Solid Waste

NRRA "Recycling with Results" 2021 Conference Day One

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?

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.

Event Waste Reduction: Styling Your Event Recycling Plan

 Investigate all the options for zero waste event training programs that expand beyond NRRA's present RecycleMobile program. This includes access to NRRA’s Can Cage aluminum recycling program, additional container approaches, and basic training on how to plan for better materials purchasing and incorporating composting at events. Planning ahead is the most effective tool in reducing waste at special events. What you learn today can be used before, during and after your event.

Tricks of the Trade

This panel of operators shared tricks of the trade in the ever-changing recycling facility world. We gathered some of our member operators to find answers to the questions of: What safety practices work at your facility in this new normal of COVID-19? What ways do you communicate new recycling specs to the public? How do you best convince your town budget to approve what you need? How do you maximize recycling separation with limited space at your facility? What can you do to make your plastics and paper recycling programs worth more?

Extended Producer Responsibility

What is the New England region doing about Extended Producer Responsibility for the end of a life of a product? Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this webinar to discuss these issues. Terri Goldberg is the Executive Director of the Northeast Waste Management Official's Association and Megan Pryor is an Environmental Specialist with the Maine DEP, Div. of Materials Management.

Medical Waste: Needles, Pharmaceuticals, Vaping and More

Needlestick injuries expose us to bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other viruses. Traces of antibiotics found in river and lake water samples are shifting the delicate balance of aquatic ecosystems. Nicotine (among other toxic substances) in e-cigarettes, vape pens, and cartridges are considered hazardous waste. Vape batteries can start landfill and transfer station fires. What about other items such as inhaler cartridges, epi-pens, needle storage devices?

The 6th R: Cultivating a Culture of Repair

Repair Café events are an empowering response to throw-away society, re-creating a culture that values reuse and repair over disposal. In two Vermont communities, Repair Cafés tap into locals’ knowledge to reduce waste by fixing broken or damaged items that would otherwise be thrown away. This recorded webinar will explore the Repair Café model, lessons learned, community partnerships, nuts and bolts of hosting a repair event, and the broader context of the right to repair movement.

Legislative Updates

This recorded panel webinar covers updates from Vermont’s recycling, composting, product stewardship, and waste reduction initiatives as well as Environmental Producer Responsibility stewardship legislation in Massachusetts.

Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this webinar to discuss these issues. Cathy Jamieson is a Solid Waste Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Ariela Lovett is a Legislative Analyst with the MA Municipal Association.

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