COVID-19

Recycling, Solid Waste and Composting in NH – Current Issues & Trends

Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director of NRRA, joined a Nashua Regional Planning Commission meeting to present about current issues and trends with recycling, solid waste, and composting in New Hampshire.  The Nashua Regional Planning Commission's work is conducted primarily for the benefit of its 13 member municipalities that span the Souhegan Valley, Greater Nashua and Hudson/Pelham area in Southern New Hampshire.  NRRA members and members of the public in NRPC's service area were invited to attend this event.

COVID-19 Resources for Vermont Communities

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. For answers to questions and requests about Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP)
requirements due to COVID-19 and the Vermont State of Emergency:

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources COVID-19 Solid Waste Implementation Plan Guidance

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Dept of Environmental Conservation COVID-19 Solid Waste Guidance for Facilities Managers and the General Public:

COVID-19 Resources for New Hampshire Communities

In an effort to keep up-to-date with evolving guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHDES’ Solid Waste Management Bureau (SWMB) has updated its list of resources relevant to the management of solid waste during the pandemic. The document now includes recently-released guidance from the CDC specific to the waste management and recycling industry, as well as other resources from national and regional organizations. 

How Long Does COVID-19 Stay in the Air and on Surfaces?

According to the CDC’s website: “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

NRRA COVID-19 Facility Impact Report

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has created an NRRA Facility Impact Report that provides examples of how NRRA Members are changing their facility operations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The report categorizes facility changes into one of four categories: (1) safety precautions and public education; (2) temporarily not accepting certain recyclables; (3) temporarily stopping recycling; and (4) facility closure.   We updated it regularly through early July 2020. 

Best Management Practices for Recycling Facilities During COVID-19

Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, and Bonnie Bethune, NRRA Member Services Manager, were joined by Dr. Ben Locwin, expert on infectious disease epidemiology, to discuss COVID-19 best management practices for recycling facilities.  Dr. Locwin addressed questions from live participants.  Over 300 people participated in this very informative webinar, and more than 250 watched the recording afterwards!   

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