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4/22/24
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

4/11/24
With immense gratitude, NRRA sends our heartfelt thanks and farewell to Logistics and Administration Manager, Stacey Morrison, who will be leaving the NRRA at the end of the week for a new position with the Disability Rights Center in Concord, NH. In her 10 years with NRRA, Stacey has helped to shepherd the organization through several systems changes, modernizing our data platforms and expanding our logistics department. Stacey has been a lynchpin of the organization, connecting finance, logistics, and communications. Grace under fire, no one juggles better than she does! Stacey always made everything look so easy and has been a wonderful go-to for resources. We are lucky Stacey has also been an excellent delegator and trainer, so that we can continue the progress she helped lead. Thank you, Stacey, for the tremendous work you've done on behalf of NRRA's members, vendors, board, and staff - you will be dearly...Read more
4/3/24
Never heard of a pit baler? Well you're not alone! While you won't see them around anymore, pit balers used to be all the rage - just ask Senior Member Services Representative, Bonnie Bethune, who was kind enough to fill us in! As you know, there are vertical balers...

and there are horizontal balers for compacting recyclables:

But did you know that once upon a time, the Wilton NH Solid Waste District transfer station had a Pit Baler!

If you look closely at the floor in the picture, you can see the outline where the archaic baler was!

How did it work? The baler sat on the floor like a vertical baler, but the recyclables were pushed into a 8- to 10-foot-deep hole in the floor. The baler ram would push UP (like an elevator rising...Read more
3/29/24

A message from NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette:

It was a delight having Juli Heath and Jeremy Gregoire volunteer at the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) office yesterday, March 28. We are grateful that they chose to volunteer their time with NRRA, and we thank Grappone Automotive Group for its generous donation of $500 to NRRA. We appreciate Grappone’s support of our mission to partner with communities to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions.

Thanks to generous support like Grappone’s gift of staff time and money, NRRA has been able to support our municipal members—which includes 90% of New Hampshire communities—to continue their essential recycling and waste reduction work for over forty years. In 2023, our members recycled enough material through NRRA to avoid carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing nearly 20,399 passenger cars from the road for an entire year.

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3/28/24

NRRA held the second of three Summits in Lancaster, NH as part of our EPA grant-funded North Country C&D Diversion 2.0 project, which focuses on bulky waste diversion and reuse; asphalt, brick, and concrete (ABC) recycling; and the idea of deconstruction.

The Summit included 34 attendees representing 15 North Country communities, as well as the EPA, NHDES, and Representative Annie Kuster's office. Senior Member Services Representative, Bonnie Bethune, opened with a presentation on two feasibility studies NRRA completed between the first and second C&D Summit.

Feasibility Study #1: Asphalt, Brick, and Concrete Recycling in the NH North Country

The goal of this study was to identify cost-effective and environmentally responsible options for the crushing and reuse of asphalt, brick, and concrete (ABC) for NH North Country towns. Three potential solutions were explored:

ABC Pick Up (feasible): Hire a company that can pick...Read more
3/26/24

On Friday, March 22 nd , NRRA hosted another NH Solid Waste Working Group (SWWG) meeting while NHDES offices continue to be unavailable due to an HVAC renovation.

SWWG attendees heard an informative Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) 101 Presentation from Resa Dimino of Signalfire Group . NHDES also shared that it is applying for an implementation grant for the EPA Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program that may lead to future grants for municipalities to improve their waste management.

Extended Producer Responsibility

One of the SWWG's responsibilities is to "review and make recommendations for changes to the state's existing solid waste reduction, recycling, and management policies, programs, goals, and initiatives."

The NHDES Solid Waste Management Plan includes two actions related to evaluating EPR programs:

Action 3.13 begins with "evaluate and identify waste disposal bans, mandatory recycling laws, and/or EPR programs that...Read more

3/14/24

Some people see signs of spring in the return of robins or the tubing and buckets gathering rising maple sap. Others, like us at NRRA, look for the telltale signs that pop up on roads across New Hampshire as the weather warms: Load Limits!

But did you know, if your facility is on a road that has a spring road ban - imposed weight limitations to reduce wear and tear on roadways as the ground begins to thaw - you will need to have an exemption letter for waste haulers.

If a truck driver sees that a road is posted, they will not be able to service your location until it is unposted unless they have an exemption letter.

If you manage your recycling through NRRA, including things like tires or C&D, you can send your exemption letter(s) to NRRA and we will share it when...Read more

3/14/24

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) recently submitted New Hampshire's Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to the EPA. NRRA was glad to see that solid waste considerations were included - specifically related to food waste, asphalt, and concrete - topics NRRA is currently focused on with grant-supported projects through the USDA and EPA.

From the PCAP :

The New Hampshire Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) was developed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) utilizing a planning grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of the PCAP is to create a pathway that will support investment in policies, practices, and technologies that reduce pollutant emissions, create high-quality jobs, spur economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for all Granite Staters. The PCAP includes the following: a summary of New Hampshire’s past...Read more

2/26/24

The NRRA Member Services department is made up of our Member Services Manager, Brian Patnoe, and Senior Member Services Representative, Bonnie Bethune. Together, they have over 60+ years of recycling and solid waste management experience to pull from! Their department provides cooperative marketing and purchasing assistance, along with ongoing technical assistance to member communities through email, phone, and in-person site visits. They also put together member-only market updates, and answer common member inquiries such as recycling trends, proper processing techniques, and market specifications.

Recently, Brian visited with Recycling Coordinator, Eugene Lamoureux, at the Springfield, VT Transfer Station.

Springfield is an NRRA member town of just over 9,000 residents. NRRA helps them recycle several commodities including cardboard, mixed paper, plastics, steel cans, scrap metal, and tires.

Recycling these materials uses much less energy than making products from virgin resources, and using less energy...Read more

2/26/24

NRRA hosted a meeting of the Solid Waste Working Group (SWWG) at our office last week in the newly refreshed Member Operations & Marketing meeting room. We had 17 people attend in person, including several members of the public, with others joining remotely online. NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, had the opportunity to welcome the group to our office, introduce NRRA, and share some resources for municipalities available on the NRRA website. While the group previously learned about the NRRA Recycling 101 presentation , customizable recycling pamphlets (FREE to NRRA Members) , and Recycle Right materials , seeing them on the NRRA website generated more interest and led one committee member to compliment the resources and ask how they can be shared more broadly with NH communities.

The meeting included a presentation by Rob Watson of ...Read more

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