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NHDES Announces Training Dates
NRRA Facility Tour
Adam’s Market Comments
From the Director’s Chair
Schnitzer’s New Hours
Wow-Look at This
Gilmanton Holds Public Meeting On Recycling
Way to Go Stratford, NH!
2011 Freon Special!
NERC’s 2011 Fall Meeting
Loudon’s Fun Approach to Recycling
New Hampshire the Beautiful Signs & Grant Info
Walmart Launches Food Scrap Composting
School News You Can Use
Mass News & Lots of it!
DES Announces Training Dates for Solid Waste Operator Certification
Two one-day courses for new operators will be held in early November 2011. All new operators with interim certification must attend one of these days and take the test; interim certification will expire without it. Renewing operators may also attend to receive their required annual continuing education. Courses will be held on:
- November 4, 2011 at DES in Concord (29 Hazen Drive)
- November 10, 2011 at the Lincoln Town Hall (148 Main St.)
Space in Lincoln is limited and priority will be given to new operators. Please contact Nelson Ordway (271-2925 or email@example.com) to register for the Lincoln session. New operators do not need to register for Concord, but renewing operators should pre-register for either session.
Sign Up Today for the NRRA Facility Tour on Wednesday, October 12th!
This is a unique opportunity to see the latest developments in this emerging process and learn more about increased volumes of veggie oil to be picked up on a regular schedule. Don’t miss out on this tour and the Consolidation program at BCEP and you DES credit along with refreshments and a MOM meeting all rolled into one!
- 9 AM - 9:20 AM MOM Meeting @ NRRA offices, Epsom, NH
- 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM AMENICO FacilityTour (American Energy IndependenceCompany), Pittsfield, NH, “Turning French Fry Oil Into Fuel”
- Refreshments will be provided
- 11 AM – 12 PM NRRA Consolidation Program – BCEP facility tour (picture left) / discussion, Pittsfield, NH
*** Solid Waste Operators will receive DES WORKSHOP CREDIT
RSVP REQUIRED. To attend contact Paula Dow (firstname.lastname@example.org – tel: 603-736-4401 Ext. 20)
Adam’s Market Comments
Hey Hey Hey!
No real changes to report here mid-month as our markets continue cruising along at the same speed from 2 weeks ago. Please see my last report here for still current market prices. And no that’s not a cop-out for not writing a new report, it really is still the same for once!
In lieu of price changes to note though, I thought I could use this space as an invitation to Town Administrators and Select Board Members to start a conversation. It has always been an interest of mine to see increased understanding and consideration of Transfer Station operations/economics among a Town’s Administration. It’s occurred to me over the years that while MANY such individuals possess a great deal of understanding and YEARS of knowledge and experience with regard to the waste management part of their budgets and responsibilities, new Select Board Members or the like may not have such an understanding. It’s like anything, you’re not an expert overnight and we shouldn’t assume everyone is on the same page unless we have some mechanism for asking questions or learning. So basically I guess I’m looking for feedback as to how we as an organization can help anyone in such a position that is in a new role and would benefit from some knowledge sharing. Perhaps just this invitation works? Would a Municipal Official workshop be appropriate? Should we author a Primer for Municipal Officials on Transfer Station Operations and Economics and try to get it out through the LGC or maybe in their magazine?
Anyway, this is just something I’ve been thinking about for some time and I would love to hear any thoughts that you have on it…Be well and I hope to hear from you.
From the Director’s Chair
What would a vacation be without a MRF? Your Executive Director took a quick tour of the MRF on Catalina Island last week. It is hard to make out, but if you look closely, these sea gulls on the right are doing an excellent job of removing some miss-placed lettuce from the single stream material being processed there. Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles , California has a landfill with a composting program, but these hard working birds are helping out all they can with the presort. Not unlike our planet in general terms, the island has a limited capacity of approximately 20 years before the space is full and they are trying everything they can to extend that time frame. All the recyclables are sorted, baled and shipped back to the Long Beach area for marketing. Once again in a down economy, recycling is providing jobs for people who have few choices other than tourism in a small island community. The value of having employment within local driving or in this case waking distance is hard to overvalue in this day and age. The young woman shown here who is managing this facility and the
landfill, just started a couple of months ago and was thrilled that they had recently found a market for clear glass but wasn’t having any luck with any of the colored.
They have the correct proportions for starters of recycling to trash at this condominium rental in California.
Schnitzer’s New Hours
Schnitzer is now open Saturdays from 8-12. This includes every location except Poplar. Thanks!
Wow – Look at this!
Gilmanton Holds Public Meeting on Mandatory Recycling.
This letter below was recently published in the Laconia Daily Sun and Concord Monitor.
There was a hearing in Gilmanton on Aug. 15 to discuss the proposed mandatory recycling. A small percentage of concerned residents showed up, but the discussion was well-balanced and civil. Multiple views were shared.
There were two distinct statements made that still have me shaking my head with wonder. One resident vowed to stop recycling if it became mandatory. They would rather be asked to recycle than to be told. Someone else said they needed more information about recycling. Well, here you go:
Recycling is good for the environment. It isn’t hard to do. It doesn’t take fancy equipment. You can start with small steps. Here’s the best part: There’s money in it, and the math is simple.
It costs taxpayers almost $67 for each ton of trash we generate to be hauled away. If we reduce the amount of waste we produce, we’ll reduce our costs to get rid of it. Simple.
Recycling is an easy, effective way to reduce costs. Let’s say we all start with two simple items: aluminum beverage cans and newspapers. If every resident recycled just two aluminum cans and one or two newspapers in one week, that would remove two tons of trash from the waste bin to be hauled away, saving approximately $134. But wait! By recycling the newspapers, we’ve generated an income of about $100. The cans could bring in another $1,700. The net for the town would be just under $2,000 for very little effort.
So, why not help yourself by helping the town? Please chose to recycle something instead of just tossing it in the trash. You’ll be glad you did.
BARBARA E. SWANSON, Gilmanton
Way to Go Stratford NH!
Congratulations to Charles Goulet and team from the Stratford (NH) Transfer Station/Recycling Center…they recently produced their first bale of Rigid Plastics weighing in at 920 lbs.! Nice job! Keep up the great recycling efforts and removing this material from your MSW disposal.
To date, NRRA members have kept nearly 85,000 pounds (over 42 tons!!) of rechargeable batteries out of the waste stream by recycling them through Call2Recycle.
Joining the Call2Recycle program is EASY and FREE – click here to see what types of batteries you can recycle.
To enroll, please visit our website or call NRRA Member Services for more information.
2011 Fall Freon Recovery Special through NRRA
$8/unit charge for Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers and Water Coolers evacuated on your site.
- Minimum of 25 units per stop
- Units stay on your site to be included in your scrap metal for revenue
- Certificates of Recovery are provided with each pickup
- Freon Recovery can be done year-round (winter included)
- Arrange units upright with backs accessible for Freon Removal
This is $1.00/unit savings to our Members until the end of the year!
NERC’s Fall 2011 Conference
Two Pervasive Materials & How Their Markets Are Shifting
Electronics and plastics are two of the most available and used materials in our society. As vivaciously as their products have swept into the marketplace, the markets for the related recycled materials have grown and shifted over time.
Experts on these recycled materials will share the newest data on market trends, activities being pursued by the material trade associations, and interests of private industry.
Where: NERC’s Fall ’11 Conference, Shifting Recycling Markets, Hotel Northampton, Northampton, Massachusetts
When: October 25 – 26, 2011
Loudon’s Fun Approach to Recycling
The Town of Loudon’s Recycling Committee recently tried a new approach to promoting rigid plastic recycling. At the town’s Old Home Day celebration on August 20th, the committee ran a “Guess the Bale Weight” contest where participants guessed the actual weight of a completed bale of rigid plastic from the transfer station’s baler. Correct or closest guesses won the prizes. The top six entrants received gift certificates to a local ice cream stand or a donut shop. The contest turned out to be the most successful promotion the committee had ever done, with about 60 entries! There was much discussion on materials that could and could not be included, value of the material, etc. Oh…and one resident did guess the correct weight of 900 lbs.
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).
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 736-4402. Please NOTE!!! You can only order signs that are on the list. Words can be removed but nothing can be added.
To reserve a RecycleMobile for your event, Contact Paula Dow at 1-800-223-0150 or download the form.
￼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.
Sponsored by the NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., and 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.
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 800-223-0150, and we can fax or mail a form to you.
The next meeting of the NH the Beautiful Board will be Thursday, October 20, 2011. If you have a grant application that you’d like to submit, please get it to us no later than October 3rd in order to be considered at the next meeting.
Walmart launches food scrap recycling pilot
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
Walmart has plans to launch pilot recycling programs for waste food at nine stores in Palm Beach County.
Food waste will be stored in locked dumpsters and will be picked up weekly by Quest Recycling Services, Walmart’s recycling contractor, reports the Palm Beach Post. The service is expected to begin as soon as Quest finalizes agreements with municipalities and garbage haulers. The paper reports that stores in Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach and a new location being built in North Palm Springs could be the first to begin collecting food waste for recycling.
The food will be hauled by Quest to Bartow, Florida where Organic Matters Inc. will process it for use in animal food. Palm Springs can terminate it agreement with Quest Recycling if the company doesn’t adequately address complaints about public health or nuisance.
School News You Can Use
Register, Recycle and Win with Al the Can!
Encourage the schools in your area to participate in the second annual Great American Can Roundup (GACR) school Challenge. Catch the recycling spirit and win! Registration is now open. Go to http://www.cancentral.com/roundup/ to register.
Registration must be completed by Dec. 15, so do it now and secure your opportunity to participate.
Your chances to win up to $6,000 are excellent and you get to keep all the earned recycling proceeds. Last year, every state in the nation was represented, but schools in only 30 states turned in their receipts. So please make sure you turn in your receipts this year. A $1,000 award will be given to the school recycling the most cans per capita in each state and the District of Columbia. The contest runs from America Recycles Day (Nov. 15, 2011) to Earth Day (April 22, 2012). The top per capita recycling school earns an additional $5,000! Altogether, $56,000 in prize money will be given away.
Please contact Jenny Day at 202/232-4677, or by email email@example.com with any questions or ways we can help.
The Impact on Vermont
So sad to see this destruction…..what a waste and expense, it can happen anywhere. Check out pictures here. The majority of these are along Rte. 100 from Waterbury south.
Makes you wonder what would have happened if they had been hit with a Cat. 3 or 4 hurricane instead of a Cat. 1.
The Vermont State E-Cycles Program provides free drop-off for the collection of computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and computer peripherals (e.g., mouse, keyboard, scanner) from Vermont Households, 501c3 Charities, School Districts and Small Businesses with 10 or fewer employees.
As of today, over 80 collection sites and special collection events have partnered with the Program, and more will be signing up in the weeks ahead to offer a convenient set of collection locations as required by the State Standard Plan. To date, the Program has collected approximately 500,000 pounds of recyclable electronic devices, with a goal of collecting over three million pounds by the end of next June. Prompted by legislation, this ongoing collection Program has permanent, year-round collection locations statewide. The free service is available for Vermont covered entities to drop-off any of the specific covered devices listed above at any one of the existing locations across the state. 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?”.
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association and its partners, the Association of Vermont Recyclers and Good Point Recycling in Middlebury were selected from a competitive State RFP process in late April based on their ability to provide oversight and transparency to a very detailed tracking process required for the State of Vermont’s Manufacturer- funded E-Cycles Program.
Many recyclers are providing data destruction services to covered entities. However, it is the responsibility of the owner of the electronic device to ensure the security of any personal data on the device. To learn more about how to keep information on your computer safe before you drop it off at a collection location, visit www.vtecycles.org or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.
For general program information or inquiries, including where to recycle electronics or what is covered, please contact the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s special E-Cycles hotline at 1-855-6ECYCLE
For businesses, potential collection locations, and transfer stations that want to find out more about how they might participate in the program, or questions about the Program, please contact NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext 19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Meeting notes:
￼New Abington curbside regs yield big results
Discussion: Effect of regulations, enforcement on Abington, Whitman tonnage
Abington implemented 3 barrel limit, sticker fees for extra bags and bulky, hired 2 compliance officers to enforce limit and mandatory recycling in February. Data provided showed a 21% decrease in disposed tons from the same 6 months the previous year, and an 11% increase in recycling tons. Both compliance officers left before end of FY11, but Abington plans to hire new ones. Saved about $50K in disposal cost the first 6 months, plus $9,200 in stickers and extra bags. Took time for residents to get used to the changes. Environmental Pickup takes all metal items for free at curb, only charges for Freon removal, same day if resident calls before 1. Ms. Sullivan will post on website.
Whitman recycling is way up since implementation of mandatory, single stream recycling. Decrease in trash volume is apparent. Del Prete does a good job enforcing. New limits and rules requiring recycling set-out for trash to be collected was in newspaper, discussed at selectmen’s meeting. Annual fee is still $250/year.
Rockland started enforcing mandatory recycling 2 years ago, recycling tonnage went up due to that and single stream. DelPrete very good about enforcing. No rate increases for a couple of years. A lot of angry phone calls at first, people didn’t read mailings. Had to get tough, it took a couple of years.
Ms. Black asked about Swap Areas. Responses: Rockland had theft issues. Cohasset has to dispose of a lot of tonnage; hard to monitor. Books turn over fast. Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Carver takes building material leftovers. (Put on website) . Tim in Duxbury takes surplus. Indoor swap shop invites better behavior than outdoor, even if just a tent. Duxbury has a trailer for books. Hanover has volunteers, constant threat of closing if it gets out of hand. Could be an Eagle project. Abington COA has senior tax rebate program for volunteers.
Sharps: Middleboro worker stuck
Mr. Bagas noted that a town sanitation worker recently was stuck by a needle. Though determined to be noninfectious, it was a serious incident. In a separate occurrence, dogs got into a resident’s trash, releasing hypodermic needles all over ground.
It is illegal to dispose of medical sharps in trash or recycling. There are instructions and several local options for their proper disposal here.
Locations include: Cohasset BOH Hanover Fire Dept. Hanson BOH Hingham Transfer Station (residents only) Middleboro Town Hall Plymouth Health Care of Southeastern Mass. Weymouth DPW Weymouth Town Hall Whitman BOH/nurse’s office
Ms. White asked the Abington WalMart and Target if they would take back medical sharps. Walmart’s manager gave verbal ok. She is waiting for written. Stericycle is very expensive.
Medical Waste Disposal Co in Natick provides 2.5 cubic foot boxes with secure lids for the collection of residents’ sharps. The cost is reasonable through the State Contract, at $35/box (delivered and picked up), minimum charge is $90. They will be invited to speak at a meeting this year.
There’s oil in that thar trash
David Hughes, from Amenico, LLC, was in the area, and stopped in. His 4 year old company collects used vegetable oil from restaurants, hotels, transfer stations. Supplies 55 gal barrels or larger totes, signage; pays for the collected oil, keeps in USA for fuel use only. Amenico refines it at their EPA certified Pittsfield NH plant into heating fuel and feedstock for biodiesel. It burns cleaner than petroleum, no SO2, half CO2 emissions of fossil fuel, low NOx. Indoor storage not necessary, is pumpable down to 20 F. Residuals go to a digester. Have Fitchburg and Charlestown facilities.. Pay a little more than competitors, buy from middle-men. Process 10-15 truckloads/week, collect 1-2 truckloads/week. Plant is running at 33% capacity, is permitted for 15M gal/year. Their equipment can deal with contaminants (i.e. petroleum, grease).
Mr. O’Connor: Weymouth BOH collects less than 55 gal/month from residents at DPW, oil goes to biodiesel. Mr. Hughes: would get more if advertised. 603-856-6735, email@example.com
Updated Bottle Bill – The ballot initiative language was approved by Attorney General last week, and petitions are being printed. The Coalition is still working hard on passing legislation. The TUE Committee will be discussing all bills before it after the hearings end later this month. SSRC sent letter to Speaker DeLeo and senate President Murray asking them to expedite, and copied local legislators. I visited the TUE Chairmen this month, asked them to push to top of their agenda.
Ewaste Producer Responsibility Bill – The Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture is considering a redraft of a different bill than the one the SSRC testified on, proposed by Dell. I consulted with some other proponents, drafted and sent approved comments on the redraft.
3rd Drug Take Back Day planned
MassDEP is supporting the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s 3rd National Drug Take Back Day on October 29 by providing waivers of our household hazardous waste collection requirements to participating police departments. To download the application form , scroll to the link under “For a Residential Waste Medication Collection Event”. Participating police departments can fill out the form, print it, have it signed by the appropriate official, and submit it to MassDEP either by emailing a scanned version to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing to MassDEP, One Winter Street, 7th floor, Boston, MA 02108. Approval letters will be issued within several days of receiving complete forms.
MassDEP must receive all waiver applications by close of business on Wednesday, October 26. MassDEP staff will not be available in the office on October 28 to take care of last minute requests.
MassDEP is now also offering waivers for permanent kiosks in local police stations that residents can use to drop off unwanted medications. A standard application form is available to anyone who wants to set up a kiosk and send collected medications to a Massachusetts municipal waste combustor. (Go to the second link under the “Municipal Waste Medication Collections” heading). Applications will be processed in the same way as waiver applications for one-day collection events.
Send questions about the waiver applications and process to Paul Walsh at MassDEP, 617/556-1011.
TS Permitting, Site Suitability from DEP-BOH-DEP
In July, 2010, in the FY11 state budget, the Massachusetts Legislature made two changes in the Massachusetts solid waste law (GL c. 111, § 150A) that affect Boards of Health:
- Responsibility for permitting of small transfer stations (facilities that accept 50 tons of refuse per day or less) was transferred from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to the Board of Health for the municipality in which the facility is located; and
- MassDEP’s responsibility to provide Boards of Health with site suitability reports (as part of the site assignment process for solid waste facilities) was removed, and a requirement was established that Boards of Health must determine whether a site proposed for a new or expanded solid waste facility meets MassDEP’s site suitability criteria, as part of their site assignment review.
In July, 2011, in the FY12 Fiscal Year 2012 state budget, the Legislature reversed both changes and these responsibilities were returned to MassDEP. The Solid Waste regulations that are currently in effect reflect this assignment of responsibility and no regulatory changes will be necessary.
The language (found in outside section 83, lines 1350 through 1383) is summarized as follows:
- Lines 1350 thru 1355 reinstate the language requiring the Department to issue a site suitability report within 60 days of receipt of an application.
- Lines 1356 through 1359 change the deadline for the Board of Health to hold public hearing on a site assignment application from 60 days from date the application was received to 30 days after receiving MassDEP’s site suitability report (re-establishing the time frame that was in effect before the 2010 Budget changed it).
- Lines 1363 through 1383 replace two paragraphs in the current law and have the effect of requiring a permit from the Department for any facility that is established, constructed, expanded, maintained, operated or devoted to any post closure use. The new paragraph retains language that was added in 2010 that allows a MassDEP permit to limit or prohibit the disposal of a particular type of solid waste to protect the public health, promote reuse, waste reduction and recycling, extend the useful life of the facility, or reduce its environmental impact.
If you have further questions about these changes, please contact Jamie Doucett .
Connecticut passes food waste composting bill
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed a bill establishing a food scrap composting program for the state.
SB 1116, which goes into effect October 1, requires food manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and supermarkets that annually generate over 104 tons of organic scraps to separate those materials from other solid waste and send them to a permitted composting facility within 20 miles of their generation. The new law applies to food scraps, food processing residue and soiled or unrecyclable paper.
Need attention-grabbing signs? 7th graders have what it takes!
Mr. Perry and his Walpole (NH) Middle School Art Class agreed to paint signs for the front of the Walpole Recycling Center. The signs were to help customers see where the cans, glass and different types of plastic were to be deposited.
Volunteer efforts, such as this one, are essential to the functioning of our society, particularly in small-town America.‖ Of particular importance are efforts that grace and beautify our towns, and make us feel good about where we live here in New Hampshire. It seems that this volunteer effort by Mr. Perry and his art students has inspired an effort in some of the surrounding towns to start similar projects.
- SSRC Board meeting, Thursday, Oct. 13, 9 am, Scituate
- MassRecycleTour of Strategic Materials glass recycling, Wednesday, November 3, 2:00 – 3:00, 45 Kenwood Circle, Franklin, MA Pre-registration required
- America Recycles Day, Tues, November 15. Plan an event!
- MassRecycle 2011 Recycling Awards Celebration, Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Museum of our National Heritage, Lexington, MA.
- SSRC Board meeting, Wed., Nov. 16, 9 am, Weymouth Town Hall
- SWANA Mass. Chapter Recycling and Waste Management Conference, Wed., Nov. 30, UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center . Contact Jay Viamari at 413-572-3281, or email@example.com
Submitted by Claire Sullivan, Executive Director
South Shore Recycling Cooperative
781.329.8318; f 781.329.2097; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, Mass Recycles Paper