Recycling Markets

Recycling in NH: State of Recycling Markets

You have likely heard about the supposed death of recycling in recent years.  But have you heard that recycling has been thriving in recent months, in part due to the pandemic?  NRRA staff presented virtually at the NH Municipal Association's 80th Annual Conference on November 18, 2021 about the economics of the current recycling markets and the resulting impacts on New Hampshire community solid waste budgets.  As shown in the below slides, communities with source separated recycling are generating far more revenue than a year ago from the sale of their recyclables.  Ove

Recycling Markets in 2021: NRRA Annual Meeting

NRRA's November 2021 Annual Meeting featured a special presentation about current recycling markets by Chaz Miller, CEO of Chaz Miller Associates and former Director of the National Waste & Recycling Association.  Chaz is a 40-year veteran of the recycling and waste industry.  He is an ex officio member of the Northeast Recycling Council Board of Directors and the primary author of the NERC reports on increases in North American domestic recycled paper and recycled plastic capacity.  He is Chair of the Montgomery County MD Aiming for Zero Waste Task Force.

Understanding Recycling Markets & Practical Tips

Reagan Bissonnette and Bonnie Bethune of NRRA presented for a 3-hour NHDES sponsored workshop on understanding recycling markets and practical recycling tips for municipalities. The first part of the workshop covered why recycling matters, material specifications and markets for recyclables, and common end markets for recyclables. The second part of the workshop covered practical recycling tips, such as creative storage options for recyclables at municipal facilities, baling versus loose recyclables, and answering resident questions.

NRRA "Recycling with Results" 2021 Conference Day Two

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.  

Recycling 101: Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire

What is the current state of municipal recycling and solid waste management in New Hampshire? What does the future hold for municipal budgets with respect to recycling and solid waste? Is recycling still worthwhile for New Hampshire municipalities?

Resource Recycling: Collective Action

The below article was first published in the January 2021 issue of Resource Recycling magazine, the leading national magazine focused on residential recycling, and is available in the online flip edition format

Over 100 communities in the Northeast U.S. work together to move recovered glass to two downstream outlets.

HB 617 Recycling & Solid Waste Study Committee - Testimony & Report

In the fall of 2019, the New Hampshire HB 617 Recycling & Solid Waste Study Committee held fourteen hearings to study how the State can assist municipalities during challenging recycling markets following China's National Sword.  NRRA’s Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, actively participated in these hearings and testified multiple times, along with some NRRA members.  The committee’s extensive final report was issued on November 1, 2019. 

NRRA's recycling markets testimony and the final report are included in this resource.  

Update to Best Management Practices for Recycling Facilities During COVID-19

Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, met virtually with Dr. Ben Locwin, an expert on infectious disease epidemiology, for a much-anticipated second webinar to discuss COVID-19 best management practices for recycling and solid waste facilities.  Dr.

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.

We Need to Think About Clothing Differently

Our clothing, shoe and other textile waste that ends up in landfills has increased 300% since 1990 and it’s not getting any better. In fact, it's getting worse. With "fast fashion" becoming the new way for retail giants to increase profits and manufacturing of our clothing being sent to developing countries, we need to change the way we think about our clothing. It's no longer whether we should donate or recycle our clothing, it's how.

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