Science Cafe New Hampshire: Recycling and Waste Management

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How much of New England's recyclables and waste are sent offshore to China? What are the challenges with dealing with other outside countries? NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette joined Science Cafe Nashua as a panelist to discuss questions about recycling and waste management. 

Panelists:
John Aber, from UNH (Organic Farming) and sometimes known as the former "Provost of Compost”. He has been a professor of environmental sciences at the University of New Hampshire since 1987, and was Vice President for Research from 2003 to 2007, and Provost (Vice President for Academics) from 2009-2013.
Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director from Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). Bissonnette is the Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association.
Mike Doran, RMG Enterprise Inc., Business Development Manager of Municipal, Commercial Waste and Recycling Services. RMG has developed and maintains an unparalleled global network to effectively remarket all of your re-useable assets.
Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt manufacturer. For 16 years, Lisa has developed and managed Stonyfield’s award-winning environmental and energy initiatives.

Opening 00:00:30
Panel Introductions 00:02:14
How much of New England recyclables and waste are sent offshore to China? What are the challenges with dealing with other outside countries?
00:10:46
Local communities dealing with the sudden change in recycling costs and policies
00:16:11
What are the options to go to other communities to recycle using single stream?
00:22:41
What are some of the beneficial ways of reducing our waste output?
00:23:48
Question regarding services that offer curbside composting 00:30:50
Can non-profits utilize companeis like RMG to recycle eWaste?
00:34:01
Grow Nashua Speaks
00:35:08 What is the right recipe for starting composting? 00:38:24
Question regarding textile waste
00:42:08
Question regarding the sustainability of waste to energy? Should we really be concerned with plastic bottles?
00:46:08
How can we reduce the amount of microplastics getting into the oceans?
00:52:48
What happens to the plastic film from food containers when it gets recycled?
00:53:45
Closing
00:56:36