Recycling & Solid Waste Study Committee (HB 617) Testimony

The NH State Recycling and Solid Waste Committee is studying the challenges facing municipalities in the current recycling markets.  Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, testified before the committee several times, as did a few NRRA members.  The Committee is very interested in hearing directly from more municipalities at two upcoming meetings.  This Document provides NRRA's testimony.  

Is Recycling Still Worthwhile In New Hampshire?

Join Reagan Bissonnette, Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association-the nation's oldest recycling cooperative-for an informative discussion about the economics of the current recycling markets. Reagan will cover the basics of what has happened and what the future portends for recycling, composting, and trash.
If you have input into or manage any part of a municipal budget-including town administrators, planners, selectboard members, and clerks-this session will prove valuable for you.

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Programs) Packet #9-Reusing & Repackaging

The last NRRA SHIP brings us to Sesame Street where we join Murray and Ovejita at the recycling center to learn about  what happens to plastic after it gets recycled (K-3). Students continue to explore how they can reduce waste by making the perfect compost recipe and how earthworms convert garbage into compost (4-6).

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #8-Sorting Recyclables & Composting

As NRRA's SHIP embarks on its eighth week, the cargo bay is busting out with trash bags even though we have been reducing and recycling our waste as much as possible during this journey. The food waste is astronomical! Can we load it into a space ship and shoot it into the universe rather than dump it into the sea? NRRA's Chef Suzette says, "No!" and tells us about her friend's ( alternative - composting in a bag (K-3):

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #7-Protecting Groundwater

The seventh voyage of NRRA's SHIP reveals how hazardous substances in household products can enter the environment if they are improperly used or disposed. Students begin the journey by tracing the way household hazardous waste enters the environment, recognizing how their homes are connected to the environment (K-3).

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #5-Warning Words & Labels

NRRA's SHIP continues navigating the polluted waters spawned from improper disposal of household hazardous waste. We start with learning the signal words (caution, warning, danger) (4-6) and/or visual symbols (7-8) that indicate the presence of hazardous substances in consumer products. Demonstration, singing, safety sign bingo (K-3), toilet paper roll kaleidoscopes (4-6) and discussions all help us identify products that contain hazardous substances. Certain information must appear on hazardous product labels.

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #4-Hazardous Homes

All aboard as NRRA's SHIP Captain commands green cleaning techniques for swabbing the deck. The first step to implementing the green cleaning protocol is to discuss the meaning of the word 'hazardous' (4-6). The next step is to inventory the cleaning products on board and map the location of these products from bow to stern (7-8). For entertainment, comedian Scott The Recycle Guy, shares his fact-finding hazardous waste missions (4-6). NRRA's parting gift for SHIP #4 is "Toxic Showdown" (Art by Mark Bennett.

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #3-Packaging & Nonrenewable Resources

NRRA's third SHIP voyage continues to explore packaging as we head toward Sweden to learn how to turn garbage into energy (4-6). The fun activities scheduled for this journey include making ice cream in a bag (7-8), and bowling on deck using plastic bottles as the bowling pins (K-3)! The lessons learned on this voyage reveal that natural resources are limited and investigate how long our natural resources will last. Students will compare estimated life expectancies of some nonrenewable natural resources (9-12).

SHIP (Supporting Home Instruction Program) Packet #2-Litter, Food Waste and Packaging

NRRA's SHIP Lessons have left the dock for a second voyage. On this voyage, NRRA explores the differences between human-made and natural litter by taking a litter walk (K-3) when we pull into our first island port. After lunch, students measure and categorize their lunch waste and reveal all the things being thrown away (4-6).  On the return voyage, students discuss how some types of packaging are better for the environment than others and analyze their waste producing habits in order to begin changing them (9-12 ).