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Did you know that the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) partners with the Town of Dennis, MA to help Cape Cod communities recycle their glass locally? Six Cape Cod communities participate in NRRA's processed glass aggregate program, where glass bottles and jars get crushed into an aggregate to be used locally in infrastructure projects. NRRA's vendor recently completed a crush of glass in Dennis, MA, and the crushed glass will be used in local projects.

Established in the summer o f 2019, NRRA's processed glass aggregate host site in Dennis, MA now serves the towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Wellfleet, Mashpee, and Harwich, MA. These communities deliver glass bottles and jars collected from their residents to the Town of Dennis, MA transfer station. There, glass is collected until at least 1,000 tons of material is available on site. Then NRRA's vendor brings a mobile glass crushing unit and screening plant...Read more

Your donation helps strengthen recycling programs throughout New England. Your fully tax deductible contribution to the Northeast Resource Recovery Association helps communities recycle, sustains a unique recycling model, and protects the environment. We've been supporting communities like yours for the past forty years. GIVE TODAY NRRA is one of only a handful of nonprofits in the country that offers a cooperative marketing model for recycling. This means that we connect our member municipalities with recyclables to sell to the companies that wish to acquire those recyclable materials and turn them into new products and packaging. Last year, NRRA returned over $1.8 million dollars in revenue to our municipal members from the sale of their recyclables and enabled our members to recycle enough material to remove the equivalent of 22,393 passenger cars from the road for an entire year. Our specialty is assisting small, rural communities who would otherwise...Read more

At the Northeast Resource Recovery Association's 40th Annual Meeting held earlier this month, the recycling nonprofit elected three new members to the Board of Trustees: Ken Filpula, Transfer Station Supervisor, Town of Moultonborough, NH; Benjamin Hoy, Recycling Manager, Town of Walpole, NH; and Joshua Whipple, Solid Waste Manager, Town of Swanzey, NH.

"Each new board member is an experienced transfer station manager whose community is an active member of NRRA," said Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director. "Their individual and combined expertise in recycling and waste reduction will benefit NRRA and our mission to partner with communities to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions." Ken Fi lpula, Transfer Station Supervisor, Town of Moultonborough, NH

Ken began working at the Moultonborough Transfer Station in 2008 as an attendant and was promoted to Supervisor in 2016. He is an NHDES SWOT Senior Principal Operator. Ken worked closely with the...Read more

NRRA is sharing recycling tips, surprising recycling facts, and a host of recycling wins all week long in a National Recycling Week social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram . We are asking our members to follow, share, and interact with our posts to encourage your residents to recycle right every day. We understand that education is an important component of running a successful recycling program , but it can be time consuming to research and create posts, so we have designed this campaign to be widely applicable. With tangible economic and environmental impacts, there is something for everyone in this campaign. You can share posts directly from our Facebook page , add posts to your Instagram story, or you can save the images below and include them in your newsletter. When sharing on social media, please be sure to...Read more
Public Hearing December 13 & Written Comments Deadline December 20

The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has published proposed revisions to the requirements for solid waste composting facilities in New Hampshire, including those affecting the composting of meat and dairy products. The public comment period is now open. The proposed revisions aim to address the feedback that NHDES has received from stakeholders over the years. The goal of the rulemaking is to clarify and simplify requirements for food waste composting and potentially make it easier to develop additional infrastructure for organics diversion in New Hampshire. NRRA member communities in New Hampshire are encouraged to review the proposed revised rules and provide comments orally at a December 13th public hearing or in writing before December 20, 2021.

Stakeholders have been waiting for proposed revisions to New Hampshire's composting regulations for years. NH HB 413 directed NHDES to...Read more


The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) welcomed nearly 70 members and staff to its 40 th Anniversary Annual Meeting on November 10, held remotely. Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette reflected on NRRA’s forty year history, and the program included a special presentation on current recycling markets by Chaz Miller, CEO of Chaz Miller Associates.

Nearly 70 members and staff joined NRRA's 2021 Annual Meeting remotely.

Reagan shared in her remarks how NRRA has evolved over time, starting as a small organization with four member communities. “ NRRA was founded back in 1981. Keep in mind that in 1981, recycling was not cool or mainstream. There were no other organizations in NH helping municipalities market their recyclables.” Today, NRRA has over 450 members across New England and helps communities market dozens of different types of commodities with over 70 vendors and haulers.

In his presentation, Recycling...Read more

Remarks by Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette at NRRA's 2021 Annual Meeting

This year marks our 40 th Anniversary, and it’s wonderful to have so many members, board members, and staff here today.

As many of you know, NRRA is a rather unique organization. We’re one of only a handful of nonprofits in the entire country that operates a cooperative model where we directly connect communities with recyclable commodities to companies that wish to acquire that material. Our mission is to partner with municipalities to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. In recognition of our 40 th anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect back on our founding in 1981, and how that compares to today.

NRRA was founded back in 1981. Keep in mind that in 1981, recycling was not cool or mainstream. There were no other organizations in NH helping...Read more
Recycling Nonprofit Honors Vermont Recycling Business and Two New Hampshire North Country Transfer Station Managers

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has announced the recipients of its 2021 Recycling Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals for their contributions to support NRRA’s mission of partnering to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. The award winners are:

Vendor of the Year Award – Cota’s Propane and Tank Service, Grand Isle, Vermont

Rookie of the Year Award – Steve Bean, Transfer Station Manager, Littleton, New Hampshire

Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award – Brian Patnoe, Solid Waste Manager, Lancaster, New Hampshire

The award winners were announced at NRRA’s 40 th Anniversary Annual Meeting , which was held virtually on November 10, 2021 and featured attendees from across New England.

Vendor of the...Read more

As NRRA member communities work on their budgets for 2022, we have been asked to provide our best guess on whether next year will bring a year where recyclables increase in value or start to return to the low values we saw earlier. After looking into our crystal ball (which includes speaking with our knowledgeable vendors), NRRA has prepared its best prediction for members. We anticipate pricing will stay better than a year ago, and we’re certainly past the initial shocking drop in pricing resulting from China’s National Sword policy in 2018. However, we expect the high commodity values (and lower single and dual stream costs) we’ve seen in recent months to begin moderating as soon as this month.

If you haven't heard, recycling is thriving, in part due to the pandemic . For example, last month one of NRRA's member communities received a revenue check of $24,000...Read more


The NH Solid Waste Working Group , which is designed to assist the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) with planning for New Hampshire's solid waste future, held its organizational meeting on Friday, October 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The meeting included a discussion of HB 413, the selection of Representative Karen Ebel as Chair of the Working Group, and a discussion of member interests in participating in the group. Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, and representatives from several NRRA member communities are members of the group and attended. A recording of the meeting is also available.

The meeting began with introductions by each member of the Working Group. Next followed a discussion of HB 413 , including its establishment of the Solid Waste Working Group, a new statewide disposal reduction goal, new requirements for the state solid...Read more