September 24, 2015-Full of Scrap


  • NRRA Training Workshop Announced-DES Credit Available
  • It’s Not Easy Being Green-NRRA 35th Annual Conference
  • PGA, it’s a Hot Topic
  • Making New Hampshire Beautiful Through Classroom Education and Outreach
  • Recycle Bowl kicks off
  • Vermont E-Cycles Program Announcement
  • How Haulers and Municipalities are Battling Recycling’s Economic Woes
  • Classifieds
  • NRRA Calendar

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~Recycling Fact of the Day~

At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!


Kermit the Frog in Directors ChairFROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

NRRA Training Workshop:  “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, The Workshop 1.0

Friday October 23, 2015  8:30-12:00 Noon

Need Certification Credits before the end of the  Year ?? Sign up today!!!

auditoriumWe are expecting a full house!  This informative training workshop will be held in the NHDES Auditorium on the main floor at NHDES at Hazen Drive in Concord. NRRA will present a full 2.5- 3 hour training session which will count for Certification credits. Those whose credentials will expire by 12/31/2015 will be given first priority. Member and Non-Members alike can attend and credit certificates will be issued by NRRA for attendees to present to NHDES.  Topics to be covered include the “New Normal” of Recycling Markets, “Talkin’ Trash 3.0” – Current MSW numbers and Contract Negotiations, Basic Operator Best Management Practices- From Permits to Plastics to PGA, and “Burn Piles” How Should they be Handled”. Compost anyone?

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.  We must have a minimum of 50 registrants. This workshop is being offered solely by NRRA, all questions and/or registrations must come to the NRRA Office.  To register, call or email Stacey Morrison at or 736-4401 ext. 20.  Click Here to download the registration form.  You can fax or email the registration form directly to Stacey.  All registrations must be received no later than October 19th.

In light of the recent NH Budget Freeze which was only recently lifted, NRRA is providing this opportunity so that those operators who need credits can remain certified.


Kermit Its Not Easy Being Green Conference LogoThe NRRA Emerald 35th Annual Recycling  Conference and Expo will be held on May 16 and 17, 2016. Mark your Calendars now!  This royal event will be taking place at the Castle (Radisson) in Nashua, NH. Besides a star studded cast of presenters, workshops and a packed exhibit hall we are talking time capsule, TOLD’s, Pinball Tournament and more! NRRA will be accepting presentation submissions starting in November and if you have a topic you want to see covered just let us know. The Keynote Speaker is still in an undisclosed location but you won’t want to miss this outstanding event. More to follow so stay tuned!


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We’re Talking About Glass at the NERC Fall Forum

NERC LOGOAs the popularity of single stream recycling collections has increased exponentially throughout the U.S., so have discussions about glass recycling.  Over the past year, the topic of what to do about glass has come up repeatedly at NERC’s events.  The Northeast has many glass recycling advocates and finding a way to continue collecting glass and developing end-markets for recycled glass is the focus for NERC’s upcoming Glass Forum—Glass Recycling – Exploring Possible Solutions.

Forum Dates: November 9 – 10, 2015          Forum Agenda

Early Registration Deadline:  October 9, 2015

All Registrations Deadline:  November 5, 2015     (All registrations must be paid in full prior to attending the Forum.)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by October 26, 2015 are subject to a $50 administrative fee. Absolutely no refunds will be given for cancellations made after October 26th.

Lodging: The Providence Biltmore is the venue for NERC’s Forum. Call the Biltmore at 401-421-0700 to reserve your room under NERC’s block rate of $159 per night.

***Important – NERC’s block rate expires on October 9, 2015.

For more information about the conference, email Mary Ann Remolador, or call 802-254-3636.

TO Register Click HERE

PGA (Processed Glass Aggregate) VIDEO AVAILABLE!!

On April 30th, 2015,  NRRA and the Town of Wakefield met to discuss PGA and the role of Wakefield as an NRRA PGA Host Site.

Glass to Glass Recycling was the most popular way of recycling glass in the 80’s, 90’s and in early 2000.

Currently only 3 NH communities do glass to glass recycling; all other communities are either bringing the glass to PGA Host Sites, including glass in single stream or commingled containers, crushing on their own sites for local use or using as landfill cover.

In 2014 alone, 5,700 tons of glass was delivered to the 7 NRRA PGA Host Sites to be processed into aggregate.

The 6 sites in NH are Goffstown, Hopkinton, Keene, Littleton, New London and Wakefield and there is one in Springfield, VT.

Once crushed, the glass is used as road and sidewalk base or in drainage projects as a crushed gravel substitute.

This Video was sponsored by NH The Beautiful and, although a few years old, is still pertinent today.

Note: Porcelain sinks and toilets (with hardware removed) CAN be included in with the glass jars and bottles.

*Note* If you’re having trouble viewing the video clip above, try following this link:

PaintCare in Vermont…

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Paint Care update reported by John Hurd of PaintCare.

The PaintCare Program in New England has had a great year. The Vermont Program is preparing its first annual report to the state, covering 14 months from May 2014 to June 2015, in which time it collected over 100,000 gallons of paint at over 70 full time drop off sites and at 50 plus events. Many thanks to the sites who do the hard work to make this all happen!
The Maine PaintCare Program is set to start on October 1st with over 60 sites located in most areas of the state. The last minute rush is on now, getting sites trained and bins delivered for a strong roll out on the first.
The Connecticut and Rhode Island Programs have been busy expanding into all corners of the states and cleaning out large volume collections of paint.
Check the PaintCare website at to find recycling locations, access outreach materials, and watch our fun new videos!




National Drug Take Back Day, September 26

A National Drug Take Back Day will occur on September 26, 2015 from 1000AM-200PM. Instructions for law enforcement officials on establishing a collection location that day as well as a list of locations already registered to participate can be found at A list of permanent drug collection drop boxes in local police stations can be found at



*The Following Article appeared in the Recent Green Alliance Newsletter

Making New Hampshire Beautiful Through Classroom Education and Outreach

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School is back in session, but students aren’t the only ones returning to the classroom this fall. New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association are also heading back to schools across the state to teach students the importance of recycling and to implement lasting programs.

Through the School Recycling Club (the CLUB), both New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association work with students and educators to start and maintain new recycling programs or help improve existing programs to reduce waste and save energy in schools.

“What we really like about the program is that it’s an ongoing education that trains future generations to be more conscious of the environment and their actions,” said John Dumais, President and CEO of the N.H. Grocers Association and long-time member of New Hampshire the Beautiful’s Board of Directors.

New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a non-profit organization supported by members of the NH Soft Drink Association, the Beverage Distributors of New Hampshire Association and the New Hampshire Grocers Association. The collaboration between food and beverage companies has led to an array of programs to address litter and recycling issues and improve environmental awareness and education.

NHtB offers municipal recycling grants and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to recycling programs to any New Hampshire community that applies for funding. This includes funds to purchase curbside collection bins, balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates. NHtB is the primary supporter of the CLUB and funds their efforts to bring recycling to New Hampshire schools.

The NRRA, working closely with NHtB, adopted the CLUB in 2002, although it was originally started in 1998 as part of the New Hampshire Governors Recycling Program. The CLUB now includes more than 230 member schools in New England, over 85,000 participating students, and offers in classroom workshops and school technical assistance programs.

“The School Recycling Club was a natural offshoot from the NRRA because we wanted to reach out to schools – the communities within the communities,” said CLUB Coordinator, Gwen Erley.

Erley’s hope is to reach younger generations living within towns and cities throughout the state. She believes that by educating younger generations, the NRRA and NHtB will secure a more sustainable future for New Hampshire. Students, Erley notes, bring home the message of the importance of recycling and proper waster management. It’s a process that starts within a student’s home, potentially influencing change on their block, or in their community.

Originally founded by four New Hampshire municipalities in 1981, The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) provides up-to-date information and technical assistance on waste reduction and recycling for businesses, towns and educational facilities. Since then, the NRRA has grown to include more than 400 member municipalities across New England. The NRRA now provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational opportunities, and cooperative marketing programs, which aid small rural towns and large urban communities in managing their own recycling programs

While the NRRA began with a focus on municipalities and recycling on a larger level, the organization expanded to offer programs to schools within these towns as a way to reach the younger residents.

The CLUB makes it easy for schools to join the program and aims to expand their stretch to more schools across New England and beyond. “All New Hampshire schools are able to become members of the CLUB for free through NHtB. Schools from other New England states can join at the low cost of $.07 per student, however, membership is free if the municipality is a member of the NRRA,” said Erley.

While some residents may not recognize who is behind their school’s recycling program, New Hampshire schools, large and small, have relied on the CLUB for many years. Manchester Central High School became a member of the CLUB in 1999, Portsmouth High School in 2000, and the small Colebrook Academy, in the quiet northern town of Colebrook, has been a member of the CLUB since 1998.

The program serves as a centralized organization for teachers and students from grades K-12 to become more active in the world of recycling, while having fun and learning at the same time. The CLUB recently expanded to include a new member school; the White Birch Community Center Early Childhood Center, in Henniker, where educators teach children the value of recycling in their preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

The six workshops within the CLUB focus on varying topics including household toxins, the role of waste in global climate change, composting, and recycling. Each workshop runs for 40-50 minutes and can be tailored to fit the curricular and developmental needs of any class, grades K-12.

The NRRA’s school technical assistance programs focuses on the larger, school-wide level and big picture problems and solutions. These programs tend to take more time and have the largest impact with the entire school, students and teachers to janitors and cafeteria staff, participating. The technical assistance programs include an indoor air quality evaluation, STAR assessment for a comprehensive report on the school’s recycling and waste reduction, and perhaps the most fun for students – Trash on the Lawn Day. This thought provoking, daylong event assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under the CLUB’s guidance, students sort an entire day’s worth of trash generated from the school. The program enables students to physically evaluate how much recycling materials are left to be thrown into landfills and how they can incorporate composting and recycling programs at their school to reduce its waste.

The implementation of recycling programs in schools, and in municipal centers in towns, can be done at minimal cost. In many cases the municipality or school would not be able to afford the cost of recycling bins, signs, and program. Both NHtB and the NRRA help to offset those costs.

Click here for more information on the CLUB.

To learn more about New Hampshire the Beautiful, click here.


Welcome New Member White Birch Community Center Early Childhood Center

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At the CLUB we believe you can never start too early in educating children and students about the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  The teachers at the White Birch Community Center Early Childhood Center, in Henniker, NH, are doing just that by implementing their own recycling programs.

Assistant Director of Childcare Programs, Erica Miller, has developed several lesson plans geared for their very young students.  She has offered to share these lessons with any other schools who might be interested:

Thanks for sharing, Erica! We would love to hear our readers thoughts and any additional lesson plans they might have for our youngest CLUB members and future environmentalists.


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Allenstown Elementary Earth Day Event 2015

Allenstown Elementary in NH sent along pictures of their Earth Day 2015 event to share.  They won the Conference Award for Best Earth Day Event this year.  Allenstown has also earned enough Team Earth points for a Bronze award and is well on their way to a Silver!  They are recycling paper and metals.

Allenstown Elementary Earth Day 2015


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Recycle Bowl kicks off

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

September 22, 2015

recycle bowl imageFor the fifth year in a row, Keep America Beautiful is hosting a national competition to see which K-12 school can recycle the most.

Registration for the annual four-week showdown known as Recycle Bowl has begun. Public and privates schools can register until Oct. 13 at the event website.

Recycle Bowl 2015 will run from Oct. 19 to Nov. 15, wrapping up on America Recycles Day.

Last year’s competition, which featured nearly 1,500 schools, led to the recycling of more than 2,200 tons of recyclables. Schools participating in the event recycle 10 percent more than those who stay on the sidelines, Keep America Beautiful statistics indicate.

“Through this fun competition, we’re providing students, teachers and administrators across the country with an opportunity to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling, and inspire their families to take similar actions both at home and on the go,” said Jennifer Jehn, Keep America Beautiful’s CEO and president.

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Would you like to host a TOLD, Garbage Guerillas or NRRA CLUB applergclippedanother Workshop at your school? Let the CLUB Help!

  • Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
  • Can lead to financial savings for schools
  • Decreases the school’s carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
  • Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
  • Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Increases parental involvement
  • Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities

Previous EPA EE-funded research at over 200 New England schools completed by the NRRA School Recycling CLUB (the CLUB) found that the single most challenging area for school recycling programs was in providing curriculum integrations that brought recycling and sustainability into classrooms to be used as the subject matter for meeting state and local curriculum standards.  The intention of the CLUB programs is to address just that issue in schools across all six New England states. Our goal is to use the CLUB’s workshops and technical assistance programs, all experiential and hands on, as a tool for educating K-12 students about consumption, proper diversion of waste, the resulting impacts on climate change and what they can do to change it.  Through these offerings, we are also afforded the opportunity to link these priorities to curriculum standards.  In addition, these workshops will model, for educators or community leaders, exemplary ways of teaching in creative, effective, and efficient methods about human health threats from environmental pollution as well as how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health. Click here to learn more or contact us at or call 1.603.736.4401 ext. 19




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, 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 –

 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 ( administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.



 Vermont E-Cycles Program Announcement

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Vermont E-cycles Program Year 4

As Program Year 4 draws to a close on September 30th, 2015, we want to thank all of the Vermont Opt Out Plan participants for contributing to a great year. We have successfully collected over one million pounds of covered electronic devices under the Opt Out Plan, and several hundred thousand pounds more of banned, non-covered devices. Your efforts help keep valuable resources out of local landfills, ensure a cleaner environment, and promote jobs within the communities and districts you serve. There will be some changes to the program structure starting October 1st, including possible decreases in collector fees paid to program collectors and charges for banned materials that are not covered under the Vermont E-Cycles program. Good Point Recycling will continue to offer collection programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on a limited basis for NRRA members.

Who pays for the electronic waste that is collected under the Vermont E-Cycles program?

The costs of implementing the Opt Out and Standard Plans under the E-Cycles program (including costs of collecting and recycling electronic waste) are funded through implementation fees to the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as required by 10 V.S.A. § 7553(h). OEMs who participated in Program Year 4 of the Opt Out Plan include Sony, Panasonic, LG, Toshiba, Sharp, Viewsonic and many others. These companies are invoiced for the collection and recycling costs of the program directly through the Opt Out Plan. The standard plan similarly has several OEMs who contribute to the fund that is used to pay collectors, transporters and recyclers for implementing the program. There is no cost to residents, tax-payers, or the State of Vermont.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Nathan Hill at

~Nathan Hill, Good Point Recycling



How Haulers and Municipalities are Battling Recycling’s Economic Woes

By Alan Gerlat, Waste 360

It’s been the dark cloud hanging over the waste and recycling industry the past several years. There’s the general desire to increase recycling. But prices for recycling commodities have fallen to the point that it’s not economical for haulers and processors.

Something has to give. Waste and recycling industry executives have been vocal that the model as it’s been constituted is largely broke. So what’s being done to fix it?

Educating consumers

One key problem is the amount of contamination in the material, exacerbated by single-stream collection. Haulers and processors are battling that through education.

Single-stream recycling has greatly increased volume. But Waste Management has seen its contamination rate double in the past 10 years, says Brent Bell, vice president of recycling for the Houston-based company.

“We’re tackling that with the education effort,” he says. “Working with the municipalities, working internally with Waste Management and our customers to make sure that people are aware of what proper items should be put in the recycling bin and which items should not be in the recycling bin.”

Cincinnati-based Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. also is prioritizing contamination reduction through education.

“Contamination impacts our cost of processing,” says Steve Sargent, Rumpke director of recycling. “We’re trying to reduce our downtime because of items that are coming through the system.”

The education effort, with both residential and commercial customers, also allows the company to make a better quality product–which is essential with the surplus of material available. “The better the material the better these plants will run, and it drives more costs out of our system,” he says.

Rumpke has made its education effort through a variety of outreach, including a public awareness campaign using a variety of mediums. “We kind of really hit hard on making your recycling efforts count,” says Amanda Pratt, director of corporate communications for the company.

Improved processes

Rumpke also is constantly looking for ways to reduce processing costs, so another emphasis in the recycling battle is looking at new technologies.

“You have to couple with that the challenge of the composition of the recycling stream today,” Sargent says. “It’s changing. It’s actually changing dramatically. Especially with the loss of our higher-density products.”

Processors are seeing less fiber from paper, and to some extent less glass. It’s being replaced by lighter packaging material. Rumpke has introduced some new screen technology into its plants to respond to this challenge.

The other effort by haulers and processors, much talked about, has been changing the arrangement with customers to share the risk as well as the reward of volatile commodity prices.

Restructuring contracts

Rumpke as well has been seeking what it calls “participatory contracts” to reflect the changing commodity value.

Sargent points out that the commodity price reduction has been slow–the value has dropped by about half during the past four and a half years. “We have been doing these things along the way. I think our customers need to recognize that. This just didn’t happen to us yesterday.”

The reaction has been mixed. “In some cases our customers are very aware of the commodity markets in general,” Sargent says. “In some cases it can be shock to some customers, to go from getting a payback to now possibly being charged to bring recyclables in.”

Bell says some of the fault for customer misunderstanding about the recycling markets lies with the waste and recycling companies. “Just like we did a poor job of educating the residential and the households on what goes in the bins, we probably just took for granted high commodity prices for so long that we really failed to even educate our municipalities on what the value of glass is and what makes that value change. What happens with cardboard, shipped to China … when China’s GDP (gross domestic product) gets cut from 14 percent to 6 percent, that’s going to have an impact on the commodity that’s picked up in Idaho or in Chicago or places like that.”

Often municipalities are understanding, he says, and want to continue to be good partners.

“Then there’s the other side, that’s are notable, to say, ‘if you guys aren’t willing to take the risk for us any more, then we’ll find another service provider that will take that risk on.’ In those situations we’ve had to close down some facilities in those markets where we weren’t able to come to an agreement on the risk scenario.”

The city of Portland, Ore., believes it has a contract pricing system with private haulers that is fair to everyone, says Bruce Walker, solid waste & recycling program manager with the city’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. “There’s been a significant decline in the prices paid for these commodities,” he acknowledges.

The city does an annual rate review. It reviews hauler financial records. It averages over three years the revenues that haulers receive from recycling.

Higher rates?

With the last review, and for the first time in Walker’s 20 years with the city, haulers weren’t getting positive revenues from their recycling collection. While at first it looked like Portland residents might get hit with a rate increase for collection, the city found in the haulers’ financial reports some operating efficiencies, so that saved most residents from getting an increase.

“Looking forward, if these lower markets continue–let’s say they do drop for the entirety of 2015–then we’d have two of the three years being negative revenue that haulers paid, that would put further upward pressure on our rates.”

Walker says the city certainly would pass along a recycling rate increase to residents if it believed it was warranted.

“That’s part of our system. I do not believe it would be a fair system either way, whether it’s haulers to assume all that risk, or when let’s say better markets came along, that they would have additional profit because of more revenue coming in.

We believe our system balances things in a reasonable way. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but you take a look at revenues averaged over three years, it seems like a reasonable approach.”

It may take some time customers to get adjusted to the new market realities. “I think we’re going through a change in the recycling processing world, and I think we’re probably entering a new phase,” Sargent says. “A lot of that is tied to this composition change within our recycling stream. We’ve got to be prepared to handle these changes.”

Overly ambitious

Aggressive recycling goals instituted by governments also may be exacerbating the problem. “Are we pushing further into a stream that may be more difficult to recycle?” asks Sargent.

But here again, working together can achieve the best success, adds Bell. “When they have aggressive goals, the one thing we’ve seen is, as long as we’re able to provide them options on achieving those goals and solutions, then that’s really where I think the partnerships work out the best.”

Cities such as Portland are highly motivated to recycle, Walker says. While no one wants rate increases, there’s a general willingness in Portland to make it work. “There’s no way we’re not going to collect recyclables. That is not going to happen in our city,” he says.

Bell sees the situation as evolving, and it will take time. “I don’t think you’ll see a lot of processors taking on risk like they did before. I do think municipalities are going to have to look at this model and change it.”

Sargent believes in the future material recovery facilities (MRFs) will need to be more flexible with the changing commodity stream.

The economics are less than robust for two markets that have a big effect on the recycling business–oil and China. “We see this market staying in these ranges for the next couple of years. We’re just going to have to get used to it. And we’re also going to have to seek some assistance from our customers,” he says. “Our challenge has been, and our philosophy has been, that recycling needs to be the cost effective alternative to waste disposal.”

Pratt sums it up: “At the end of the day we have to educate every person that’s considering participation in recycling, to all sides of it, and what’s necessary to make it work. And it’s changing, and we need to plan for those changes. And as an industry, that’s what’s happening.”


Keurig to transition to recyclable PP for K-Cups

By Jim Johnson, Plastic News

recycle-k-cupsITASCA, ILL. — Keurig Green Mountain Inc. will transition the highly popular, but somewhat controversial K-Cup product line to fully recyclable polypropylene.

But the change from a multi-layer design is going to take some time, according to Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender.

That’s a huge development in the now years-long discussion about the very convenient, but typically unrecyclable K-Cups that currently are made from multi layers of plastic and classified with a No. 7 resin recycling code.

Not only will K-Cup resin change over time, but Keurig Green Mountain also reported that recent testing at three recycling facilities show that a majority of the small cups actually make it through sortation equipment and find their way into bales of recycled plastic.

“This is a journey for us and what we’re sharing starting today is the first steps of that journey. There is a lot of complexity to making this transition,” she said Sept. 16 at the Plastics Caps & Closures Conference in Itasca. “Because of the volume of caps — we’re talking about multiple manufacturing facilities across North America — it is quite an undertaking to make a transition like this and to basically change our entire supply chain as well.”

Keurig Green Mountain previously has committed to making all K-Cups recyclable by 2020, and the sustainability officer said that promise is still in place.

As to how quickly the first cups will be made from PP and how long it will take to change all of the manufacturing to the new resin, she could not say at this point. “Stay tuned.

“We’re not disclosing timelines, but we will be making significant progress each year before 2020,” Oxender said. “We’re moving as fast as we possibly can.”

While switching from No. 7 to PP will make recycling much easier, Keurig Green Mountain also is aware that these little pods still have to find their way into and through recycling systems.

Research by the company this year in conjunction with KW Plastics Recycling Division of Troy, Ala., is proving that K-Cups can successfully travel through traditional recycling facilities.

“For about 10 years now we’ve been told they are too small to make it through the equipment,” Oxender said, with the implication that the cups would end up in different recycling streams like glass and paper because of their size.

But work at three materials recovery facilities showed that the majority of the cups introduced into the processing line with literally tons of other recyclables ultimately went where they were supposed to go.

“In our trials, which were large-scale trials, 70 percent of these small items are making it to the container line and are available for recovery. So there’s value being left on the table for the MRF. There’s value being left on the table for the reclaimers. There’s an economic incentive to make some changes,” Oxender said.

Of the K-Cups that did not successfully travel through the MRFs, half ended up with paper and half ended up with glass.

Oxender called the 70 percent figure “pretty monumental.”

Changes at MRFs to help better capture the pods do not have to be expensive, Oxender said. They could include simply changing the speed of the line, changing the angle of certain sortation equipment or even just moving the location of optical sorting equipment, she said.

KW Plastics is a huge PP recycler and took about 600 pounds of test PP K-Cups to reprocess once they went through the MRFs.

“It’s recyclable. It’s recoverable. We have the demand for this. And we’re ready to go. Put it in the recycling stream,” said Stephanie Baker, director of market development for KW Plastics. “It’s a great material.”

K-Cups contain a paper filter, but that material was separated during the recycling process at KW Plastics, which includes grinding and washing the pods.

For the pods to be successfully recycled in the future, Oxender said the foil lids should be peeled off and the used contents dumped out before they are placed in recycling bins.

“Overall, we were very positive, very optimistic about this trial,” Baker said. “We went into it, I would say, pretty optimistic. But we went out of it at the end of the day ready to buy truckloads and truckloads and truckloads of this material.”



Help Wanted


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

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
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Transfer Station Supervisor

Town of Chesterfield is seeking a motivated team player to serve as Supervisor for the town’s Transfer Station.  Saturdays required.    Responsible for planning, directing, conducting and administering all functions of the Transfer Station.  Must be responsible, hard working, dependable and work well with the public.  Some mechanical skills a plus.  Applications may be obtained at the Chesterfield Selectmen’s Office or Transfer Station.  (603) 363-4624 ext 10.  Applications should be submitted to the Selectmen’s Office by noon on August 31st.

Rick Carrier, Chesterfield Town Administrator
(603) 363-4624 x13



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 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
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 Candidates can also apply online at


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



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.




  • October 12: Columbus Day, NRRA Offices WILL BE Closed

  • October 14: M.O.M Meeting- 9:00 a.m. at NRRA Offices

  • October 23rd : NRRA Workshop, 8:30 – 12:00 at NHDES Auditorium, Concord, NH

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