October 21, 2015-Full of Scrap

recycle_pumpkin.285120936_stdINSIDE THIS ISSUE

  •  What does the Future hold for NRRA?
  • NRRA Workshop on October 23rd-Register NOW!
  • School News You Can Use
  • NH the Beautiful
  • NH News
  • Massachusetts News
  • Maine News
  • Connecticut News
  • National News
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

A 2008 National Retail Foundation survey found that 64.5 percent of people celebrate Halloween in some way. That’s a higher number than the individual recycling rates of aluminum, glass, paper and plastic bottles.


Kermit the Frog in Directors ChairFROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

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STARE DECISIS:   Lat. “to stand by that which is decided.” The principal that the precedent decisions are to be followed by the courts.  To abide or adhere to decided cases. It is a general maxim that when a point has been settled by decision, it forms a precedent which is not afterwards to be departed from.
The doctrine of stare decisis is not always to be relied upon, for the courts find it necessary to overrule cases which have been hastily decided, or contrary to principle.

The recent discussion on whether or not to recycle reminded me of this principle in law of “settled precedent.”  It does not mean that we should blindly follow previous decisions made as a body politic, and certainly we have plenty of opportunity to reverse elections etc. However, when basic math and science are questioned and respond over and over with the same conclusion, “finite resources need to be managed as efficiently as possible for the long term sustainability of the human species.” To that end, when markets are down my message is to build more infrastructure and not less. Control the destiny of the material that is collected and do not fall easy prey to a quick fix now, that will require continual price increases for years to come.

What does the Future Hold?

Johnny Carson Swami ImageThere has never been a better time for NRRA to serve its core mission of helping all its members survive and thrive in this challenging time.

Instead of hiding under the lily pads with our friend, Kermit, NRRA is going to “double down” on recycling, recycling programs and recycling education outreach and training.

Cindy Sterling has been hired to manage a year long USDA Grant Project to provide this training and Ellen Cabral is going to shoulder the media outreach program for NRRA as it relates to the 35th Annual Conference and the USDA Grant and NRRA School Club. The timing couldn’t be better and we are pleased to have these two join the outstanding NRRA staff at this critical juncture. I encourage you all to read more about them in the bios below and contact them anytime with questions or challenges. NRRA is ramping up for the challenge of these markets and the future challenges ahead!

Cindy Sterling:   Cindy comes to NRRA after years of service as an educator and program Cindy-Sterling-Editeddirector at the Windham Solid Waste District in VT, the Northeast Rural Community Assistance Program in MA, and was even one of our School Club Coordinators.  She was one of the original founders of the Keene State College recycling program two decades ago!  Cindy has been in the solid waste management industry since 1987, when recycling legislation was just being implemented in the state of NH.  Today, she is an Adjunct Professor of Geography at Keene State College and the Geography Awareness Week (GAW) Coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance.  Among Cindy’s areas of expertise are the connections between recycling and sustainability and both local and national curricular standards. Her published work includes: Agriculture in New Hampshire, 1990; Buy and Bye: The Rest of the Cycle, 2000; Feed It to the Worms: A Vermicomposting Geographic Curriculum Guide, 2001; Learning from Worms, 2002; and, Wormology 101: A Vermicomposting Curriculum for Middle and High School Teachers, 2006. When Cindy is not educating the public about human interactions with the environment, she teaches yoga, is a freelance writer, and Doula.

Ellen Cabral:  Ellen brings 19 years of marketing experience to NRRA. She has been Ellen Cabral Photoinvolved with marketing conferences that attracted 50 to 5,000 attendees via direct mail, email, social media, media partnerships and PR outreach.
Since 2006 she has a been an active member of the Hampstead, NH Recycling and Waste Disposal Committee. Here she has helped the town raise awareness of the benefits of recycling and composting, as well as work with the committee on setting new curbside limits. Over the past 5 years, these changes have increased the recycling rate from 21% to 30%.
Ellen graduated from UNH in 1996 with a BA in English. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching HGTV for inspiration on her next home improvement project as well as attending her niece’s track meets at the University of Connecticut.

Press Release:   NRRA Receives Funding for Waste Administration Training and Educational Resources

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association received $146,000 from the Rural Utilities Service Technical Assistance Grant Programs to work collaboratively with NRRA’s members and regional solid waste planning and education districts to reduce their overall solid waste stream and the toxicity of that stream. NRRA is targeting specific counties in VT and NH to provide eligible communities within the regional areas with hands-on training, education and technical support in municipal solid waste management. The regional areas include Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties in NH, and Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Orleans counties in VT. All school districts, municipalities and solid waste district organizations can partake in the overall services offered by this program.

NRRA is seeking assistance from teachers and school administrators in the targeted regions with providing professional development workshops for in-service teachers, decision makers, and department professionals. If you or your school is interested in assisting with this project, please contact NRRA’s School CLUB at THECLUB@nrra.net.



Kermit ClockTime is Ticking….But it’s STILL Not Too Late to Sign up for the NRRA Workshop: It’s not Easy Being Green 1.0

If you still need credits to complete your NH DES re-certification, “hop” to it and register for the NRRA training workshop, “It’s Not Easy Being Green 1.0”  Hurry, Registration ends today!  To Register, download the registration form, fill it out and return it via fax or email to Stacey Morrison at NRRA (contact information is on the registration form).  This informative workshop will be held This Friday, October 23rd at 8:30 a.m. at the NH DES Auditorium.

This workshop will cover a wide range of current topics to help keep operators both new and experienced in the “loop” on the current state of transfer stations. There is a $25 fee to cover the morning check in and supplies.  This workshop is being offered solely by NRRA, all questions and/or registrations must come to the NRRA Office.  A copy of the proposed agenda is below:

Workshop Agenda



nrra logo color compressed_jpgPLEASE JOIN US!  The NRRA Annual Meeting and Luncheon


When:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015 / Noon – 2:30 pm

Where:  Makris Lobster & Steak House, Route 106, Concord, NH

As a member, you are cordially invited to join the staff and trustees of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) for its annual meeting and luncheon. The NRRA is YOUR organization, so please plan to attend or send a representative in your place.

Each Municipal Member is entitled to only one vote but you may send as many representatives to the event as you wish. Associate Members do not have a vote, but we welcome and encourage their participation. This Annual Meeting and Luncheon offers a wonderful chance to network with recycling professionals throughout the Northeast.

The cost for the luncheon is $25.00 per person and pre-registration is required. Please fill out the form HERE and return with a check made payable to the NRRA.  Registration deadline is Monday, November 9, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you on November 18th and thank you for your continued support of the NRRA.

~Agenda ~

I.            Lunch and Welcome

II.            Approve 2014 Annual Meeting Minutes

III.            Election of 2015-16 Board of Trustees (Slate Available at the Meeting)

IV.            Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Stevens, BCEP

V.            President’s Report – Duncan Watson,   City of Keene, NH

VI.            Executive Director’s Report – Michael Durfor- It’s Not Easy Being Green

VII.            Other Business

VIII.            Adjournment



Press Alert:  School CLUB to Hold Two Back-toBack T.O.L.Ds at Milford Middle School

This Press Alert is to let you know that the NRRA School Recycling CLUB will conduct two Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) events at Milford Middle School on October 27 & 28.

Trash On the Lawn Day is a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership.

Under the NRRA School CLUB’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. All the trash is sorted into categories, weighed and recorded by the students to produce a report showing how much could have been diverted from the school’s waste stream.

Please make note of the following information:

Tuesday, October 27 @ 9:25 am (7th Graders)

Wednesday, October 28 @ 9:25 am (6th Graders)

Milford Middle School

33 Osgood Rd.

Milford, NH 03055

(603) 673-5221

Invitations have been sent to members of the Board of Directors for NH the Beautiful as well as all local press representatives. We hope that you are able to cover this student recycling event and photo opportunity.  Please allow time to check in at the school office.

Weather Or Not: This event is usually done outdoors but may be moved indoors due to inclement weather. Please dress accordingly.

The School Recycling Club (The Club) is a program for all schools in the Northeast and is supported by NRRA and NH the Beautiful. For students and teachers in grades K-12, The CLUB serves as a centralized organization to become more active in the world of recycling. The CLUB is a fun and innovative way to give kids encouragement, direction, and networking possibilities for school recycling programs. http://www.schoolrecycling.net/

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is a proactive, non-profit cooperative working with its membership to make their recycling programs strong, efficient and financially successful. For more information, https://www.nrra.net/

New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. (NHtB) has been a longtime supporter of the NRRA School CLUB and environmental education in NH. 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. NHtB offers municipal recycling grants, recycling education grants (over $2.5 million), recycling signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance. NHtB is a unique organization that represents a voluntarily-funded alternative to expensive legislation intended to achieve the same end results. http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/

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2015 Recycle-Bowl Competition registration is now open!



Why Recycle-Bowl?

Recycling is the easiest and most effective thing that ANYONE can do to protect natural resources, conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. Recycling also creates jobs and stimulates our economy. And, friendly competition is a proven way to motivate young people toward adopting sustainable behaviors.

Many schools have been slow to embrace recycling. Through Recycle-Bowl, we hope to galvanize recycling in elementary, middle and high schools across America.

Our Mission

Invigorate student participation through a national K-12 recycling competition.


  • Establish new recycling programs within schools
  • Increase recycling rates in schools that currently recycle
  • Provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction

For detailed instructions on how to register, click here.  Please be sure to register by October 13th.  The competition begins October 19th!

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America Recycles Day – November 15

ARD_IR_Logo_GreenandBlack_cmyk Nov. 15America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on November 15 (America Recycles Day) event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events. Keep America Beautiful created guides, tools, templates and tips to make it easy to organize your local school or community event.

To learn more, click here.


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Trex Company Challenges Schools Nationwide to Turn Trash Into Treasure

From our friends at MarketWatch
Published: Sept 21, 2015 9:04 a.m. ET

Composite Decking Leader Hosts Competition to Incentivize and Educate About Recycling

WINCHESTER, VA, Sep 21, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — It’s easy being green! That’s the message Trex wants to convey to students across the country this year. On November 15th, in conjunction with America Recycles Day, the world’s number one decking and railing brand and leader in high-performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products will kick off its annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, which encourages elementary, middle and high schools to collect plastic bags and other types of polyethylene for the chance to win Trex products for their schools.
“In addition to promoting fun, healthy competition, the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge provides students with a better understanding and appreciation for the importance of recycling,” said Stephanie Hicks, material resource coordinator for Trex. “Last year, more than 430 schools from across the country participated and, together, collected more than 167,000 pounds of plastic film. Instead of going into landfills, that plastic waste was converted into beautiful Trex decking.”
One of the largest recyclers of plastic in the U.S., Trex uses more than 1.5 billion plastic bags to make its eco-friendly, wood-alternative outdoor living products each year. A standard 16-foot Trex board contains recycled material from approximately 2,250 plastic bags. In addition to plastic grocery and retail bags, Trex reuses polyethylene plastic from a variety of common household items — such as case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves and dry cleaning bags — to create composite products that offer a superior alternative to wood and an environmentally responsible choice to consumers.
“Trex was literally built on the use of sustainable materials, and our commitment to preserving and protecting the environment continues to influence everything we do as a company,” says Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex. “The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge helps students to incorporate recycling into their daily lives, and helps us to continue to produce high-performance, sustainable outdoor living products.”
The Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge pits schools across the country against one another in a fun and spirited race to collect and recycle the most plastic film per capita between Nov. 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016. Easy-to-implement for schools of any type, the turnkey program comes complete with detailed instructions, promotional materials, recycling bins and a list of qualifying recyclable materials, which include:

— Grocery and retail bags
— Bread bags
— Case overwraps
— Dry cleaning bags
— Newspaper sleeves
— Ice bags
— Wood pellet bags
— Ziploc and other reclose-able bags
— Produce bags
— Bubble wrap
— Salt bags
— Cereal bags

Participants weigh and report collection totals to Trex each month throughout the program before delivering the recycled plastic to designated Trex drop-off points in their communities. The recycled material is then shipped to Trex for processing. Trex Bench pic
Regional finalists and a national winner will be announced in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, 2016. All participating schools receive an award made from Trex decking boards. Regional and national winners each will earn a Trex composite bench to help beautify their school’s playground or campus.
To enroll your school in the 2015-16 Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, complete the online form at http://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/ by October 15, 2015.




Grants Program for NH Municipalities

Do you need equipment for your facility?  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 NH the Beautiful Board Meeting will be on December 10th, 2o15.  Please submit your grant applications by December 1st to have them considered at this next meeting!


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.10. 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.


NHtB Also has Clear Stream Containers and 14-Gallon Recycling Bins for Sale at Discounted Prices 

Click the links below to find out how you can get yours!  Please note that effective July 1, 2015 the cost of the 14 gallon Curbside Recycling Bins have increased by .50 cents a bin.  We regret this unavoidable increase but assure you that these bins are still being offered at a great discounted rate to all Towns, Schools, Businesses and non-profit organization who apply. 


Click here for ClearStream info.


Click here for Curbside Recycling Bin info.


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.



Coca-Cola New England Teams Up to Combat Marine Plastic

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, a franchise of its parent company, is leading the way in sustainable practices for a large-scale manufacturing and distribution facility. Based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, CCNNE is proud of their sustainable efforts to reduce their carbon footprint in the creation and delivery of their products.

In an industry that has been around for over 100 years, and as a company of 40 plus years, CCNNE wants to stay relevant long into the future. It is one of the many reasons CCNNE takes their sustainability initiatives seriously, with long-term focused projects such as switching from wooden pallets to reusable plastic pallets.

“It’s more of an investment up front, but it pays us back over time and we’re using a lot less of a resource like that,” says Mike Elmer, Coca-Cola of Northern New England’s Director of Capabilities.

6.5 million pounds of CCNNE’s recycled PET bottles are used to make fleece jackets by The North Face and Patagonia. The Londonderry plant boasts a 93% recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire’s Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn it into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company’s coolers and used in stores and restaurants reduces clients’ energy use by 35 percent.

The company also invests in the community, such as sponsoring a full recycling station at the Special Olympics and spreading awareness about the impact recycling has both locally and globally.

“The education part just kind of grew on itself,” says Ray Dube, CCNNE’s Sustainability Manager. “We started out with this small little presentation and it sort of grew into this big thing because people are so fascinated by it and they started asking questions.” In 2013 alone, Dube brought his presentation to 80 different conferences, middle schools, high schools and college campus events totaling over 100 days.

CCNNE sells and distributes in seven Northeast states and employs 1,000 workers. Dube and Elmer work every day to spread the message of corportate sustainability, and as their message grows, so will their business.



Recycling grants awarded

Sen. Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has awarded recycling grants to communities in the First Plymouth and Bristol district.

The Massachusetts Sustainable Materials Recovery Program offers funding to cities, towns and regional entities for recycling, composting reuse and source reduction activities that increase diversion of municipal solid waste and household hazardous waste from disposal.

Grants are available for recycling and composting equipment; Pay-As-You-Throw programs; waste reduction enforcement; school recycling; and organics capacity development projects.

Funding was secured for the following communities: Bridgewater $1,500; Middleboro $6,850; Taunton $35,000; and Wareham $1,500.

For more information, contact Pacheco’s office at 617-722-1551, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcPacheco or follow Pacheco on Twitter (@MarcRPacheco)



Exeter Company Unveils Technology to Help Recycle Food Waste

By John Krinjak, WABI, TV5  October 2015

A company in Exeter announced Tuesday some new technology they hope will help Maine achieve its recycling goals.

Exeter Agri-Energy is a renewable energy company that converts food waste into electricity.

Their partner, Agri-Cycle Energy, collects waste from clients across New England–including Hannaford and Colby College–even Mass General Hospital in Boston.

“It is a green solution to take care of probably one of our biggest problems in the state,” said state Senator Tom Saviello.

But there was one snag in that process–the packaging that often comes with the food.

“Industry experts have estimated that 30 to 40 percent of that is currently being dumped in the landfills. That’s both a very powerful statistic and an opportunity missed–until now,” said Adam Wintle, managing partner of Exeter Agri-Energy.

This is the de-packager. They’re about to show us how it works. It’s actually the first of its kind in Maine, and what it does is it takes packaged foods like these and separates them out into food and packaging.

“This machine allows us to take cardboards, plastics, metals that are packaged, now it can come here into Exeter,” said Dan Bell, general manager of Agri-Cycle Energy.

The machine moves all that up this conveyor, then into a drum where paddles break apart any packaging.

The food then goes into these 400-thousand-gallon anaerobic digesters and the byproduct gases are used to create energy.

“That goes back on the grid here in Maine and throughout New England,” said Bell.

Company officials and the businesses they work with say this will help Maine reach its goal of reducing food waste by 50-percent.

“The missing piece of the puzzle for us has always been this packaged food waste. It’s stuff that’s not easily and quickly separated–the food separated from the packaging,” said George Parmenter, sustainability manager with Hannaford Supermarkets.

“And now with the de-packager, that’s going to be like the last piece of the puzzle for us to head towards zero waste in the future,” said Joe Klaus, operations manager at Colby College.

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CT Product Stewardship Council Announces new Coordinator (and He’s a Member of NRRA!)

CT PSC  is pleased to announce that at last week’s meeting, the members voted in a new Chairman or as the CT PSC Agreement Letter calls him a new Coordinator.

Congratulations to  Brian Bartram from Salisbury, CT and an NRRA Member!

Brian has been a member of the CTPSC since its inception in 2009, representing the Northwest Hills Council of Government’s Recycling Advisory Council.  Brian has been manager of the Salisbury/Sharon Transfer Station since 2007, and was a member of Governor Malloy’s Modernizing Recycling Working Group in 2012.  He is also an intern of the UCONN Master Composter Program Class of 2014.

CTPSC looks forward to continuing thier work with Brian at the helm.  Brian can be reached at this email address info@ctproductstewardship.com


Think your plastic is being recycled? Think again.

plasticBy Jen Hayden

Think those plastic items you carefully separate from the rest of your trash are being responsibly recycled? Think again. U.S. recycling companies have largely stayed away from recycling plastic and most of it has been shipped to China where it can be processed cheaper. Not anymore. This year China announced a Green Fence Policy, prohibiting much of the plastic recycling they once imported:
For many environmentally conscious Americans, there’s a deep satisfaction to chucking anything and everything plasticky into the recycling bin—from shampoo bottles to butter tubs—the types of plastics in the plastic categories #3 through #7. Little do they know that, even if their local trash collector says it recycles that waste, they might as well be chucking those plastics in the trash bin.

“[Plastics] 3-7 are absolutely going to a landfill—[China’s] not taking that any more… because of Green Fence,” David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler, tells Quartz. “This will continue until we can do it in the United States economically.”

U.S. recyclers are scrambling to come up with a solution now that China is drastically cutting back on their top import from the U.S.:

China’s demand for low-cost recycled raw materials has meant waste shipments from Europe, the US, Japan and Hong Kong have arrived thick and fast, with scrap becoming the top US export to China by value ($11.3bn) in 2011.

China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70% of the world’s 500m tonnes of electronic waste and 12m tonnes of plastic waste each year. Sudden Chinese policy changes therefore have a significant impact on the global recycling trade, which puts pressure on western countries to reconsider their reliance on the cost-effective practice of exporting waste, a habit that’s reinforced by a lack of domestic recycling infrastructure and a lower demand for secondary raw materials.

China’s Green Fence policy just might spur the U.S. government and recyclers into much-needed innovation:

Historically, higher labor costs and environmental safety standards made processing scrap into raw materials much more expensive in the US than in China. So the US never developed much capacity or technology to sort and process harder-to-break down plastics like #3 through #7.

Green Fence might be a chance to change that, says Mike Biddle, CEO of California-based recycling company MBA Polymers. “China’s Green Fence offers a real opportunity to the US government and recycling industry to step up its efforts on recycling and catalyze a strong domestic recycling market in the US,” Biddle said at a recent webinar on Green Fence.

Some U.S. recycling companies are applauding the news:

The policy also has leveled the playing field by allowing large-scale companies that have invested additional money in pollution control and recycling services to operate at a more equal and fair-cost level, according to Kathy Xuan, CEO of full-service recycler Parc Corp. of Romeoville, Ill.

With China taking a harder look at the plastic waste it imports, U.S.-based recyclers are looking for opportunities in the changing global market.

Parc has doubled production in the last six months, Xuan said in a July 2 webinar hosted by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington.

The opportunity for big change (and big profits) is there. Let’s hope the U.S. government and recycling companies don’t throw away the opportunity to lead the way.



*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*

Help Wanted


Canterbury, NH Solid Waste Transfer Station & Recycling Center

The Town of Canterbury is seeking a part-time employee to cover vacation & sick days at the Transfer Station & Recycling Center. The facility is open to the public Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, as well as preparing material for shipment other weekdays. The successful candidate will be a certified Principal Solid Waste Operator with the State of NH, or have the necessary experience and education to obtain this status, have basic interpersonal and accounting skills, be timely and trustworthy, and be able to lift up to 75 lbs. Waste-management and/or heavy equipment experience is desirable, as is ability to work on short notice, should the shift be to cover illness. Hours for this position will not exceed 450 annually; wages will be commensurate with experience and abilities. This position may lead to a permanent part-time position with vacation and sick-leave benefits, but is currently to fill in as needed.

Interested parties should send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Ken Folsom at kfolsom@canterbury-nh.org or

Attention: Ken Folsom
Town Administrator
Town of Canterbury
PO Box 50010
Hackleboro Road
Canterbury, NH 03224


Solid Waste Manager-Lebanon, NH

The City of Lebanon is currently seeking a highly skilled and dynamic Solid Waste Manager to join the Department of Public Works team.

Named the Best Small Town in America in 2015 by Livability.com, Lebanon, New Hampshire is a place of engagement – people, trails, parks, education, entertainment and events.

With a population of approximately 13, 500 people, Lebanon is situated on the Connecticut River in the heart of a pristine New Hampshire Valley, and possesses some of the most beautiful country in the world.

The City is a healthy and thriving community that enjoys both the quiet everyday living of rural life and the cultural experience of a big City.

Lebanon is home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and many high tech, well-known companies, Lebanon’s business community is dynamic and diverse.  Lebanon also offers an extremely active and accessible recreation program that stretches from preschool aged children to senior citizens.


Position is responsible for planning, directing, administering, and supervising the programs and activities of the Lebanon Landfill and Recycling Center, including: planning and coordinating work assignments; scheduling work teams, materials, and equipment; supervising and inspecting work; developing, negotiating and managing contracts; and developing procedures, rules and regulations for implementing policy.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Public Works; may serve as the Assistant Director of Public Works during his/her absence. This is an exempt position. The incumbent will be required to work outside normal business hours and on weekends and to report to the facility in response to emergency/important situations.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Manages all activities and programs at the Lebanon Landfill and Recycling Center in accordance with City practices and policies and applicable federal and state law, regulations, etc.
Assists the Assistant Director of Public Works and/or the Director of Public Works with the development of long-range solid waste management strategies and plans.
Reviews and supervises and/or assists the Assistant Director of Public Works with the review and supervision of consulting, engineering and construction firms retained to assist the City on special projects related to solid waste management issues.
Responsible for monitoring all activities at the facility to ensure customer and staff safety and to prohibit the deposit of unacceptable and/or prohibited materials and waste.
Evaluates the performance of employees; trains and instructs employees in job practices and methods of work; counsels/disciplines employees as appropriate.
Provides professional advice and services to the Department, City Officials, and boards and committees concerning solid waste management issues.
Schedules, supervises, coordinates, performs and inspects work activities to ensure that production schedules are met and that work is performed in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with standard operating practices, operating permits and City policies.
Provides solid waste management assistance to residents, businesses, other departments and developers as requested.  Promotes and maintains responsive community relations.


Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Business or Public Administration or related field, with five (5) years of progressive  experience in solid waste facility operations and solid waste management supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, abilities and skills.  Valid driver’s license required. Current NH DES Principal Operator, Step 3 or 4 designation required.

Compensation/Affiliation: The Solid Waste Manager position is a Grade 12 position represented by LPASE/Teamsters 633. The 2015 salary grade for the position is $1275.78 to $1722.71 per week. The position will remain open until filled.

A City of Lebanon Employment Application and complete job description and position posting are available from the Human Resources Department, City Hall and on the City’s website at http://www.hr.lebnh.net.

Applications will be reviewed and qualified candidates contacted for interviews on an ongoing basis. Therefore, interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Applications that do not include a completed City of Lebanon Employment Application will not be considered. Forward completed applications to: Human Resources, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, NH 03766 or to human.resources@lebcity.com.




The Town of Plymouth is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Recycling/ Solid Waste Manager. Applicants must have the ability to coordinate and manage various functions and operations of the Town’s Transfer Station/ Recycling Center. Applicants must have Class IV operator certification, and recycling management background. For a full job description see the town’s website at www.plymouth-nh.org.

If you are looking for a drug free, appreciative working environment that offers a competitive wage and benefit package including: Vacation, Sick Leave, Personnel Days, Educational Training, Health Insurance (Employee pays 15% of premium), Dental Insurance (Employee pays 100% of premium), Group Disability and Life Insurance, and retirement through NH Retirement System, you may be the person we are looking for. The Town of Plymouth is an equal opportunity employer.
Resumes with cover letter may be submitted to: Paul Freitas, Town Administrator
Town of Plymouth 6 Post Office Square Plymouth, NH 03264
(603) 536-1731 office
(603) 536-0036 fax
electronically at klowe@plymouth-nh.org



The Town of Marlborough (pop. 2,000) seeks a knowledgeable and experienced, part-time (approx. 20 hours/week) Solid Waste Manager to manage and coordinate all aspects of the community’s Recycling Center/Transfer Station. Working under the supervision of a three-member Board of Selectmen, the Manager supervises three part-time employees.

Desired skills and experience include knowledge of municipal solid waste and recycling management issues, mechanical aptitude and “trouble shooting” skills and experience operating mechanical/motorized equipment used in solid waste operations. The candidate must have or be eligible to obtain State certification. Must be able to perform physical tasks including lifting, turning, reaching and squatting. Candidates should possess proven interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with the ability to maintain positive working relationships with elected officials, department heads, employees and the public. In addition, working Saturday (the center’s busiest day) is required.

Salary for this part-time position is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Submit cover letter, resume and references to Sandra LaPlante, Administrative Assistant, PO Box 487, Marlborough, NH 03455 or email to Selectmen@marlboroughnh.org by noon on August 11, 2015. The Town of Marlborough is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Part Time Transfer Station Attendant

Greenfield, NH-Permanent PT position Tu-Th-Sat 20 hrs. p/w.  Wages $12 – $14 p/h based on exp.  Some Benefits. Saturdays req. Will train – equip/baling exp. a plus
email greenfieldnhrecycling@myfairpoint.net
Or call 547-8617


Compliance Officer – ecomaine

ecomaine, a leader is sustainable waste management strategies, is currently looking for a Compliance Officer to add to their team. This position will be responsible for developing, implementing, and executing the Regional Hauler Permitting & Compliance Program. Other responsibilities include the following:

• Review applications, issuing permits and collecting permit fees.

• Investigating and ensuring compliance with the Regional Hauler Permitting & Compliance Program, providing appropriate documentation and background to owner communities to address compliance issues.

• Track tonnage and waste flows to properly manage the program. Stays abreast of latest developments and trends in the industry to provide community members with up to date information.

• Provide education and outreach materials associated with this program, as well as the outreach and educational programs that the organization offers.

• Perform other work-related duties as assigned.


• Bachelors’ or Associates Degree related to environmental and/or enforcement issues or an equivalent amount of education and experience providing the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the function.
• At least three years of experience and be comfortable with compliance and enforcement issues.
• Creative, outgoing, multi-tasker, self-starter, very well organized, able to make well-reasoned decisions, a problem solver, and is independent while still being a team player.
• Able to work effectively with all levels within ecomaine
• Valid State of Maine driver’s license and insurable under ecomaine policies.
• Must have strong writing and computer skills specifically with the Microsoft Office Suite of Programs.

ecomaine is a equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and salary history to rebecca@kmaconsultingllc.com. Candidates can also apply online at jobsinme.com.


Wanted to Buy

Town of Gilmanton needs 10 Wheeler

10 Wheeler w/hoist for roll-offs, does not need to be road worthy.  Need to move containers on site.

Contact:  Board of Selectmen or Town Administrator,Gilmanton, New Hampshire  03237   (603)267-6700


For Sale

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.


spectecSPECTOR MANUFACTURING INC.-Trailer/Parts Sales

spectec trailerAt Spector Manufacturing Inc. providing the highest level of customer satisfaction is our top priority. Founded in 1994, we have quickly grown to become an industry leader for all your demolition, construction, and waste management needs. We offer a wide variety of steel and aluminum moving floor, rear ejector, and dump trailers that can be custom tailored to meet your specifications. In addition, we also carry an extensive parts inventory to meet all your repair needs. Our on- site repair facility is open to all makes and models and our repair crew has a combined experience of over 40 years in the industry! In short, whatever your needs are, Spectec is here to help you take care of them.

Contact: Faller Enterprises LLC (603) 455-6336

Website: http://www.spectec.biz


Selco Vertical Baler

Weathersfield, VT DPW has a used Selco Vertical Baler for sale.  Model# V5-HD.  Good working condition.  $5000.00 or Best Offer.  Contact Wesley Hazeltine at 802-291-3219 for more information.




  • November 11th:  Veteran’s Day – NRRA Offices Closed

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  • November 18th (before Annual Meeting): M.O.M Meeting at NRRA Offices- 9:00 a.m.

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  • *NEW* December 9th: M.O.M Meeting – 9:00 a.m. NRRA Offices

  • December 10th:  NH the Beautiful Board Meeting – 8:30 a.m. NRRA Offices


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