Full of Scrap 2/27/12


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  • PGA Packet
  • NH DES Course…Watch your mailboxes!
  • Town of Lisbon Job Opening
  • 2012 Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Application
  • Hurry & Sign up for the Compost Bin Sale!
  • HHW News
  • “Did You Know?” A Series from Gordon Martin, Wellesley, MA
  • School Dream Machine Program
  • VT News: Call for additional Collection Locations, Conference Call & Webinar



“It is not enough to prepare our children for the future, we must prepare the future for our children.”  Go Green Initiative



Keynote Closing for the 31st Annual Recycling Conference and Exposition

Recycling Jobs – Now and in the Future!
Ms. Susan V. Collins

 NRRA is proud to have a Keynote Speaker as accomplished as Susan presenting the closing at our 31st Annual Conference. Her insightfulness into the world of recycling and recycling jobs will be a perfect capstone to the two day conference in June. Ms. Collins is the Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute and has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for 20 years.  She also leads research projects for the Container Recycling Institute and works with environmental organizations, activists and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. CRI produces authoritative research, studies impacts of packaging reuse and recycling systems, and creates national networks for mutual progress. Ms. Collins co-developed and co-teaches a course in Extended Producer Responsibility through the CRRA training and certification program, and occasionally guest-lectures at universities.

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


Mike Faller of the Meredith NH Department of Public Works Elected New Chair

Mike was elected to a one year term starting with the March, 2012, MOM meeting and will ably take over the reins from Roger Rice of Lee who has served for the past year. Many thanks to Roger for his time in grade and to Mike for stepping up to help with this important position. These meetings have always been extremely helpful to the point of encouraging members to attend from as far away as Connecticut and the North Country of NH! It is especially important now that they will qualify for NH DES Continuing Ed Credits. Please contact your Member Services Representative for details on how to get your certificates.


NRRA Executive Director participates in a White House Roundtable on E-Waste Green Jobs

I was proud to represent the Northeast Region in this first of many discussions that will hopefully create a greater awareness of the domestic job potential for proper e-waste recycling.

Officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the State of Mass. gathered at Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), for a White House Business Council (WHBC) Round Table discussion on Friday January 20, 2012. The meeting was part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to promote job creation and the responsible recycling of electronics products. The visit to ERI featured a behind-the-scenes look at the recovery of precious and rare earth metals and other valuable materials from used electronics such as computers, monitors, televisions, and cell phones. The roundtable was led by New England Regional Administrators Robert Zarnetske, GSA and Curt Spalding, EPA.

The roundtable was moderated by ERI Chairman and CEO, John Shegerian. The Round Table discussion provided an opportunity for Zarnetske, Spalding, Shegerian and a host of New England green business leaders to discuss growing job opportunities in the region, and specifically, the American Jobs Act and what it can mean for the surrounding communities.

Zarnetske shared specific elements of the American Jobs Act and also gathered feedback and input from the other Round Table participants, which he brought back with him to Washington D.C. and communicated directly to the White House.

Individuals from the following companies and organizations attended:  Metech Recycling, Inc., WeRecycle!, LLC, XTechnology Global, North Coast Services LLC, Waste Management Recycle America, Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., Northeast Recycling Council, Northeast Resource Recovery Association, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and MassRecycle.

“A growing electronic recycling industry has great environmental and economic potential–it makes addressing pollution profitable while also creating green jobs,” said Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator of EPA’s New England office. “We applaud the leaders of this industry and are excited to continue expanding the conversation through these roundtables.”

“E-cycling is good public policy and it’s good business. Companies all over the country are proving that environmental stewardship can be profitable,” said Bob Zarnetske, Regional Administrator of GSA’s New England office. “This is an important emerging market and the federal government is here to help this industry grow jobs and improve the way we handle our resources.”

More information on GSA’s green business goals and promoting federal agencies’ purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products is available at: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/234565.


Executive Director Contributes to Nationally Broadcast Radio Program

Thanks to several members alerting us to the Recycling program which aired last week on the Diane Reams show out of our nation’s capital, I was able to get a couple of comments posted and received several calls as a result. Overall an excellent program for folks turning their attention to the potential for increased recycling. You can listen to the entire program at this link if you wish: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-02-21/business-recycling-and-garbage#comments.


NRRA Awarded Single Stream Bid in Vermont

NRRA will begin hauling single stream material from Northern Vermont to a processing facility out of state by virtue of its award of a one year contract. The details are being finalized, but the bid submitted by NRRA was very competitive and will result in a higher positive revenue.


PGA Workshop and National Webinar Advocate Increased Usage

Below you will find links to notes from the January 25th workshop:

Included is a spec sheet on the program, map of  current PGA Host Sites, Host Site Guidelines, CWDP No. 11, How to Apply- Sheet 1 and Sheet 2, NH DOT Division 300 – Base Course Definitions, and the  links to two webinars (see below) held recently on glass programs as well as specifications including ASTM Lab Testing Results for PGA. Last, but not least, we have pulled from the archives a 1993 report of the CRREL Lab in Hanover on the Determination of Frost Susceptibility of Recycled Crushed Glass – Aggregate Mixtures. Please call if you need any further information. NRRA is continuing its efforts to increase the acceptability of PGA usage with NH DOT and will feature a full workshop at the upcoming Annual Conference.

1) NRRA’s PGA Program Description/ January 25, 2012 Meeting Results

2) NRRA’s Glass Container/PGA Spec. Sheet

3) NRRA’s PGA Host-Collection Site Map

4) NRRA’s PGA Host Site Guidelines

5) DES Certified Waste Derived Product #11 – Aggregate for Construction (Using PGA)

6) DES Instructions – HOW to APPLY for a New Certified Waste Derived Product

7) DES Application to Certify a Waste Derived Product for Distribution and Use

8) DOT Standard Specifications for Aggregate Base Course

9) US Army Corps of Engineers – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Study – The Determination of Recycled   Crushed Glass – Aggregate Mixtures 1993

10) Glass Cullet in Pennsylvania DOT’s Civil Engineering Application

11) Strategic Materials North America’s Leader in Glass Recycling – Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series – Single Stream Recycling


The State of Vermont has released its final report to the Legislature

NRRA has successfully completed the first six months of the VT E-Cycles program and estimates that it will finish the year approximately 1,100,000 pounds over the 12-month target goal of 3,441,576 pounds.  A great deal of credit for the program’s success goes to the work of the primary recycler, Good Point Recycling. The full text of the report is listed below.







Thanks to all of you who have registered for the March 14th workshop.   At this time, the class is full; however, we encourage you to call or email Paula (x. 20 or pdow@nrra.net) to have your name put on a waiting list if you are still interested in this workshop.  We are considering offering a second workshop on this topic if we have enough interest.

For those of you who made it into the March 14th class, please watch your mail as you will be receiving a packet with an agenda and a list of things you need to bring.  If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Marilyn at x. 11.  See you on the 14th!


The Town of Lisbon NH has an Immediate Need: See listing below:

Transfer Station Supervisor

The Town of Lisbon, NH seeks a qualified person to manage the Lisbon-Lyman-Landaff Solid Waste Transfer Station. Duties include: processing and marketing of recyclable materials; processing and arranging disposal of other solid waste; operation of medium-heavy equipment; and documentation and record keeping.

Preferred candidates will have a Level 3 or higher solid waste operator certificate, an entrepreneurial spirit, and strong customer service skills.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package.

Send resume / letter of interest to:
Regan Pride
Town of Lisbon
46 School Street
Lisbon, NH 03585
Equal Opportunity Employer


Have you signed up for the Conference Yet?

The NRRA staff is gearing up for another great conference & expo.  If you haven’t registered yet for the 31st Annual Conference – do it today (discount is available for early registrants!).  For your convenience, you can register on line.  Just go to http://www.nrra.net/conference/2012-conference.  You can also download the registration form and fax/email/snail mail it to us.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, we still have space available.  The sooner you sign up, the more exposure we can get you!  Visit our website for more details.  If you have questions, contact:

Sponsors:  Michael Durfor, 800-223-0150 x. 16 or email to mdurfor@nrra.net

Exhibitors:  Marilyn Weir, 800-223-0150 x. 11 or email to mweir@nrra.net

Registrations or General Info:  Paula Dow, 800-223-0150 x. 20 or email to:  pdow@nrra.net


NRRA is proud and honored to present the “Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year” Award

This award is given annually in remembrance of Sami Izzo who passed away on February 4, 2001.

Sami Izzo was a high energy and multi-talented individual who is best known for her contributions in the waste minimization and education fields. She also served with distinction on many volunteer boards and commissions throughout the Upper Valley of Vermont.

From 1991 to 2000, Sami was Program Director for the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District helping to create the Vermont HazWaste Network and the Upper Valley Compliance Officers Network. In 2000, Sami accepted the position of Recycling and Waste Minimization Coordinator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where she implemented a mercury reduction program, educated staff on waste management and assisted in the design of the building expansion program.

Notwithstanding the above contributions to the world of waste reduction and recycling, Sami will be most remembered for her quick wit, genuine smile, love of nature and outdoor activities, adoration of her children and uncompromising commitment to the environment.

 Deadline for nominations is May 4th, 2012. For more information, please follow this link:

For a word version of the a nomination form click here, for a pdf version click here, or call the office and we can send one to you.

 Who do you think should receive the “Recycler of the Year Award” this year?


It’s not too late to sign up for the NRRA Annual Compost Bin Sale!

Call Kris today to register!








See More Information Here!

Using the principal of cooperative purchasing to leverage lower prices, the NRRA is offering municipalities, community groups or service organizations (one lead group per community) Earth Machine™ Backyard Compost Bins, Systern Rain Barrels, Kitchen Scrap Pails, and Compost Turners for sale.

They can be sold to homeowners at low, “buying power” prices:  bins at $47 (retail value of $100), rain barrels at $62 (retail value of $120), pails at $8 each, and Compost Turners at $18. Or you may choose to use this sale as a fundraising opportunity and sell the bins and/or pails for $52, $67, $10, and $20 raising $5/$5/$2/$2 from each sale.

Upon request, a sample Earth Machine™ and Rain Barrel will be sent to you to assist your sales!  Sorry, free samples of Kitchen Pails and Compost Turners are not available. Only one sample per participant! Please note: if you ordered a sample last year you will not be able to receive another one unless you pay for it. Please hang on to your samples so you will have them to use year after year.

-How the Program Works-

  1. CONTACT the NRRA at (800) 223-0150, go to www.nrra.net for forms or email kstanley@nrra.net for Participation Forms/Packet.
  2. REGISTER with Kris to participate in the sale and receive free promo material.
  3. PROMOTE the Sale (master posters and order forms are provided for easy copying) and accept orders until April 2nd, 2012.
  4. RETURN the Final Order Form and check(s) to the NRRA by April 5th.  In order to have items shipped directly to you, they must be made in exact multiples as follows:  Bins multiples of 20 (i.e., 20, 40, 60, etc.) Rain Barrels multiples of 15 and Kitchen Pails in multiples of 26 for direct delivery. Compost Turners require no minimum if also ordering Compost Bins. Orders for less than required multiples are accepted, but you must pick up your order at the NRRA Office in Epsom, NH.
  5. ACCEPT delivery of compost bins/pails during the week of April 16th, 2012.
  6. DISTRIBUTE the bins/pails to your residents in time for Earth Day!

Questions? Contact Kris Stanley at
kstanley@nrra.net or 603.736.4401 ext 10



Products found in the home that have hazardous properties are considered household hazards. Many of these items can be quickly identified by their label warnings, such as “Danger”, “Warning, or “Caution”. These items are usually flammable, corrosive/caustic, explosive/reactive and/or toxic/poisonous. Common household hazards include various cleaners (oven, solvents), gardening materials (pesticides, herbicides), car and automotive liquids (anti-freeze, polishes, waxes) and other home project chemicals (oil-paints, wood polish) etc. Improper disposal can be an issue as it can cause harm to human and environmental health. Additionally, chemicals mixed improperly can lead to dangerous reactions.

There are several options for proper HHW collections in NH. These collections properly dispose of HHW. One of the options for household waste collection is to create a permanent site where residents can drop off hazards whenever the transfer station is open. There are several steps a municipality would need to take to ensure the proper regulations are being followed. A transfer station would need to apply for a Hazardous Waste Generator ID with the NHDES. A Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator in NH is only allowed to generate 220 pounds of waste, therefore most transfer stations would need to apply to be a Full Quantity Generator. A staff person at the transfer station will need to obtain the Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/hwcb/hwcs/hwccp/index.htm). This person will be in charge of the required internal paperwork, assuring storage requirements are being met and assessing what is accepted at the facility. The transfer station would need to follow all of the regulations and requirements of a Full Quantity Generator. This includes storage building maintenance, specific building requirements (secure building, impervious floor-surface, heating, fire suppression system), reporting, and contingency plans (power failures, spills). Finally, the transfer station would need to update their Solid Waste Permit.

A second option for Hazardous Waste collection is to hold a one day event with a hazardous waste contractor. Such contractors include Clean Harbors, Clean Ventures, Veolia and End Pro. With this option, the contractor is considered the hazardous waste generator and is required to follow the appropriate regulations. The contractor will be responsible for the proper handling, transporting and disposal of the hazardous waste as well as assess what to accept from households during the collections. To find a full list of hazardous waste transporters, you can visit the following link.  http://www2.des.state.nh.us/OneStop/ORCB_Active_Transporters_Results.aspx. One-day events can be expensive and, depending on how often they occur, can be inconvenient. However, the ease of a one-day event can outweigh the costs.

We are still seeking information regarding Best Practices and cost figures for HHW events. If you have any information, you can reach Jackie at 1-800-223-0150, ext. 25 or email jalbanese@nrra.net. Stay tuned for more information in future Full of Scrap editions as we continue our research into the wonderful world of HHW.




The Solid Waste Operator Certification Program has improved the renewal process for solid waste operator certification.  The operators now receive a reminder that it is time to renew when their own personalized renewal form arrives in the mail.  The operators should update any of the information on the form, and send the form with verification of 2.5 hours of continuing education and a check for $50.  If the package arrives after the expiration date, the law requires a late fee of an additional $25.  The form is mailed to their home address, so you may want to let them know to look for it when their renewal date is coming up.  Additional information on the solid waste operator certification program is available at    http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/index.htm.






Tuftonboro Saved Money in 2011 through Pellet Heating and Recycling

Granite State News
Staff Writer

TUFTONBORO — There’s still coal for the taking in the cellar of the Tufonboro town offices. “People come in, take a little, and I don’t see them again,” Code Officer Jack Parsons told the Board of Selectmen on Monday morning, Feb. 13. He needs to clear out the basement to get other jobs accomplished but removal of the coal is a dilemma.

Parsons was pleased to report that after a full year of heating the Old Town House, the town has spent $1,700 for pellets, compared to $2,600 for oil in the previous year. Prior to that the town spent $6,000 for oil.

Transfer Station Manager Clay Gallagher said that the final year’s number on recycling revenue is $75,587, representing a 40 percent increase ($20,000) from 2010. He congratulated residents for their efforts and provided information from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) that converts pounds of recyclables into environmental impact thus: Tuftonboro’s 5,070 pounds of aluminum cans conserved enough energy to run a television for 515,923 hours: the 170.76 tons of paper collected at the station saved 2,903 trees; the 51.29 tons of scrap metal sent out conserved 51,804 pounds of coal; and the 7,677 pounds of steel cans that residents put in the appropriate containers conserved enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for 199,602 hours.

Gallagher also announced Tuftonboro’s participation in a new program – the collection of used vegetable oil. NRRA provided a 55-gallon drum, filters and funnels to get started. It will pick up the oil for free, and the town will get a return of $1 per gallon.





New Hampshire the Beautiful Signs

New Hampshire Municipalities are all eligible to apply for signs (60 points each fiscal year or until funds run out).  The 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 Paula at  (603) 736-4402. Please NOTE!!! You can only order signs that are on the list. Words can be removed, but nothing can be added.


New Hampshire municipalities are all eligible to apply for grants toward the purchase price of recycling equipment. To apply for a grant, go to the NHtB website www.nhthebeautiful.org, print & fill out the form and fax it to Paula at 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 April 19, 2012.  All applications must be submitted by April 5th to be considered at the April meeting.

NH the Beautiful, Inc. (www.nhthebeautiful.org) 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 $2.75 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.




New England Schools Reach ENERGY STAR Leader Status
EPA Celebrates New England ENERGY STAR Leaders and Labeled Buildings

(Boston, Mass. – Feb. 22, 2012) – EPA is pleased to recognize the nine companies in New England  that have been named as ENERGY STAR Leaders over the past seven years, as well as the 207 buildings in New England that have received the prestigious ENERGY STAR label in 2011.

ENERGY STAR Leaders must meet one of two energy efficiency improvement milestones. The first milestone requires a 10 percent improvement in energy performance across their entire building portfolio, and subsequent recognition is given for each 10 percent improvement thereafter. The second milestone, known as “top performer,” requires that the buildings in an organization’s portfolio, on average, perform in the top 25 percent when compared to similar buildings nationwide. To be eligible for ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition, organizations are required to track and submit energy performance data for all buildings and fuel sources through EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool.

New England is home to businesses and schools that reached one or both of these ambitious milestones:  These include: Cambridge Savings Bank (Mass.), Hannaford Brothers (Maine), Middleborough Public Schools (Mass.), Rochester School District (N.H.), Saunders Hotel Group (Mass.), Smithfield Public Schools (R.I.), Staples (Mass.), Stop and Shop Supermarket Co. (Mass.), and Weston Public Schools (Conn.).

“These New England companies and schools are achieving substantial energy efficiency improvements by using Energy Star tools,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.  “They are saving money, and helping to improve air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

ENERGY STAR Leaders have cumulatively saved more than $150 million on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by nearly 95,000 homes.  The complete list of ENERGY STAR Leaders has grown to more than 200 organizations and includes school districts, national retailers, commercial real estate companies, healthcare systems, supermarket operators and hotel managers that have achieved energy efficiency improvements across more than 11,400 buildings covering nearly 730 million square feet in the United States.

In addition to the ENERGY STAR Leaders, 207 buildings in New England earned an ENERGY STAR label in 2011. The ENERGY STAR mark of excellence certifies that the buildings scored in the top 25 percent when bench marked against similar buildings in the U.S.  Buildings in 14 different categories including schools, hospitals, retail, and houses of worship are eligible to receive ENERGY STAR labels. Two New England institutions received the largest number of labels in 2011 include the Providence, Rhode Island, School Department with 11 labels and Staples, Inc. with 29 labels.

Since 2007, Providence, RI school energy managers have tracked energy use in their 36 schools and used that data to determine where they could reduce their energy consumption.  Eleven schools earned labels so far this year, and 12 more schools have submitted applications for labels that are currently being reviewed. Providence schools have also used energy utility company audits and rebates to retrofit lighting, renovate building envelopes, and upgrade HVAC systems.  These efforts have saved the City of Providence 20% of their energy bill, or almost eight million dollars since 2008.

Framingham, Mass.-based Staples has been an ENERGY STAR® partner since 1999, and has a goal to reduce the electrical intensity of their global operations by 25 percent by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.  Staples’ energy conservation measures have already reduced electricity intensity (kWh per ft2) by 12 percent across its U.S. operations, saving the company nearly $9.9 million per year. Since 2008, Staples has retrofitted lighting in more than 750 stores.

Other New England buildings receiving ENERGY STAR labels in 2011 include a hospital, four houses of worship, two senior living facilities, multiple retail, hotel and financial offices, and more schools: 16 in N.H., 11 in Mass. and one in Barrington,  R.I.

ENERGY STAR was started by EPA in 1992 as a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.  Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.  Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 33 million vehicles.

More information: ENERGY STAR (www.energystar.gov)

Dream Machine Program


The Dream Machine Recycle Rally™ is one pillar of the larger Dream Machine program-  a multi-year collaboration between PepsiCo, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful, that utilizes www.greenopolis.com – which will make thousands of recycling bins and kiosks available in popular public venues to make it more convenient and rewarding for people to recycle on–the–go. The Dream Machine program is designed around PepsiCo’s goal of creating strategic partnerships to help increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018.

Realizing the benefits of recycling requires people to participate. The Dream Machine program looks to the enthusiasm and passion of students, parents, school faculty and administration to help make recycling part of everyday behavior, and make a difference for our planet and post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities through the Dream Machine Recycle Rally.

As part of the Dream Machine Recycle Rally, students are encouraged to collect non-alcoholic beverage containers (plastic bottles and aluminum cans) and bring them into school to earn points redeemable with local businesses and/or national retailers for rewards such as sporting goods, electronics, gift cards, educational events, and music, books and videos. The more a school recycles the more rewards it can earn! In addition, there are new program contests, rewards and incentives being announced frequently, so be sure to check back often to learn more.

What’s more, for the bottles and cans recycled through the Dream Machine Recycle Rally -and the broader Dream Machine recycling initiative-PepsiCo will provide support to the Enterpreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a national program offering free education in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities, so that our nation’s heroes can make their own dreams come true.

It’s FREE to participate! We know time and resources can be limited, so program tools, promotional materials and detailed program information will be provided to make participation in the Dream Machine Recycle Rally convenient and rewarding. And, arranging for the pick-up of recycled beverage containers is easy – local representatives will work with schools to put together a collection plan. Once that’s set, Waste Management, or another approved recycler, will simply pick up the recyclables, audit them to validate the points earned, and take them to a local recycling facility for processing.



To date, we have together collected over 3.1  million pounds of electronics at no charge to Vermonters!

Thank you for everything you do to support the E-Cycles Program

The next E-Cycles Operator Conference Call will be on Monday, March 12th at 10:00 am.

Free Conference Call
Conference Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3200
Participant Access Code: 279190#

PLEASE forward this message to any staff, operators, managers, or colleagues who may wish to participate.

As always, if there is something you would like to see on the agenda, a question, concern, or otherwise, please let us know at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19 or vtewaste@nrra.net.

Thank you all, again, for your work on electronics recycling.  We’ll look forward to talking to you all on the 12th  if not before.


NRRA Seeks to Open Additional VT E-Cycles Collection Locations

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association continues to seek new collectors in Vermont to join us as a E-Cycles collection location under the Vermont State Standard Plan to provide free e-waste collection to residents, schools, charities, and small business in Vermont. Collection locations must collect all banned electronic devices from VT residents, households, charities, schools, and small businesses at no charge and must provide for proper storage.  Collection Locations are listed on a number of websites and can use E-Cycles participation as a way to drive traffic to your business.   Collection Locations that provide some basic sorting of material see not only the increased traffic but will be paid for the material they collect.  For more information on becoming an E-Cycles Collection Location, please visit www.vtecycles.org or www.nrra.net and see the section on “Becoming a Collection Location.”  There is no limit to how many collection locations we could open and locations of all kinds, including transfer stations, retailers, businesses, and non-profits are all welcome.



Vermont’s electronic waste law bans the disposal of certain electronic devices and provides for convenient collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions (covered devices) for households, school districts, and small businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals (covered entities). When disposing of electronics, remember that electronics don’t belong in your trash.  The FREE Vermont E-Cycles electronic recycling program has established 90 collection locations that are located statewide and operate year-round. All computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals and TVs – regardless of brand, age, or condition – are accepted for FREE recycling. Other electronic devices are also accepted at these locations; however, there may be a fee to dispose of those items.

As of today, over 90 collection sites and special collection events have partnered with the Program, with more expected to sign up  to offer a convenient set of collection locations as required by the State Standard Plan. To date, the Program has collected nearly 2.8 million pounds of recyclable electronic devices, with a goal of collecting over  three million pounds by the end of next June. For an up-to-date list of the locations and collection events accepting electronics under the Free Program, please visit www.vtecycles.org and look for “Where Can I Recycle?”



NRRA and its recycling partners Good Point Recycling and the Association of Vermont Recyclers (AVR) 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.  NRRA is particularly interested in marketing these events in towns without other permanent collection facilities.


As part of its role in the E-Cycles program, AVR has developed a Vermont-specific School Workshop on Electronics Recycling. These workshops will be offered as part of AVR’s routine workshop scheduling and funding mechanisms and will be specifically marketed to members and schools as a new and important product offering. These workshops will be funded by AVR Members through their routine memberships.

For more information about E-Cycles Programs for Schools, please contact NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19 or email vtewaste@nrra.net. For general questions about the E-cycles Program or information about collection locations, visit www.vtecycles.org or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.


Vermont’s electronic waste law bans the disposal of certain electronic devices and Vermont’s E-Cycles Program provides for convenient and FREE collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions (covered devices) for households, school districts, charities, and small businesses that employ 10 or fewer individuals (covered entities).

Vermont’s economy is built on small businesses.  According to the SBA, 95% of Vermont’s businesses qualify as “small businesses.”  The E-Cycles Program recognizes the contributions that small businesses make to Vermont, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees can recycle their computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, or televisions for FREE at any of the 90 plus collection locations across the state.  Small businesses may need to contact collection locations prior to dropping off larger loads to schedule an appointment. The E-Cycles Program allows small businesses to remain competitive with the latest computers and electronics and still do the right thing for the environment when recycling those electronics without suffering the costs of disposal.

As of today, over 90 collection sites and special collection events have partnered with the Program, with more expected to sign up  to offer a convenient set of collection locations as required by the State Standard Plan. To date, the Program has collected over 3.1 million pounds of recyclable electronic devices. For an up-to-date list of the locations and collection events accepting electronics under the FREE Vermont E-Cycles Program, please visit www.vtecycles.org and look for “Where Can I Recycle?” or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.


While E-Cycles does not allow for free recycling for larger businesses (more than 10 employees), Vermont law does prohibit the disposal of electronics in landfills.  Not only is it against the law to throw out electronics, but it’s expensive and bad for the environment.  Many Collection Locations may not accept from larger businesses and those that do may need to schedule the drop off of larger loads, so please call ahead.  Often, the electronics that businesses have to recycle have higher reuse or resell value, so several low or no-cost options may exist for businesses looking to recycle computers and monitors.  For more information about options for larger businesses to recycle of their electronics, call the NRRA directly at NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19 or email vtewaste@nrra.net.

For more information about the E-Cycles Program, please contact NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19 or email vtewaste@nrra.net. For general questions about the E-cycles Program or information about collection locations, visit www.vtecycles.org or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.

To view full Press Release click here


E-Cycles Operators’ Training Webinar

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association, as part of its role as the contractor for the Vermont E-Cycle Program, is pleased continue its training program for all staff involved in the collection, transportation, and recycling of Vermont E-Cycles material.

The training will be offered as a web-based “webinar” and is free to all attendees.  We encourage Transfer Station Staff, Managers, Administrators, Recyclers, Drivers and anyone else involved in the E-Cycles program to participate.  The webinar will be offered multiple times over the remainder of the program year.

The next webinar will be held on Friday, March 16th at 10:00 am.  It is expected to last approximately one hour.

This will be the same training as was offered in February.  We encourage operators who have not participated yet to join us.

Access information will be forthcoming.  The program is free but requires internet access to all who participate.

The program will also be adapted into an in-person training that NRRA staff will be offering across the state.

For more information on the webinar, or to schedule an in-person training at your location, please contact us at vtewaste@nnra.net or call NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19.

We will be soliciting input on content and format from all participants of this initial offering and welcome your feedback and suggestions.

What:  E-Cycles Operators’ Training Webinar
When: Friday, March 16th at 10:00am (approximately 1 hour)
Who:  All E-Cycles participant staff
Where:  Internet based Webinar (via GoToWebinar)
How:  Access information will be forthcoming



6th Annual
Vermont Organics Recycling Summit


Soil & Water: The Compost Connection

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Vermont Technical College
Randolph Center, Vermont

View complete agenda here.   

This  year’s keynote speaker, Holly Wescott, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share as Vermont works to expand organics recycling infrastructure.  Founder and president of Compostabilities, LLC, a business dedicated to improving soil health in local communities through composting, Wescott previously managed composting research through the University of Washington, then served as Compost Specialist for the Washington State Department of Ecology until 2007.  In that capacity, Wescott worked in the commercial composting arena with regulators, composters, local governments and researchers to develop an effective infrastructure for returning organic materials to the soil.  Her projects include revising the state of Washington’s composting regulations and establishing on-site food scrap composting at her agency.  As a board member of the Washington Organic Recycling Council, Wescott played a key role in developing two important programs to advance the production and use of compost: compost facility operator training and Soils for Salmon.  Soils for Salmon has evolved over 10 years into a globally recognized model program that develops practices to improve the function of soil as a way to conserve water, and to improve and protect water quality.

Wescott has a BS in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MS in Environmental and Resources Engineering from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

 Workshops at VORS 2012 will explore issues such as:

  • erosion control
  • soil health
  • controlling plant pathogens with compost
  • organics collection programs
  • storm water management at compost facilities
  • heat extraction from compost
  • and more!

Enjoy delicious fare, featuring foods from local farms and businesses, for continental breakfast and lunch.  The VTC campus is sited in a gorgeous rural setting featuring classic Vermont hillside views.

Compost facility managers, farmers, researchers, engineers, consultants, contractors, landscapers, community leaders, regulators, recycling specialists, policy makers, educators, and anyone with an interest in organics diversion, water quality, and soil health issues, are invited to join us for full day of networking and learning.

Please click here to register, view the complete agenda and sign up for carpooling.

Hosted by The Composting Association of Vermont and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Roni Coleman, Coordinator
802-277-3360 ext. 102




Hundreds of Mass. Businesses Support Bottle Bill

By State House News Service

February 15, 2012 11:37 AM

Advocates for updating the state’s bottle recycling law to add a 5-cent deposit to juices, sports drinks and waters trumpeted support this week from 352 businesses across Massachusetts, including about 50 establishments in Quincy, where one of the key lawmakers vetting the proposal lives.

“We’re tired of business as usual, seeing water bottles littered everywhere, when we could be recycling them so easily,” Janet Domenitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, a proponent of updating the recycling law, said in a statement Tuesday. “And we’re tired of the big business lobbyists complaining about this bill. We’re here today to show that small businesses, the backbone of the Massachusetts economy, support this bill.”

Backers of the law say adding a 5-cent deposit will give consumers incentive to recycle, saving cleanup costs for cities and towns and cutting into the hundreds of millions of plastic bottles that are discarded every year.

The state’s current law, they note, was passed in the early 1980s and applied only to carbonated beverages. Since then, supporters note, flavored waters and sports drinks have proliferated without a corresponding change in the law. Opponents of the effort compare the deposit to a tax increase, argue that it will overwhelm businesses that can’t afford to collect recyclable bottles, and will promote fraud from people who bring in bottles from out of state.

Some opponents have called for increased education about the benefits of recycling and investment in curbside recycling programs. Gov. Deval Patrick proposed updating the bottle bill to help balance a $32.3 billion budget he filed last month, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s insistence that the House’s initial budget plan be balanced without new taxes or fees appears to have put the brakes on the governor’s plan once again.

However, supporters have said they’re confident they have the votes to pass the proposal if it comes to a roll call vote in the House and Senate. Backers dropped a plan to take their effort directly to voters, contending they’d prefer to go through the Legislature


MassRecycle’s K-12 School Recycling & Composting Summit

MassRecycle’s Second Annual K-12 School Recycling & Composting Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 27, at the Boxborough Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA. This summit will bring together over 120 school officials, including school facility managers, custodial staff, food service directors, administrators, teachers, green team leaders, parents, volunteers, and more to learn ways to improve recycling, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and educate students on ways to help their schools become more sustainable. This full day event is part of the Recycling & Organics Conference & Trade Show. Register here.

 Submitted by:

-Claire Sullivan, Executive Director
South Shore Recycling Cooperative 

781.329.8318; ssrecyclingcoop@verizon.net
Chairman, Mass Recycles Paper



Below is part 1 of a series of “Did you Know” articles provided by Gordon Martin, Member of the NRRA Board of Trustees and Superintendent of the Wellesley, MA Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF).  Thank you, Gordon, for sharing your knowledge and expertise!

Congratulations to Wellesley, MA residents on another great year of recycling. Fiscal year 2011 statistics indicate that we are doing better than the state’s average in terms of the percentage recycled from the total waste stream. However, Wellesley can do better! We are not rated the best in the state yet!

It is a goal of the RDF to sustain our past success and strategize on ways to improve the recycling program in an attempt to maximize environmental and fiscal benefits of increased recycling. The collection of recyclables is easy and can be made to be fun! Try getting the kids involved and create a competitive atmosphere to see who in the household can recycle the most is an excellent way to get the whole family involved.

We look forward to partnering with the Townsman to provide educational information on a regular basis and feature a different recyclable item with some interesting fun facts. We hope that every member of your household will find the “Did You Know” articles to be interesting and educational.


Step Up Your Recycling Efforts!!!

Did You Know……… over 2,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered that a thin, wet layer of interlocking fibers becomes paper when it dries. The first paper-making materials consisted of fibers from rags, the bark of trees, plants and grasses such as hemp, bamboo, jute and straw.

Most paper and paper products manufactured today use fibers derived from wood, primarily from conifers such as spruce, fir, pine, and hemlock and some deciduous trees such as birch, oak and aspen.

When newspaper fibers are recycled for the first time, the individual fibers are long. Every time newspaper is recycled, the fibers break down and become shorter and shorter. The problem is that short fibers, even when they are interlocked with other short fibers, make the final product weak and unstable. The answer to this problem is to introduce long fibers into the mix.

Americans have been recycling paper for only three hundred years. Foreign paper makers have been recycling paper for two thousand years. This means that America’s recycled paper fibers are in great demand and foreign buyers are willing to pay a higher price for it. The RDF sells a significant amount of paper to worldwide markets because of the higher price paid to the Town.

It’s important to note, the RDF’s success starts with Wellesley residents. Your efforts make it possible for the RDF to sell good quality material at the highest global price. The estimated added revenue from the sale of exported sales is approximately $35,000 to $50,000 per year. In FY 2011, total sales of recyclables were over $600,000 and over $850,000 in total were generated from all RDF programs. All money received from the sale of recyclable products is deposited into the Town’s General Fund.

Be sure to take a few moments and separate all your recyclables. Don’t throw them in the trash compactors. Remember, trees have to be cut down to make new paper products and for every ton of paper that is recycled, 17 trees will be saved. That equates to Wellesley residents saving over 60,000 trees last year.

For more information call Gordon Martin, Superintendent of the Recycling and Disposal Facility at 781-235-7600 ext 3340 or e-mail him at gmartin@wellesleyma.gov




This Week in eLearning:

Special eSession! How Waste-to-Energy Benefits Communities: A 20-Year Perspective

Wednesday, February 29 | 1:45 PM ET

Join us this week as four officials from different waste-to-energy facilities discuss the benefits of waste-to-energy, including its role as a reliable and renewable form of energy. Read more and register.

Transfer Station eSeries: Waste Screening

Thursday, March 1 | 1:45 PM ET

This week’s session will define and provide techniques to identify and screen for prohibited and problematic wastes. Read more and register today.

Interested in sharing your expertise with others? Complete the eSession Sign-Up Form and someone from SWANA’s Division and Conference Programs Department will contact you.

Interested in becoming an online SWANA faculty? Contact training@swana.org

Register for a SWANA eLearning Event Today!



Hubway – Boston’s New Bike Sharing Program


Boston’s new bike sharing program, in case you don’t know about it, is called Hubway. It exists through a partnership with the city, the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, the MBTA, the Federal Transit Administration, New Balance shoe company, and others.

If I were to drive to work every day instead of taking the train, I would be responsible for 4,958 pounds of carbon each year added to the atmosphere. My winter driving to the train accounts for 826 pounds of CO2 a year.

Boston’s bike-sharing program started in the summer of 2011 with 600 indestructible bicycles and 60 stations around the city. The program is planning to add stations in Cambridge and Brookline too. Before the snow fell, the bikes were put away for the season, as was my bike.

Bike-sharing programs are also underway in Paris, London, Barcelona, Melbourne, in New York City, Denver, Boulder, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and Portland (Ore.), not to mention Wuhan and Hangzhou, China.

City biking is not for the faint-hearted, though. It can be scary sharing the lane with buses, motorists and jaywalkers. You’ve got to have your wits about you at all times, ever observant of car doors opening and vehicles making abrupt stops. A good helmet is an absolute must and reflective clothing helps as the days towards winter grow short and dark.


100,000 Garbage Bags Worth of Trash Washes into San Francisco Bay Each Year

Stephen Messenger
Science / Clean Water

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some 7.5 million inhabitants, with many paying an exorbitant price for real estate that offers even a slivered view of those namesake waters — but it turns out that behind the Golden Gate lies much more than meets the eye. According to the results of the first comprehensive assessment of pollution in that famous bay, a mind-boggling 1.36 million gallons of trash are being dumped in it every year. All that waste, say experts, is be enough to fill 100 thousand kitchen-sized garbage bags! Oh, and it’s 100 percent avoidable.

The assessment conducted by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association found that most of the trash that’s muddying the waters of the densely populated region found its way into the bay via storm drains, likely after being discarded a litter on city streets.

“Forty-nine percent is plastic — candy wrappers, chip bags, lids and straws, the study found — and 21 percent is paper, 8 percent plastic grocery bags, 7 percent plastic foam and the rest cans, bottles and other debris,” reports the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

To arrive at their estimates of how much trash washes into San Francisco Bay, authorities installed debris capturing filters in major storm drains in each city and municipality nearby, allowing them to determine with areas were the largest contributors. Unsurprisingly, the largest cities in the region, San Jose and Oakland, were found to add the most waste.

“This is 100 percent preventable. Trash doesn’t happen by itself. If we can get people to modify their behavior, we’ll make huge gains,” Geoff Brosseau, of the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association, told the Mercury News.

According to California regulations, cities will be required to reduce the amount of trash carried down storm drains by 40 percent by 2014. By 2022, law will require that 100 percent of runoff-carried garbage be kept from the state’s waterways.

See original article here



Japan Streets Ahead in Global Plastic Recycling Race

At 77%, country’s plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US

Justin McCurry in Tokyo
See full article here


Japan is one of the most successful countries in the world for recycling plastics. In 2010, 77% of plastic waste was recycled, up from 73% in 2006 and 39% in 1996, according to the nation’s Plastic Waste Management Institute.

The country has passed several recycling laws to address the disposal and treatment of plastic waste since 1997, when businesses and consumers were obliged to separate plastic waste for the first time.

That measure, along with better awareness of the benefits of separating out plastic, is what has had the impact.

The list of plastic items that can be recycled has grown to include boxes and cases, wrappings, cups and containers, plates and trays, tube-shaped containers, lids and caps. Most is processed together, with plastic bottles and other containers treated separately.

In 2006, according to the institute, Japan recycled 2.1 m tonnes of plastic waste, while 4.8m tonnes undergoes so-called “thermal recycling” which includes conversion into useful chemicals and burning to generate energy.

The number and types of plastic waste separation differ among municipalities, but most households are required to separate plastic wrappers and packages from polyethylene terephthalate [PET] bottles, whose labels must be torn off before they are thrown away.

The law was tightened amid a rise in the amount of waste generated by Japan’s 127 million people, and a shortage of landfill space.

Household items such as food wrappers and PET bottle labels are clearly marked to indicate they need to be treated as plastic waste. The items are usually collected for free, on different days from regular kitchen waste.

At 77%, Japan’s plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US, which still depends largely on landfill, according to institute spokesman Takushi Kamiya. One major driver has been the lack of space for landfill close to crowded and sprawling metropolitan areas.





  • March 1st: Waste in Schools: Trayless Tuesdays Webinar,  at  1:30pm EST (click here for details)

  • March 14th: M.O.M. Meeting (9:00-10:30) & Workshop (10:30-1:00pm), NRRA Office (details above)

  • April 11th: M.O.M. Meeting, NRRA Office

  • April 11th: NRRA Board Meeting, NRRA Office 11:00am – 1:00pm

  • May 9th: M.O.M. Meeting, NRRA Office


  • June: No M.O.M Meeting due to Annual Conference

  • June 4th & 5th: 31st Annual NRRA Recycling Conference & Expo (details above)

  • June 5th: 3rd Annual School Recycling Conference & Expo


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