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8/30/22

NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, and NRRA Board Member, Ben Hoy, were both in Austin, TX recently at the annual Resource Recycling Conference, a national conference dedicated to enhancing municipal recycling. Participating in this conference is one way NRRA strives to best support our 450+ municipal members with the most up-to-date information on recycling and solid waste management. Some of the great workshops discussed the future of paper markets, chemical recycling, building resilient municipal recycling programs, federal grant funding opportunities, and elevating your community's outreach.

Reagan visits with URT, one of NRRA's electronics recycling vendors

In addition to some great workshops, the conference provided opportunities to connect with speakers, exhibitors, and other attendees, including staff from NRRA electronics recycling vendor, URT, and NRRA 2022 Recycling Conference & Expo sponsors Glass Packaging Institute and The Recycling Partnership.

With much of the conference focused on recycling from the...Read more
8/17/22

We have all heard the expression, "What goes up, must come down." This is very true of the recycling commodity market.

At NRRA, we have begun to see a definite downward trend in pricing this month. More concerning, however, is that many of our most popular and well-trusted mills are full to capacity with material that they have received in the past month. This is why these mills are not currently accepting plastics & cardboard.

The market for #1 - #7 baled plastics is very limited for the time being, and this trend may continue in the future. We encourage our members to consider moving to a system of separating out the #1's and #2s and market, instead, baled #3 - #7 plastics which are still slow moving but more widely accepted.

The Cardboard market became flooded with material during the past several months of great pricing....Read more

8/2/22

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides an unprecedented $375 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop three new waste prevention, reuse, and recycling programs : (1) Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grant Program; (2) Recycling Education and Outreach Grant Program, Model Recycling Program Toolkit and School Curriculum; and (3) Battery Collection Best Practices and Voluntary Battery Labeling Guidelines. NRRA submitted feedback to the EPA during a public comment period to inform the development of these programs.

NRRA's comments were provided from the perspective of how to best assist NRRA’s member municipal solid waste facilities, especially smaller, rural ones. NRRA's comments are available as submitted on the Regulations.gov website:

Infrastructure Needs and Priorities Education and Outreach Needs and Priorities Battery Collection & Labeling

NRRA will keep members updated about these important grant...Read more

8/2/22

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has prepared a draft of the New Hampshire Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), which is available for public comment on the NHDES website . The SWMP is a 10-year, high-level plan outlining goals, strategies and actions intended to reduce generation of solid waste, increase diversion from disposal, achieve the state’s solid waste disposal reduction goal , support the state’s solid waste management hierarchy , and maintain adequate capacity for management of waste generated in New Hampshire. A final version of the SWMP will be published by October 1, 2022.

The NH Solid Waste Working Group , which was established to assist NHDES with planning for New Hampshire's solid waste future, advised NHDES in the development of the draft plan. Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, serves as NRRA's representative on the working group. In...Read more

7/21/22

Did you miss our last Ask Me Anything Event?! Still wish you could ask all of your recycling questions to a panel of experts? Now is your chance!

REGISTER NOW!

Our Ask Me Anything: Recycling Edition panel of experts will tackle questions such as - what is source-separated recycling? Why doesn't my town recycle the same things as other towns? If something has chasing arrows it means it can be recycled...right? Do egg cartons get recycled with paper or cardboard? Doesn't recycling cost money? And much, much more!

This online event is FREE and open to the public on Thursday, August 4th from 12 to 1 PM EST – all are welcome!

Registration required. All registrants will receive a link to the video recording afterward and are encouraged to send in their recycling questions regardless of whether or not they...Read more

7/19/22

On Saturday, July 9th, NRRA Member Services Representative, Heather Herring, held a workshop at the Keene Recycling Center to talk about composting targeted for Keene residents. Keene Recycling Facility Operator, Mike Hartness, was there to lend his experience and suggestions with setting up a composting pile, as well as Albert Diemand from Elm City Composting.

Heather reviewed the basics of composting and why it is important to town residents and the City of Keene officials to keep weight out of their waste from an economic bottom line. She reflected on last year’s Backyard Food Scraps Pilot program carried out by twelve Keene volunteers to increase backyard composting. A small but very enthusiastic group of residents stopped by during the busy Saturday morning hour to inquire about how to begin composting and two residents won prizes. The City of Keene donated an Earth Machine compost bin and NRRA donated a...Read more

7/18/22

NRRA wishes the best to Heather Herring, NRRA Member Services Representative, who will be leaving NRRA to move out of state. Heather has been a great asset to the NRRA team for the past three and a half years, supporting municipal members with a wide variety of cooperative marketing and purchasing and technical assistance. In addition, Heather educated municipal staff and schools about recycling and waste reduction and coordinated NRRA's monthly Member Operations Marketing meetings for solid waste operators and speakers for NRRA's annual Recycling Conference & Expo.

Heather’s last day at NRRA will be Friday, July 22. Following Heather's departure, members should contact Bonnie Bethune, Senior Member Services Representative, for any cooperative marketing and technical assistance needs. NRRA plans to hire a new staff member to join NRRA's Member Services team, so stay tuned for more details.

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6/29/22

Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, has been accepted as a member of the Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2023. Leadership New Hampshire is a statewide program whose mission is building a community of informed and engaged leaders. Reagan will participate in a 10-month program with a cohort of 32 other associates from across the Granite State who hold leadership positions in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.

As the Executive Director of NRRA, Reagan oversees NRRA's partnership with over 450 municipalities, businesses, and individuals throughout New England to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. NRRA is one of only a handful of nonprofits in the country that connects municipalities with purchasers and processors of recyclable commodities, enabling communities to manage their own recycling programs. Reagan writes and speaks extensively about recycling and waste reduction, including in regional and national forums. She was appointed to the New...Read more

6/23/22

A large part of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association's mission and work is focused on technical assistance - helping municipalities coordinate and run successful recycling programs that handle a variety of recyclables, including hazardous waste such as electronics. The rural nature of northern New Hampshire, however, has posed unique challenges to towns in Coos County that are limited by a lack of recycling facilities. With increased costs of fuel, hauling loads several hours to southern New Hampshire is often not feasible.

A newly approved Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, however, could help the county tackle this lack of access. With an unprecedented $375 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop three new waste prevention, reuse, and recycling programs , new and improved recycling programs and facilities could be coming to the North Country sooner rather than later.

Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director of NRRA...Read more

6/22/22

A panel of solid waste operators with 20 years or more of continued service, including NRRA Senior Member Services Representative Bonnie Bethune, shared their insights at "Guardians of the Garbage - A 20+ Year Legacy." At this workshop hosted by the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Solid Waste Operator Training (SWOT) Program, panelists provided insights on how the world of solid waste has changed in NH, where they see it going, and how the next generation can make the best decisions in moving forward.

The panelists included Bonnie Bethune, Senior Member Services Representative for NRRA, as well as staff from four NRRA member communities:

Sonny Ouellette, Transfer Station Supervisor, Rumney NH Jimmy Gooden, Transfer Station Supervisor, Whitefield NH Duncan Watson, Assistant Director Public Works, City of Keene NH Steve Doumas, Former Recycling Center Manager (retired), Merrimack NH

Rick Belanger from Ponderosa Disposal and Bill Howard from Waste...Read more

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