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!


33RD Annual Conference Huge Success!

Once again, the entire staff at NRRA has pulled off another outstanding conference.  While not easy to find the extra hours throughout the year, somehow it all gets done.  There will be more on the conference in the upcoming FOS issues, so stay tuned.  All of the great workshop presentations can be viewed on line by clicking HERE.  To see some of the great pictures taken at the conference click HERE.

Below we would like to highlight two of the many deserving award winners who were recognized.

NRRA Presents Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award

Receiving the Sami Izzo Award for the NRRA 2014 Recycler of the Year, Dennis Patnoe of Lancaster, NH., is shown below with NRRA Member Service Representative Marilyn Weir and NRRA Board President Duncan Watson.

Dennis Patnoe-Sami Izzo

Pictured L-R:  Mike Durfor, Marilyn Weir, Dennis Patnoe, Duncan Watson

NRRA presents this award each year in remembrance of Sami Izzo who passed away in 2001.  Sami was a high energy, multi-talented individual who was known for her contributions to the world of waste reduction and recycling.  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.

Dennis has been the Lancaster Transfer Station Supervisor for over 15 years.  He thoroughly enjoys working with and helping the public with their recycling and solid waste. Dennis was instrumental in getting PAYT passed in Lancaster in 1999, and this resulted in a reduction of MSW from 1,550 to 505 tons and an increase in recycling tonnages from 516 to 900 tons in the first full year!  The transfer station has also recently achieved vast improvements to its facility.  There are now 3 vertical balers, 13 storage trailers (so full loads of commodities are marketed every time), new MSW and demolition control rooms and new recycling collection tables. Dennis’s dedication is far-reaching beyond Lancaster’s 63% recycling rate.  He has served on the NRRA Board of Trustees for the past 12 years, provided invaluable assistance to other recycling facilities on the NRRA Solid Waste Advisory Team (SWAT) and participates in our Member Operations Marketing Committee Meetings in Epsom.  In his spare time, Dennis puts in over 300 hours of electrical work each summer at the Lancaster Fairgrounds!  Congratulations Dennis!

NH the Beautiful Presents First Annual Environmental Stewardship Award

Beginning this year, New Hampshire the Beautiful created a new Environmental Stewardship Award to be awarded annually.

The first recipient is Gerry Cornett from New Boston, NH, shown below with John Dumais, Ray Dube, and Larry Melanson from NH the Beautiful, Inc.

Pictured L-R: John Dumais, Ray Dube, Larry Melanson, Mike Durfor, Gerry Cornett

The Environmental Stewardship Award has been 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.  Gerry is the Transfer Station Manager in New Boston, and in 2010 he hatched a plan with Principal Rick Mathews that is run and owned by the school’s students.  The New Boston Central School recycling program is now in its 4th year and continues to be an excellent tool for educating the future generations of recyclers!  The recyclables are processed at the Transfer Station, and revenues generated are paid back to the school for the students to vote on how the funds are spent.  The school recycling rate is in excess of 50%, and the food from the school goes to a local pig farm.  Gerry, with the help of the school’s student council, art students, staff, teachers, facilities and food service, developed a collection program, bought and painted a truck, and started hauling student sorted loads.  Today, the program is self-sustaining, sharing revenues with the transfer station, saving the school hauling costs, developing scholarships for students, and creating a culture that supports recycling and future generations of environmental leaders.  No one better epitomizes the dedication and commitment to future generations of recyclers than New Hampshire the Beautiful’s 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award winner, Gerry Cornett.  Congratulations Gerry!

Watch for more Conference updates in the next FOS on July 2nd.




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