NRRA "Recycling with Results" 2021 Conference Day Two

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Over 185 presenters and attendees from New England and beyond participated in the Northeast Resource Recovery Association's (NRRA) virtual "Recycling with Results" Conference on May 10-11, 2021.   The conference featured six key topics currently faced by the municipal solid waste and recycling industry. NHDES solid waste operator continuing education credits are available for each recorded hour watched. Please contact info@nrrarecycles.org to receive your certificate for hours.  

Looking for the Day One recording?  It is available here.

What Attendees Liked Most from Day Two

A wide variety of topics, presented by people who have implemented these projects In their communities. They saw a need, and worked to solve this.

Was most interested in what various transfer station managers offered, especially ways in which they had effectively improved the recycling facilities and had figured out the best ways to educate users about how to use the facilities.

Variety, knowledge and education of the presenters. The enthusiasm and dedication of the group and the hopeful promise that so much recycling is alive and well. Remarkable innovation and scope of end products.

The speakers, the accessibility, the recording for future reference and sharing. Real people working hands-on with real day-to-day challenges we all face in our towns. Lots of helpful solutions!

Day Two Agenda

The agenda, with timestamps for each presentation, is provided below. 

TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021             

Welcome – Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, NRRA- 0:00- 8:54 minutes

National & Local Recycling Markets and Market Specifications

Learn about current recycling markets and what the future may hold. Our presenters will discuss what is happening at both the national and New England levels.

Presenters

  • National & Northeast Recycling Markets - Chaz Miller, CEO Chaz Miller Associates; former Director, National Waste & Recycling Association - 9:30- 26:15 minutes
  • New England Markets & Specifications - Bonnie Bethune, Member Services Manager, NRRA - 26:27- 45:21 minutes

Moderator for Q&A- Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager, Lebanon, NH - 45:45- 1:10:18 minutes

 
Plastics with a Plan: Municipal Options 1:10:58 minutes

Despite news about challenges with plastics recycling, many municipalities are doing so successfully.  Learn about different municipal models for source-separated recycling of plastics.

Presenters

  • #1-7 Baled Plastic – Joe Gore, Transfer Station Manager, Town of Wakefield, NH 
  • #1 & 2 Baled Plastic – Jon Edgerly, Operations Supervisor, BCEP Solid Waste District, Pittsfield, NH 
  • #3-7 Plastics– Eadaoin Quinn, Director of Business Development & Procurement, EFS Plastics, Listowel, Ontario, Canada and Hazleton, Pennsylvania 

Moderator for Q&A- Mark Richardson,  Transfer Station Coordinator (Retired), Town of Hampton, NH and NRRA Board Treasurer 

 

Glass Recycling at NRRA - Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director, NRRA 

Learn how NRRA is successfully enabling over 100 municipalities to recycle glass for over 500,000 residents in NH, VT, and MA, with a spotlight on using crushed glass as an aggregate for infrastructure projects.  

Understanding End Markets - What Happens with Your Recycling? 2:18:56 minutes

What happens with recyclables after their first use? Representatives from NRRA’s vendors that acquire common recyclables will discuss how they reach their next life.

Presenters

  • Metal – Ira Gross, Manager, Regional Accounts, Schnitzer Northeast, Concord, NH 
  • Paper - Dave Cameron, General Manager at OPRSystems, Inc., Wilmington, MA
  • Glass – Francois Ierfino, Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Sales Manager, 2M Ressources, Quebec, Canada

Moderator for Q&A- Roger Guzowski, Contract & Procurement Manager, CT Resources Recovery Authority and NRRA Board of Trustees 

Closing Remarks – Joan Cudworth, Director of Public Works, Town of Hollis, NH & NRRA Board President