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Let's have a round of applause for Andover, NH, who recently earned a Grade A from our NRRA vendor for their last load of cardboard! Grade A is usually reserved for the cardboard that comes from grocery stores because it contains little contamination (it is pure unboxed material for groceries and is kept dry under shelter). Congratulations to the staff at Andover for their quality material.

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Member Services Manager Bonnie Bethune was invited to speak about NRRA’s marketing model at the July 13, 2021 NERC Regional Recycling Markets Committee. “Being able to home in one subject and share this information with colleagues in the field was a pleasure” said Bonnie. Bonnie addressed the following three key questions in her presentation:

How does NRRA obtain materials to market? What mechanisms are in place to market these materials? How does NRRA keep up with market changes?

Between NRRA members, vendors and staff, the above is accomplished with amazing success as nearly 50,000 tons of material and $1.8 million to our members in 2020 demonstrates.

How does NRRA obtain materials to market?

Orders to move material are communicated via:

Phone Email Text Load request form (via computer or smart phone)

What mechanisms are in place to market these materials?

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Ira Gross from Schnitzer Steel was NRRA’s guest speaker for the MOM meeting held virtually on July 14 th . Schnitzer is one of the country’s largest recyclers of scrap metal and a long-term vendor of NRRA. They collect, broker, process, and recycle ferrous and non-ferrous metal.

Schnitzer Steel has two facilities in NH – one in Concord and one in Manchester. Ira encouraged members to visit their Manchester facility to get a sense of how a metal yard operates. Members can tour the non-ferrous sorting tables and see how they might set up a similar layout in their town. In 2020, Schnitzer installed a wire granulations system to process and segregate wire. They make “chops” and use a spectrometer to analyze the makeup of the material to make sure it meets specs. Ira shared with NRRA members how to sort metals for a non-ferrous program at their municipal...Read more


NRRA was recently awarded a Solid Waste Management Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Utilities Services. Through the grant, which will start in October 2021, NRRA will direct technical assistance to the smallest and lowest-income communities in New Hampshire, namely, those with a population under 5,500 and with a median household income less than the state non-metropolitan median household income. The grant will have two key components: a Solid Waste Advisory Team (SWAT) program and a campaign to help residents “recycle right.”

Grant Components - SWAT & Recycle Right

The SWAT program will involve teams of experienced solid waste operators who will volunteer their time to work with at least five select communities and NRRA staff to evaluate current solid waste operations and provide recommendations for reducing the solid waste stream through improved recycling operations and other practices. NRRA will also help at...Read more


Caps on bottles have been a point of confusion in the recycling industry. Should caps be left on containers, thrown in the trash, or separated out? Are caps considered contamination? NRRA’s member service team would like to clear up some of these questions for members, and help you determine what the best protocol is for your facility. Caps are typically made of polypropylene, or number five plastic. Bottles and jugs are most often made of number one PET (i.e., plastic water bottles, salad dressing containers, mouthwash containers, etc.) or number 2 HDPE (i.e., milk jugs, bleach containers, etc.) plastic, being a different plastic than that of a cap. Pros and Cons In the past, caps had been known to jam baling equipment, cause lower bale weight, and present a safety hazard. This was mainly due to air captured in bottles with a tight seal. Leaving caps on had led to...Read more


The NRRA Board of Trustees and staff would like to recognize and thank Duncan Watson for his service to the Board. Duncan recently resigned from the Board of Trustees after serving on the Board for nearly 24 years. For a number of those years, he held the offices of President and Vice President.

Duncan currently serves as the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Keene, NH. He has been with the Department of Public Works since 1992. Duncan runs the Solid Waste Division which features the largest municipally operated materials recovery facility in the State of New Hampshire processing upwards of 8,000 tons of recyclables per year, a 30,000 ton per year Transfer Station, an award winning Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, and an organics composting operation. During his tenure in the Solid Waste Division, the City of Keene was named the best Municipal Recycling...Read more


The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Annual Report . The compact, flip-book format of the report makes it easy to share the value of recycling and NRRA membership with municipal staff, elected officials, and residents. The report includes the following features:

Summary of notable achievements and member services, including our Environmental Impact Report , with links to our website Revenue and Expenses breakdown for Fiscal Year 2020 Tonnages by Commodity infographic (pictured below) Special thank you to our members, vendors and donors View our 2020 Annual Report

We would like to thank Rosanne Breault, Graphic Design Artist, for creating this beautifully designed and interactive flipbook for our 2020 Annual Report.Read more

Safely managing used lithium batteries has become a significant challenge for the waste industry. The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), in partnership with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), recently held a free two-part webinar series on this important topic that explained how lithium-ion batteries are used and how to safely manage them.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Generally

Lithium-ion batteries, often called rechargeable batteries, have been dominating the battery market in most recent years. With their versatility, convenience, and small, lightweight design these batteries are becoming common in tools that have not been traditionally battery operated. Examples include chainsaws, vacuums, leaf blowers, etc. Lithium-ion batteries have a lifetime spanning roughly 8 to 10 years. The Lithium-ion battery market was valued at 37.4 billion dollars in 2018, speaking to the popularity of this battery type.

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HDPE stands for High Density Polyethylene. Natural HDPE plastic is commonly used for milk jugs and other translucent containers, such as water and beverage bottles or shampoo containers.

Left to Right: Baled HDPE Natural (Note: Some NRRA vendors do not accept cardboard headers); Loose HDPE Natural; Baled HDPE Natural

The price of HDPE natural has been reaching record highs, more than doubling over a period of 12 months. The recycling of this commodity has been proving to be a lucrative program for many local communities. In the year of 2020 alone, $62,245 ($72,585 so far in 2021) was returned to NRRA communities for the sale of their HDPE natural. This equates to the diversion of 67 tons of HDPE Natural from landfilling and incineration. Great job NRRA communities!

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The NRRA Board of Trustees and staff would like to recognize and thank David E. Hartman for his years of service to the Board. Dave recently resigned from the Board of Trustees after serving on the Board for 13 years.

When Dave joined the Board in 2008, he was a Selectman in the Town of Warner, NH. He served in that role from 2005 to 2016 and loved it. Prior to that, Dave led the effort to recycle in Warner. He chaired the town’s Recycling Committee over 20 years ago, which brought to the Town Meeting a warrant article declaring, “Recycling in Warner shall be mandatory.” It passed overwhelmingly by voice vote! He continues to champion the cause of recycling whenever there’s an opportunity, and he brought that enthusiasm to the NRRA Board.

NRRA staff reflect on Dave's contributions to NRRA.

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