FULL OF SCRAP – Week of 1/10/11

Snow Alert for WednesdayWe will send out an email on Tuesday at NOON to notify of any MOM Meeting Cancellation. Please note: if it snows always call the office before coming to NRRA for the meeting 800-223-0150.

Reminders:
Members Operations Marketing (MOM) Meeting: Wednesday, January 12th at 9:30AM at the NRRA Offices.

Special Presentation – Aggraphalt and Gypsum Recycling: Tom Kane of CPRC and Adam Tasker from Wolfeboro Transfer Facility- Start your year off right with an informative discussion of this excellent program!

Don Maurer of NHDES will share some of his priceless recycling perspective and Sara Nichols of RCAP Solutions will give brief introduction of her Pay as You Throw program efforts.

NRRA offices will be closed Monday, January 17th. Please plan your loads accordingly.

From the Director’s Chair

Thank You 2010!!! Hello 2011!!

Hopefully everyone had a peaceful holiday period and is now fully charged for a new year. NRRA is off and running with a full schedule for the year starting off with a MOM meeting on 1/12/2011, an Aggraphalt discussion immediately following MOM Meeting and the first full Board of Trustees meeting of 2011. Be sure to attend the MOM presentation if you can, or look for the summary to be posted on the newly designed website where you can find the previous MOM presentations, “Full Circle” newsletters, and archives of the “Full of Scrap”. We hope our new website (still under construction) will be easier to navigate as we have been adding more and more good information each month.

As we start the New Year there are a couple of items we need to relay. For the most part, our vendors and NRRA have been able to hold or reduce pricing for existing programs. Two programs showing a minor increase this year are the Full Spec C&D program and the PGA glass crushing program. Both of these excellent programs will see a very minor increase of $2 per ton after over two years of holding the line.

A special request to all our loyal members; when leaving a message be sure and include your name, facility name, and/or phone number. As much as we are pretty good detectives here, when one of us is out sick it makes it a little hard if we cannot easily recognize the voice on the answering system. Thanks for helping out.

Last but not least as we all turn over new leafs and adopt resolutions, Bills of Lading are becoming even more critically important to every load being moved from member facilities. Before any town material leaves your facility it should be covered by a basic description and should always have a driver signature and date even if it is being picked up when the facility is closed. Over the past year there have been numerous times when a Bill of Lading has guaranteed a member full payment for their materials when without it there would have been a much more difficult discussion. Please do let us know when you run out and make sure to get that driver signature before anything leaves.

Do you know what happened at NRRA on December 10, 2007??

NRRA shipped their 1st export load. It was a mixed paper load out of BCEP and weighed 22.13 tons!!!

Market Comments from Adam Clark – Buyers Acting BONKERS

Hello and Happy New Year to ya….

Quick market update here…Fibers remain quite stable with just a $5 drop on OCC for January being seen.  All other grades remain in healthy demand and I wouldn’t hesitate to keep shipping loads out as you have them ready in this market.  Good prices, quick movement, happy operators! Call for quotes.

Scrap Metal is on its way up yet again with a fairly good size jump seen this week.  Delivered/containerized material is now fetching $270/gross ton while picked up pricing numbers are up as well.

I’m seeing big interest in Plastics these days with buyers acting BONKERS for loads of PETE.  I’ve never seen a market this high for PETE in 5 years.  Call for quotes on this as well as HDPE and #1-7 loads.  Hopefully if these prices remain in the plastics market, we’ll be seeing some movement in commingled pricing early this year.  For reference, baseline plastic rates are below but actual rates may be considerably higher.

HDPE NATURAL = $.315/lb
HDPE MIXED COLOR = $.19/lb
PETE = $.18/lb

Lastly, Aluminum and Steel Cans are on their way up as well.  I got an email late last week indicating one-stop, 40k lb loads of aluminum cans going are going for $.86/lb which speaks well for that market in all its various forms. Steel can loads are also on the up and up with those big, heavy one stop loads fetching around $350/gross ton.  Look for movement in the delivered and light load markets for these as well.

For reference, delivered Schnitzer pricing is as follows…Call to discuss your options!

Loose Steel Cans = $230/gross ton
Baled Steel Cans = $235/gross ton
Loose Aluminum Cans = $.64/lb
Baled Aluminum Cans = $.68/lb

Well that’s it for now…have a good week! …Adam

Freon Recovery Special through NRRA

NRRA’s Freon Recovery Vendor, Interstate Refrigerant Recovery, Inc. reduced pricing offer for Freon Recovery to hold until further notice per Dan Mitchell.

**$8/unit charge for Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers and Water Coolers evacuated on your site.

  • Minimum of 25 units per stop
  • Units stay on your site to be included in your scrap metal for revenue
  • Certificates of Recovery are provided with each pickup
  • Freon Recovery can be done year-round (winter included)
  • Arrange units upright with backs accessible for Freon removal

**This is $1.00/unit savings to our Members until further notice!!!

From Paula’s Desk

NRRA History
As you know, NRRA is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!  If you have any memories or stories you’d like to share, please send them along to me!  We’re working on planning a special ceremony to be held at our Annual Conference in June.  Also, if you have any ideas or thoughts on how we can make this a great celebration, I’d love to hear from you.  Please plan to attend this year’s conference.  We’ll take you on a walk down memory lane and look at how far NRRA has come in 30 years. Guest speakers include some of the founding members and other key people involved in the success of NRRA through the years. You won’t want to miss it!

All info can be emailed it to pdow@nrra.net, faxed to 603-736-4402 or mailed to NRRA, Attn: Paula Dow, 2101 Dover RD, Epsom, NH 03234.

ANNUAL BACKYARD COMPOSTING CAMPAIGN

Earth Day – April 22nd, 2011

It’s time to order your Backyard Compost Bin.

  • Large 80 gallon capacity
  • Easy, snap together assembly
  • 10 year warranty
  • Made of recycled plastic
  • Convert grass, leaves and table scraps into an abundant supply of rich garden soil
  • Assembled dimensions – 33″ x 35″

Cost:   $45.00 each (also included is a handy 31 page “how to” guide for FREE)

Systern Rain Barrel

  • Large 55 gallon capacity
  • Saves water and cuts household sewage treatment & water bills up to 40%
  • Excellent water source for lawns, indoor/outdoor plants
  • Made from high density poly-ethylene with up to 50% recycled plastic
  • Easily attaches to your existing downspout system
  • Accessories included

Cost:   $60.00 each

Customer Comment: “We purchased a Rain Barrel just in time for the Summer of 2010. Despite record heat and drought, our barrel never went dry. It captured every drop of available rain, and kept the garden watered and the cars washed all summer.” Thanks NRRA!

Kitchen Pail

Cost:  $8.00 each

Orders will be accepted until Monday, April 4, 2011

Delivery of compost bins expected the week of April 17th, 2011 – in time for Earth Day – April 22nd, 2011

To participate in the program or to do a fundraiser you can find all the forms you need following this link http://www.nrra.net/compost.html. If you are only looking for one or two you can find the Individual Order Form by following the same link.  If you have any questions, please call Paula Dow at (800) 223-0150 or email pdow@nrra.net.

Grants

New Hampshire municipalities are all eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment.  The next NHtB Board of Directors meeting will be January 13, 2011, so new applications will not be presented until their next meeting sometime in April 2011. To apply for a grant, go to the NHtB website www.nhthebeautiful.org, print & fill out the form and fax it to Paula or Jan at 736-4402. If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call 800-223-0150, and we can fax or mail a form to you.

REMINDER:
NH the Beautiful would like to hear from the towns that have received grant monies.  How has this new equipment had an impact on the recycling process? Please email your comments to: nhtb@nrra.net.

RECENT RECYLING GRANTS AWARDED:
Carroll was awarded $550 to help the town with the purchase a 40’ Storage Container.  The award was presented to Bill Dowling, Transfer Station Manager, by John Dumais of Associated Grocers/NH the Beautiful and Dennis Nesbitt Anheuser Busch/NH the Beautiful.  Also present were Marilyn Weir, Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) and Evan Karpf, Health Officer and Recycling Committee Member for the Town of Carroll.  “The storage container will assist us with keeping items out of the weather, thereby saving money for the town”, says Bill Dowling.

Lincoln/Woodstock was awarded $2,895 to help the town with the purchase of 1,000 14-gallon recycling bins.  The award was presented to Paul Beaudin, Solid Waste/Transfer Station Manager, by John Dumais of Associated Grocers/NH the Beautiful and Dennis Nesbitt of Anheuser-Busch/NH the Beautiful.  Also present were: Jim Fadden, SW Board Chair, Peter Moore, Selectman, and Marilyn Weir, Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). “These bins will be given to residents to assist in their recycling efforts”, says Paul Beaudin.  NH the Beautiful applauds Lincoln/Woodstock for their aggressive recycling program.

New Boston was awarded $1,000 towards the purchase a 2001 Isuzu Box Truck which they have converted to use for recycling at New Boston Central School and for other community events.  The award was presented to Gerry Cornett, New Boston Transfer Station Manager, by John Dumais of Associated Grocers/NH the Beautiful and Wes Elmer, of Coca Cola Bottling of NNE/NH the Beautiful. Also present were Rodney Towne, Selectmen, Larry Melanson, Coca Cola Bottling of NNE/NH the Beautiful, Michael Durfor, Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), Rick Matthews, Principal of the New Boston Central School, and the following members of the Student Council:  Lilly Proulx, Emma Revaz, Heather McGlauflin, Avery Ouellette, Will Rollins, Danielle Vermette, Devon Willard, Melissa Mullen, Griffin Cook, Isaac Borges, Sierra MacIntire, Rachel Rohe, Jack Mappus, and Kaylyn Paquette.

Modifications were made to the box truck with the help of many community businesses and local community groups.  A contest was held at the school to name and design a logo for the Recycle Mobile. Gerry Cornett says: “This program promises to be a great educational tool and the possibility of rewarding the young residents of New Boston with a better understanding of the stewardship of our environment now and in the future.” NH the Beautiful applauds New Boston for always looking for ways to educate our young citizens.

Colebrook was awarded $2,000 to help the town with the purchase a GP-1000 Glass Pulverizer. “Pulverizing glass on site will provide us with a quality product and also free up space in the recycling containers we send to the county.  The glass product can be used in town as a drainage layer, a base for pavement or sidewalks, and as an art medium – all of which will benefit the taxpayers”, says Kevin McKinnon, DPW Director.

Signs: New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out – ex: see Sign #35 at left.).  To apply for signs, go to the NHtB website www.nhthebeautiful.org and print the forms you need and fax it to Paula or Jan at 736-4402. Please NOTE!!!! You can only order signs that are on the list. Words can be removed but nothing can be added.

REMINDER:  If you do not need signs at your facility, 14 points can be donated to your local school for the new school sign (#47-at right).

ClearStreams: Available through NH the Beautiful; you can buy a case (5 per case) or one.

  • NH Schools: $16.00/ea
  • NHTowns/Non-Profits $35.00/ea
  • NH businesses $45.00.

Order forms are available at NRRA’s website by going to: http://www.nrra.net/purchasing.html.  We also sell replacement bags:  1 roll (20 bags) for $9.00.

14 gal green recycling bins:

      • NH TOWNS/NON-PROFITS: $4.85/ea – until supply is gone!!
      • NH SCHOOLS: The price is still $3.00/ea!!
      • NH BUSINESSES:  $8.00/ea

From Future Planning Committee – still time to take survey**

Over the past few years, we have focused on improving the quality of programs and services NRRA offers to its members. In order to remain effective, we need to hear from you!

We hope you will take a few moments to complete the following short survey in order to gain feedback on your perception of NRRA. Plus, we love to hear your ideas and suggestions to make improvements!

Data from this survey will be used to make recommendations for changes within our association and also assist us in charting our future direction.

Your input is very valuable and important to us and as always is kept confidential. Thank you very much for your time in participating in our survey.  Please click or cut and paste this link **http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TZRFGJ3 to take the survey when you have a moment.

If you want to send comments and or suggestions directly to Charlie Kelley, Committee Chair please email to: kel.kel@sbcglobal.net.

From School Recycling Club & Association of Vermont Recyclers

Article by Heather Greenwood – our former Intern – way to go Heather!!

Still time to take AVR Surveys

AVR – VT School Survey**

The Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) was founded in 1982 as a grassroots effort to support recycling in Vermont. Today, AVR is a State leader in education, outreach and technical assistance on waste prevention, recycling, and responsible consumerism.

This survey will be entirely anonymous and confidential unless you provide your contact information.

We want to thank you in advance for your participation. It is only with your help that a State recycling organization can be successful. Your responses are appreciated and valued by the Board of Directors.

Please visit the following link **http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H39FVSW and answer a few quick questions.

We need your help!  Please take this brief AVR Survey**

The Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) has developed this survey to help determine its plans and priorities for the upcoming year, as well as to help understand what you feel is unique and valuable about AVR. Your responses will help chart the vision for AVR.

This survey will be entirely anonymous and confidential unless you provide your contact information.

We want to thank you in advance for your participation. It is only with your help that a State (VT) recycling organization can be successful.

Your responses are appreciated and valued by the Board of Directors.

Please visit the following link **http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N85PZMC and answer a few quick questions.

NOTICES!!

Winter Snow Removal Reminder: Please consider our vendors & drivers who come in to your facility to swap rolloffs, perform Freon recovery, pick up propane tanks, tires, scrap metal, etc. and be sure that these areas are plowed and accessible. Thank you from all of us.

Vegetable Oil: If members could store or move vegetable oil in to a warm location – that would help Amenico with pumping the oil during the winter months.

NEW HAMPSHIRE – NEWS

NEW MANDATORY RECYCLING REGULATION – Recently the Lincoln – Woodstock Solid Waste Board voted to adopt  “Mandatory Recycling” at the Lincoln and Woodstock Solid Waste Facility. Per Solid Waste Manager, Paul Beaudin II, they have already seen an increase in recycling!  Congratulations to Lincoln – Woodstock Solid Waste!!

Quite an accomplishment for the Carroll / Twin Mountain Transfer Station!!

Between 1994 and 2004, a period of 10 years, the budget request to address solid waste rose $100,000. The 2004 budget request was $176,302.60.

It took Bill Dowling, Transfer Station Manager, with one part time employee, 5 years to reduce this same budget by $105,000 to this year’s request of $71,366.99.

Carroll / Twin Mountain’s solid waste budget has not been this low since 1989, over 20 years ago, when the budget request was $74,000!!!

This accomplishment is a direct result of expert facility management and dedication to recycling!

Congratulations – great job Bill & team!

Break The Cycle, Recycle

Published in the Suncook Valley Sun, December 8th, 2010

Break the Cycle, Recycle started just as a slogan adopted by the Gilmanton Recycling Committee back in May of this year. The slogan has become more of a mantra these days, as the committee spreads the word about the benefits of recycling and explores a variety of recycling opportunities that would best suit the town.  Mandatory Recycling, Single Stream Recycling and Pay As You Throw are just a few of the options being considered.

Recycling Pays…Santa’s Elves Deliver

Published in the Suncook Valley Sun, December 29th, 2010

You may hear some jingling this time of the year, but it may not be bells.  In the town of Gilmanton, residents probably hear cash pouring into the town’s coffers.  Since the beginning of 2010, the resident “elves” have increased their recycling efforts.  This means less in the trash bin, so the cost of hauling is reduced.  It also means an increase in revenue, because RECYCLING PAYS!

Here are a few examples of the savings and income generated:

• For every ton that does not go into the trash bin, the town saves $62.10/ton in tipping fees.  So far this year, the amount of recyclable materials that has been kept out of the trash is equal to over 540 tons, a savings of more than $34,000.

• For every ton of recycled aluminum cans, the town is currently being paid an average of $1,400/ton.  To date, the residents of Gilmanton have recycled about 3 tons, generating close to $4,000 in revenue.

• For every ton of recycled cardboard, the town is currently being paid about $155/ton.  So far, the residents have recycled close to 80 tons, generating more than $8,500 in revenue for the town.

• For every ton of plastic (#1-7, inclusive), the town is currently being paid $80/ton.  Recycled plastics have totaled more than 18 tons so far this year, generating over $3,000 in revenue for the town.

The list goes on, but you probably get the picture: RECYCLING PAYS!  In fact, when you add what the town saved by having less trash (due to recycling) plus the revenue generated by a variety of recyclable materials the total “jingle” is over $68,000.

Though we’ve come a long way, Gilmanton is only recycling at about 20%, so encourage your neighbors and friends to become “elves” and help to “Break the Cycle…Recycle”.  Together we can help the environment, the town and ourselves.

The following “letter to the Editor” was recently spotted in the November issue of Resource Recycling Magazine….Go,  Justin, Go!!


Classified:

Epping Equipment for Sale

Prodeva Can Crusher, Model 150, 2hp, 230V (left)

Glass Crusher by C.S. Bell Co. Model HMG 05P, 3hp, 230V (right)

Epping would like to sell these to the highest bidder!

Bids will be accepted by email to: waterandsewer@townofepping.com (in subject line put “CRUSHER BID”) by February 1st, 2011.

Swenson Granite Stainless Steel 2 Yard Hydraulic Sander for Sale in Northfield

“2007” PV358-EST Model # 304 — Only used for one year.  Can be converted to gas. Comes with extra chains and is in very good condition. $ 2,250.00

Please Call Bob Southworth, Northfield Highway Superintendent at 603-286-4490

1997 Bobcat   #763 Model – for Sale in Lee – Available in first half of 2011

10-16.5 Foam filled tires – Engine hours in Jan. ‘11= 6,545 – 1700# +or- lifting cap.

Standard Kubota engine, 45 Hp. +or-

Compare to a new # S175 – Machine weight approx. 6,000#

Can be seen at the Lee TS — Tu, Th, Sat call 659-2239

$5,500, Approx. bid, FOB Lee Transfer Station

Plastic Shredder    –   Free to good home

Model:  POLUGRINDER  230/460 volt   Phase   NO: LP685 60 cycle  15/7.5 Amps  For extruded plastic only.

Free for the taking to anyone that might be able to do something with it. Would like to see somebody put it to good use. For additional information please contact:  Kevin McKinnon, PW, Colebrook, NH. Tel:  603-237-8019 or email: kevincpw@myfairpoint.net

Plastic Tubing Available – FREE!!!

Town of Dunbarton, NH has 12 large boxes of plastic tubing available for the taking. Please contact Woody at (603) 774-7090 for more information.

MASSACHUSETTS – NEWS

Articles Submitted by Claire Sullivan/South Shore Recycling Cooperative:

MassRecycle’s Paper Campaign to air on CBS

MassDEP also awarded a $30,000 grant to MassRecycle to resurrect its Paper Campaign, which began at the SSRC.  The money will fund a subsidized media blitz through CBS Community Partnerships, which will feature 2 versions of a 10 second ad.  The ads will air over 200 times on WBZ TV 5 and WSBK TV38 during NCAA basketball games including March Madness, as well as on the News, Letterman, Jeopardy and other prime time shows from early February through early April.   CBS will also produce a 4 minute video which will be aired twice in March and uploaded to YouTube.

The ads, as well as banners on cbs.com will drive viewers to a sweepstakes page, which offers prizes for participants to take the MassRecycle Paper Challenge.  It will also link with www.massrecyclespaper.org, which will be updated.

This is a great opportunity for our municipalities to create some synergy with the on-air publicity to remind their residents that most of their waste paper is too good for the trash.  The SSRC will be printing thousands of billing inserts for our towns to use in conjunction with the on-air ads with money from a Small Scale Targeted Grant from MassDEP.  There are exhibit boards and other tools available for local use as well.

MassRecycle’s Spring Recycling and Organics Conference

Building Sustainability through Recycling and Resource Management is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Boxborough MA. This must attend event is the premiere recycling conference held in the state. The one-day conference will include a total of 4 tracks: 2 for municipalities, 1 for schools (and

municipalities) and 1+ for those interested in organics management.

* 2 Municipal Tracks: Two parallel sets of three workshops packed full of information to help municipalities improve recycling, reduce costs, save time, and make well informed decisions.
* School Track: Three workshops focused specifically on helping schools implement recycling and other sustainability programs
* Organics Track: Three workshops targeted to those specifically interested in organics management, plus each of the other tracks will also include an organics related session.

MassDEP extends small transfer station permits through 6/2012

In order to give local Boards of Health time to understand and implement their new responsibilities for permitting their municipal transfer stations, MassDEP has extended operating permits issued since Aug. 15, 2008 through June of 2012. During this time, MassDEP will issue guidance and provide technical assistance for local Boards of Health.

Hingham DPW Director Randy Sylvester attended a workshop run by MassDEP in December to learn what resources municipalities will need to comply. He volunteered me participate on a task force being formed by MassDEP to continue this process.  MassDEP acknowledged that towns whose Boards of Health operate their transfer stations may have issues with conflict of interest.

The SSRC will follow through as directed by its members in response to this new statute, and is in communication with other regional organizations. We will take up the issue of a Board response at our next meeting on January 20.

VERMONT – NEWS

Vermont E-Waste Program Updates

We have updated our website with additional program information, which can be viewed online at http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/e-waste/.

This information includes a preliminary notice of request for proposals, which highlights some essential components that will be included in the official RFP (pending), and is intended for pre-bid informational purposes only.

Also included is a map of proposed free e-waste collection locations, which shows the approximate geographical distribution and service area coverage statewide for the number of free e-waste drop-off locations proposed in the draft standard plan for each county.

As we develop our program, we will continue to notify you of any future postings or updates to our website. Should you have any questions or comments about the e-waste program, you may contact either: Karen Knaebel at (802) 241-2379 or karen.knaebel@state.vt.us or Kimberli Lutchko at (802) 241-4638 or kimberli.lutchko@state.vt.us.

What Goes Around Comes Around

This 250th anniversary year is racing by, just as its 249 predecessors have done.  For those of you keeping score at home, we are 20 weeks into Thetford’s 250th year, headed toward its birthday on August 11.  Norwich is five weeks older than Thetford, so we are 25 weeks closer to Norwich’s 250th birthday on July 4.  Both were chartered by Benning Wentworth in a frenzy of town charterage in 1761.  When it came to town chartering, old Benning had few peers!

Here’s something that has a history nowhere near that long: recycling.

Around here, recycling has a history of fewer than 40 years.  It became available to the public in the mid 1970s.

I know, I know, I’m sure there is a bunch of alert readers out there who have a stack of “Yankee” magazines down their cellars who are about to sputter, “But., but., the official New England slogan has always been ‘Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!'”

Well, that isn’t just a New England slogan.  If you know anyone who went through the Great Depression of the 1930s, you will have heard that slogan.

But, ahh, there’s a difference, now, isn’t there, between “recycling” and “reuse,” or “full and complete use”?

My grandmother, who was widowed near the beginning of the Great Depression, had four kids to raise.  Talk about “full use!”  I remember her sloshing a little bit of water in the bottle to get out the last bit of ketchup.  For “re-use” I think of my mother-in-law who saves every bit of aluminum foil and uses it over and over.  Her daughter, my dear wife, has saved every bow that was ever put on any Christmas or birthday present, and they get re-used over and over.

But, when the aluminum foil is too torn to be used yet again, or the bottle is broken, or the tin can doesn’t have any further use, what then?  For the first 85% of our towns’ histories, it was “Off to the dump with it!”  That is, bury it somewhere, and that would be the end of it.

Recycling, on the other hand, means taking the material and running another production cycle on it.  That is, recycling is breaking the thing down and using what it’s made of again, rather than simply using the whole thing again.

I suppose I must tell you that recycling does have a longer history than just 40 years or so.  I remember people coming down my street in the 1950s calling “Paper! Rags!” They were collecting them for recycling.  In World War II, there was a lot of recycling, especially of metals.  If you were an abandoned railroad track in WW II, you were headed for the furnace for sure.

In the mid 1970s hereabouts, actual recycling started in Hanover.  Because they needed to get enough stuff to make a load, they would accept it from anyone.  There weren’t any stickers or secret town handshakes needed then to recycle in Hanover: if it was green glass, pitch it in the bin.

We had a recycling pool in East Thetford. (No, silly, not a pool into which we threw the recyclables, a pool of families who all recycled.)  Our family and two others sorted and save up recyclables for a period of several months.  We had small oil barrels in our garage for glass, green glass, brown glass, and tin cans.  I had a special baseball bat that I had cracked while mightily smiting a ball once that I used to crush the glass in the barrels.  (No, I didn’t smash the glass just for fun.  It was NECESSARY to smash it to compact it.)

When the pile of newspapers in our garage got too big, we would take our pickup truck around to the two other families. We’d load up everyone’s accumulation of recyclables and head down to Hanover.

Where we would find, sometimes, that they weren’t taking newspaper right now because the price was down.  Or there was no market for green glass that month. Woof!  All that effort, and now we had to bring some of our stuff back to our garages.  It could make you so mad that you’d want to go out and crush a barrel full of glass with a baseball bat.  (Oh, wait, that was done just for necessity. Right.)

As the recycling market bounced hither and thither, Hanover was such a small player, that it couldn’t do much when there was no market for any given item.  It couldn’t sell the item, nor could it store tons and tons of, say, newspapers, until the market came back.  So it had to just refuse to take the stuff.

If I remember correctly, for a while there about 30 years ago, recycling just petered out for a while because of the markets.  Then, gradually, the various towns started their own programs.  In the beginning I think that Thetford had some of the same no-newspapers-this-week situations.  Now, recycling is done on such a wide basis that the markets are more stable, and there are fewer times when stuff can’t be recycled because of the market.

Recycling still has a ways to go.  In Thetford and Norwich, we still separate and then take the separated stuff to a facility.  The next step is curbside recycling (uh, oh, what’ll we do in Thetford and Norwich where we don’t have any curbs??), and then single-bin, somebody-else-sorts-it recycling.

No one was able to recycle much for our towns’ first couple hundred years.

We really have made great leaps in the last four decades, and we got a ways to go yet.

And I recently recycled, in the most elemental sense, the broken baseball bat that I used for crushing.  It was nice ash, so I cut it in half and used it for kindling for a fire on Christmas day!

Dan Grossman – dan@dg123.com – Send comments to this listserv. Archive, comments, and blog at http://history250.wordpress.com/

HAZWOPER Refresher Course

Windham Solid Waste District will be holding a HAZWOPER 8 hr refresher course in early February (date to be announced) for those interested. Cost is $130 each and includes lunch. There is a limit in the number of participants and if interested contact Kristen Benoit at the District (admin@windhamsolidwaste.org) or call 802-257-0272.

Kudos to Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District in Lyndonville, VT !!

Over the course of the year, NEK collects and refurbishes old bikes and gives them a new life.

At their May 2010 Bike Swap, they gave away 55 bicycles….what a wonderful program!!

NATIONAL  – NEWS

2011 RESOURCE RECYCLING CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

Indianapolis, Indiana, January 3, 2011 – Dates and location for the second annual Resource Recycling Conference (www.rrconference.com) were announced today, with the universally acclaimed recycling conference and tradeshow headed to the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 17-18.

The 2011 Resource Recycling Conference focuses on the latest issues, trends and analysis for collection program managers, MRF operators and downstream processors, equipment manufacturers, representatives of state, regional and national recycling organizations, and buyers, sellers and processors of a wide range of recyclable material, including paper, aluminum, plastic, glass, steel, C&D material, organic waste and much more.

The conference also features an exhibit hall and tradeshow where attendees can meet with existing or potential partners and network with the leading firms and organizations in the recycling industry.

Last year’s inaugural conference in San Antonio was hailed by attendees for its robust agenda and bustling exhibit hall:

“I found the conference very informative.  I think that Resource Recycling has their finger squarely on the pulse of the industry.”

-Municipal solid waste official

“This is a crowd that knows what it wants and asks detailed, intelligent questions.  Not only did we get a lot of traffic at our booth, people wanted to talk to us and learn about what we had to offer.  It’s different than other shows I’ve been to.”

-Exhibitor

“The RR Conference was one of the best I have ever been to.  I thought the resources you pulled together for the conference were among the best for any topic I have ever gone to a conference for – so much so that I ended up splitting my team in the concurrent sessions because we felt they both needed coverage.”

- Recovered paper broker

“Thanks for bringing all of us together in one place.  It helped many of us move forward to a new era of national organizing for the recycling industry.”

-Attendee and NRC member

“The Resource Recycling Conference far exceeded my expectations in two ways:  First and foremost, the people who attended were present and engaged.  They were asking excellent questions and were at the conference to seek answers to difficult questions.  The level of discussion was very high, both in the session and in the halls.  Second, I had a lot of fun!  It was a ‘work hard, play hard’ group and I can’t wait to come back.”

-Plastics industry consultant

“The sessions were excellent, the venue beautiful and the networking opportunities were abundant.  For those of us who have been around for a while, it’s sometimes challenging to keep us interested and excited about conferences.  I left this one recharged and energized about my program.”

-RONA board member

For more information on the 2011 Resource Recycling Conference, including information on the JW Marriott Hotel, session topics and the agenda, or exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.rrconference.com.

Contact: Cara Bergeson, Conference Manager, 503.233.1305 or info@rrconference.com

Googling “recycling”

Sent from reader Peter Anderson, president of Recycleworlds Consulting, the below chart shows the frequency of the words “recycling” and “composting” in print in the English language since 1800.

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