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3/12/20

Keene, NH –The fifth graders of Symonds Elementary School learned the basics of recycling through a class waste audit on February 20. About 50 enthusiastic students participated in three Garbage Guerrillas workshops. The workshops were conducted by Education Manager Heather Herring of Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). NRRA’s School Recycling Club (The Club) provides recycling education and outreach to K-12 schools.

Garbage Guerrillas is a workshop designed to raise awareness of recycling possibilities by examining the current waste stream. After a presentation and discussion on the growing waste problem and the shrinking number of available landfills, the students gathered around a tarp while Ms. Herring displayed several examples. Using a typical sampling of both classroom and home trash, the students reviewed the types of recycling and how to identify and sort out recyclables and compostables from actual trash. At the end of each classroom presentation, the students could see...Read more

1/8/20

From December 2014 to January 2019, Rollinsford NH (Population 2,527) embraced single stream recycling i.e. putting all recyclables, including aluminum cans, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, paper, plastics and steel cans, into one container and shipping them to market where they were separated back into their individual components for marketing.

As recycling markets continued to deteriorate and the cost per ton of single stream material exceeded the cost to throw it away, Rollinsford made the difficult decision to return to a source separated program. Rollinsford purchased a refurbished baler and, in July 2018, residents were called upon to once again begin separating their fibers and containers to create materials that the Town could market and achieve revenue for.

NRRA has been privileged to work with Rollinsford throughout this transition from single stream recycling to shipping full tractor trailer loads of cardboard and mixed paper and truck loads of...Read more

11/15/19

Concord, NH – NRRA’s School Recycling Club is very proud to have been awarded a second NH Partners in Education Gold Circle Award for their work with Hampstead Central School. Held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH, the presentation breakfast on November 1st recognized awardees from across the state for their partnerships with schools striving to provide the best educational experiences to their students. The event was attended by NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Education Manager Heather Herring and NRRA Programs Coordinator Gwen Erley.

Thanks to funding assistance from NH the Beautiful and the Hampstead Recycling Committee, NRRA’s School Recycling Club has been able to present their Garbage Guerrillas workshop to the 3rd graders of Hampstead Central every year for the last five years, at no cost to the school. This workshop teaches students the basics of recycling and how to fight the war on waste...Read more

11/13/19

Rochester, VT –White River Solid Waste Alliance is continuing their school outreach efforts again this year. As part of their Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP), they have engaged NRRA (Northeast Resource Recovery Association) to provide four workshops and two technical assistance trainings for Rochester School. The Alliance’s goal is to assist schools in their region to become compliant with Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.

NRRA’s School Recycling Club Educator, Charen Fegard, presented four classroom workshops on: Healthy Home/Clean Waters, Waste=Global Climate Change, Back to the Earth (Composting), and Recycling & Composting in Your Town. Students for fourth, fifth and sixth grade attended the workshops, held on November 13.

Also, on November 13, two technical assistance trainings were held at Rochester School. Ms. Fegard conducted a Star of Sustainability Assessment, NRRA’s proprietary school recycling inventory and review. She also conducted an Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning review...Read more

11/5/19

Keene, NH –The skies were overcast but spirits were bright on Oct. 29, as students at John H. Fuller Elementary School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). NRRA Education Manager Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained 120 fourth and fifth grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. Grades K-3 classes came by to observe and ask thoughtful questions.

The students saw opportunities to improve their recycling efforts. They are already collecting highlighters and markers for recycling....Read more

10/18/19

Contoocook, NH – On Oct. 10, with a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage, students at Maple Street Elementary School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). NRRA Educators Cindy Sterling and Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained sixty-six sixth-grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. While the students have a good recycling program in place, including a school garden with chickens, they saw opportunities to improve their efforts. They were surprised by the amount of food waste they...Read more

10/10/19

Somersworth, NH – On Sept. 30, the students of Somersworth Middle School conducted a school waste audit, known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). Gwen Erley and Heather Herring from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained 120 seventh grade students how to identify and pull recyclables from a sampling of typical school trash.

Outfitted with recyclable gloves, each group of students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again producing volume data for a final report. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. While there was not a lot of waste (an indicator of good recycling and composting), the students still saw opportunities to improve their efforts. They found five pounds of recyclable paper in several spiral bound notebooks, as well as a broken...Read more

10/10/19

Somersworth, NH – On Sept. 24, Maple Wood Elementary School third-graders conducted a school waste audit known as Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD). Educators Gwen Erley and Julia Kummerfeldt from NRRA’s School Recycling Club, trained 125 students how to identify and pull recyclables from school trash collected the prior day. In addition, another 247 students from the fourth and fifth grades walked by in ten-minute intervals to review the progress at the start of the event and the end of the event.

Each group of third grade students was given several bags of trash which were weighed, sorted into bins, then weighed again. When sorting was completed the students had a visual and quantifiable record of how much of their “trash” could have been diverted from the landfill. While the school has a successful food waste and recycling program, the students still saw opportunities to improve their efforts,...Read more

8/6/19

Bethlehem, NH - As part of their USDA YIMBY! Yes In My Backyard! Grant, NRRA presented a grant-funded Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) at Copper Cannon Camp.

On August 6, NRRA Educators Cindy Sterling and Julia Le May assisted the campers at Copper Cannon Camp with a waste audit. Bags of typical camp trash were emptied onto the tarp while campers pulled out items that could have been recycled. Items were separated into different categories: food waste, plastic, aluminum, paper/cardboard and, of course, trash. Bags were weighed before and after the sort to produce a table of potential savings that could be realized by improved recycling.

Approximately 45 campers and counselors participated in this fun and educational activity. The groups were enthusiastic and had lots of questions.

Although this process, at a glance, may be stinky and messy, it’s a valuable experience for children to physically...Read more

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