August 2017 – Full of Scrap

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • From the Director’s Chair
  • NRRA News: August Pricing, Earth Overshoot Day, Operator Training and more!
  • School News You Can Use:  Summer Sale,  New Teacher Resources & More
  • NH the Beautiful:  NRRA Receives Grant from NHtB for Educational Outreach
  • NHDES: Basic Training and Continuing Professional Workshops for Operators
  • New Hampshire News: NH Campus Adopts Reusable to-go containers
  • Massachusetts News:  Casella Confirms Landfill Closure
  • Maine News:  Two Maine Towns Test Food Waste Stategies
  • National News:  New Plastic Garbage Patch Found in the South Pacific and it could be 1.5 times larger than Texas!  Plus, 10 ways you can reduce your Plastic Footprint
  • Classifeds
  • NRRA Calendar

Click Here to View PDF Version of FOS

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~Recycling Tip of the Month~

Recycling Must Be Simple and Convenient – Most people are inclined to recycle when presented the opportunity. The key is to remove the two primary barriers that stop them: lack of convenience and confusion over what and how to recycle.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

A recent regional planning meeting had this title, “Recycling: Is it Worth It?”

I can only say, and please quote me, ”MORE THAN EVER!

In spite of all the upheaval in recycling markets and the “New Normal” of having to pay for some recycling services ( Single Stream), that has been ongoing since China’s Green Fence in February of 2012, Recycling and Resource Recovery is even more important and more viable that it was during the first Earth Day over 4 decades ago.  Read Article :  Editor’s perspective: An Asian giant pushing global ambitions

The state of recycling is strong. Cities and Towns have invested in infrastructure that allows them to produce quality recyclables that are not contaminated and therefore command the most value.

This is not to say it hasn’t been challenging for the entire industry as mills have closed and prices for all commodities, not just fibers, have been volatile.

NRRA is convinced that those communities who continue to invest in storage, baling capacity, and sound management practices for their recyclables will be able to ride out the changes that are headed this way.  Organics will be the next issue to face us as we see ever dwindling landfill capacity for MSW and ever increasing tip fee costs. It cannot be emphasized enough that the Transfer Station is the only Town facility that has the ability to generate revenue and every town should do more, not less in the years to come.

Speaking of years to come, NRRA is wrapping up its current USDA grant work on LDPE plastic, organics, mercury and electronic.   We continue to do site visits, and assist Members with contract negotiations for MSW and C&D. We look forward to uniting Towns and Schools to work even more closely together with “Town and Gown” in the Fall.

Recent articles in waste magazines are very encouraging on two fronts as they focus on the importance of organics and start to address the plastic in our oceans.  NRRA, with the cooperation of NHDES, has jump started a resurgence of interest in more composting and organic diversion in NH. Also the G-20 has made removing plastic from the gyres in the sea a priority. This is a big step in cleaning up decades of ocean pollution.

All of this makes me optimistic that we will succeed in protecting our planet before it is too late.

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NRRA NEWS

Notice to NRRA Members, Vendors and Customers

Please note that the NRRA office will be closing at 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday, August 21, 2017 as our staff attends our Annual Staff Appreciation Outing.  Please plan accordingly as no one will be available to take phone calls or orders that afternoon.

Thank you!

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August  2017 Pricing is Now Available-Members only!

PricingThe NRRA August 2017 Pricing guide is now available!  To access the newest NRRA Pricing guide CLICK HERE.

As a reminder, this is simply a guide.  For true, up-to-date pricing, please contact your NRRA Member Services representative.  This guide is password protected, if you need the password, please contact Stacey at smorrison@nrra.net.

Mike’s Synopsis:

Markets seem to be keeping fairly strong for August. Fiber prices ticked up significantly in July and have remained at the same high levels for August despite threats from China of their intentions to ban the import of various recycled grades by the end of 2017. OCC continues to be particularly strong, averaging about $180/ton nationwide, according to research by Resource Recycling. Demand for OCC is expected to remain steady no matter the outcome of China’s proposed import ban and ‘National Sword’ quality standards. The fate of mixed paper, however, remains somewhat uncertain. For right now, the mixed paper markets haven’t wavered too much – however, some buyers have had to adjust pricing downward slightly as export pricing has drooped in recent weeks. But even if mixed paper pricing remains somewhat steady for now, big questions remain about the intentions behind China’s announced ban. They have yet to clarify, for example, what exactly they mean by  “unsorted waste paper” – which is one of the targeted materials mentioned in China’s announcement of the impending ban. Some experts remain skeptical that China would completely & suddenly shut off all mixed paper – the country buys about 30% of US paper exports and they rely on that steady stream of fiber for making new packaging for all the consumer goods they produce. It’s unclear if China would be able to substitute their own domestic recycled fibers to fill this need. So, there are several unanswered questions on exactly how things will shake out on the fiber front over the next few months. However, one thing is clear; China is pushing for improved quality across the board. This applies to plastics as well – several grades of plastics were identified in China’s ban. Mixed plastics grades that are traditionally exported have been particularly difficult to move recently. There seems to be some spotty demand for #1-7 plastics from domestic mills, but #3-7’s have virtually no market at the moment. Meanwhile sorted grades of PET and HDPE have been holding more or less steady, with some minor downward fluctuations for HDPE-natural and PET while HDPE-color went up a bit. In the ferrous metals sector the news seems promising, with the regional light iron market up $20-30 per gross ton and up $10-20 per gross ton on steel cans. All in all the markets seem to be holding for now. We’ll see how long the highs last and ride the wave while we can

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Earth Overshoot Day

By Sarah McGraw, NRRA School CLUB Special Project Manager

This day has come and passed without much fanfare or recognition. Earth Overshoot Day is the day in which humans have consumed more resources than Earth can regenerate in the year. This year’s date was August 2, 2017. After that date, humans are then living on “borrowed” resources for the rest of the year. Think of it like paying for a credit card with another credit card. It just doesn’t work out in the long run. Currently, 1.7 planets are needed to sustain humans. If everyone on the planet lived like residents of the United States, five planets would be needed to support consumption rates. To calculate this, an organization called the Global Footprint Network, retrieves data from over 200 countries.  Educating present and future generations on waste recovery/diversion is one small step to change and hopefully eliminate Earth Overshoot Day. Outreach and education is vital to creating awareness about possible local solutions to a shared global issue.

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Cashing in on E-Waste – A Hands-on Training for Solid Waste Operators

Thanks to a USDA Solid Waste Technical Assistance Grant, NRRA has provided three workshops in NH to help solid waste facility operators with managing and handling electronic waste and mercury containing devices banned from disposal. The workshops provide an overview of state and federal regulations for electronics and mercury, the e-waste market in New England, tips on salvaging valuable parts and removing hazardous components.

The following guides are referred to during the workshops and have proven to be good resources for locating mercury containing devices in appliances:

https://www1.maine.gov/dep/waste/hazardouswaste/documents/appliance.pdf

http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/HazardousWaste/Mercury/upload/HWMP_POL_Guidance_Mercury_Appliances.pdf

These workshops will be held in VT during August and September. For details, contact smorrison@nrra.net. See below:

YOU’RE INVITED

 

WHAT:  FREE Operator Training:  Electronic Waste & Mercury Containing Devices

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 5:00 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:  Londonderry Town Offices (Twitchell Building), 100 Old School Street, Londonderry VERMONT  (Click Here for Directions)

Seating is Limited, Please RSVP by September 5, 2017 to 603-736-4401 or info@nrra.net

Agenda

5:00 PM – Welcome & Introductions
5:15 PM – VT ECycles Collection Location Training

  • Electronics Waste Management
  • ECycles Collection Rules
  • Best Management Practices

6:00 PM – Pizza & Refreshments

6:15 PM – Mercury Devices Best Practices 

  • Take it Apart-Look at the Guts; Discuss the Options
  • Removing Valuable & Hazardous Components
  • Economics – Is it Possible to Save on Disposal & Generate Revenue?
  • Q & A’s

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

The NRRA School CLUB Summer SALE!

Schedule your school recycling event now to take advantage of big discounts!

Click on any of the programs below for more information. Grants available thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful!

Contact Gwen Erley or Sarah McGraw TODAY to schedule any of the above items.  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR theclub@nrra.net

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Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!

Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with 21st Century

Standards

 

NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is pleased to announce that the newest editions of their school curricula 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution are ready for distribution! Hard copies of these resources were previewed at the Conference.

In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and will be available.  They are:

  1. Garbage Guerrillas
  2. Back to the Earth
  3. Healthy Home/Clean Waters
  4. Waste = Global Climate Change

Everyone who participated in the Train the Teachers program held during the production of the new editions has received their training packets (CLUB classroom workshop modules including TTs and the 3R’s).

Anyone else interested in this program and receiving our revised curricula, please contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at gerley@nrra.net.

The deadline is 10/01/17 for qualifying rural communities to receive free materials, so don’t delay!

For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.

For the Terms of Use, click HERE.

For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.

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NRRA CLUB applergclippedSPECIAL OFFER:

Schools who sign up now (prior to October 1) for a Fall T.O.L.D. (Trash On the Lawn Day) or classroom Workshop will get a 10% discount.  Contact The CLUB for more information!

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The CLUB set-up for T.O.L.D. event (Trash On the Lawn Day)

Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) is a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under the NRRA School Club’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit event and presentation of the results and an action plan. T.O.L.D.s often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management.

Click here to learn more about our Technical Assistance Trainings and Classroom Workshops.  Questions?  Contact us at TheCLUB@nrra.net or call 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19.

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NRRA School Recycling CLUB

The School Recycling CLUB assists schools in implementing, maintaining and improving recycling programs! The CLUB is housed and managed by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA).

Be sure to visit The NRRA School CLUB Facebook Page for more information and updates, Don’t forget to “like” our page!

 

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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NRRA Receives Grant from NH the Beautiful for Educational Outreach

Epsom, NH, August 14, 2017, Last week The New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) Board of Directors voted to grant Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) $20,000 over the next two years to be used towards outreach efforts that the NRRA School CLUB has been doing over this past year and will now continue doing through the upcoming year.

NHtB is committed to supporting the NRRA School CLUB education program to the best of their ability and recognize the priceless value of investing in students who become lifelong recyclers and may develop the next best mousetrap to help recycling worldwide. This funding will assist NRRA and the NRRA School CLUB in their outreach effort which assists schools across New Hampshire (and beyond) with recycling education, curricula, workshops, hands on training and information.  For over 30 years NHtB has been supporting recycling programs in Towns and programs in Schools and their support is a crucial part of the NRRA effort.

In a letter of thanks written on behalf of the NRRA Board of Trustees and NRRA Staff,  Mike Durfor, NRRA Executive Director said, “I know that I speak for our entire NRRA Team when I say that we appreciate how much New Hampshire has benefitted, beyond measure, from the volunteer hours and economic support of NHtB organization. The State of New Hampshire owes NHtB a debt of gratitude for the years of outstanding recycling efforts.”

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Planning a Summer or Early Fall Event? Consider Using a RecycleMobile!

The RecycleMobile is a unique, mobile recycling trailer created to assist “special event” organizers with collecting recyclables. The RecycleMobile consists of a fiberglass “box” with six collection holes (three per side).  The “box” is attached to a 4′ x 6′ trailer and houses six 32 gallon barrels. Collection signs are attached by two pieces of VelcroTM above the holes and can be changed depending on which materials are being collected!

The RecycleMobile is not only practical, but easy to use, eye catching and educational!  Consider using the RecycleMobile at:

 

  • Home Comings
  • Sporting Events
  • Fall Harvest Days
  • School/Park Clean Ups
  • Street Festivals/Fairs
  • Earth Day Events

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of  New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. and NRRA, The RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH municipalities, Schools and community groups for FREE!!!

Visit www.nrra.net or call us at 1-800-223-0150 for more information

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NH The Beautiful now offers 18 Gallon Curb Side Recycling Bins as well as ClearStream Containers (and replacement bags).

Click the links below to find out how you can get yours!

 

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Click HERE for Curb side Recycling Bin Info-please note bin pricing has increased ONLY MINIMALLY ($0.20) due to the increase in the size of the bins

 

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Click HERE for ClearStream Recyclers & Bag Info

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Grants Program for NH Municipalities

Do you need equipment for your facility? A Floor Scale?  Storage Containers? 

All New Hampshire municipalities are eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment.  For more information or to apply for a grant, go to http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/equipment_grant_app_710.pdf, print & fill out the form and fax it to 603-736-4402.  If you do not have access to the internet, please give us a call, and we can fax or mail a form to you.  **The next NHtB Board Meeting will be on October 19, 2017.  This will be their LAST meeting of their current fiscal year so we urge you to get your applications to us no later than October 10th.  Any applications received after this meeting will not be approved until the next Fiscal year.   

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NH the Beautiful Provides FREE Facility Signs- Summer is the BEST time to order New Signs

Bradford Thank You for Recycling SignAll NH municipalities are eligible to apply for FREE facility signs.  NHtB has been providing professional looking signs for NH municipalities since 1983.  Under the NHtB Sign Program, New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out).  The NHtB fiscal year runs November 1-October 31.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Stacey at 603-736-4401 x.20. To maximize your points, you can also order “recycled” signs or overlays for existing signs!

For a complete list of sign options and to order signs, click here  Complete Sign Packet.  Simply print the forms you need, mail or fax them to 603-736-4402.

Please NOTE!!! You can only use points to order signs that are on the list.  Words can be removed, but nothing can be added.  Custom signs are available for purchase.  Contact the NRRA for details.

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Visit NH the Beautiful on Facebook and Twitter

facebook like To see all the latest that NH the Beautiful is doing for NH check out their Facebook Page! Click the following link –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-The-Beautiful/253682871403932

 We are also on Twitter and Instagram

NH the Beautiful, Inc. (NHtB) is a private non-profit charitable trust founded in 1983 and supported by the soft drink, malt beverage, and grocery industries of New Hampshire. By offering municipal recycling grants (over $2.5 million) and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to recycling programs, NHtB is a unique organization that represents a voluntarily-funded alternative to expensive legislation intended to achieve the same end results.  NHtB supports the NRRA School Education Program (the Club).  The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (www.nrra.net) administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.

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NH DES NEWS

NHDES

Basic Solid Waste Facility Operator Training for First-Time Applicants

NHDES has scheduled two Basic Training Classes for Solid Waste Facility Operators.  Registration is required.

  • August 23, 2017: Courtyard by Marriott in Keene
  • December 14, 2017: NHDES Offices in Concord

Basic Training will begin promptly at 8:30 am, so please arrive no later than 8:15 am to sign in. Testing begins around 2:30 pm. Lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

If you are a solid waste facility operator with Processed Applicant status, you MUST attend this trainings. Please contact us at (603) 271-2925 or solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov to register. Solid waste facility operators who don’t have Processed Applicant status must submit an initial application and $50 fee within 30 days of employment at a NH permitted Solid Waste Facility.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Continuing Professional Development for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operators

Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing professional development each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application for trainings not provided by NHDES. Credit will generally be given for continuing professional development that offers information about and increases awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.

NHDES offers workshops to meet the 2.5 hour per year requirement of continuing professional development, but also accepts relevant training from other organizations. Please see the list below for some current training opportunities. NHDES updates the web page when new workshops are scheduled, so check back often to find new postings.

Below are some of the currently scheduled workshops available:

August 22, Keene, NH – Facility Managers, What You Need to Know, Part 1

September 14, NHDES Concord, NH – Used Oil, Part 2

September 14, NHDES Concord, NH – Universal Waste, Part 2

October 18, Lancaster, NH Transfer Station – Mock Inspection

November 8, NHDES Concord, NH – P2 & HHW

December 14, NHDES Concord, NH – Facility Managers, What You Need to Know, Part 2

January 24, 2018 – Facility Managers, What you Need to Know, Part 3

February 22, 2018 – Used Oil, Part 3

February 22, 2018 – Landfills

March 28, 2018 – Used Oil, Part 2 (repeat)

April 13, 2018 – Ticked Off & More

May 2, 2018 – Extreme Weather Events

Notes:

1. All workshops are subject to change.
2. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop session begins.
3. To register for a workshop, or for more information, please contact Nelson Ordway at 271-2925 or nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov

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NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS

Campus adopts reusable to-go containers

By Alyssa Mehra, The Dartmouth (A Dartmouth College News group)

Madison Sabol ’18 has come up with a way to greatly reduce the College’s carbon footprint. After two years of research and assistance from the Dartmouth Office of Sustainability and Dartmouth Dining Services, she has created the “Green2Go” food takeout program, which replaces the disposable to-go containers in the Class of 1953 Commons with reusable ones.

“When I came back to school my sophomore fall, I was starting to recognize all the ways in which we produce waste on campus,” Sabol said.

She said that she was inspired by her classes in environmental studies at the College and the blog “Trash is for Tossers,” where she learned that one needs to identify a need before finding a solution.

Sabol did preliminary research on waste at the College and found that students involved in the office of sustainability previously conducted an audit, discovering that 200 pounds of food are wasted every evening at dinner in FoCo, sustainability office director Rosalie Kerr ’98 said.

“There are people in the Upper Valley who don’t have enough food, so it’s really a waste to throw away all that food,” Kerr said.

Before Green2Go, DDS tried different ways of reducing its waste, such as changing proportion sizes and encouraging students to not overfill their plates.

Sabol herself found that 400 to 600 containers are used each dining period. She then interviewed and surveyed students in order to learn more about the reasons that students use to-go containers and how the current system makes it difficult to prevent waste.

Additionally, Sabol said she discussed the issue with peer institutes, researching the ways in which they dealt with waste. She learned about the efficacy of systems in place at schools including Harvard University, Oberlin College, Columbia University, Princeton University and Tulane University.

“All of our sustainability initiatives have come from a passionate student. We’re excited to help students accomplish the programs they want implemented,” Kerr said.

“For me, it’s really cool when a student comes up with an idea and really does the research to make it happen,” she added.

Sabol launched a pilot project last July with the $1,000 grant she received from the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Environmental Studies Division.

The “Green2Go” program involves a one-time payment of $4 for a reusable container at the Class of 1953 Commons. Students fill the container and take it with them, as they would with the previous to-go containers. The used containers can then be dropped off at any dining location on campus. Green2Go members have the option of exchanging their used box for a clean container or a carabiner that can be turned in for a to-go box at a later date. One of the changes made from the pilot program was the alternative use of the carabiner rather than a Green2Go membership card. The carabiner was chosen because it can attach to a student’s backpack, which is more convenient than the card.

“I was under the impression that you had to clean the container yourself. Now that I understand [that] the process is far simpler than that, I really support this initiative,” Lizzie Carr ’19 said.

Sabol said the one-time investment encourages students to stay accountable because they would have to buy a new one if they lose the carabiner or container.

Click HERE For Full Article

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MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

Casella confirms Massachusetts landfill closure, but sees opportunity elsewhere

Cole Rosengren, WasteDive

Casella had been hinting at the Southbridge closure since this, spring as the regulatory situation became increasingly complex and expensive. The company has agreed to split the cost of an estimated $10 million water line extension with the state to address contamination in local wells, and was recently issued a notice of noncompliance for odor issues. Each of the four expansion phases they had outlined faced their own challenges in terms of zoning, water levels, existing contamination or structural questions. As recently as last month, even after the failed ballot referendum that they budgeted up to $100,000 for, Casella wouldn’t confirm to Waste Dive whether they planned to close the site.

As Casella’s executives sought to emphasize during the call, the company had a good overall second quarter despite losses attributed to Southbridge and additional expenses incurred from unseasonable amounts of rainfall in the Northeast. One of the biggest rain-related expenses was higher amounts of leachate, which cost the company an additional $1 million compared to the year before. Last month the company began piloting a new “environmental and energy” fee, similar to their recently implemented recycling fee, that will help address such costs as it’s expanded to more divisions.

In a somewhat ironic twist, the tough regulatory climate that has led to more landfill closures in the Northeast is also projected to present new financial opportunities for Casella at its remaining sites. The company recently received permit approval for an expansion that will keep their Juniper Ridge Landfill in Maine open until around 2033, and has also been granted expansion approvals for similar lengths of time at two sites in upstate New York.

“…That capacity is very, very valuable, its expenses are put in place. The regulatory cost is going up everyday. So, we are playing some catch-up in our view. We are going to stay focused on returns at the landfills and pushing price at these levels,” said CFO Ned Coletta during the call.

Though John Casella echoed similar recent comments from other CEOs that his business wouldn’t be heavily affected by China’s new scrap import ban, the company’s earnings report also shows that recycling accounts for a much smaller portion of their business than solid waste, and average tip fees in the Northeast continue to be the most expensive in the country. All of these factors put Casella in a good financial position to take advantage of the remaining space they do have.
Read Full Article HERE

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MAINE NEWS

Two Maine Towns Test Food Waste Strategies in Pilot Project

Two Maine communities are engaged in a pilot curbside collections program through which food waste is separated and passed on to an anaerobic digester for processing.

Arlene Karidis, Waste 360

Maine residents, like many throughout the U.S., tend to dump their food waste in the trash. Overall, it’s estimated that 28 percent of what gets tossed out by weight in that state is food. With a statewide goal of 50 percent diversion of all trash by 2021, food waste is a prime target for reduction.

That’s why ecomaine, a nonprofit waste management company, is engaging two Maine communities in a pilot curbside collections program through which food waste is separated and passed on to an anaerobic digester for processing.

As part of the program, residents put food waste in plastic bags in countertop bins or lined containers. It is collected by ecomaine and then processed by another firm, Agri-Cycle, that, using a depackaging machine, separates the bags from the garbage. The depackager can even separate expired or damaged packaged food from plastic, metal, styrofoam or cardboard containers. The food then moves on to an anaerobic digester run by a sister company, Exter Agri-Energy.

The plastic bags used for collection are sent back to ecomaine for burning with the rest of the trash the group collects, to produce electricity sold on the grid.

“We needed to address our food waste, and learned there were enough processors across the state to partner with one rather than deal with processing it ourselves,” says Lisa Wolff, communications manager for ecomaine. “But we had to address the ‘ick’ factor, which meant finding a company who would recycle food and deal with contamination effectively,”

There are some differences. When dealing with its business clients, the firms do the work of separating food waste from its packaging (expired or damaged strawberries in containers for instance). Plastic, metal, polystyrene or cardboard collected from generators are all recycled. The remaining food waste is pumped into anaerobic digesters to produce biogas, which is burned to produce renewable energy.

With the residential pilot projects, residents are being asked to dispose of minimal packaging in the plastic bags they are tossing food waste into. Things like tea bags and coffee filters are OK, as long as the majority of what’s in the bags is digestible scraps.

Scarborough is one of the two municipalities participating in the pilot. (The other is South Portland.) It’s running the program for eight months through January 2018. It has included food pickups at 251 homes.

Getting residents to participate has gone smoothly so far, according to city officials.

“The depackager has been terrific for us. The feedback we get from residents is that this limits the ick factor, and it’s easy,” says Kerry Grantham, sustainability coordinator for the town of Scarborough.

This system “reduces the waste we haul away. It effectively separates from municipal solid waste. We are giving those bags a second life, and their remains are eventually incinerated to make energy,” she says.

Read Full Article HERE

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NATIONAL NEWS

New Plastic Garbage Patch Found In The South Pacific Could Be ‘1.5 Times Larger Than Texas’

The enormous swathe of marine pollution could contain “millions of plastic particles per square kilometer,” oceanographer Charles Moore says.

Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post

A decade ago, while sailing across a rarely traversed area between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, oceanographer Captain Charles Moore stumbled upon the now-infamous North Pacific garbage patch, an enormous swathe of plastic pollution floating in the sea.

Now, Moore has confirmed the discovery of a second garbage patch in the same ocean, located in the South Pacific. Moore, who made the disturbing discovery during a six-month research trip, estimates that this polluted patch of plastic could span as much as a million square kilometres. That’s 1.5 times larger than Texas, and more than two times the size of California.

Moore, founder of the Algalita Research Foundation, told ResearchGate that his team would conduct lab analysis on the plastic they’d found, but based on initial impressions, the garbage patch uncovered in the South Pacific could contain “millions of plastic particles per square kilometer,” he said.

Like the North Pacific garbage patch, the one in the southern part of the ocean is a nebulous swarm of pollution made up of tiny plastic fragments, known as microplastics, which can be hard to see with the naked eye and even harder to clean up. “We found a few larger items, occasionally a buoy and some fishing gear, but most of it was broken into bits,” Moore told ResearchGate of the discovery. 

Read Full Article HERE

Also from Huffington Post, read  10 Things You Can Do Now To Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

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Unifi set for Further Growth in PET Recycling Business

Jared Paben,  Plastics Recycling

 

A major end user of recovered PET boosted its revenues last year, as it works to expand its recycled-plastic fiber brand and move into new recycling markets.

Unifi, maker of the Repreve brand of recycled polyester fiber, reported sales of $647.3 million during its 2017 fiscal year, up 0.6 percent from the year before. Revenue for the fourth quarter totaled $171.3 million, up 4.5 percent year over year.

The Greensboro, N.C.-headquartered company last year opened a $28 million PET bottle processing facility in Reidsville, N.C. The project allowed the company to generate up to 75 million pounds of rPET flake per year. The bottle-processing facility feeds the plastic to a separate location in Yadkinville, N.C. that converts it into Repreve fiber. Production capacities were recently augmented at the Yadkinville facility, too.

Repreve fabric is sold into the clothing, vehicle upholstery, home furnishings and other markets. Flake that Unifi doesn’t need is sold to outside companies.

Read Full Article HERE

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CLASSIFIEDS

BCEP Solid Waste District- District Administrator

BCEP Solid Waste District is seeking applications for the position of District Administrator.  This is a full time salaried position reporting to the District Committee.  The successful candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment screening including a background check, driving record check, and drug and alcohol tests.  Other job related and employment tests may be required.  Job description is available at http://www.bcepsolidwaste.com/pdf/Administrator-.pdf

To Apply:
Send resumes with cover letter to Earl H. Weir, BCEP Solid Waste District, PO Box 426, Pittsfield, NH 03263, or email to eweir@bcepsolidwaste.com.  Resumes will be accepted at the facility until 4:00 PM, August 23, 2017.  No facsimiles will be accepted.  The BCEP Solid Waste District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary Range: Negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.

Closing Date: August 23, 2017

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JOB OPPORTUNITY:Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee

 The Town of Canterbury NH is accepting applications for the position of Transfer Station Manager/Highway Department Employee.

The position will combine two job functions and is a full-time position with benefits, reporting to the Road Agent.

JOB SUMMARY For transfer station manager: This position is responsible to supervise the acceptance of trash and recyclable material and general overall operation of the Transfer Station. Operating hours for the Transfer Station are Wed. 4-7 & Sat. 8-6. CDL & NHDES Solid Waste Operator Certification required within 6 Months.

A full job description is available on the Town of Canterbury website.

Please send resume to: Ken Folsom, Town Administrator Town of Canterbury NH PO Box 500 Canterbury, NH 03224

Salary: $16.00-17.50 per hour depending on qualifications.

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Transfer Station Scale Attendant – Town of Hampton

The Town of Hampton Department of Public Works is seeking applications for a full-time Transfer Station Scale Attendant. This position requires computer skills and ability to maintain good public relations with the general public. A State of New Hampshire Weigh Master’s License will be required within 90 days of employment. A CDL-B driver’s license will be required within 8 months of employment to assist with other Public Works Department duties as needed. Duties include: enforcing rules relating to the proper utilization of the transfer station; weighing Transfer Station users consistent with applicable rules; collecting fees; and issuing receipts when necessary. The successful candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment screening including a background check, driving record check, and drug and alcohol tests. Other job related and employment tests may be required. Job description is available upon request. Starting Salary $14.16/hr. Send resumes with cover letter to Jennifer Hale, Deputy Public Works Director, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton NH 03842, or email to jhale@town.hampton.nh.us Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls, please. No facsimiles will be accepted. The Town of Hampton is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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For Sale

Diesel Hyster Forklift & Two Balers for Sale

The Town of Canaan, NH has the following items for sale, Please contact Mike Samson (603-523-4501 x 5)  if interested or if you have any questions.

1) 1986 Diesel Hyster H40 XL forklift,  Load capacity 4,000 lbs.

2) TWO , Advance Lifts Downstroke Balers BR9000 SN 18004 997A and BR9000 SN 18004 997B.  Looks like it’s rated for 15 HP but I haven’t climbed up to look.

Both in excellent condition. Acquired from NETC.

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More NH Municipal Job Postings…

Can be found at:  https://www.nhmunicipal.org/Resources/ClassifiedAds

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NRRA CALENDAR

August 2017

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 – NRRA Offices Closing at Noon

September 2017

  • Monday, September 4, 2017 – Labor Day, NRRA OFFICE CLOSED

  •  Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Operator Training (Electronics Recycling & Mercury Devices), Londonderry, VERMONT @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – M.O.M Meeting @ NRRA Offices, 8:30 AM (Eligible for 2.5 NHDES Credits!!)

  • Associate & Vendor Dues Invoices go out this month!

 Click Here for Full M.O.M Meeting Calendar

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