for Bedford residents to dispose of municipal solid waste, household waste, recycling and brush.

With a new recycling contract recently approved, Foote said it is time to address the cost of disposing bulkier items.

Specifically, he is recommending that small television disposal fees increase from $5 to $10, and the fee to dispose of larger televisions — anything over 13 inches — be increased from $10 to $15.

Although residents may now drop off one or two tires for free, with excess tires costing $1.50 each, Foote is proposing a new fee of $5 for each passenger tire, $10 for each truck tire and $15 for each heavy equipment or off-road tire.

“This would increase revenue and help offset the town’s disposal for tires,” Foote said in a memo to the town council.

He is also recommending that commercial users pay $150 per ton to dispose of bulky materials such as construction demolition waste, roofing shingles and rubbish. The current fee for commercial users is $130 per ton for municipal solid waste and other bulky items.

Full Article Here



For E.L. Harvey and Sons’ BJ Harvey, it’s People that Matter Most

Cristina Commendator, Waste 360

Benjamin James “BJ” Harvey is known across the waste and recycling industry for his strong work ethic. And over the course of his career, he has learned that people—and caring for people—is by far the most important asset of any company.

At age 39, he is the executive vice president of his family’s company E.L. Harvey and Sons, where he handles the day-to-day operations and is the youngest person to sit on the company’s board. In addition, Harvey has served as chairman of the Future Industry Leaders Alliance (FILA) since 2007.

Scott Dols, president and CEO of Trucks & Parts, has known Harvey for more than 10 years and has worked with him and his company on numerous projects.

“BJ works hard every day. He understands the meaning of hard work and has shown his ability not to be turned away from a challenge,” says Dols. “BJ has been involved with his family’s business for 12 years. He has taken the company and tripled it in size. E. L. Harvey is over 100 years old, and he is the next generation of managing, using data and information. He always is asking and questioning what would be considered the ‘standard quo.’”

The Waste360 40 Under 40 award recipient recently sat down with us to discuss some of the challenges that he’s faced throughout his career, as well as some of the ways he is trying to keep things current at the family business.

Read Full Article & Interview Here


Organics Growth: How one Massachusetts city went big on curbside

Cole Rosengren, WasteDive

It’s been six months since the largest curbside organics program in New England went citywide. Now, the Greater Boston recycling community is watching closely to see how their cities could be next.

“Everyone needs to start doing it so it just becomes culture,” Mike Orr, recycling director for the city of Cambridge in Massachusetts, said in an interview with Waste Dive. “We have to build that kind of culture, and so we need Somerville and Boston to do this.”

Cambridge’s direct neighbors previously ruled out the concept out due to cost, but both rekindled the idea within the past year. Disposal tip fees are only expected to go up as Northeast disposal capacity continues to constrict and some are pushing for a new “zero waste” approach in the region.

Years in the making

While Massachusetts does have a commercial organics diversion mandate, it’s less common to see residential options around Boston that aren’t drop-off or subscription-based. The fact that Cambridge’s Department of Public Works (DPW) started offering the service as a pilot for 600 households in 2014 — and that it is now accessible to an estimated 25,000 households — is a sign that this may just be possible.

Full Article Here



Community Support for Recycling Pays Off

Waste Advantage Magazine

Reducing waste production and increasing recycling must begin at the community level. Educating residents about recycling, changing community norms to support recycling, providing low cost and convenient recycling opportunities, de-incentivizing trash disposal and enforcing penalties for illicit trash dumping represent just a few of the activities best supported and managed by local municipal governments.

Unfortunately, few communities have historically invested sufficient resources to effectively support recycling amongst their residents. This reality, coupled with the fact that trash disposal is relatively convenient and often well subsidized, leaves many residents with the unsurprising view that their community does not value recycling.

For change to occur, communities must create policies and provide resources to their residents to motivate and support recycling efforts. Fortunately, emerging studies are now beginning to provide empirical evidence to develop best practices.

A recent project published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, which examined recycling rates across 245 communities in Massachusetts, highlights several areas where community investment in recycling will likely lead to a significant improvement in outcomes. Using data collected over a five-year period by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection combined with follow-up interviews conducted with individual town managers, heads of public works and public health departments, co-author Nicholas Boileau and I identified several community policies, practices, and resources that significantly affect municipal recycling rates.

Full Article Here



Rhode Island Anaerobic Digester Could be Model for Region

Rhode Island’s compost law, passed in 2014, requires large institutions such as supermarkets and food makers to divert their organic scrap to a farm, food pantry, compost facility or anaerobic digester, as long as such a facility exists within 15 miles. So far, only a smaller-scale compost facility is operating in Charlestown — Earth Care Farm has been composting food scrap for 40 years. The Compost Plant has proposed a facility in Warren.

In recent years, smaller digesters have been built in Massachusetts that service a single facility, like a Stop & Shop distribution warehouse in Freetown, Mass. In Dartmouth, Mass., a 12-ton-per-day food scrap to biogas anaerobic digestion facility opened in 2014 at the Crapo Hill Landfill. A single digester, or digesters, intended to serve an entire state or region has yet to materialize.

Blue Sphere Corp., an Israeli-based company, is poised to be the first. Planning for its Johnston facility began in 2012. Construction started in 2014. This summer, the facility on Shun Pike began processing liquid waste such as sewage and manure. Solid food waste was added more recently, to build up the proper bacteria level in one of the two 2.5-million-gallon “digester” tanks.

Each tank acts like a giant stomach, breaking down organic material and generating a methane-based biogas that is burned for electricity. That electricity is one of three revenue streams for the facility. The biogas fuels one of two generators with a total capacity of 3.2 megawatts. The power is purchased by National Grid under a 15-year power-purchase deal. The residual organic material is sold as a soil amendment. A tipping fee is charged based on the weight of organic material when it arrives at the plant.

Full Article Here



*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 Sale

Vertical Baler For Sale

The Town of Colebrook has a vertical baler for sale.  Specifically, the baler is a  BACE baler Model V63HD Serial Number: V63HD1504912.  It was purchased new by the Town in 2014 for $10,445 from Atlantic Recycling Equipment.  The baler was used for less than 18 months.  The baler is to be sold “where is, as is.”  Please call if you wish to view$7,500 or best offer.  Town of Colebrook 603 237-4070.


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



November 2018

  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – M.O.M Meeting @ 9:00 a.m. at NRRA Offices
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – NRRA ANNUAL MEETING @ 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester, NH
  • Monday, November 12, 2018 – Veteran’s Day, NRRA OFFICE CLOSED.  Thank you to all who have Served!
  • Wednesday, November 14 & Thursday November 15, 2018 – NH Municipal Association Annual Conference at the Manchester Downtown Hotel
  • Thursday, November 22 and Friday November 23, 2018 – Thanksgiving Holiday – NRRA Offices Closed BOTH Days

December 2018

  • No M.O.M Meeting This Month
  • December 24 & December 25, 2018 – NRRA Office Closed for Christmas Holiday.  Merry Christmas!


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