Solid Waste

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

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 Facilities 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 update it regularly as information is shared. 

The State of Recycling Markets in New Hampshire

The March/April 2020 issue of the New Hampshire Municipal Association's Town and City magazine featured a cover story by NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette.  This article explains in detail the state of recycling markets in New Hampshire.  

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.

Town & Gown

Town & Gown – A Recycling Cooperative demonstrates how towns and schools can partner to save on recycling and waste disposal by pooling resources, creating revenue and training the next green generation. (0.75 hour/credit)

T.O.L.D. – Trash On the Lawn Day

A thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under The NRRA School Recycling CLUB’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan.

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