September 2019 – Full of Scrap

Inside This Issue

  • From the Director’s Chair –  Three Announcements from Reagan
  • NRRA News – Mike Durfor Recognized by the EPA; September Pricing; MOM Meetings Going on the Road; Member & Vendor Spotlights; Save the Date for our 2020 Conference;  And SO much more!
  • NRRA Calendar
  • School News You Can Use – Welcome New CLUB Members; Big News for the 2020 School Recycling Conference – It will now be a TWO day Event!
  • NH the Beautiful – NHtB Grant Update: Sandown, NH
  • NH News
  • Helpful Recycling News
  • Classifieds – New Job postings!


~Recycling Fact of the Month~

In 2015, about 137.7 million tons of MSW were landfilled. Food was the largest component at about 22%. 



I have three announcements for you all this month:

First, I’m pleased to announce that NRRA will have a new Education Department beginning in October led by Heather Herring as our new Education Manager.  The Education Department will merge together NRRA’s education and outreach work for all our members, including both solid waste operators and schools.  Heather will work with Gwen Early and Cindy Sterling to oversee the following work at NRRA: School Club program, USDA grants, MOM and Cheshire meetings, selection of speakers and topics for Conference workshops, managing social media, School News You Can Use and Full of Scrap newsletters, and other educational speaking engagements.  Having an Education Department will ensure that NRRA is giving equal attention to both our cooperative marketing programs and our education and outreach work, plus spreading workloads more evenly among all staff.  Heather is a great fit to lead this new department given her knowledge of our operator member’s needs from her current work as a Member Services Representative, plus her background in education.  Please join me in congratulating Heather on this new position!

Second, NRRA’s former Executive Director Mike Durfor received an EPA Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Merit.  See below for more details about this exciting honor.

Third, the NH State Recycling and Solid Waste Committee is studying the challenges facing municipalities in the current recycling markets.  I have testified before the committee several times (see the below NHPR article), as have a few NRRA members.  The Committee is very interested in hearing directly from more municipalities at two upcoming meetings.  If you are available and willing to testify, or could suggest a member who might be willing to participate, please contact me at or (603) 736-4401.

Friday, Oct. 4th at 9:30 am – large municipalities

Monday, Oct. 7th at 10 am – small municipalities

These meetings will be held at the Legislative Office Building, Room 201, 33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301.



Former NRRA Executive Director, Michael Durfor,  Recognized by EPA

Michael Durfor, recently retired Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association in Epsom, New Hampshire was recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his work to protect New England’s environment. Mr. Durfor was among 25 recipients across New England honored by EPA’s New England office at the 2019 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony held in Boston, Massachusetts on September 10th, 2019.

Michael Durfor joined the Northeast Resource Recovery Association in December of 2008. During his decade-long leadership, the nation’s oldest member-driven recycling and cooperative marketing association increased support for member services, technical support programs, and education for citizens and professionals. Durfor directed the start of a monthly newsletter for members, updated market pricing, renegotiated marketing contracts, and added single-stream recycling and municipal solid waste as programs offered by the association.

Read the Full Press Release Here


The NRRA September 2019  Pricing Guide is Now Available!

The NRRA  September 2019 Pricing guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

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

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.


M.O.M Meetings are going “On the Road”

In an effort to bring our informative M.O.M (Member Operations Meetings) to more of our members we are going to start taking several meetings a year “on the road”.  This will also give many of our Members an opportunity to tour another transfer station to see how it operates and possibly exchange ideas.

Our first On the Road M.O.M Meeting will take place on Wed., October 9th,  in Littleton, NH as follows:

  • 9:00 am Meeting @Littleton Opera House,  2 Union St. (intersection of Cottage/Main/Union),  Littleton, NH 03561
  • 10:15 am Tour @ Littleton Transfer Station Littleton Transfer Station, 1213 Mt. Eustis Road, Littleton, NH

Coffee and Donuts will be provided and as always, NH DES Credits will be available.  You must provide your own transportation but we hope you’ll join us!

If you would like to host one of On the Road M.O.M Meetings, please email Bonnie Bethune at


Register Today for the 2019 NRRA Annual Meeting!

Click Here for the Full details and to download the registration form.  Registrations must be received by November 1, 2019. 


NRRA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Marc Morgan, Lebanon Recycling Center

Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager at the Lebanon (NH) Recycling Center,  has been working in the solid waste industry for the past fifteen years. His career started at Keene State College where he worked for the college’s recycling program. Some of the projects Marc has worked on include: developing a statewide school recycling calendar contest for New Hampshire; providing technical assistance to schools to improve recycling programs; creating new recycling programs at schools; presenting to students; partnering with teachers to develop classroom work focused on resource management and overseeing a school recycling program.

At the 2019 NRRA Conference, Marc was presented with the NH the Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Award for his:

  • Long term career in the environmental field, most recently as the Solid Waste Manager of the Lebanon NH Recycling Center and Landfill
  • Educational focus for residents and students including facility tours and an informative website that includes a solid waste blog
  • Priority on highest and best use of materials accepted at the Lebanon Recycling Center
  • Work with his Staff to achieving a balance between reuse of resources and conscientious landfilling to extend precious landfill capacity
  • “Refill not Landfill “Campaign – you may have heard Marc speak on NHPR in April promoting reuse.  To hear this  interview to go to:


NRRA VENDOR SPOTLIGHT:  Universal Recycling Technologies (URT)

(R to L)Bonnie Bethune, NRRA Member services talks shop with Rick Norton, Regional Account Mrg for URT and Keith Simpson the General Plant Manager for URT Dover.

URT (Universal Recycling Technologies) in Dover, NH  has been an NRRA electronics vendor since 2008 and is headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin.

URT is a Certified e-Stewards Recycler—a program that “recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to the most stringent environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering hazardous electronic materials”.

On a current site visit, NRRA learned first-hand about the weighing and cataloging of each gaylord/pallet delivered from NRRA Member sites to Dover, NH.

Each item is dismantled to its most minute components with precious metals  and ferrous metals separated manually and magnetically. Plastic housing is  baled and recycled as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastics.

CRT (cathode ray tube) glass is processed to a fine grit to be shipped to Brazil to be used in the process of making ceramic tile.

The only waste product at the end of the day is the pressed board and wood from the console TV’s that are still coming in to recycling facilities.

One note of interest is that there is a decrease in these older units (which had a longer lifespan) and an increase in the newer units (which have a shorter lifespan) – keeping pounds of electronics either steady or a little less than in the past.


Food Waste Diversion Webinar (FREE)

September 2019 – Learn about the current status of composting organics in NH, and a look ahead to what the future may hold. In this webinar, hosted by The NH Food Alliance,  they interviewed Sarah McGraw and Jenny Humpshries of Mr. Fox Composting. Mr. Fox Composting has been in business for 10 years providing residential and commerical organics hauling as well as offering event services. They talked about why their model works and how it is helping more Maine and New Hampshire communities divert organics from the landfill. Reagan Bissonnette of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, provided an overview of the laws and regulations related to composting in New Hampshire—including pathways for composting meat and dairy—and discussed possible policy changes that could support more food waste reduction.  She also highlighted the NRRA’s Yes in My Back Yard! program that encourages organics diversion at businesses, schools, and recycling centers in NH and beyond.

Click Here to View the Webinar PowerPoint

Click Here to Download the Webinar Handout


Where Else can you Hear Reagan Speak? 

Trash Talk at the Colonial: Film and Panel Discussion
  • Colonial Theater 2050 Main St Bethlehem, New Hampshire 03574 (map)

Join Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) for Trash Talk at the Colonial on Thursday October 10th from 6 – 8:15pm. ACT partnered with the Littleton Food Co-op, the Littleton Transfer Station, NRRA, CLF, Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team and Profile School’s Sustainability Club to bring you a fantastic evening of entertainment and discovery.

This event is the next in ACT’s Sustainable Futures series and features the film Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?, a panel discussion, and a post event beverage and open conversation gathering at Rek’-lis. By the end of the evening folks will walk away with at least three manageable concrete steps to take home and add to their daily lives in an effort to cut back on something that affects us all, trash.

To purchase tickets or learn more about this event, visit

Follow the event page at:


Behind the Scenes:  Glass Recycling

MassRecycle Podcast

Just before he retired, Mike Durfor, sat down with the folks at MassRecycle Podcast to discuss the difficulties of processing glass in the single stream systems.  Mike gave some insight on alternatives for the beneficial use of glass.


Save the Date!  NRRA’s 39th Annual Conference and Expo

Monday May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
The DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Manchester


Farewell & Best Wishes to Ryan Stewart, NRRA Logistics Coordinator

Ryan Stewart, Logistics

We are sad to announce that Ryan Stewart, NRRA Logistics Coordinator, will be leaving us for a wonderful opportunity in the “Big City” as of October 1, 2019.  Ryan has landed his dream job in Boston, Ma and will be relocating to the city with his girlfriend, Stephanie who already works down there.

Ryan came to NRRA during the summer of 2016 as a Finance Assistant. In November 2017, NRRA restructured it’s Member Services Department and created a new position for a Logistics Coordinator which would assume responsibilities for booking and follow up on all loads of materials sent through NRRA. A star was born! Ryan was chosen to fill this roll and he’s done a great job assisting our members with the movement of their recyclables ever since!

Please join us in congratulating Ryan in his new endeavor and wishing him all the best.

Until we are able to hire a suitable candidate for this position, Stacey Morrison & Lindsay Dow will be able to help you with your load booking and relating questions.  Please continue to email with all requests.  If this position interests you, see job posting below.




October  2019

  • Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 – 12:00 – 2:00 pm – NRRA Office Closing for Long Lunch.  Farewell to Ryan Stewart!
  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 – NRRA M.O.M Meeting On The Road – Littleton, NH @ 9:00 AM, Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton, NH
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Talk Trash at the Colonial: Film & Panel Discussion featuring Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – Columbus Day, NRRA Office Closed
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 – NHtB Board Meeting @ NRRA Office, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Please have all Grant requests to Stacey Morrison before 10/17/19

November  2019

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – NRRA MOM Meeting, NRRA Office @ 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – NRRA ANNUAL MEETING, PURITAN BACKROOM, MANCHESTER, NH @ 12 pm – 2 pm.  Preregistration required.  Office will be closed at this time.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 – Veteran’s Day, NRRA Office Closed
  • Thursday, Nov. 28 & Friday, Nov. 29th- Thanksgiving Holiday, NRRA Office Closed



Welcome New CLUB Member


HARVEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                            

  • Harvest, AL
  • 729 Students
  • PK-5





BIG NEWS!  The School Recycling Conference has been extended to 2 days for 2020!

Mark your calendars for May 18 & 19, 2020 for the combined NRRA Recycling Conference & Expo and the School Recycling Conference!


Is your school science class, recycling group or environmental club looking for a fun, educational and environmentally-friendly field trip for next year?? Now you have a choice of one or both days.  We will be offering workshops and activities for the entire length of the Conference!

Pre-register before 12/31/19 for our 11th Annual School Recycling Conference in Manchester, NH  and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your total Conference registration fee!

All NH Schools are eligible for free membership in The Club which entitles them a 50% discount on Conference and programming fees thanks to funding from NH the Beautiful.  You must be a current CLUB member to receive this discount.  To sign up or renew your CLUB membership, go to our online Membership Application.

If you pre-register for the Conference, you will also receive the additional 10% discount!

Our theme this year will be “Think Outside the Bin” emphasizing the 5 Rs of Recycling:  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

For more School News You Can Use, or to learn more about NRRA School CLUB programs and services, Click Here



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 ( administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.


 NH the Beautiful Grant Update: Sandown, NH

The Town of Sandown received an equipment grant from New Hampshire the Beautiful in the amount of $437.00 which they used towards the purchase of 2 DumpsterGard Kit and Polyethylene Panels for their transfer station containers.

After a year of using these covers, they are pleased to report that

Sandown Used their Grant funds to purchase DumpsterGuard container cover panels like the ones shown in this picture.

they have been a benefit to their transfer station in many ways. The covers have prevented rainwater, snow and ice from falling into the containers. Not only is this simply an undesirable condition, but water, snow and ice adds extra weight to the container subsequently causing an increase in tipping fees. Windy weather is no longer a factor in trying to control and keep the cardboard and paper secure. The Town can also control what is put into the containers and prevent any unauthorized removal of material from the containers. Incorporating the panels has also reduced the town’s negative environmental impact and helped us with our stormwater pollution prevention.

Arthur Genualdo, Public Works Director, reports that they are pleased with the grant award, the product that they purchased and with the positive results.

Has your Transfer Station/Recycling Center received an equipment grant from NHtB in the past year?  If so, we want to hear from you!  Please send us a brief write up about how the new equipment has benefited your recycling program along with a picture of the equipment and you could see your story featured here!  Email to


Are You Interested in Learning More About…

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



Two Alarm Fire at Keene Recycling Center

WMUR NEWS/Keene Sentinel

Keene firefighters extinguished a blaze inside the city’s transfer station early the morning of September 6th.

Crews responded to an automatic fire alarm at 55 Old Summit Road at about 1:40 a.m., according to a news release from the Keene Fire Department, and they soon upgraded the incident to a second alarm.

The fire was contained to the trash transfer side of the facility, the release says, though smoke did reach the recycling portion and was ventilated. Property damage is estimated around $20,000.


N.H. Towns Running Into Recycling Challenges

NHPR – Sara Willa Ernst

Reagan Bissonnette from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association speaks with lawmakers at the Legislative Office Building.
 Photo Credit: Sara Ernst / NHPR

Municipal leaders shared information about their recycling practices, and the challenges, at a meeting of the Recycling and Solid Waste Management Committee this week. This group of four lawmakers is tasked with providing recommendations to state officials by Nov. 1st.

Contamination was an issue of concern for Reagan Bissonnette, the Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association. She started off the meeting by sharing a few data points. A contaminated batch of recyclables, which is when residents put non-recyclable materials into recycling bins, is less valuable on the market and harder for municipalities to sell.

Single-stream is often more susceptible to contamination and is the system that approximately 57 percent of New Hampshire residents use. Less than half are responsible for sorting their own recyclables.

Bissonnette says despite the higher risk for contamination, single-stream systems can still be a viable option for larger communities and cities.

“There are ways to improve single-stream recycling, such as better education and outreach to residents and materials recovery facilities investing in more infrastructure,” said Bissonnette.

Read Full Article Here



The 411 on Conducting a Home Waste Audit

According to the EPA, the average person generates 4.4 pounds of waste per day. Have you ever wondered if you’re on the high or low end of the scale? You can find out by conducting a household waste audit.

I know, it doesn’t sound like fun digging through your garbage, but the best way to reduce your waste is to “know what you throw.” I’ll walk you through the process below in my own waste audit.

Reminder: Every waste audit is unique, so don’t expect your results to be the same as mine. Each household has different purchasing habits, and each community has different rules for garbage, recycling, and compost collection. I live in a two-person house with no children, in a city with a population of fewer than 200,000 people.

Click Here to read full Article


Maximizing Baler Performance

John Rueckert, Waste Advantage

To the casual observer, a baler seems like a pretty simple device. Material goes in one end, and bales come out the other end. In reality, a baler is a sophisticated collection of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems working in harmony to optimize productivity. Whenever this harmony is disrupted, efficiency, production and performance (and your bottom line) are compromised.

The number one concern for most operational managers is bale weight and optimizing the production rate of the baler. Regular questions I hear are, “How do I improve the baler throughput and how do I spend less doing it?” Listed below are a few key items to consider in your quest to improve baler efficiency.

Click Here to Learn More



*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*


NRRA is looking for a Full Time Logistics Coordinator.

The NRRA Logistics Coordinator works with both NRRA members & vendors to coordinate pick ups and deliveries of recyclables and municipal solid waste.    The ideal candidate must be very detail oriented and able to multi-task in an often fast paced environment.  Reliability and dependability are a must.  Send cover letter and resume to: no later than Friday, October 4, 2019.  Click Here to see the full job description. 


Position Available – Town of Newbury

Transfer Station Attendant

Full time position (40 hours/week), with benefits, at the Transfer Station in Newbury, NH. Position requires working Saturday and Sunday. Preference given to applicants that are certified with a NHDES Solid Waste Operator license, or with experience in the solid waste field. For a complete list of duties, please see job description on the Town website

Competitive hourly rate. Position open until filled.

Apply to: Town of Newbury, P.O. Box 296, 937 Route 103, Newbury, NH 03255.
Questions: Contact Dennis Pavlicek, Town Administrator, 603-763-4940 ext. 204.
Town of Newbury, NH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position Available – Town of Newbury

Transfer Station Attendant

Part time position at the Transfer Station in Newbury, NH. The candidate will be part of the team responsible for the operation of the Transfer Station, the recycling processing and brush and leaves. Applicant should have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Competitive hourly rate. Position open until filled.

Apply to: Town of Newbury, P.O. Box 296, 937 Route 103, Newbury, NH 03255.
Questions: Contact Dennis Pavlicek, Town Administrator, 603-763-4940 ext. 204.
Town of Newbury, NH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




For Free:  Used Foremost Plastics Granulator

Location: Meredith NH Solid Waste Facility/Must pick up at this location

Call: Barry Weeks @ 603-279-8480 for more info.





Free to a Good Home

Plastic Barrels available (must pick up) in Lancaster, NH.  First Come, First served.


More NH Municipal Job Postings…

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