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Norm Bowles, the former operator of the Canterbury NH Recycling Center, passed away on October 17, 2020 at 90 years of age surrounded by family and friends.

He often referred to himself as a “young boy” and the “bad boy of Canterbury”.

Norm’s son David knew how much he meant to NRRA Staff and called to let us know when his Dad was in declining health the end of September.

Norm dedicated his life to his family, farming, hard work and recycling. One of the highlights of his time at the recycling facility was the “Dance at da Dump," which involved a hot tub and celebrations of recycling!

NH Department of Environmental Services even gave him a lifetime solid waste operator’s license. Norm and his family are in our thoughts.

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NRRA works hard for you in many ways you might not be aware of! An important part of our job is to look out for you, our members. We are constantly checking to make sure transactions and pricing are correct. In addition, we always keep our members’ best interests in the forefront. One example of this is fuel surcharges.

You may ask, what is a fuel surcharge? A fuel surcharge is an extra fee that many companies that haul commodities charge to cover the fluctuating cost of fuel. It is usually calculated as a percentage of the base haul rate and is then added to the freight bill to cover the cost of operations.

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Brian Bartram, NRRA board member from Salisbury, CT, was excited to share a new panoramic video with us of their new Transfer Station for Salisbury and Sharon. It was 25 years from an idea to the ribbon cutting ceremony this past week. It is one of the oldest transfer stations in Connecticut and we are happy they are ready to open.

Salisbury, CT, population 3,741, has been an NRRA member for over twenty years and uses NRRA to move their tires, propane, and batteries most recently. Salisbury, CT Transfer Station

Congrats to Salisbury for making it happen and best to them with their new facility!

Here is a one minute video the engineering firm had filmed in August.

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Blue skies and a brand new recycling facility attracted NRRA members from near and far to attend the October 14th outdoor meeting. We were all eager to hear about what sparked Gilford to build this $1.4 million recycling center complete with horizontal baler and floor scale and what advice they have for others now that it is open.

It started in 2015 with one selectman, and the first warrant article was proposed in 2016. The second warrant article provided additional funds in 2017. At first, residents had concerns about the facility, but now they are thrilled to bring both their MSW and recyclables to Gilford, instead of going to Laconia. The town switched back from single stream recycling to source separated, which took time to educate residents. But when Public Works proved that they lowered operating costs from $77,000 to $50,000 residents were supportive. Gilford already owned the land...Read more


New Hampshire the Beautiful board members John Dumais, Larry Melanson, and Scott Schaier joined Gilford's Public Works Director, Meghan Theriault, and staff, Bruce Hewitt, Bob Martin, and Cordell Summers, as well as NRRA's Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, in presenting a check from NH the Beautiful's equipment grant program for $5,000 to Gilford which was used to assist the town with the purchase of a horizontal baler. This equipment has been an essential part of Gilford's new recycling building- switching from single stream back to source separated recycling. Congratulations, Gilford, and thank you for helping to help keep New Hampshire Beautiful!Read more


Have you joined our email listserv yet? The listserv is a way for members to send an email to one email address and reach all of the NRRA members in the listserv group. Currently over 80 members have signed up. All voting municipal members of NRRA are invited to join.

Here are some examples of popular recent discussion topics on the NRRA listserv:

Sharing wage information and hours for transfer station staff Charges for demo/bulk material and how members handle private contractors Status of swap shops re-opening Systems for collecting fees, such as cash, check, credit cards, and online invoicing No picking policies Brush grinding and whether members own or rent a grinder or hire someone

Join the listserv today to join these conversations and share information with fellow NRRA members! Members have the option to receive emails individually or have them batched and delivered less frequently....Read more


NRRA wants to recognize schools and their dedicated staff and students for continuing their recycling efforts despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are happy to announce that we will be accepting nominations for our School Recycling Awards for the 2019-2020 school year. Please use the Nomination Form to complete and submit your nominees for school, student, teacher or staff recycling awards. The deadline is November 20, 2020 . Selections will be made and the awards will be presented virtually during the holidays.

In addition, New Hampshire the Beautiful will be accepting essays for consideration to receive their School Recycling Innovation Award. This generous award comes with a $500 check to be used for improving your school's recycling program. To learn more about this award, see the Press Release from 2018. The deadline for submitting essays is also November 20, 2020 , with the...Read more

Need a Release Number? Commodity Pick-Up? General Inquiry? A Reminder of Who to Contact at NRRA & How.

NRRA Staff have been working throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic to keep our NRRA Members' recyclables and solid waste moving, some working completely remote and others alternating between remote and on site at the NRRA office in Epsom, NH.

Need a Release Number, Container Swap, Pick-Up Status, General Inquiry?

The first point of contact for all inquires is NRRA's Administrative Department, which includes Stacey Morrison, Lindsay Dow & Sam Foresta.


Send in your request via email:

This email inbox is monitored regularly by the Administrative Team from 8AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. All requests can be sent here and will make their way to the appropriate staff member to take care of.

On Friday, October 2, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, over 70 people attended the 7th Annual virtual "Talking Trash in Northern New England" event co-chaired by NRRA in partnership with EBC, SWANA, NWRA, and ecomaine. The Commissioners from the environmental protection agencies in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont presented, along with staff from the Environmental Protection Agency Region One. They updated attendees on the state of the solid waste industry and discussed their state and federal-level waste generation and recycling challenges and opportunities. PFAS was one common topic all speakers identified as a challenge and discussed in depth. Did you know that according to testing in Vermont, textiles from bulky waste and carpet accounted for some of the highest levels of PFAS entering the waste stream? The below slide is from the presentation given by Peter Walke, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional topics included...Read more
How can you get the best price for your recyclables in the marketplace? By keeping them out of the rain and snow and by expanding your storage, of course! NRRA has worked with Page Street Leasing, LLC since 2003 to provide 10', 20', and 40' containers and trailers to our members through our cooperative purchasing program. They sell used overseas shipping containers, which are rain-tight with solid floors, ideal for storage of recyclables or food scraps for composting at your facility. Carmine Sarno, who works at their Candia, NH office, was recently helpful to one of our members from Vermont. They purchased a used container through NRRA, but when Carmine went to fill the order, there were no used containers available. In order to fill the order as promised, Page Street provided a new container for the member instead at no extra cost! It has always been great to work...Read more