2012 Workshop Descriptions

Monday, June 4th, 2012

9:15am ~ 10:15am

Keynote Address

“Beyond Sustainability” – Regenerative Communities, Resilience Thinking & What All This Means for the Recycling Road Ahead
Mark Lichtenstein, President The National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

You may or may not have heard about sustainable materials management (SMM); nevertheless, there are key trends at play in the field of sustainability that, if understood, will help guide the future of recycling and the refinement of SMM approaches. This keynote will explore these trends and related topics.

Mark Lichtenstein is serving an unprecedented fourth term as the President of the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. In addition, he is the Executive Director of the SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions (at Syracuse University). Lichtenstein also serves the U.S. EPA’s Region 2 and has been appointed as the facilitator of the newly formed Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership Council and the U.S. Virgin Island Recycling Partnership Council.


11:00am ~ 12:00pm

Single Stream Recycling – The Untold Story of Real Residue Rates
Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute

Tuesday’s Keynote Speaker and National Expert Susan V. Collins will address the importance of preserving material quality and avoiding cross-contamination that has become a common theme in many recent technical reports on recycling. The Container Recycling Institute’s (CRI) website features over a dozen reports and articles about the issue of quality problems with single-stream recycling collection and processing. The additional losses after materials leave the MRF can be up to twice as large as the MRF residue rate. Whether you are in favor of single stream or prefer the multi-source separation approach you will find this workshop packed with up-to-date data so you can decide which approach is best for your community!


Glass: The Present & Future of Processed Glass Aggregate (PGA)
Richard Lee, New London, NH
Ivar Martin, Ivar Martin Portable Crushing Services
Paul Gildersleeve, NH DES

Glass recycling has changed significantly over the years. Essentially gone are the days of color- separated, glass-to-glass recycling and here are the days of making an aggregate material from glass jars and bottles, etc. Renewed interest from local and state officials means PGA is back in the spotlight again. Learn about the process, its present-day uses and ways it may be able to be used in the future.


The Effects of Instituting a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) Program
Chip Chesley, City of Concord, NH

Recently, the City of Concord, NH started a PAYT program in an effort to manage rising
solid waste disposal costs. The effects of the program are now being seen. Solid Waste is down 40% and recycling has increased by over 70%. If you or your community has considered, or is interested in pursuing such a program, come learn about this success story.


1:30pm ~ 2:30pm

Exploring a Core Tenant of SMM: An Open Discussion about Improving the Economy through Value-Added Approaches
Mark Lichtenstein, The National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

Building off the morning’s keynote on Sustainable Materials Management (SMM), this session will be a facilitated discussion about job creation through recycling, including the importance of “place-based” and regional initiatives.


Vermont’s E-Cycles Operator Training: Lessons for Electronics Collectors Everywhere
Norm Staunton, Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) , VT E-Cycles

After a year of work and approaching 4 million pounds of electronics collected, NRRA, the Association of Vermont Recyclers, Good Point Recycling and all of our Vermont Collection Locations have learned a number of lessons about the safe, efficient, and effective collection of Electronic Waste. We had to. The program collected a little over six pounds per person in the first year alone. This program was originally designed for Vermont E-Cycles Operators and is offered now to all NRRA Conference participants as a way of sharing what we learned in Vermont and gathering wisdom from other states.


Turning Waste into a Value-Added Product
Bob Jacquier, Laurelbrook Farm, East Canaan, CT

Laurelbrook Farm and local schools work together to improve their communities. The
purpose of the collaboration between the farm and the schools is to combine organic waste streams together, to responsibly treat and handle the products. The school waste is collected every day and delivered to Laurelbrook’s compost facility to be processed. At
Laurelbrook, the organics are composted and screened before sold back to the community. The many community and environmental benefits of this partnership will be discussed.


3:00pm ~ 4:30pm

Single Stream Roundtable

Have you or your community been talking about single stream recycling? Have you been
talking about it for a few years and it’s time to finally decide? Do you need one last piece
of information to make up your mind? Well, here’s a chance to ask away. No holds barred from our expert panel. In a new format this year, we take the single stream debate to an open floor format where YOU ask the questions. Come discuss your thoughts or simply stop by to hear industry players present the latest and greatest information in what has become a hot button issue in New England. No question will go unanswered and no one will leave without a chance to express their opinion. Single stream markets – up or down? Baled or loose? The future of single stream? Come and participate as everyone shares their perspective on this on-going and fascinating

Drop-off Facility Roundtable

BACK by popular demand is our moderated, free-form discussion of all things recycling and solid waste related. Join us as operations, economics, safety, consolidation, equipment, plastics, electronics, and of course markets are discussed in a moderated open session. It’s all fair-game as we let all attendees share their points of view. Sometimes the best ideas come from sharing of your on-the-ground experience. NRRA is pleased to provide this “open mic” for all participants.


Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

9:00am ~ 10:00am

The EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge
Chris Beling, U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Rian Bedard, EcoMovement
Gwen Lyons-Baker, Central VT Solid Waste District
Christine Schwartz, Bates College

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge tasks participants to
identify their food waste and reduce as much of it as possible by using a hierarchy while saving money, helping communities and protecting the environment. Learn to redefine food waste into a valuable resource- hence the name Food RECOVERY challenge.


Customer Service at the Transfer Station or…How to make each visit “Special”
Marc Morgan, WinCycle, Inc.
Diane Boyce, Town of Hooksett
Scott Bradford, Town of Peterborough

Recently, a resident in Iowa lost their IPhone 4 in the trash. Thanks to some fast acting Solid Waste Employees, it was found. How would you have responded to this resident? There is nothing more personal than a person’s trash. A great deal of trust is placed into the hands of individuals managing our waste. This session will show how to provide excellent customer service to all who visit your facility. It will help you with techniques for dealing with that difficult resident, the one that always has suggestions and the many that seem to have forgotten how to read. The work that we do is all about service to the customer. Come learn about creating that “front porch” image for your facility.


Dismantling Metals: Ferrous & Non-Ferrous
John Hickey, Schnitzer Northeast
Joe Bernhardt, Schnitzer Northeast

Metals separation at municipal recycling facilities is a growing trend. Join us as two
experts address metal grading and where you’re bound to get the most “bang for your buck” with regard to separation. Should your facility be separating metals?


11:00am ~ 12:00pm

Challenges of Rural Recycling
Jim Frey, Resource Recycling Systems

Let’s face it, rural recycling is challenging. Rural communities are hampered by low population, available tax base, limited personnel, budgets, low-density housing and little commercial development. Our case study presentation of Emmet County, Michigan is an example of a community that is not only thriving but expanding their range of services. We will discuss the innovative ways the County has tackled financial, education, outreach and operational issues in providing a comprehensive set of services to their small set of residents and businesses.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection in New Hampshire
Jackie Albanese, NRRA

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) is conducting a feasibility study for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection in NH. HHW includes oil-based paints, pesticides, antifreeze, etc. Proper disposal of HHW is important for both human and environmental health. The study will produce a plan that will increase HHW collection in NH, improve cost savings and increase participation in HHW collection.


Materials Handling 101: What Goes Into the Waste Stream & How Does It Shape the System?
Michael Simpson, Antioch University, Keene, NH

Learn about the relationship between material specifications, markets, and how they drive the design of material handling systems. Municipal Solid Waste, Construction and Demolition Waste, Electronic Waste and all Recyclable Materials have a processing system of one form or another. This will be one for those looking to think critically about the ways their systems are designed. You are encouraged to share your on-the-job ideas with this expert in how materials systems work.


1:30pm ~2:30pm

Closing Remarks

Recycling Jobs -Now & in the Future
Susan Collins, Executive Director Container Recycling Institute

Executive Director Susan V. Collins will address the promising future of increased employment by virtue of increased recycling. This is a win-win to look forward to as we leave our conference, “Being Greener, the Road to Success!” Founded in 1991, CRI’s mission is to make North America a global model for the collection and quality recycling of packaging materials. CRI produces authoritative research, studies impacts of packaging reuse and recycling systems, and creates national networks for mutual progress. Ms. Collins has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for 20 years. Ms. Collins leads research projects for CRI and works with environmental organizations, activists, state and federal governments throughout the U.S. and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. Ms. Collins co-developed and co-teaches a course in Extended Producer Responsibility through the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) training and certification program.

While a consultant, she assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. She served on four California (state-wide) recycling advisory groups. Ms. Collins is currently a board member of the National Recycling Coalition, and previously served on the Board of the CRRA for nine years. She also received the CRRA service award in 2009.

School Workshops

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

9:00am ~ 10:00am

Green Teams
Tanya Ackerman & Erin Falabella, Bicentennial Elementary School, & Patte Sarausky, B.E.S.

Educate your students, staff, and community on being green. Have your green team analyze recycling, as well as water and energy use, by completing audits from Project Learning Tree, the Presidential Energy Program and the NRRA School CLUB’s Team Earth Challenge. Learn about how school events can really educate and motivate your students. Sample contests, handouts and hands-on activities will be available.

School Composting
Bob Jacquier, Laurelbrook Farm, East Canaan, CT

Bob runs Laurelbrook Farm’s compost facility,processing 80 cubic yards of solid waste produced by the farm each day, while working cooperatively with local schools to divert and compost their food scraps and other organic material. There are many environmental and community benefits to this relationship.

Increasing Your School’s Recycling Rate & Operational Efficiencies to Save $$$
Marty Seaman, Resource Recycling Systems

Increased recycling and sustainability efforts on university campuses are increasingly in high demand from students and staff. Many universities struggle to find the balance as they work to achieve the University’s sustainability goals with the administrative and operating costs of improving campus environmental programs. Through a case study, we found that for all universities a few constant variables are at work to ensure a successful and sustainable waste reduction program.This presentation will look at two different universities grappling with these issues as they work to fulfill sustainability goals with a mindful eye on their operating budget.

10:00 am ~ 11:00 am


Trash on the Lawn Day (TOLD) is NRRA and AVR’s thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement while fostering student leadership by literally sorting a day’s worth of waste “On the Lawn”. TOLDs often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management. For the Conference, NRRA and AVR present a “Mini-TOLD” demonstration to show students, teachers, administrators and waste managers how to conceive and execute a TOLD at a school in your community.

11:00 am ~ 12:00 pm

Zero Waste Central
Gwen Lyons-Baker, CVSWMD & Gerry Cornett, New Boston, NH Transfer Station

Gwen will cover all aspects of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s School Zero Waste Program, including program development and implementation, current operations, upcoming initiatives and partnership development. Hear from Gerry, how building partnerships between schools and transfer stations can save and even produce revenue.

Marine Debris: A Hands-on Approach to Learning about Local Issues
Perrin Chick, Seacoast Science Center & Jennifer Kennedy, Blue Ocean Society

The media has done a good job of informing us about the Great Pacific Trash Gyre and the problems associated with it. Did you know that there is a marine debris issue much closer to home? Join this truly hands-on session to learn about what has been found in our local waters and on our local beaches. The session will begin with an engaging game that illustrates just how long it takes to breakdown our trash. This is an activity you will want to replicate. Resources and handouts will be available for those who want to make a difference and help teach others about problems associated with plastics in our oceans.

Green Cleaning & Chemicals for Schools
Charen Fegard, Association of VT Recyclers (AVR)

Participants investigate household and school toxins, primarily cleaning chemicals. They will learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of them and how to make or find safer alternatives for home and school applications. Appropriate for all ages with hands-on activities. Charen, AVR’s Program Coordinator, provides Green Cleaning and Indoor Air Quality technical assistance to schools across New England.

12:00 pm ~ 2:30 pm
Lunch, School Recycling Awards & Closing Remarks

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