The NRRA is a non-profit 501(c) organization that provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance, and cooperative marketing programs. NRRA has received national recognition for establishing innovative grassroots recyclables marketing cooperatives with competitive pricing which enable small, rural and large urban communities to manage their own recycling programs!


NRRA Training Workshop:  “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, The Workshop 1.0

Friday October 23, 2015  8:30-12:00 Noon

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auditoriumWe are expecting a full house!  This informative training workshop will be held in the NHDES Auditorium on the main floor at NHDES at Hazen Drive in Concord. NRRA will present a full 2.5- 3 hour training session which will count for Certification credits. Those whose credentials will expire by 12/31/2015 will be given first priority. Member and Non-Members alike can attend and credit certificates will be issued by NRRA for attendees to present to NHDES.  Topics to be covered include the “New Normal” of Recycling Markets, “Talkin’ Trash 3.0” – Current MSW numbers and Contract Negotiations, Basic Operator Best Management Practices- From Permits to Plastics to PGA, and “Burn Piles” How Should they be Handled”. Compost anyone?

This workshop will cover a wide range of current topics to help keep operators both new and experienced in the “loop” on the current state of transfer stations. There is a $25 fee to cover the morning check in and supplies.  We must have a minimum of 50 registrants. This workshop is being offered solely by NRRA, all questions and/or registrations must come to the NRRA Office.  To register, call or email Stacey Morrison at info@nrra.net or 736-4401 ext. 20.  Click Here to download the registration form.  You can fax or email the registration form directly to Stacey.  All registrations must be received no later than October 19th.




emeraldMay 16 and 17, 2016! NRRA announces it 35th Anniversary Emerald Jubilee Conference …..“It’s Not Easy Being GREEN!!”.

We are moving south from Manchester to Nashua, NH. The Castle is rolling out the emerald carpet for this very special, first in the nation conference and exposition. Stay tuned, as we ramp up even earlier than usual with workshop proposals and exhibit opportunities that cannot be missed. Once we go live for registration I encourage all to Kermit Its Not Easy Being Green Conference Logosign up early to take advantage of the Early …Early Bird Discounts and the Special Value Package. The line-up for next spring will include Nationally Recognized Experts in this ever changing field and as usual, NRRA will be leading the way with the most up to date and cutting edge information you can use. You won’t want to miss this historic event!  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!


NRRA’s 34th Annual Conference and Expo

2015 NRRA Conference Announcement PicOur 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo was another huge success!   With 21 informative and engaging workshops and speakers, including workshops geared to school recycling education and over 60 exhibitors, this conference had it all!!  Stay tuned for more details! We will soon be posting the conference award winners!

Each year the NRRA Annual Conference and Expo brings together members, exhibitors, sponsors and students of the environment of all ages to learn from each other and to share their dedication to recycling. This year over 625 attendees gathered over the two days to attend cutting edge workshops and even sort through some Trash! Thanks to all of the great sponsors and exhibitors and especially to NH the Beautiful for its generous support of the 6th Annual School Conference Within a Conference!

An important component of the conference each year is recognition of the achievement of many dedicated recyclers who work tirelessly throughout the year to make this world a better place. Below are just two of this year’s award winners.  To see the entire list of awards and winners (including the School Recycling Awards) click HERE.

Pictured: 2015 Sami Izzo Award Winner, Steve Bennett from Loudon (center) with Marilyn Weir, NRRA Member Services (left) and his wife, Cheryl Bennett (right)

Pictured: 2015 Sami Izzo Award Winner, Steve Bennett from Loudon (center) with Marilyn Weir, NRRA Member Services (left) and his wife, Cheryl Bennett (right)

This year, NRRA is very pleased to present the 2015 Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award to Steve Bennett, Transfer Station Manager in Loudon, NH.  This Award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.

Steve Bennett has been the Transfer Station Manager in Loudon NH for 12 years, and during that time has been the “above and beyond” kind of operator. He has always been “willing and excited” to help on the NRRA Solid Waste Advisory Team (SWAT) which included creating traffic flow diagrams and suggested facility layouts for fellow operators. (PIC) He also embraced new ideas as in the NRRA Consolidation program – analyzing each idea and change to make sure it was the right thing for his Town. To Read the Full Press Release, click HERE.

Paul Colburn NHtB Stewardship Award 2This year also saw the Second Annual New Hampshire the Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Award presentation.  This year’s recipient is Paul Colburn, Recycling Coordinator in Walpole, NH.

The Environmental Stewardship Award was created by the NHtB Board to recognize a dedicated transfer facility professional who goes above and beyond their facility recycling responsibilities and engages their entire community in better recycling for a better future. Most importantly, the NHtB Board wants to recognize that extra and most rewarding effort that reaches out to that community within the community, the local school.

Paul Colburn is an environmental steward in his everyday life as well as in his passion for recycling.

He is well respected by his peers in the industry for his knowledge of recycling markets and for sharing that knowledge with other operators at the monthly NRRA M.O.M. meetings and at the monthly Cheshire County Group meetings.

He keeps an eye on the bottom line at the Recycling Facility, reducing expenses when possible and assuring the best revenues for the Town’s valuable commodities. In 2014, the Recycling Center received nearly $179,000 in revenue! Paul applies on a regular basis to NH the Beautiful for equipment grant money, free signs and to DES for Used Oil grants. To Read the Full Press Release, Click HERE.

Congratulations to Steve, Paul and all of this year’s award winners!!



PGA (Processed Glass Aggregate) VIDEO AVAILABLE!!

On April 30th, 2015,  NRRA and the Town of Wakefield met to discuss PGA and the role of Wakefield as an NRRA PGA Host Site.

Glass to Glass Recycling was the most popular way of recycling glass in the 80’s, 90’s and in early 2000.

Currently only 3 NH communities do glass to glass recycling; all other communities are either bringing the glass to PGA Host Sites, including glass in single stream or commingled containers, crushing on their own sites for local use or using as landfill cover.

In 2014 alone, 5,700 tons of glass was delivered to the 7 NRRA PGA Host Sites to be processed into aggregate.

The 6 sites in NH are Goffstown, Hopkinton, Keene, Littleton, New London and Wakefield and there is one in Springfield, VT.

Once crushed, the glass is used as road and sidewalk base or in drainage projects as a crushed gravel substitute.

This Video was sponsored by NH The Beautiful and, although a few years old, is still pertinent today.

Note: Porcelain sinks and toilets (with hardware removed) CAN be included in with the glass jars and bottles.

 *Note* If you’re having trouble viewing the video clip above, try following this link:  https://youtu.be/rHBMOXReYok


VT E-Cycles & GPR Independent Plan

Vermont Electronics Moving Ahead!

Printminute manThe Good Point Recycling Independent Plan and the State Standard Plan are cooperating fully as they get ready for the new Program Year starting October 1, 2014.  All EW Locations who wish to be in either or both programs must sign new MOU’s for the upcoming period and must register on the RETRAC site for the State of Vermont. NRRA is encouraging all locations to sign both MOU’s and register for Both Plans so that your location can be served by either. Administratively the State Standard Plan is being handled by NCER and NERC whose contact information is HERE. The GPR Independent Plan is the same as last year and the contact for this is HERE. NRRA is encouraging all locations to register and sign both MOU’s which will eliminate any confusion in this new program year.  To download the 2015 GPR Independent Plan MOU Click HERE.  To Download the NERC/State Standard Plan MOU Click HERE.




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