Recycling

The Messy Truth about Students and Their Garbage

On average, students produce 1.5 pounds of waste every single day. What does that mean? Well for example, a high school with 535 students did a waste composition study and calculated their waste generation to be 72 tons/year. This is equal to (on average) five and a half school buses!

Food: Too Good to Waste

Imagine buying 5 bags of groceries. On your way out of the store, you dump 2 of them directly in the trash. This is the reality for Americans, who waste roughly 40% of food produced for consumption. School cafeterias are no exception, but it doesn't have to be that way! This recorded webinar will outline the wasted food crisis, model methods for measuring wasted cafeteria food, and provide tangible solutions.

The Battery of Things: Lithium Battery Safety

The "Internet of Things" will add 40 billion connected devices in the next 5 years, including drones, e-scooters, e-bicycles, and more, many of which will be powered by lithium batteries. These potentially combustible batteries will end up at northeast waste facilities and businesses, and require new training, packaging, and recycling methods. This recorded webinar will include best safety, storage, and transportation practices, featuring new solutions, like CellBlockEX, a recycled glass granule that extinguishes lithium fires. Prepare your facility for the future of batteries.

Optimizing Our Recycling Education and Outreach Efforts

 Want to be a recycling hero in your community? Learn simple tips & tricks for optimizing your recycling education and outreach efforts in this recorded webinar. With the average attention span just 8 seconds –reaching residents, customers, and students with important recycling information is challenging. Most people believe they know how to recycle – yet our recycling contamination rates demonstrate otherwise. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will share best practices from their statewide recycling initiative- Recycle Smart MA.

Recycling Markets Update

 

Do you have questions about the current recycling market after the Chinese recycling ban and changes since COVID-19?

Recycling markets collapsed when the Chinese government announced a ban on imports of many recyclables.  How have domestic markets responded?  What do raw material markets look for from suppliers?  Learn how markets are trending and how you can improve your standing with those markets today.

Refill Not Landfill

For years, we have focused on recycling as the way to manage our ever changing waste stream. The industry has done a wonderful job finding new ways to use our waste in products. The Solid Waste Hierarchy gives guidance as to how we should approach waste management decisions. The first two concepts are “reduce and reuse”. It is time we take a hard look at these methods for managing waste and how they fit into an integrated waste management system in this recorded webinar. The City of Lebanon started an outreach campaign in 2018 that focused on reuse.

BMPs for Managing eWaste at NH Transfer Stations

 Tara Albert, the SWOT Coordinator at New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services, discussed electronic waste management at solid waste transfer stations in NH in this recorded webinar. Listen to the state’s definition of electronic waste and how it differs from that of their vendor; and how that definition determines compliance with the law. She reviewed best management practices on making ewaste collection work at your facility; how to market the items that your facility collects regularly; and tips on choosing the right vendor and why.

Science Cafe New Hampshire: Recycling and Waste Management

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. 

Let's Talk Trash - Solid Waste Challenges Facing Municipalities

Nearly 100 New Hampshire House representatives and members of the public attended this continuing education event with more watching via live stream.  Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, spoke about the current recycling markets and whether recycling is still worthwhile in New Hampshire.  Below is the agenda for the full event, including the times each section was addressed in the video recording.  

  1. Introduction

    Rep. Karen Ebel, Deputy Speaker of the House

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