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12/22/20

A NH-based company recently reached out to NRRA looking for ways to reduce their production carbon footprint and make better choices in packaging. Headquartered in Peterborough, NH, SoClean was originally known for its sleep equipment maintenance device and now sells indoor air purifiers and device disinfectors.

NRRA's Education Manager, Heather Herring, virtually presented to members of the SoClean team including distribution center, operations, and marketing staff. She reviewed where NH garbage goes, the current recycling markets, and the basics of extended producer responsibility. Then she fielded questions on how to better manage their resources, disposal options, recycling and how SoClean may consider product design and product end of life. Recycling with results is easy once a new standard operating procedure is set in place.

NRRA staff also enjoy directing people to our website, which has a lot to offer for both our municipal members as well as commercial...Read more

12/14/20

A good crowd of well-wishers attended NRRA's monthly MOM meeting virtually to listen to Dennis Patnoe present about the history of Lancaster, NH's Transfer Station. Several volunteered their words of thanks and congratulations upon his retirement as the Station Supervisor at the end of this month. Dennis was awarded NRRA's highest honor of the Sam Izzo "Recycler of the Year" Award in 1994 and has served on NRRA's board of trustees for 18 years.

Lancaster, NH's station began in 1942 next to the town burn dump and transitioned into a landfill in the 1960s. Dennis remembers that he heard there was an opening at the station in 1997and started asking questions to the Town Manager at the time. Once they knew he was interested, they asked him when he would start! He has been there for the last twenty-four years. When he began work, there was one storage trailer...Read more

12/8/20
By Annie Ropeik, NHPR Reporter

The region’s recyclers are encouraging towns to cut costs during the economic downturn of COVID-19 by trying new ways of reusing their glass.

Reagan Bissonnette is executive director of the nonprofit Northeast Resource Recovery Association. She says it’s been a couple of years since the sudden closure of the region’s main facility, in Massachusetts, that recycled glass bottles and jars.

Since then, she says more towns have been sending their glass to landfills, adding weight and expense to their trash hauling costs even during the economic strain of the pandemic.

Bissonnette wants more towns to take advantage of cheaper, local options that she says get more value out of that glasss.

Her group helps towns send glass to Canada to become fiberglass insulation, or have it crushed – along with glass-like products such as ceramics and Pyrex – into an aggregate...Read more

12/4/20
Put Your Food to Work!

With the cost of garbage going up, up, up, what is one of the best ways to keep the weight out of your waste and help your town recycling facility? It turns out for every five bags of groceries you buy, the equivalent of two of them gets thrown out because 40% of food is wasted all along the food supply chain ( USDA ). In a waste audit at Fuller School in Keene, 62% of the weight of their trash was food scraps (NRRA).

The City of Keene approached the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) because the City is interested in how to decrease tonnage sent to the landfill and educate the public on the value of composting. NRRA is a recycling and waste reduction nonprofit that enables communities to manage their own recycling programs. We work with recycling facility members to...Read more

12/4/20

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 School Recycling Club Awards. The award winners are:

School Recycler of the Year Award – Maple Street Elementary School, Contoocook, NH Teacher Recycler of the Year Award – Chris Asbell, Somersworth Middle School, Somersworth, NH Student Recyclers of the Year Award – Girl Scout Troop 11305, Fuller Elementary School, Keene, NH

NRRA’s School Recycling Club (the Club) is a program for all schools in New England (and beyond). Designed for students and teachers in grades K-12, the Club enables schools to become more active in the world of recycling. Through its workshops, technical assistance, and recycling curricula, the Club is a fun and innovative way to give students encouragement, direction and networking opportunities to enhance school recycling programs. The Club is supported in part by New Hampshire the Beautiful, a non-profit funded by food and beverage...Read more

12/3/20
It certainly was the year for residents to clean out their garages, basements, and cabinets! NRRA coordinated 17 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Events in 2020. Member communities offered them from April to November and nearly 18,000 gallons of HHW was collected from NH residents in total. The photo shows examples of what was collected at a Warner, NH event. Most events occurred on a Saturday morning from 8am - noon but some were held on Sundays. Notes from 2020 events that were highlighted this year: More HHW material was collected than normal as residents were thoroughly cleaning out their homes. Our HHW vendor required residents to stay in their vehicles, so it was important to point this out during pre-event education and provide clear signage at the event. Town staff made sure that traffic patterns were clear. Bottled water was requested for vendor staff. Bathroom facilities were made available for...Read more
12/2/20
We’ve added a new section to our resource library on our website! Information Sheets are a collection of valuable company recommendations for transfer station equipment/products and services, as well as instructions to commonly asked questions related to recycling - all sorted by topic. Do you need to be pointed in the right direction to recycle clothing? Take a look at the information sheet on Textile Recycling . Do you need guidance on safely recycling a microwave? Is your organization researching vendors to order recycling bins from? Scroll through the information sheets in our library that we’ve added so far, or perform a search using keywords. Check out information sheets in our Resource LibraryRead more
11/25/20

NRRA participated in the NH Municipal Association's virtual conference on "Resilience" from November 18 to 20 with NRRA staff both presenting and staffing a virtual exhibitor booth.

NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette and Member Services Manager Bonnie Bethune presented "Recycling in NH: Keeping it Financially Sustainable and Safe." They were joined by nearly 50 attendees to discuss the economics of the current recycling markets and impacts from COVID-19. Attendees learned how to make their recycling operations more financially sustainable and discussed concrete steps municipalities can take to continue recycling safely during the pandemic. Heather Herring, NRRA Education Manager, staffed NRRA's first-ever virtual booth, which was "seen" by 250 of the total 443 conference attendees. Heather ventured into a new online platform, Whova, which was used for the conference in order to invite groups of attendees virtually for meet-ups throughout the 3 day-conference. Whova provided exhibitors a competition with points...Read more
11/20/20

Did you know that the Northeast Resource Recovery Association is one of only a handful of nonprofits in the entire country that offers a recyclables marketing cooperative model? This means that we directly connect sellers of recyclable commodities to purchasers of those commodities. Last year, we returned over $1.8 million to our 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.

This year, we need support from individual donations more than ever.

NRRA has enabled communities throughout New England to manage their own recycling programs and reduce their waste for nearly forty years. Together, we partner to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. We support municipalities with cooperative marketing of recyclables and provide technical assistance and education to...Read more

11/18/20

On Monday and Tuesday, November 16 and 17, NRRA presented about using processed glass aggregate in infrastructure projects at the virtual event "Increasing the Use of Recycled Content in Infrastructure Projects." Over 85 people joined for two afternoons to learn about using processed glass aggregate, plastic corrugated drainage pipes with recycled content, ground asphalt, crumb rubber in roads and other infrastructure projects, and more.

Processed Glass Aggregate (PGA)

NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette was joined by Brian Patnoe, NRRA Board Member & Littleton NH Transfer Station Manager, and NRRA members Bob Harrington, Public Works Director and John Early, Transfer Station Supervisor, of New London, NH to talk about NRRA's PGA program. Reagan shared the process for creating PGA, the various New England state specifications for using PGA , the benefits of using PGA, the results of a PGA survey that gathered examples of PGA use...Read more

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