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5/20/22

The Recycle Right Campaign is a 4-month social media campaign created and design FOR you, to be shared BY you!

In case you missed it, you can access: Week 1 , Week 2 , and Week 3 respectively.

You can share the campaign however you see fit - in emails, on websites, and across social media. The social posts you see below were posted on Facebook and Instagram . You can share them directly on social media, or download the images and text to use in your own Recycle Right Campaign. You can also sign up for the bi-weekly Recycle Right Campaign Newsletter , which is a compilation of 2 weeks-worth of posts and videos over the course of the full campaign, with 10 emails...Read more

5/10/22

The Recycle Right Campaign has been created and designed to be shared -- in emails, on websites, and across social media. The social posts you see below were posted on Facebook and Instagram over the course of the previous week. You can share them directly on social media, or download the images and text to use in your own Recycle Right Campaign. You can also sign up for the bi-weekly Recycle Right Campaign Newsletter , which is a compilation of 2 weeks-worth of posts and videos over the course of the full campaign, with 10 emails in total.

How to use the following image posts in 3 easy steps:

1. Drag the image onto your desktop or right-click and save it.

2. Upload the image to your email, website, or Instagram OR click...Read more

5/9/22

The NH Solid Waste Working Group , which is responsible for assisting the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) with solid waste planning and policy initiatives, held its first three subcommittee meetings and a full group meeting on April 22, Earth Day. NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette serves on the Recycling & Composting subcommittee and provides an update regarding the subcommittee's work and welcomes input from NRRA members. The subcommittees and full Working Group are next scheduled to meet on Friday, May 27.

At the first meeting of the Recycling and Composting Subcommittee, members discussed a variety of topics as listed below. Subcommittee members agreed to be prepared to discuss the following at their next meeting on May 27, 2022: (1) top priority materials for increased diversion (based on weight being disposed); and (2) short and long-term recommendations for improving recycling or composting of those materials.

Pay-as-you-throw...Read more
5/9/22

The New Hampshire Legislature's 2022 session included numerous bills related to solid waste and recycling. NRRA has been tracking 19 of those bills. In this revised legislative update, NRRA provides information regarding the remaining active bills and identifies which bills have been referred to interim study or were killed. Any bills passed with different language in the House versus the Senate will be discussed in committees of conference. This article was last revised on May 9, 2022.

Need a refresher about how the legislative process works in New Hampshire? Here's an overview of how a bill becomes a law . A Glossary of Terms is also provided at the end of this update. In addition, the NH Department of Environmental Services prepares a bill tracking matrix that is updated weekly.

For questions or comments regarding this legislative update, contact Reagan...Read more

5/2/22

The Recycle Right Campaign has been created and designed to be shared -- in emails, on websites, and across social media. The social posts you see below were posted on Facebook and Instagram over the course of the previous week. You can share them directly on social media, or download the images and text to use in your own Recycle Right Campaign. You can also sign up for the bi-weekly Recycle Right Campaign Newsletter , which is a compilation of 2 weeks-worth of posts and videos over the course of the full campaign, with 10 emails in total.

How to use the following image posts in 3 easy steps:

1. Drag the image onto your desktop or right-click and save it.

2. Upload the image to your email, website, or Instagram OR click...Read more

4/26/22

On April 18th -- in honor of Earth Day and Week -- NRRA kicked off week one of the 16-week Recycle Right Campaign! As part of the campaign, we also hosted our first Ask Me Anything: Recycling Edition event online. There were dozens of great audience-submitted questions that our panel of recycling experts answered over the course of an hour. Watch and share the full Recycling AMA event video, including subtitles.

The Recycle Right Campaign has been created and designed to be shared -- in emails, on websites, and across social media. The social posts you see below were posted on Facebook and Instagram over the course of the previous week. You can share them directly on social media, or download the images and text to use in your own Recycle Right Campaign....Read more

4/26/22

Recycling facility operators and staff were interested to share ideas at the April 13 th Members/Operations Marketing (MOM) meeting held virtually. Heather Herring, Member Services Representative at NRRA, first asked the membership via email: “How do you decide what your fee structure is for items at your Transfer Station?” and “Do you update these fees annually or….never?” Members responded to the listserv and during the meeting to compare notes. It really comes down to each town’s disposal fee philosophy. How much is your town paying in taxes, what does your selectboard want, and do the selectboard members use the facility and see the results?

Hampton, NH explained their process for evaluating disposal fees. They compare what residents paid in fees to what the town paid the vendor to dispose the items. If the values are very close, they don’t change the fee. If they spent thousands...Read more

4/12/22

The recycling nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) will be holding its annual Recycling Conference & Expo on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17, 2022. For over forty years, NRRA’s Recycling Conference & Expo has been a premier conference focused exclusively on municipal recycling and waste reduction in the Northeast. This year’s theme, “ What’s Next: Rethinking Resource Recovery ” emphasizes the need for communities to rethink the future of solid waste and waste reduction and reset following the pandemic and China’s National Sword policy.

Each year, hundreds of attendees join from across the recycling and waste management industry, including leaders and decisionmakers from municipal recycling centers and transfer stations, state, city, and town governments, and business and industry. This year’s conference will be held in person again! The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH for two full days...Read more

4/12/22

On April 7, the Environmental Business Council's 8th annual "Talking Trash" Conference Northern New England was held in person again after two years of being held remotely. Seventy attendees gathered in Manchester, New Hampshire to hear updates about solid waste challenges and opportunities affecting the region. NRRA and SWANA Northern New England Chapter partnered with EBC to plan the conference, which was co-chaired by Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director of NRRA, Michael Roether, Senior Project Manager of Weston & Sampson, and Paul Schmidt, Vice President of CMA Engineers, Inc.

The following six presenters provided state, federal and industry updates, and all answered audience questions during two lively Q&A panel discussions following the presentations.

Josh Kelly , Solid Waste Program Manager, VT Department of Environmental Conservation Michael J. Wimsatt, P.G., Director, Waste Management Division, NH Department of Environmental Services Paula Clark , Director, Division of Materials Management, Bureau of Remediation...Read more
4/11/22

On March 22, 2022, amendments to the NH Code of Admin Rules for composting facilities became effective. The rule changes by the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) are intended to clarify and simplify requirements for operating composting facilities in New Hampshire, including requirements related to composting meat and dairy products. The new rules provide more flexibility for permit-by-notification composting facilities, and also add some key permit exemptions for small-scale food waste composting efforts.

Stakeholders had been eagerly waiting for proposed revisions to New Hampshire's composting regulations. Previously, in order for a solid waste facility to compost meat and dairy products in New Hampshire, it had to undergo an extensive and expensive permit process. This and other impediments resulted in very few facilities in New Hampshire composting meat and dairy products on site.

Learn more about the new composting rules at NRRA's Recycling...Read more

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