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At the NH Solid Waste Working Group’s June meeting, members heard presentations about mattress and battery extended producer responsibility laws by Daniel McGowan of the Mattress Recycling Council and Todd Ellis of Call2Recycle . NRRA once again welcomed the SWWG to its office in Epsom.

Mattress EPR

Dan McGowan shared that Connecticut, Rhode Island, and California have mattress recycling programs, and Oregon will have one starting in 2025. A user fee is added to every mattress sold in those states to fund the program. The fee in Connecticut is $11.75 and in Rhode Island it is $20.50 for each mattress sold. The fee is based on both the amount of units to be sold and the amount of units expected to be returned for recycling. In Connecticut, roughly two mattresses are sold for each one returned, whereas the ratio is closer to...Read more


About Us: The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is the oldest and largest cooperative-model recycling nonprofit in the United States. NRRA partners with over 450 municipalities, businesses, and individuals throughout New England to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. As one of only a handful of nonprofits in the country that enables communities to manage their own recycling programs by connecting them with end markets for recyclables, NRRA supports small, rural communities across New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Founded in 1981, NRRA has a deep expertise in the recycling markets, and in partnership with our members, we share that information through education, technical assistance, and cooperative marketing.

About the Position: NRRA seeks an experienced solid waste facility operator for the position of Municipal Recycling Advisor. This position plays a key role in providing technical assistance and education to NRRA member communities to increase residential...Read more

Did you know... Not all hot water heaters are made the same. While the majority of hot water heaters can go straight into your scrap metal, some of the newer ones have a heat pump. These are usually called hybrid hot water heaters.

These hybrid hot water heaters have a condenser (like an air conditioner) that makes it more energy efficient. BUT these also contain refrigerant and should be placed with your other items like refrigerators and air conditioners so it can be properly drained. In some cases, these contain more refrigerant than a refrigerator!

HINT: The easiest way to tell is to look for the fan at the top. If it has a fan, then it has a heat pump!

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Earlier this month, our Member Services Manager, Brian Patnoe, had the privilege of attending the Maine Compost School to earn his Compost Site Operator Certification. This weeklong class, which included 16 people from a total of 7 states, covered all aspects of composting including animal composting, leaf and yard waste composting, and food scrap composting.

Over the course of a week, Brian received valuable class time, as well as hands-on activities such as building a compost recipe and several site visits. These site visits included an animal mortality facility , a working farm , a compost company, and a visit to the Farmington Compost Cooperative .

A special note: the animal mortality facility, called Compassionate Composting, specializes in the respectful and dignified pick-up, handling, transport, and composting of horses and other...Read more


Over the past couple of months, the Solid Waste Working Group has focused on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws, exploring whether any specific EPR would make sense for New Hampshire in future legislation.

The April 19 th meeting featured an informative presentation about Extended Producer Responsibility by Tom Metzner, Environmental Analyst for the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. Tom talked about CT's experience implementing EPR for paint, mattresses, tires, and batteries, all of which can save municipalities money and improve end markets for these materials.

Tom noted that in CT, thanks to an EPR program managed by PaintCare, 82% of the paint collected is recycled into new paint for reuse. He also shared that paint retailers that volunteered to participate as collection points saw an increase in foot traffic from customers as a result.

Under CT's mattress EPR program, the state...Read more

Over 300 attendees from New England and beyond attended the recycling nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s (NRRA) Annual Recycling Conference & Expo on June 3rd and 4th. Operators, town administrators, select board members, business owners, leaders and more came together for two jam-packed days of talking trash and taking recycling to the next level!

The Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH buzzed with connections as attendees, speakers, and exhibitors networked between the 21 workshops and two breakfast plenary panel presentations over the course of the conference.

This year, we were joined by State Senator Howard Pearl, Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Representative Karen Ebel, and Representative Judy Aron (pictured), who updated attendees on the state of trash affairs in NH. After years of solid waste flying under the radar, it is now enjoying its moment in the sun as Granite Staters increasingly understand the importance of...Read more

NRRA’s Premier Annual Recycling Conference & Expo “Next Level Recycling” Registration Now Open!


Epsom, NH – For over forty years, recycling nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association’s (NRRA) Recycling Conference & Expo has been the premier annual event focused exclusively on municipal recycling and waste reduction in the Northeast. This year, the conference will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4, 2024. This year’s theme, “ Next Level Recycling ” will be showcasing new, engaging, and current recycling and solid waste management topics and practices that help take transfer stations, recycling centers, and municipalities to the next level.

Each year, hundreds of attendees come together from across the recycling and waste management industry, including leaders and decision-makers from municipal recycling centers and transfer stations; state, city,...Read more


In March 2024, NRRA's Communications Manager, Andrea Folsom, was contacted by fifth grade Salisbury Elementary students who were putting together an Exhibition Project on recycling and were interested in an interview. Andrea had a wonderful time chatting with the students who asked great questions about recycling! After completing the interview, the students used the information they learned to choose an action - a waste-free lunch day where students would reuse and recycle waste with the goal of creating as little trash as possible. The students then presented their interview findings and action in an exhibition presentation.

Check out our School Resources page

The interview and photos from their project are below.

1. What is your role at NRRA? I am NRRA's Communications Manager, which means I help our organization tell our story and educate people on why recycling is important...Read more


On April 16 and 17, NRRA teamed up with the NH Department of Environmental Services and the Maine Compost School to host two full days of food waste diversion and composting workshops. With over 70 registrants, each workshop hosted between 30 and 40 attendees from municipalities and businesses across New Hampshire, captured on a map of the state.

The workshop series was supported by an NRRA grant through the USDA Rural Utilities Service. The goal of the grant is to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources by providing funding for organizations that provide training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites, such as composting and food waste diversion away from landfills or incinerators.

Presenters included NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette; NRRA Communications Manager, Andrea Folsom; NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Coordinator, Tara Albert; NHDES Materials Management, Education, and Planning Supervisor,...Read more

In celebration of Earth Day 2024, we are delighted to share a recent speech given by Hopkinton, NH 6 th grade student, Owen Lanman, during the New Hampshire Project Soapbox Showcase. Owen was able to choose a topic he felt passionate about and then wrote a compelling piece. Thank you to Owen and his teachers at the Hopkinton School District for allowing us to republish this piece!

Did you know that public schools in the United States produce over 14,500 tons of waste every day ? My school addressed this issue head on. Three years ago we were using styrofoam lunch trays and plastic utensils, and didn’t compost at all . That has all changed. Now we have reusable trays and metal silverware, and a composting program that creates nutrient-rich soil for our gardens.

It wasn’t an easy transition. We had to educate both the staff and...Read more