Full of Scrap 2/21/2013

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

  • Compost Bin Sale – Last Call!
  • Recycling Awards – Call for Nominations
  • February Market Prices
  • DES Training
  • VT E-Cycles Trainings
  • Classifieds

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR

In our never ending pursuit of accurate accounting for all things municipal, NRRA has for years asked that all materials moved through NRRA use a Bill of Lading in order to have an accurate record. Usually a three-part, carbonless form, one for the town, one for the vendor or endpoint recipient, and one for NRRA, they have been invaluable in helping to maintain a full and accurate chain of custody for the town property once it leaves the facility.

Going forward, the forms you need are now available anytime at http://www.nrra.net/bills-of-lading/ and you have several options. You can use one of the pdf forms to fill in right on your computer and then print it out, or you can use the others ( basic pdf, excel, or word format) to print out as many copies as you need and fill them in.  Then send NRRA one copy, keep one for yourself, and use one for the driver after getting a signature.

In those cases where the driver is picking up material when the site is closed, members should have a plastic protector on the forms (or a mailbox) so the driver can sign the BOL, leave one for you and take one with the load. This system will  help us tremendously and your NRRA Release and Transaction #’s will allow us to use them as tracking numbers in our database, just like UPS or FEDEX.  It will also avoid any future delays in having the forms available when you need them.

On the NRRA website, the BOL FORMS are all linked in the right hand column; and if have any trouble at all, please contact us and we’ll email the attachments directly to you. For those towns that deliver loose material, using the BOL form will provide you with a sound tracking system for all your material.

As always, your help to make this system easier to use and more accurate is much appreciated.  If you would like to see any information added to our forms that you think would help, just let us know.


CONFERENCE FILLING UP!

It seems like the exhibit hall will be overflowing once again this year as vendors and exhibitors have been signing up even earlier than usual, so be sure and save the date for what will be – without question – a greatly informative conference on June 3 and 4. For you exhibitors, I encourage you to get your forms back as soon as possible to have some choices on booth locations. For you Attendees, the Workshops are confirmed and we even added a couple of extra ones so be sure to register as early as you can once that schedule is sent out (which will be coming up shortly).

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NRRA NEWS

 

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.

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ADAM’S DESK

NRRA Price Guide
2013 Market for February

*Please Note:  Current market pricing – THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE – subject to change and subject to rental and / or haul fees. As always, for specifics call your friendly Member Services Representative.  NRRA works with multiple vendors and pricing will vary.

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NH DES NEWS

DES to Offer Training Course for New Solid Waste Operators

DES will be offering a training course for new solid waste operators on April 4, 2013 at the DES offices in Concord. The training will begin at 8:30 AM and finish by 4:00 PM. New operators must submit an application for certification and a $50 fee in order to attend the training class. Please contact Nelson Ordway at 271-2925 or nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov for more information.

2012 AFR Forms for Solid Waste Facilities Available Online

Each year, permitted solid waste facilities are required to report their regulated activities to DES.  The 2012 Annual Facility Report (AFR) forms for Transfer Station and Scrap Metal Facility are online at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swmb/css/index.htm or click here for the pdf.  Reports are due March 31, 2013 and can be submitted in the mail, by fax (271-2456) or electronically, either as a pdf or email attachment to: Solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov.  Please make sure to sign the report before sending them in.  Send questions to solidwasteinfo@des.nh.gov or call 271-2925.

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NH THE BEAUTIFUL

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

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SCHOOL NEWS YOU CAN USE

 Meet Our Educators

Through extensive research at over 200 New England Schools NRRA found that the single most challenging area for school recycling programs was in providing curriculum integrations that brought recycling and sustainability into classrooms to be used as the subject matter for meeting state and local curriculum standards. The intention of the NRRA School CLUB is to address just that issue with its new programs now being offered. The CLUB offers six classroom workshops and three technical assistance programs. To do this we have six Educators whose vast experience can not only help you meet curriculum standards but engage your students!

  • Jackie Albanese: Jackie started with NRRA in 2010 as an intern working on one of NRRA’s EPA school programs grants. She visited schools across New England to perform STAR Assessments, and more recently was the lead researcher on NRRA’s HHW Collection project.
  • Jess Sankey: Jess Sankey was formerly with the Chittenden Solid Waste District in Vermont, where she led that progressive organization’s work with schools across the greater Burlington area. Jess brings that expertise and experience to NRRA, as well as a keen eye for the links between schools and the communities they live in.
  • Charen Fegard: Charen comes to NRRA from AVR, where she was a full time Programs Coordinator and in-school expert for more than 7 years. Charen literally designed most of the programs NRRA offers, but is particularly interested in toxics, indoor air quality, and in working with student led teams.
  • Marc Morgan: Marc Morgan has been working in the solid waste industry for the past fifteen years. His career started at Keene State College where he worked for the college’s recycling program. Some of the projects Marc has worked on include: developing a statewide school recycling calendar contest for New Hampshire; providing technical assistance to schools to improve recycling programs; creating new recycling programs at schools; presenting to students; partnering with teachers to develop classroom work focused on resource management and overseeing a school recycling program.
  • Cindy Sterling: Cindy comes to NRRA after years of service as an educator and recycling coordinator at the Windham Solid Waste District in Vermont. Among Cindy’s areas of expertise are the connections between recycling and sustainability and both local and national curricular standards.

For more information about the programs we offer click here! E-mail us at theclub@nrra.net or call 603.736.4401 ext 17 to find out more about the CLUB and grant opportunities for programming.

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VERMONT NEWS

 

2013 E-CYCLES REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE

The Agency of Natural Resources has recently finalized its 2013 E-Cycles Report to the Legislature.  The finalized document is available online on the E-Cycles Website and has been sent to the Vermont Legislature which will be reviewing the report in the coming months.

The ANR has also recently updated a number of Education and Outreach resources on the E-Cycles Website, including brochures, posters, and information sheets for collection locations.

Questions about either the Report to the Legislature or the Education and Outreach Documents should be directed to the E-Cycles Program at ANR.

 

 

LABELS, LABELS, LABELS!

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 ANNOUNCES E-CYCLES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, April 23rd

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

 

 Thursday, March 14

NRRA, in partnership with the ReSOURCE, the State of Vermont, and Community National Bank of Barre, will be offering an E-Cycles Operator Training, in person, on Thursday, March 14 at 2.15 pm and lasting about 2 hours.

The training will be held in the Conference Room at Community National Bank, 316 North Main Street, in Barre.

In addition to the standard E-Cycles Operator Training, we are pleased to offer an additional training module at the same time.  Scott Meyer, of VT Project WorkSafe/VOSHA will be on hand to present a short Safe Lifting Training.  The safe lifting training will be a condensed version of the trainings offered by ANR and VOSHA previously.

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 25 participants.  In general, registration will be first come first serve, with preference given to Operators from the Central region of Vermont.

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

Many thanks go to our friends and colleagues at ReSOURCE, Community National Bank, and the State of Vermont for hosting the event.

There is 2 hour free parking on Main Street in Barre.  There is also a municipal parking lot, behind Key Bank, across from CNB that offers abundant parking.

To access the conference room,  come in through the back door of Community National Bank, and up the stairs or up the elevator.  Take a left from either and find the big room overlooking Main Street.  We do ask that you not arrive before 2:00 pm.

What: E-Cycles Operator Training & Safe Lifting Training
When:  Thursday, March 14 at 2:15 pm
Who:   E-Cycles Operators/ Solid Waste Professionals from Central VT and beyond.
Where: Community National Bank, 316 North Main St, Barre
Google Map:  HERE
Registration:  Limited to 25.  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

 

 

 

 Register NOW

7th Annual
Vermont Organics Recycling Summit

Managing Organics As A Resource:
Vermont Takes Up The Challenge

March 28, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Randolph Center, Vermont

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MASSACHUSETTS NEWS

South Shore Recycling Cooperative Updates

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NATIONAL NEWS

Free Signs & Images

Recycling signs and labels can be printed for free! Click here to see the many options!

 

 

EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Smart Growth Assistance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today is inviting applications from communities interested in exploring barriers to smart growth and testing innovative strategies that can create healthier, more sustainable places to live, work, and play.

EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program provides technical assistance to help communities grow in ways that improve the local economy, the environment, and people’s health. The program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges, such as managing stormwater, increasing transit-oriented development, and adapting to climate change, and to share those solutions with other communities.

EPA will be accepting applications from tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have partnered with a governmental entity for their request for assistance. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013. EPA will provide assistance to three to four communities selected from this round of applications.

EPA is seeking applications in the following four categories:

1. Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change – Projects should aim to develop planning principles and building design guidelines that ensure future development provides communities with better protection against storms, floods, and other natural disasters.

2. Redevelopment for Job Creation – Projects should aim to support growing industries that provide quality jobs for existing residents using land use policies that direct development to existing neighborhoods, are pedestrian-friendly, allow for transit connections, and are close to businesses and public services.

3. Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design – Projects should help communities that are using manufactured and modular homes to address sudden population and economic growth. These communities should provide a mix of uses and maximize existing streets and other infrastructure investments, community gathering spaces, and water and energy efficiency.

4. Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting – Projects should aim to explore planning for high-quality community service facilities, including health care centers and social services centers, in ways that support neighborhood economic development and healthy communities.

Since 2005, the SGIA program has helped an array of communities from across the country on issues such as stormwater management, code revision, transit-oriented development, affordable housing, infill development, corridor planning, green building, and climate change. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) became involved with the SGIA program through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. In many cases, HUD and DOT serve on the SGIA technical assistance teams, and help identify how SGIA projects can complement and build on past and future federal investments.

More information on the SGIA program and applications: http://epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm

More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov

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CLASSIFIEDS

 

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

 

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NRRA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

March

  • March 13th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

  • March 13th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office

April

  • April 10th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

May

  • May 8th: MOM Meeting – NRRA Office

  • May 8th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office

  • May 27th: Memorial Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED

June

  • No M.O.M Meeting

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

  • June 4th: 4th Annual School Recycling Conference

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