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1/18/22

NRRA started out this year with a special speaker from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant Area Director, Jon-Michael Muise, to talk about funding for recycling facilities at our virtual MOM meeting. The Community Facility Loan and Grant Program provides loan and grant opportunities for municipal equipment, containers or building funds in NH and VT. The federal agency provides funding to rural communities with under 20,000 residents who meet a certain median household income for each state. For more information and eligibility for this great opportunity to improve your recycling program, please see NRRA's Resource page for a recording of Jon-Michael's presentation and slides. Our article from November covers the details of the program and who is eligible for funding.

In addition to the presentation, we reviewed the latest in cooperative marketing and purchasing, including the end of the year slowdown of moving recyclables. We...Read more

1/18/22

Residents in the town of Lee, NH should be proud. In the month of November 2021, their small, individual acts of recycling for the past several months led to nearly $39,000 in revenue for their town. This is a great example of a town Recycling with Results! But how did they make it happen?

First, individual community members rinsed out, collected, and then separated their plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, scrap metal, cardboard, and paper at the transfer station. By making sure they were only recycling items that could be processed, they helped make sure their recyclables remained clean and uncontaminated. This means that items that cannot generally be processed at your local transfer station - such as single use plastic bags - were tossed in the garbage and not the recycling bin. It also means that items that can be processed were recycled, instead of being thrown...Read more

12/21/21

Over the past year, NRRA members and communities have reported that residents continue to hear that recycling is dead, recycling isn't working anymore, and that communities are stopping recycling. In reality, recycling has been doing very well. So much so that this past summer, NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette penned an op-ed, " Recycling is Thriving, In Part Due to the Pandemic " which was featured locally in the Concord Monitor and NH Bulletin.

Recently, however, Reagan was able to talk with New Hampshire Public Radio reporter, Mara Hoplamazian, to share the real story on how times have changed - for the better - when it comes to recycling in New Hampshire:

The transfer station in Derry is full of neatly organized piles of everything residents don’t want. Old couches, discarded Halloween decorations, and tidy mounds of plastic, cardboard, glass, and aluminum....Read more

12/13/21

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

11/30/21
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
11/29/21

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

11/16/21
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
11/16/21
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

11/15/21

NRRA is excited to introduce NRRA member communities to the Community Facility Loan and Grant program available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development. This program provides matching grants up to $50,000 to eligible communities based on population and median household income. Grants can be used for a wide variety of essential community needs, including solid waste infrastructure. NRRA staff recently met with Jon-Michael Muise, Area Director of Rural Development at USDA, to learn about this program, and Jon will be a guest speaker at NRRA's January 12, 2022 MOM meeting.

USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through its programs, Rural Development helps rural Americans through three types of programs: (1) guaranteed loan products; (2) direct lending; and (3) grant programs. Rural Development's Community Facility Program serves populations of 20,000 people or less, and eligible...Read more

11/15/21

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

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