Full of Scrap 02/07/2013


  • Last Call for Compost Bin Sale!
  • Nomination Form for Conference Awards
  • VT E-Cycles Trainings
  • Classifieds

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There can be no more rewarding or important work than educating students on the importance of recycling for today and tomorrow.

Please note below the details of the NRRA School Club Program that is now up and running in several school districts and could be in yours. If you are a Transfer Facility, or Town Office, and certainly a School, we encourage you to reach out and help NRRA help the schools in your area become better recyclers or be recognized for the good recycling work they are already doing. We have a cadre of six excellent outreach educators that can provide workshops, assessments, and hands on demonstrations that will encourage students, faculty and staff at schools to start, re-energize, or expand on their recycling efforts. In NH, thanks to a grant from NHtB, matching funds are available for

programs; and in Vermont, Solid Waste Districts have been stepping up to assist schools in their area receive this outstanding curriculum enhancement. Please contact the School Club at theclub@nrra.net or call 603.736.4401 ext. 17.


Conference Update

All Exhibitors and sponsors should look to register early as the booth space is filling up; and we try to get everyone a location they wish. If you have any questions at all, please contact me directly at mdurfor@nrra.net

DPW Heads and Town Administrators

As you all know, MSW and its disposal and transport is a large part of your budgets. Working with your NRRA Member Services Representative can help you insure that your contracted cost of dealing with MSW is competitive and in line with other communities. NRRA is compiling more information on this critical handling and budgetary component and is more than willing and able to sit with you in person or on the phone and review your current contract and possible options come renewal time. NRRA is your single source devoted to helping you reduce the total volume of your waste stream, and reducing the cost of what’s left at the same time.

Member Benefit

We want to remind you that NRRA members can get recycling news for free.  Resource Recycling publishes three weekly e-newsletters that are full of useful information.  The only thing members have to do is to send an email to jpowell@resource-recycling.com and let Jerry know which newsletter or newsletters you’d like to receive.

Resource Recycling looks at the critical issues and trends in municipal waste recovery.  Our two specialty newsletters – Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News – are the only periodicals looking solely at plastics and electronics recycling.



Last Call for Compost Bin Sale!!!

There’s still time to sign up for the annual compost bin sale.  If you have any questions about how the program works, give Kris a call at extension 10.




2013 Outstanding Recycling Awards

The NRRA is proud to present awards for outstanding achievements in Recycling.  If you know either an individual who stands out or an exceptional recycling program or innovative recycling idea that should be recognized, please click here,  fill out the form  and mail or fax it to the NRRA. All nominations must be received by May 3rd 2013.

2013 Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award

The NRRA is proud to present the Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award. This Award is given annually to an individual who combines the qualities of commitment, creativity, leadership, enthusiasm and flexibility in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program. To nominate an individual for this award, please click here, complete this form and mail or fax it to the NRRA. All nominations must be received by May 3rd, 2013.




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.  New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. is now supporting the NRRA School Education Program (the Club).  The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (www.nrra.net) administers the New Hampshire the Beautiful programs.

 Grants Program for NH Municipalities

New Hampshire municipalities are all eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment.  For more information or to apply for a grant, go to the NHtB website (www.nhthebeautiful.org), 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 is scheduled for April, 2013.

New Hampshire the Beautiful 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.  For a complete list of signs available or to apply for signs, please visit www.nhthebeautiful.org.  Just print the forms you need and fax them to 603-736-4402.  Please NOTE!!! You can only order signs that are on the list. Words can be removed, but nothing can be added.

NHtB Quick Links:

To obtain a grant application form, click here: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/equipment_grant_app_710.pdf

To obtain a sign order form, click here: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/signs.php

To obtain an order form recycling bins, click here: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/clear_stream.php

To obtain an order form for ClearStreams/bags, click here: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/clear_stream.php





Looking for a great School-Wide Spring Event?

Look no further, the NRRA School CLUB will help you have a Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) – a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A TOLD consists of: Envisioning and Audit Planning, the Audit, and Presentation of the Results & Action Plan.

TOLDs often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management.

For more information on hosting a TOLD and Grant opportunities available for NH Schools or other programs we offer contact the CLUB at theclub@nrra.net or call 603.736.4401 ext. 17



10-Year-Old’s Recycling Business Hailed by City Leaders


Stephen Messenger

Business / Corporate Responsibility
January 25, 2013

© My ReCycler

At an age when most youngsters are just beginning to get acquainted with the world they’ve inherited, 10-year-old Vanis Buckholz was already thinking of ways he could help make it a better one for others — and grown-ups have taken notice.

After learning about the importance of recycling on Earth Day at his elementary school a few years back, Vanis began to to notice how much reusable stuff people were throwing away every day, and decided to try to make a difference. So, at the ripe young age of 7, he became one of the nation’s youngest eco-entrepreneurs, launching his very own recycling business to serve his hometown of Corona del Mar, California — thus, “My ReCycler” was born.

“The idea for my business name came from ‘cycling’ and riding my scooter around town picking up trash on our beach, streets and parks then hauling it home to recycle,” says Vanis. “My mom and dad taught me to never pollute so picking up trash was something we always did but now it’s a part of the business.”

After three years in business, My ReCycler has expanded with the help of his family, friends, and folks from throughout the region — and a trailer attached to his bike to collect his customer’s recyclables. In fact, nowadays his trips to the recycling center are by the truckload.

But if all that wasn’t remarkable enough for such an ambitious youngster, Vanis then decided to donate a portion of the recycling profits Project Hope Alliance, an organization that provides outreach to homeless and underprivileged kids.

It’s so easy to do nothing. But it’s really good to do something! I always tell my new customers that “every little bit matters”. Even ONE bottle helps. I love my job. I’m a very lucky kid but there’s a lot of kids who don’t have much luck.

“Project Hope Alliance is both amazed and humbled by the contributions and support given by Vanis to our organization,” says Executive Director Jennifer Friend. “With his support we are educating and empowering homeless children in Orange County to end the cycle of poverty. Thank you Vanis for being a shining example of hope in action”

Vanis recently spoke before city council meeting, where he was lauded by Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry: “Newport Beach is the home of some great entrepreneurs. The one tonight is particularly young, but I think is a very outstanding entrepreneur.”





Accurate Pallet and Gaylord Labels help ensure that all reporting and payments are accurate.  NRRA has printable labels available at http://www.nrra.net/vt-e-waste/Labels are required under state and federal regulation.  Failure to properly label gaylords and pallets could result in violations and fines in the event of an inspection by regulators.  Labels are also used by Good Point to double check the information on BOLs and sort sheets and ensure accurate reporting.  Labels should, at a minimum, include the words “Electronic Waste” or “Used Electronics”, the collection location (name and/or EW#) and the contents (sorted, unsorted, covered, non-covered, etc.).

Working collaboratively, NRRA, Good Point Recycling, and the Agency of Natural Resources have identified gaylord and pallet labeling of electronics as a major focus area for the remainder of the program year.  Please redouble your efforts to make sure that each and every gaylord you ship or store has a correct label.  If NRRA can be of any service to you in this effort, please just let us know.  NRRA has printable labels available at http://www.nrra.net/vt-e-waste/

Written Response Plans for Releases and Leakage

A reminder from the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and NRRA to all Collection Locations that each location is required by regulation to have on hand a written plan for responding to releases and leakage from electronics.  Locations permitted as Solid Waste Facilities likely have these plans in place already as part of the permitting process.  However, ANR has developed a template for developing an approvable response plan for any site, permitted or not, that has a use for it.  The template is not yet circulating publicly, but should be available from ANR shortly  Anyone interested in reviewing or using the template should contact Karen Knaebel at the ANR.


Posters, Brochures, and Public Outreach

ANR has asked NRRA to let participants know that they are working on a new order of E-Cycles Posters and Brochures for distribution at collection locations, recyclers, and retailers.  Anyone interested in obtaining these materials should contact Karen Knaebel at ANR to place their order or get more information.

Similarly, ANR is working on a more comprehensive public outreach campaign to support the E-Cycles program.  The plan will likely include increased radio and TV advertising as well as other outreach.  Anyone with comments, ideas, or questions about the campaign should contact Karen Knaebel at ANR.

E-Cycles Program School Project

ANR recognizes that although the E-Cycles program is primarily a “drop off” program, Vermont School Districts are not always readily equipped with appropriate vehicles or staff to transport large quantities of electronic waste directly to an E-Cycles collection location.

Therefore, as of this date, the Vermont E-Cycles Program will allow registered collectors and recyclers to  pick-up of electronic waste from Vermont School Districts (who are a covered entity under the Vermont E-Cycles Program) and include those devices as covered electronic devices to be paid for under the Program with no device limit and with no charge for recycling. Transportation costs associated with the pick up from the school will not be paid for under the Program.

The following criteria are required:

  1. The pick-up of electronic waste from a school district is limited to computers, computer monitors, televisions, computer peripherals, devices containing a cathode ray tube, or printers as defined in the electronics waste law.
  2. There will be no charge to the Vermont School District for any charges relating to the recycling of devices outlined in #1 above.
  3. Recycling of these devices will be paid for under the Vermont E-Cycles Program.
  4. Transportation costs associated with the pick up from the school would not be paid for under the E-Cycles Program.
  5. Collection Location must ensure, by signature, that these items were collected from a Vermont School District.
  6. Transporters and Recyclers must be participants in the Vermont E-Cycles Program.
  7. Collectors, Transporters and Recyclers must be registered with the State of Vermont E-Cycles Program.
  8. Any costs associated with the promotion or advertising of this service to be provided to Vermont School Districts will not be paid for under the E-Cycles Program.

Public Service Announcements

A brief note to all our collection locations, school partners, solid waste districts, and independent towns:  NRRA developed a video PSA about the E-Cycles program.  We would very much appreciate it if you would include links to the videos on your websites.  We have them posted on You Tube, but if you would like the full downloadable version, we can get those to you as well, just contact us at vtewaste@nrra.net or call 603.736.4401 ext. 19.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word!

60 Second PSA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma1XwhFqxDk&feature=plcp

30 Second PSA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogfJPmMkV4c&feature=plcp



NRRA, in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will be offering an E-Cycles Operator Training, in person, on Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:00pm (training will last for about 90 minutes).

The training will be held at the NEK District Office/ Transfer Station in Lyndonville.

The training is open to all personnel that work with the E-Cycles Program including Transfer Station Attendants, Managers, Drivers, Administrators, Directors, Recycling Coordinators, and any other similar staff.  The training is also open to any solid waste or recycling personnel who do not currently participate in the E-Cycles Program, but would like to learn more.

Registration is FREE but is limited to 15.  In general, registration will be first come first serve, with preference given to Operators from the North East region of Vermont.

Registration and questions can be directed to 800-223-0150 x19 or vtewaste@nrra.net.

Many thanks to our friends and colleagues at NEKWMD for hosting the event.

It should be noted that is training will include NEW information about the legislative and operational changes that went into effect this past July 1. Much of the program will remain the same from Year 1, but some important changes will be explained.  Repeat attendance is highly encouraged!

What: E-Cycles Operator Training
Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:00 pm
E-Cycles Operators/ Solid Waste Professionals from NEK VT and beyond.
NEKSWMD Office, 224 Church Street, Lyndonville, VT 
Google Map:  
Limited to 15.  Call 800-223-0150 x19 or email vtewaste@nrra.net to register


On Site Trainings

NRRA will be providing one operator training in each of the five E-Cycles regions of Vermont between now and September 30, 2013. NRRA is looking for locations to host these in-person trainings.  If you are interested in having NRRA on site to provide training and can open up to other operators from your region, please contact Norm Staunton at nstaunton@nrra.net or (800) 223-0150 ext 19.   Please let us know if you are interested in hosting a training for your staff and local colleagues. We are particularly interested in locations in the Central and Champlain Valley areas of Vermont.

School Collection Fundraising Events

NRRA and its recycling partner Good Point Recycling have developed School Collection and Education Fundraiser Events as part of the NRRA VT E-Cycles Program.  Under this plan, NRRA and its partners will provide support and compensation for schools that are willing and able to host and staff Electronics Collections Events on their grounds.  During these events, any “covered entity” listed above will be able to drop off any “covered device” at no charge. Other electronic devices can also be dropped off and there will be a set charge for these devices.  The events will be coordinated with media exposure and educational opportunities for students and the community.  Participating schools are able to do additional fundraising during the event, but may not charge for the recycling.  Instead, NRRA and Good Point can compensate schools that can provide volunteer labor to help direct material into sorted bins.  Schools also get to recycle their own materials during the events.  Many schools choose to use the funds generated from the event as a way to pay for NRRA School CLUB programs in their classrooms. NRRA is particularly interested in marketing these events in towns without other permanent collection facilities but there is no limit on the number or location of events we can support.


VT E-Cycles Operator Training Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on March 18, 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/770099935

The training is open to all personnel that work with the E-Cycles Program including Transfer Station Attendants, Managers, Drivers, Administrators, Directors, Recycling Coordinators, and any other similar staff. The training is also open to any solid waste or recycling personnel who do not currently participate in the E-Cycles Program, but would like to learn more.

It should be noted that is training will include NEW information about the legislative and operational changes that went into effect this past July 1. Much of the program will remain the same, but some important changes will be explained. Repeat attendance is highly encouraged!

Title: VT E-Cycles Operator Training Webinar
Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Serve

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Training – Safe Lifting/Palletizing/Labeling

Tuesday February 19, 2013 9:30 am to 11:30 pm Wincycle – Windsor

We are scheduling our final safe lifting training for facilities and operators managing electronic waste. This training will be conducted by Vermont’s Project WorkSAFE on safe lifting techniques as well as a small amount of time set aside to talk about proper labeling and a question and answer session. We encourage all e-cycles collection locations/transporters in the area to attend- please let your operators know so they make take advantage of this opportunity.

Note: If you would like to obtain other E-cycles Program guidance materials or outreach information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

TO REGISTER FOR A TRAINING – PLEASE SUPPLY: (Via e-mail to Karen.knaebel@state.vt.us or (802) 522-5136)


**REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – There will be a limit of 25 per training date – registration will help us determine if there will be a need to schedule additional trainings or if there will be enough in attendance to hold the event on the date scheduled.

Should you have any concerns, suggestions, or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Karen at  Karen.knaebel@state.vt.us or (802) 522-5136.


 7th Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

 Managing Organics As A Resource: Vermont Takes Up The Challenge

Save the Date!
March 28, 2013  – 9:00 am  to 4:00 pm
Randolph Center, Vermont

Hosted by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Composting Association of Vermont Registration Opens Feb. 15.

The Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS) is a one-day event with six educational and technical workshops and an opportunity to network with vendors and exhibitors. This year’s Summit will focus on action steps Vermonters are taking to meet the organics diversion mandate in Vermont’s new law, Act 148.

 The Summit’s 1 ¼ and 1 ½ hour workshops include:

  • Building Infrastructure Town by Town: Low Tech Options;
  • Maintaining Compost Quality;
  • Case Studies of Successful Collections Programs;
  • Reduction and Source Separation at Schools, Grocery Stores and Resorts;
  • Heat Capture and Recovery from Composting, and;
  • Compost and Climate Change: How Carbon Sequestration Works.

The day will also include two hands-on demonstrations: Compost Maturity and Quality, and; How to Set Up a Vermicomposting Bin.





Connecticut Governor’s Modernizing Recycling Working Group Submits Final Report

In April 2012, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed members to a Modernizing Recycling Working Group to analyze and make recommendations on how the state can modernize its approach to source reduction, reuse, and recycling, more efficiently use waste materials and reduce costs for municipalities, residents, and businesses. Those recommendations can be found in The Report of the Governor’s Modernizing Recycling Working Group , which was submitted to Governor Malloy in December 2012.

The Working Group heard from experts and thought leaders from around the country, listened to members of the public, interviewed stakeholders, and evaluated information about the current state of materials management in Connecticut.  The report supports a further integrated approach to sustainable materials management in the state.  Connecticut will drive environmental and economic benefits today and in the future through:

  • Promoting an environmentally beneficial infrastructure;
  • Fostering economic development and job creation through increased materials recovery;
  • Reducing economic, operational, and administrative burdens on municipalities and individuals; and
  • Redefining the role of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the role and value of multiple Regional Solid Waste Authorities.

For more information, please contact DEEP.CTRecycleWG@ct.gov.






Oregon State University has put together this great course on Recycling and managing waste.  Though it does focus on Oregon, it is a great class for anyone learning the basics and beyond.  I found it very interesting.  Anyway, FYI-





SWANA’s 2013 Winter Training Center
Atlanta, GA | February 25-28, 2013
Certification Exams: February 28, 2013

Register for any Winter Training Course and receive $50 off.  
Enter promo code WTC50 at checkout. *

Managing Collection Systems
Three-day course | February 25-27 | 8AM – 5:30 PM

This course addresses the collection of residential solid waste and recyclables from single family and multi-family residences. It includes a discussion of state-of-the-art technology and best practices as reported in the literature and practice. The course includes a discussion of state-of-the-art technology and best practices as reported in literature and the practice.

After completing this course, participants will understand:

  • The fundamentals of municipal solid waste design and operation
  • The methods, types, and levels of collection services
  • The issues associated with organizing and managing collection services
  • The concepts and practices associated with cost accounting and financing collection services

Register Now | View Course Descriptions





Town of Dunbarton seeks a highly motivated, energetic employee to work part-time (24-32 hours) at the Transfer Station.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be able to lift 75 lbs., work in a fast paced environment, and operate related recycling equipment.  Mechanical ability is a plus.  Saturdays are mandatory.

Applications available at the Dunbarton Town Office, 1011 School Street, Dunbarton, NH 03046 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (603) 774 -7090.



Town of Dunbarton seeks a part-time Assistant Manager for the Transfer Station.  Applicants must have a CDL-B license (roll-off experience a plus), be at least 18 years old, able to lift 75 lbs., work in a fast paced environment, operate related recycling equipment and possess mechanical ability.  Saturdays are mandatory.  Starting pay is $14-$16/hr. depending on experience.

Applications available at the Dunbarton Town Office, 1011 School Street, Dunbarton, NH 03046 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call (603) 774 -7090

WANTED:   Used glass crusher

Please contact Barry Domina, Operations Manager @ NW Solid Waste District, VT; Tel:  802-524-5986 Ext 11 or email at: warminthesun@gmail.com






  • February 13th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

  • February 18th: President’s Day – NRRA OFFICE OPEN

  • February 21st:  NH the Beautiful Board Meeting – NRRA Office


  • March 13th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

  • March 13th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office


  • April 10th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office


  • May 8th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

  • May 8th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office

  • May 27th: Memorial Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED


  • No M.O.M Meeting

  • June 3rd & 4th: 32nd Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

  • June 4th: 4th Annual School Recycling Conference

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