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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.  

Processed Glass Aggregate Specifications and Approved Uses by State - New England

Summary of Specifications and Approved Uses of Processed Glass Aggregate
In New England - Environmental and Transportation Agencies
 

Wondering how the specifications and uses for processed glass aggregate (crushed recycled glass) vary from state to state in New England?  Did you know that the requirements not only differ by state, but also by state agency? 

Transfer Station Operator Classroom Presentation Outline

This document is a presentation outline for Transfer Station Operators to use when hosting a school group tour.

Processed Glass Aggregate Survey Report

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association is publishing a report summarizing examples of processed glass aggregate (PGA) use throughout the Northeast.  In June of 2020, NRRA launched a survey to collect examples of PGA use.  The survey garnered a total of 18 participants from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Vermont. Among the survey respondents, most indicated they used PGA for municipal projects with few having used it in private projects. There were no examples of PGA use in a state project.

Overview of Composting Laws and Regulations in New Hampshire

This information was developed as a resource for the September 20, 2019 Food Waste Diversion webinar that NRRA co-presented. 

Key Composting Laws and Regulations in New Hampshire

In the 1990s, New Hampshire took three key actions to divert waste from landfills:

COVID-19 Resources for Vermont Communities

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. For answers to questions and requests about Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP)
requirements due to COVID-19 and the Vermont State of Emergency:

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources COVID-19 Solid Waste Implementation Plan Guidance

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Dept of Environmental Conservation COVID-19 Solid Waste Guidance for Facilities Managers and the General Public:

COVID-19 Resources for New Hampshire Communities

In an effort to keep up-to-date with evolving guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHDES’ Solid Waste Management Bureau (SWMB) has updated its list of resources relevant to the management of solid waste during the pandemic. The document now includes recently-released guidance from the CDC specific to the waste management and recycling industry, as well as other resources from national and regional organizations. 

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.”

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