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2/14/22

We have received a lot of interest and excitement about our new Recycle Right Campaign that is launching on April 18, 2022! (There is still plenty of time to sign up.) Because this is a new program, we thought it would be helpful to explain what exactly you'll see over the course of the 4-month campaign.

You can access the campaign on our Facebook page and through our Instagram page.

The campaign will include: Weekly social media posts Videos A bi-weekly newsletter (10 total over 4 months) A dedicated page on the NRRA website that will host all posts and videos for future use Instructions on how a town can run its own, locally-focused Recycle Right Campaign Social Media Posts:

Wondering what type of social media posts we'll be sharing? Here are a few common...Read more

2/2/22

Municipal recycling facilities have recently started to receive outdated solar panels and solar lights and have reached out to NRRA to help recycle these items.

In collaboration with one of our electronics vendors, NRRA is pleased to announce the newest addition to our electronics recycling program. If you receive solar panels or solar lights from residents, please reach out to NRRA for handling procedures and pricing.

NOTE : If you are contacted by a solar panel company, please have them reach out to NRRA as we may refer that company directly to our vendor.

Please contact Bonnie Bethune at bbethune@nrrarecyles.org or at 603-736-4401 x 118 for further information.Read more

2/2/22

As one of our cooperative purchasing programs, NRRA is seeking orders for black plastic gaylords. Our members use these lightweight and durable gaylords for storage of aluminum cans and plastics prior to baling.

We need to order a minimum of 40 gaylords, as these are custom-made by NRRA’s vendor in Laconia, NH.

Members can order any number of gaylords, with or without lids. Once made, these gaylords need to be picked up by the member at NRRA’s vendor in Laconia, NH. NH the Beautiful offers grants for NH Members for up to 20% of the purchase price.

Please contact Bonnie Bethune at bbethune@nrrarecycles.org or at 603-736-4401 x 118 for more details and pricing.Read more

1/31/22

The New Hampshire Legislature has begun its 2022 session, and NRRA has prepared a list of numerous bills related to solid waste and recycling. NRRA will periodically provide updates regarding these bills and encourages members to testify on bills relevant to their work. NRRA may testify regarding some bills to educate lawmakers, but NRRA does not take a position on proposed legislation. This article was last updated Feb. 9, 2022.

Need a refresher about how the legislative process works in New Hampshire? Here's an overview of how a bill becomes a law . In addition, the NH Department of Environmental Services prepares a bill tracking matrix that is updated weekly.

For questions or comments regarding this legislative update, contact Reagan Bissonnette , NRRA Executive Director.

Public Hearings

In order to see scheduled public hearing dates for bills relevant to...Read more

1/24/22

EPSOM, NH (January 24, 2022) - The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), a recycling nonprofit that enables communities to manage their own recycling programs, has begun its Recycling with Results grant-funded project. Outreach has begun in preparation for the upcoming Recycle Right social media campaign and Solid Waste Advisory Team (SWAT) Program.

In August 2021, NRRA was awarded a grant by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service to launch a Recycling with Results project. This grant is aimed at helping small, rural communities in New Hampshire recycle more and recycle better in order to reduce their solid waste stream. With support from this grant, NRRA has created a SWAT Program focused on providing educational and technical assistance for town employees and officials, and a Recycle Right campaign focused on providing recycling information to residents. Both initiatives will launch in the spring of 2022.

SWAT...Read more
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

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