2019 USDA (YIMBY) Operator Training Workshops
*To learn more about NRRA’s 2019 USDA YIMBY Grant, check out our press release
Join NRRA staff for a FREE workshop day to learn about:
- how to position food scrap diversion to be the next logical step for communities, schools and facilities to achieve waste diversion goals and sustainability.
- organics diversion at businesses, schools, and at transfer stations.
- the basics in battery recycling, handling, safety, and transportation.
Register for 1 workshop or multiple. This workshop series is funded in part by the USDA Rural Development programs.
Certificates for professional development credits will be available!
Workshop 1: Battery Recycling: Best Management Practices
The purpose of this workshop is to create awareness of the fire hazard and water pollution associated with improper or careless handling of waste batteries by training solid waste facility operators, school and institutional staff how to properly manage battery waste.
Workshop 2: The Dirt on Dirt: Municipal Composting 101
NRRA’s The Dirt on Dirt: Composting 101 encourages waste professionals to support backyard composting and discusses the pros and cons of several different commercial composting technologies.
Workshop 3: Where Does it (Organics) Go?
Food and Organic Waste Training for businesses, institutions and mid-size facilities. This module is designed to show mid-scale generators where to divert their food waste as an alternative to trash disposal and preventing the landfill as the destination.
Workshop 4: Back to the Earth: Composting Basics
Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work as well as relevant state information.
Workshop 5: Trash On the Lawn Day Training
Under The NRRA School Recycling CLUB’s guidance, school staff learn how to organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan.
Workshop Days and Locations:
Tuesday April 9, 2019: White Mountain Community College, Berlin, NH
Wednesday April 10, 2019: Public Safety Building, Lyndonville, VT
Thursday April 25, 2019: Mason Library, Great Barrington, MA
Friday April 26, 2019: MA College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
Thursday May 2, 2019: Pease Public Library, Plymouth, NH
Friday May 10, 2019: Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, VT
NRRA Presents ALL New Operator Training Webinars thanks to a grant from the USDA (2018)
NHDES Certification Credits will be available!
Thank you for your interest in the NRRA online learning webinars. Please take a moment and browse our selection of NRRA School Recycling CLUB and Solid Waste Operator modules.
These online training modules were created to provide school staff and solid waste operators as well as community members, cross training opportunities in the areas of solid waste and the NRRA School Recycling CLUB program offerings.
Professional development certificates are available by request and after taking the webinar evaluation which will be sent to you via email. Simply send us an email after you’ve watched the webinar and we’ll send you a link to the appropriate survey. Once your survey is complete and verified, we will send you your credit certificate.
The in-person workshops are tailored according to audience type, so topics covered in these webinars may be more in depth or advanced than what is covered in a workshop. Please contact NRRA if you have questions about any of the webinars or interested in programming for your community.
All employees have the right to a workplace free from safety and health hazards. Focusing on how to reduce future costs will avoid liabilities many fold when decision makers who spend time planning are dedicated to properly fitting a facility and supporting a “safety-first” etiquette that prevents injury. NRRA’s Operator Smack Down contains strategies for incorporating safety into facility management, self-inspection guidelines, and recordkeeping policies, including lists of common safety lapses, a table of common hazards, and discussion of hazards by category. Corrective action for a lapse in safety can be so simple but commonly overlooked; for example, having a hard line phone to call for help in an emergency if no cell service is available. Included in this training is a customer service exercise to help operators discuss best ways to handle difficult customers, deal with stress, and motivate others. (1.25 hours/credits)
Even if a facility does not accept regulated waste for disposal, having a working knowledge of the types of regulated wastes, what hazards they present, and the disposal options available for each of them will help operators do their jobs more effectively. Often residents will approach an operator to ask about disposal options. Unfortunately, materials get surreptitiously dropped at the transfer station, and then the operator has to handle them. NRRA’s Things That Go Boom includes general information regarding several common regulated wastes and the best practices to manage these wastes. It also describes the variety of hazardous materials collection programs and generalized state and federal regulations. (1.75 hours/credits)
Recycling markets are volatile. Revenue fluctuations dictate the materials collected and can create havoc or triumph for community recycling programs. Contract negotiations, shared agreements, broadened markets and local manufacturing can moderate the instability, but it is not an easy or predictable journey. Trends in each industry (paper/paperboard, glass, steel, aluminum, or plastics), the demand for manufactured goods, and global economic cycles are always shifting. NRRA’s China Sword provides current national and regional recycling market scenarios. (0.75 hour/credits)
Sometimes working in the solid waste field feels like being wrapped in “invisible” red tape. Unseen rules and regulations from many different agencies are lurking in every corner of your facility. Yet knowing what they are, who enforces them, and who can help you comply is far from easy. NRRA’s Act 148 discusses regulatory issues that apply to solid waste facilities in VT and provides resources to help understand it all. (1 Hour/Credit)
Increasing public concern over air pollution, water quality, and property values, along with more stringent environmental standards have slowed the growth of new landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Many of these operating facilities are reaching their end-of-life and many communities are not planning to revive them. Composting addresses the issue of decreasing solid waste disposal capacity, and also helps to replenish the earth’s soil – another decreasing commodity. NRRA’s The Dirt on Dirt: Composting 101 encourages waste professionals to support backyard composting and discusses the pros and cons of several different commercial composting technologies. An actively managed composting operation is a cost effective means to managing a large percentage of the waste stream and it is easier than you think! (1 Hour/Credit)
- Processed Glass Aggregate (PGA): A Certified Waste Derived Product.
Glass collected through community recycling programs consists primarily of clear, green, and brown food or beverage containers. Decades ago it was economical to sort this glass by color, but the market price for recycled glass as cullet continues to decrease and the trend is not shifting. For this reason, many state environmental protection and/or transportation departments encourage safe and credible alternative uses of recycled glass as a replacement for other natural aggregate materials (gravel, crushed gravel, or crushed stone). NRRA’s PGA program outlines the requirements for the acceptable use of uncontaminated, mixed color, processed glass aggregate (PGA) as backfill material, drainage, subbase layers, roadway applications, embankments and foundations. (.75 hour/credit)
Participants investigate household toxins, primarily cleaning chemicals. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the market place. Appropriate for all ages, hands-on activities vary according to group. All participants receive recipe books for making non-toxic products from common, inexpensive items. (1 hour/credit)
This workshop connects waste and global climate change and is followed by a Q&A session. Depending on time, a group break-out session explores and evaluates the school using a waste-focused “School Sustainability Scorecard.” Teams reassemble to report their findings and to reflect on environmental practices and policies the school already has and those they might consider adopting. (0.5 hour/credit)
Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work. (0.75 hour/credit)
A workshop version of our very popular Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) Rather than sorting all the waste from a day, participants collect small working samples of waste, which are audited and analyzed. (0.5 hour/credit)
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 Recycling CLUB’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan. T.O.L.D.s often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management. (0.5 hour/credit)
Star Assessments are NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. Developed for NRRA by Heather Greenwood, in collaboration with Antioch University New England, the Star Assessment provides a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative report on a school’s recycling and waste reduction efforts in five key areas. The report provides clear, unbiased suggestions and areas for improvement as well as a base-line data for future examination of your schools recycling program. Star Assessments take roughly an hour (depending on school size) to complete and require access to an entire school. They make a great activity for a Green Team or Recycling Team of students or teachers to start off a year or get better organized. (0.5 hour/credit)
School building occupants are at risk of exposure to many indoor air quality hazards such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals. This workshop explores such risks and how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health. (1.25 hours/credit)
Town & Gown – A Recycling Cooperative demonstrates how towns and schools can partner to save on recycling and waste disposal by pooling resources, creating revenue and training the next green generation. (0.75 hour/credit)