Full of Scrap 7/09/2013


  • Composting Discussion Added to July 10th M.O.M. Meeting Agenda
  • NH DES Trainings
  • Recycling Bins Ready for Pick-Up
  • New School CLUB Facebook Page!
  • Models for Diverting Organics

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Antioch U Save the Date

Slightly off topic from recycling and the rest of the waste stream, this other “stream” issue can have an adverse impact on routine transportation. “You can’t get there from here!” may never be truer if this continues unabated and continues unaddressed. Next year, just prior to NRRA’s 33rd Annual Conference and Expo, one of our valued environmental partners, Antioch New England, is sponsoring a Northeast Regional Conference on Climate Change Preparedness that will benefit all of our members. As you can see from the links here, recent weather patterns have been changing dramatically, and whatever the cause, the effects are expensive and devastating. I encourage all of you to take advantage of the hands on how to tools that will be discussed at this timely event. See the links below for more information on this extremely timely conference. 

While typing this piece yesterday – this is what was happening in Toronto! The One Hundred year storms seem to be happening every other week!

TORONTO (AP) — A severe thunderstorm caused flash flooding in Toronto during the Monday evening rush hour, cutting power to at least 300,000 in Canada’s largest city, shutting down subways, and leaving about 1,000 passengers stranded for hours on a commuter train filled with gushing water.

Environment Canada said some parts of the city had been drenched with more than 3.9 inches (10 centimeters) of rain in the evening storm, easily beating the previous one-day rainfall record of 1.4 inches (3.6 centimeters) in 2008.


NH DES Rules To Be Reviewed This Fall

If you have any comments or suggestions you want to send into NH DES, now is the time as Mike Guilfoy of the NH DES is presenting revisions for consideration including the 7-day mandatory trash movement and the ever important certification levels for facility operators. Please contact Mike directly at  michael.guilfoy@des.nh.gov  or send comments to NRRA, and we will forward them on to him.

Summertime…. Summertime… Sum… Sum…. Summertime:  Here’s Hoping!




Addition to July 10th M.O.M Meeting Agenda
Municipal Composting Discussion

If you are interested in being part of this discussion, please consider joining us for the full M.O.M. meeting.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your member services rep. directly.  To see other Agenda items click here.

Help Support NRRA
and the Environment Through EarthShare New England

NRRA is a proud member of EarthShare, a nationwide federation of the country’s most respected environmental and conservation charities. NRRA is supported by EarthShare New England. Please help us by making sure EarthShare New England is included in your workplace’s charitable giving program. It’s simple and convenient. To find out more about how you and your workplace can support NRRA through an EarthShare New England charitable giving campaign, please call Jessica Wozniak at info@earthsharenewengland.org. You can also visit EarthShare New England’s web site at: www.earthsharenewengland.org.

Becoming an EarthShare New England partner sends a definite message – your workplace and its people care about conservation, the environment, and sustainability. To learn more about the benefits of starting a workplace giving campaign or expanding it to include EarthShare New England so that you can support us conveniently through payroll deduction, click on the link below. http://earthsharenewengland.org/benefits-of-workplace-giving-campaigns.html.

Don’t have that option at work? Learn more by clicking the link below. http://www.earthsharenewengland.org/workplace-giving-campaigns.html.

Thanks for all you do to support NRRA and the environment!

Transfer Station Highlight

Ingenuity in Springfield, VT for Collection of Electronics

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Basic Solid Waste Operator Training CourseNHDES
For First-Time Licenses October 25, 2013

Applicants must: 

  • Meet the below education/experience criteria for the level operator for which they are applying.
  • Submit a Solid Waste Operator Certification Application Microsoft Word Symbol with a $50 fee to receive temporary Interim certification and register to take Basic Training.
  • Complete the DES Basic Solid Waste Training Course to receive full certification.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain full certification.

Four Levels of Operators:

  • Level 4 Manager/Operator: A Level 4 Manager/Operator is authorized to manage landfills, transfer stations and composting facilities, and recycling centers that are permitted to accept more than 30 tons of waste per day. A Level 4 Manager/Operator must have a high school diploma or GED and a minimum of five years experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 3 Advanced Operator: A Level 3 Advanced Operator is authorized to work at landfills, transfer stations, recycling centers and composting facilities permitted to accept up to 30 tons of waste per day, and monofills that only receive scrap metal, demolition debris or asbestos. Level 3 Advanced Operators must have a high school diploma or GED and three years experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 2 Operator: Individuals certified at this level are authorized to work to be in charge at monofills that only accept brush and/or stumps. Level 2 Operators must have completed eighth grade and have two years work experience in a field related to waste management, subject to the substitutions allowed below.
  • Level 1 Attendant: Attendants must have completed eighth grade and have one year or less experience in a related filed; they may not be in charge at any type of solid waste facility.

The following substitutions may be made to the above requirements:

  •  One year of college education may be substituted for one year of experience, up to a maximum of four years for Level 4, two years for Level 3, and one year for Level 2.
  • One year of experience may be substituted for one year of elementary or high school up to a maximum of one year.
  • High school education shall not be credited towards experience.
  • Education applied toward experience shall not also be applied toward the education requirement.

Basic Solid Waste Operator Training Course for First-time Licenses

The Basic Training course is required of all four levels of solid waste operators. This free course covers the basics of facility operations and management and the regulations that apply to managing solid waste. DES will be offering a number of training courses in 2013. Information on the next course for new operators is shown below:

When: Friday, October 25, 2013 from 8:30 to 4:00
DES offices at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord

Please check this site for future course dates – http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/opcert.htm#newoperators. For more information call (603) 271-2925 or email Nelson Ordway at nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov.

Continuing Education Workshops for
Certified Solid Waste Operators

Certified solid waste facility operators must attend or participate in 2.5 hours of relevant continuing education each year to keep their certification current. This typically means attending at least one training event such as a workshop, webinar or conference. Operators must submit written confirmation of attendance with their renewal application. Credit will generally be given for continuing education events or activities that offer information about and increase awareness of environmental, waste management operations, and health or safety issues.

DES is developing new workshops to meet the solid waste operator continuing education requirement. Other organizations provide training which can also be used to meet the 2.5 hour per year workshop obligation. Please see the list below for current training opportunities. Workshops will be added to this web page as they become available, so check back often to find new postings.

DES Best Management Practices (BMP) Workshops

DES will hold a series of free workshops across the state beginning in the late summer to talk about best management practices for solid waste. These workshops are intended for solid waste operators as well as town officials and will cover issues related to proper management and storage of materials such as propane tanks, paint, scrap metal and electronic waste. Financial incentives related to recycling and developing business partnerships will also be discussed.

The BMP workshops are supported by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are intended for smaller towns in the state. For this reason, priority attendance is being given to operators and officials in towns with a population under 2,500. Others will be placed on a waiting list and will be invited to attend if space is available. Continuing education credit for 2.5 hours will be given to solid waste operators who attend.

Workshop dates will be advertised on this web page – http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/waste/swrtas/workshop.htm  so check here frequently for updates. Contact Nelson Ordway (nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov) at (603) 271-2925 for more information.

DES Compliance Workshop – Mock Inspection

Thursday, July 18, 2013
9:00 – noon
Tuftonboro Transfer Station, Sargent’s Crossing off Rte. 171 [facility# 539-3264]
Space is limited to 30 people
Register with Nelson at 603 271-2925

Textiles Workshop

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
9:00 – noon
DES – 29 Hazen Drive, Concord
To register, call 271-2925 or email nordway@des.nh.gov

New Operator Class and Test

Friday, October 25, 2013
Class: 8:30 – 2:30; testing starts at 2:30
DES – 29 Hazen Drive, Concord
Lunch and breaks are provided

The new operator class is for first-time operators and operators that are eligible to upgrade to a higher level. Priority is given to new/upgrading operators, but experienced operators can use the class as a continuing education workshop, provided they are present for the whole class. To register, call 271-2925 or email nordway@des.nh.gov.

Local Government Center

The following free online courses are available through the LGC and can be used to meet continuing education requirements:

  • Blood Borne Pathogens (1 hour)
  • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls (30 minutes)

The LGC also provides on-site training on topics such as back care, respiratory protection, hazard communication and personal protective equipment. These, and other courses provided in person by LGC, can also be used to meet solid waste operator annual training requirements.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA)

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) offers training and workshops on waste management, recycling and worker safety. They also hold monthly meetings of their Member/Operations Marketing Committee (MOM), which can used for continuing education credit as long as 2 meetings are attended. The 2013 annual NRRA conference that was held on June 3 and 4 and can also be used to meet the annual solid waste operator workshop obligation.

Primex (NH Public Risk Management Exchange)

Primex offers on-site and online training courses for its members in health and safety, regulations and management. Please check with DES to determine which courses meet solid waste operator continuing education credit.

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)

The SWANA Northern New England Chapter holds Technical Sessions three times per year, covering a variety of topics in the solid waste field. SWANA also offers a variety of online and in-person training courses. Go to their Training Page for more information.



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.

 New Bin Shipment!
Discounted Bins Available

NRRA just recieved a new shipment of NH the Beautiful 14 Gallon Recycling Bins at our NRRA Bin Delivery 6-2013 (Orbis) (3)Epsom, NH office. Bins are available for pick up Monday thru Friday from 8:30 to 4:00. See discounted prices below;

  • Schools – $4.00 per/bin
  • Towns/Non-Profits – $5.85 per/bin
  • Businesses – $9.00 per/bin

Please fill out the appropriate order form and either, mail, fax or e-mail or call ahead and just bring the form with you!

Get Your NHtB
Litter Free/Blue Bags!

As we have mentioned in the past few issues of FOS, NH the Beautiful is once again providing blue bags for litter clean up.  Bags are available to communities in NH.  Nonprofit and other community groups are asked to coordinate your efforts with your town, and the town must submit the order forms.

All orders should be submitted directly to NRRA.  Bags will still be picked up at the NRRA office at 2101 Dover Road in Epsom.

If you are interested in ordering blue bags, please fill out an order form and mail, email or fax it directly to NRRA.    Order forms can be found at the following link:  http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/2013_litter_free_town_packet.pdf

Once your order form is received, NRRA will confirm receipt and contact you to arrange a time for pick up.  If you have questions about the program, you may call NRRA at 603-736-4401 x. 10.

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 August 15, 2013.  Any grant applications to be considered at that meeting should be submitted no later than July 29, 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.

RecycleMobiles Now Available for Your Event!

Contact Caitlin Meaney at 1-800-223-0150 or download form at http://www.nrra.net/membership/recycle-mobile/ The RecycleMobile was developed to help make recycling at special events low-cost, highly visible and efficient. It is a simple to use, eye-catching recycling unit consisting of a fiberglass box with six collection holes (3 per side) that is attached to a 4′ by 6′ trailer and houses six – 32 gallon barrels. You will need a 2″ ball to tow the RecycleMobile. This program is sponsored by the NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., and began with generous funding from the American Plastics Council, Shop ‘n Save and Hannaford Supermarkets, New Hampshire Soft Drink Association, and the National Soft Drink Association.

 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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Harness the Sun’s Powerful Rays

New on NASA’s Climate Kids

A tiny magnifying glass can focus just a little bit of the Sun’s light into a beam strong boymagglassenough to start a small fire. Imagine doing the same thing with an entire field’s worth of sunlight! This powerful beam is the key ingredient in the newest form of solar power—concentrating solar power.

Read all about this new technology at Climate Kids: http://climatekids.nasa.gov/concentrating-solar.

Climate Kids is a NASA educational website about climate change and sustainability. It targets upper-elementary-age children.

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E-Cycles Training in the Champlain Valley

NRRA, in partnership with the Northwest Solid Waste Management District, will be offering an E-Cycles Operator Training, in person, on Friday, July 19th, at 8:00 a.m. and lasting about 90 minutes. 

The training will be held at the NWSWD Offices and Transfer Station in Georgia.

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 Champlain Valley 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 NWSWD for hosting the event.

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
Friday, July 19, at 8:00 a.m.
E-Cycles Operators/ Solid Waste Professionals from the Champlain Valley and beyond.
NWSWD Office and Transfer Station, 158 Morse Road, Fairfax, VT Google Map:  HERE
Registration:  Limited to 15.  Call 800-223-0150 x19 or email vtewaste@nrra.net to register



 E-Cycles Quarterly Conference Call

The next E-Cycles Operator Conference Call will be on

Monday, July 29th 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.

Attendance is highly encouraged to inform all operators of ongoing changes and updates to the program.  Agenda items are likely to include Year 3 Planning, Special Events, and more.

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 look forward to working with all of you through the remainder of the second E-Cycles Program year.


Every pallet, gaylord, and standalone device of electronics must have a label on it.  Labels must be readable from 25 feet away and include the words “Electronic Waste”.  Labels are available from NRRA at www.nrra.net.  Broken items must have an additional label that identifies them as “Broken”.  NRRA & GPR prefer that labels also include:

  • Collection Location
  • EW#
  • Accumulation Start Date
  • Type of Sort

Written Response Plans for Releases

Every Collection Location must have a written response plan, on hand, for dealing with breakage, leakage, and releases from electronics.  Most transfer stations and “Permitted Solid Waste Facilities” have this already as part of their permit Emergency Response Plan.  If you are unsure if you have one or not, or you would like a template for creating a new one for your location, please contact Karen Knaebel or Kim Lutchko at ANR.

Bills of Lading

Every load of electronics that is shipped requires a Bill of Lading to be filled out.  BOLs then become the weight slips/ sort sheets used by Good Point to track pounds and payments.  Every BOL should be reviewed, signed, and approved by collection locations.  In the event of questions or discrepancies between numbers, we always defer to the BOLs.  Collection locations that are also consolidating need to pay special attention to BOLS to ensure that the allocations to different collection locations are correct.

Site Visit Check Lists

Collection Locations should be aware that we are currently using Good Point drivers to provide feedback on collection locations via a site-visit check list.  These forms are strictly non-regulatory but do allow us to provide feedback back to operators and managers about what is noticed while GPR is on site.  Don’t be alarmed if you receive emails or calls from Norm Staunton in this regard.  Also, don’t be alarmed if a single piece of feedback is negative; we understand that the forms are a “snapshot” and our concern is with the pattern over time, not a single visit. If you have questions or would like to see a copy of the site visit check list, please contact Norm Staunton.

School Pick-Ups

Collection locations may, at their own discretion and expense, provide “pick-up” service for electronic waste from schools.  Collection locations may not charge or be reimbursed by the E-Cycles program for this service, but the material collected may be counted as Covered Electronic Devices and recycled for free.  This applies only to K-12 Schools   Collection locations interested in using this program or interested in more information should contact Norm Staunton.

Updated Posters and Brochures

The Agency of Natural Resources has completed a new printing of updated Collection Location, Landfill Ban,  and Data Security posters, as well as a new supply of the E-Cycles Brochure.  Collection locations who would like new or additional posters/brochures should contact Karen Knaebel at ANR.  Norm Staunton has a limited supply of them as well and will be making them available at trainings, site visits, meetings, etc.

One Day Events

Operators who host One Day Collection Events (ODEs) are reminded that there are two parts to the registration process for ODEs.  ODEs must be registered on www.vtecycles.org (put the date of the event in the location name) and must file for an IWMEA number with ANR.  You can contact Kim Lutchko at ANR for more on either of those processes.  Once an event is registered and happens, ODEs must report on their collection activities as a part of the E-Cycles Annual Reporting process.  Each ODE must be reported separately, by its unique EW#.  However, annual or regular events may reuse their EW#s by contacting Kim Lutchko.

If an ‘event’ is taking place at a registered, permanent collection location, then they do not need to submit an IWMEA application or register the event, as their solid waste permit and current facility registration will cover the event. Numbers reported for these ‘events’ will be included in the reporting for the permanent location.

If the event is to be held at an ‘off-site’ location, then an IWMEA application must be filed, and once approved, an online registration completed. If the event dates are known, one IWMEA can be submitted at the start of the season to cover all the event dates. If the event dates are not known at the start of the season, then an updated IWMEA must be submitted to notify the solid waste program of the new event date.

The EW #s are site specific, so those operators or sponsors that hold recurring events in the exact same (off-site) location can re-use the same EW# throughout the event season and from year to year, effective this calendar year/event season. However, new IWMEA applications must be submitted for approval each year, and the online registration MUST be updated to reflect the new event date and any updated contact information. (Updating the online registration also allows the E-Cycles program to post the events on our website to foster attendance.)

Season totals from all collection activities at a particular location should be reported under the EW# for that location, and should not be included in the numbers for a permanent collection facility.

Any requests for events or updates should be submitted two weeks prior to the event, or risk being denied by the Solid Waste Program.

New Collection Locations

NRRA and Good Point are always interested in having new Collection Locations join the program.  There is no limit on the number of locations the program can accommodate.  If you know of locations that might be interested in becoming collection locations, including transfer stations, non-profits, businesses, retailers, etc, contact Norm Staunton with basic contact information and we will take it from there.

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.




Vermont, now Connecticut, Models for
Diverting Organics

By Patrick Serfass | July 01, 2013
Biomass Magazine

It’s difficult to talk about the future of the biogas industry without a discussion of diverting organics. After all, organics or organic waste is the “fuel” that drives the nonstop production of renewable biogas. With the June 20 signing of Connecticut’s Public Act 13-285, An Act Concerning Recycling and Jobs, the Constitution State will start to divert organics to organics recycling facilities next year. At the same time, we might be observing the beginning of a new pattern that will be very good for biogas and composting businesses. It can also easily benefit waste haulers and others in the waste management industry.

In industry-speak, diverted organics usually means food waste or yard waste, the most common types of organic waste that can be separated by the waste generator.

The pattern begins with two New England states building on each other’s good ideas.  Connecticut got the ball rolling in October 2011 with the passage of Public Act 11-217, which required large commercial waste generators (more than 104 tons per year) to divert food waste if they were within 20 miles of a licensed facility. However, that requirement only kicked in six months after two licensed facilities could accept the material—a high risk for the first developer to not know when the second system would be built.

Nine months later, Vermont signed into law Act 148, An Act Relating to Establishing Universal Recycling of Solid Waste, which borrowed the Connecticut model of applying the law to large generators, but took it a couple steps further by gradually ratcheting down the threshold from 104 tons per year of food residuals all the way down to all food residuals in 2020.  Vermont also required a recycling facility to be within 20 miles of the waste generator for the law to activate.

Connecticut returned the favor this year in Public Act 13-285, which keeps the 104-ton- per-year starting point for commercial generators, reducing to 52 tons per year in 2020. Again, the key is that the requirement only applies if a licensed facility exists within 20 miles of a generator.

This approach, which requires organics diversion once local infrastructure exists, is the key to building biogas and composting companies in the U.S. and incentivizing the development of new, local businesses. It ensures that if a developer builds a system nearby, they’ll have organic waste to feed it. That’s the start of a viable business model, the creation of new jobs and infrastructure that protects and improves the environment. Ideally, it also alleviates a mantra many of us have heard regarding yard waste bans: “no ban without a plan.”  These are bans with a plan.

Since Connecticut’s law doesn’t get activated until Jan. 1, 2014, and Vermont’s— although passed the year before—doesn’t activate until July 1, 2014, in many ways, it’s too early to claim success. Yet, the passage of these two bills provides a significant step forward for the organic waste sector of the biomass industry—especially financing new projects. They also beg the question: Could this kind of policy, once that requires organic waste generators to send their waste to a recycling facility if such a facility exists nearby, be one that might be adopted in other states? And perhaps federally?

The American Biogas Council and partner in this effort, the US Composting Council, certainly hope so. We also hope those of you reading this will join us as we take more steps to advance the biogas, composting and organics recycling industry.
Author: Patrick Serfass
Executive Director, American Biogas Council




Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the United States:
Facts and Figures

The MSW Characterization report provides the most recent available data on annual US waste generation, recycling, and disposal, as well as the benefits of recycling. Click here to see report.

Webinar: Measuring Municipal Solid Waste in the U.S.:
Have We Accounted For All Of It?


CRI invites you to a special webinar Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (12:00 p.m. Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern)

CRI Associate members (and above) and Business Partners receive complimentary registration for all CRI webinars.

CRI Basic members and non-member may register for this webinar for $59.

Not yet a CRI member?  Join CRI now and save!

Is it time to reconsider how municipal solid waste is measured and recycling rates are calculated in the US? CRI has assembled a group of experts actively involved in this issue to discuss just that. On July 11 we will examine the various methods currently employed by USEPA and BioCycle/Columbia University, as well as introduce some new ideas for more accurate measurement that our own research recently uncovered.

Joining us will be:

Eileen Berenyi – President, Governmental Advisory Associates
Ms. Berenyi’s work, comprised of surveying individual MRF operators and measuring throughput state-by-state was instrumental in producing BioCycle’s “The State of Garbage in America” report. The report ultimately uncovered noteworthy differences in the amount of MSW landfillled between BioCycle’s methodology and the EPA’s materials flow approach. She will discuss the implications of these differences on the accuracy of recycling rates as well as the development of effective waste management policy.

Samantha Mac Bride – Assistant Professor, Baruch College, CUNY and Author, Recycling Reconsidered: The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States
Ms. MacBride conducts research and poses provocative questions about whether the current ways we deal with waste are really the best ways to bring about real sustainability and environmental justice. Her presentation will encourage us to think about how we measure solid waste and how demographics affect waste generation rates.

Dolly Shin – Research Associate, Columbia University
Ms. Shin is a Master’s Degree candidate at Columbia University, where she is currently working on publication of the 18th National Solid Waste Disposition and Generation report and resolving the problem of accounting differences apparent in USEPA and Columbia/BioCycle reports. She’ll present an update on her work and its implications for efficient policy and market driven management of solid waste and CO2 emissions.

Ryan Modlin – Vice President, North America Governmental Affairs, Owens-Illinois
As senior lobbyist for the world’s leader in glass packaging, Mr. Modlin is responsible for O-I’s outreach to the Administration and to Congress, advocating policies that will enable glass manufacturers to compete in the global marketplace and create jobs in the U.S. He recently participated in drafting legislation to specifically address data gaps in the EPA’s report. He’ll talk about current efforts to engage manufacturers in the process.

We hope you’ll be able to join us!

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

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet

Not available for our July 11th Webinar? CRI offers several webinars throughout the year, so don’t miss out!

For questions, please contact Sue Herrschaft: sherrschaft@container-recycling.org




  • July 10th: M.O.M Meeting – NRRA Office 9:00am

  • July 10th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office 10:30am


  • No M.O.M Meeting

  • August 15th: NH the Beautiful Board Meeting


  • September 2nd:  Labor Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED

  • September 11th: M.O.M. Meeting – NRRA Office 9:00am

  • September 11th: NRRA Board Meeting – NRRA Office 10:30am


  • October 9th: Fall Tour / Workshop / M.O.M. Meeting (more information to follow)

  • October 14th: Columbus Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED


  • November 11th: Veteran’s Day – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED

  • November 13th: M.O.M. Meeting – NRRA Office 9:00am

  • November 13th: NRRA Annual Meeting – Noon

  • November 28th & 29th:  Thanksgiving – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED


  • December: No M.O.M. Meeting

  • December 25th:  Christmas – NRRA OFFICE CLOSED

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