April 2017
A Message from the President
Kelli Timbrook
I have been a member of NYSAR 3 for several years now, and have always admired and been inspired by the drive, passion and experience of its members. To now be serving as your President is a privilege and an honor. I will do my best to continue to guide our organization along the same progressive and sustainable path as the past presidents, and of course the hard working Board and committee members.
As we head into spring and leave the cold days of winter behind us, I'd like to take a look back at the first 100 days of 2017.   Read More about what has been happening in NYSAR 3, and plans for the future.
Changes to NYSAR3 Board of Directors
CHAPTER 2 - Michael Reiser, Office of Recycling Outreach and Education,  GrowNYC
Michael is a Recycling Outreach Coordinator for the Zero Waste Program for GrowNYC, promoting recycling and waste reduction through public outreach at meetings, public events, and on social media. He previously organized electronics recycling collections for Per Scholas. Michael has been working professionally to improve recycling in New York City for 11 years. As Chapter 2 representative he hopes create informative events to engage the New York City recycling community.

CHAPTER 9 - Gary Carrel,  Solid Waste Recycling Specialist,  Erie County
Gary has worked on recycling and environmental issues in Western New York since the mid 1990's.  Currently he coordinates the Household Hazardous Waste and Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Programs and works within County facilities to reduce waste and increase recycling.  Prior to this he was the Recycling Coordinator from 2003-2010 and 2013-2015.  Gary is on the NYSAR 3 Conference Committee, and on organizing committees of the WNY Environmental Summit and WNY Earth Day Expo at the Buffalo Zoo.

AT-LARGE - Ann Fordock, Recycling Specialist, OCRRA
Ms. Fordock has nearly 9  years' experience in the fields of waste reduction, recycling and solid waste management for the municipal sector. She helps manage the Agency's award winning and nationally recognized recycling programs; with responsibilities of  managing OCRRA's composting sites, household battery collection, mercury collection events, the household hazardous waste program and maintaining relationships with the local MRF, haulers and municipalities.
NYSAR3 Assistant Sought
NYSAR 3  is looking for an independent contractor, under the direction and supervision of the current Coordinator, to perform administrative and programmatic tasks. Read More to find out details about this part-time position.
Legislative Update
NYSAR 3 supports statewide policies aimed at capturing more materials for recycling-related industries, which help to create a vibrant state economy and job growth.  Through our active Legislative Committee, NYSAR 3 has provided support for multiple legislative efforts across the state.   Read More about our priorities i n 2016 and 2017.

The Legislative Training Session in Albany, postponed from February due to the weather, has been rescheduled for May 8, 2017. Please check the NYSAR3website for further details.
Compost Awareness Week Draws Attention to the Issue
The 2017 International Compost Awareness Week will take place from May 7-13, and is themed "Compost! Healthy Soil, Healthy Food", which draws attention to the important role compost plays in building and maintaining soil vitality and producing nutritious food.  Read More   about the  Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), and this annual initiative  in states across the U.S. and countries around the world.
Rockland County Pharmaceutical Disposal - EPR Program
Rockland County recently became the first county on the U.S. East Coast to safely dispose of unwanted medications in a program funded and managed by drug companies. Read More about the innovative ordinance that will provide over 300,000 residents with convenient access to safe drug disposal.  
2017 NYS Federation Conference Starts May 21
BOLTON LANDING - the 2017 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association's Conference and Trade Show will be held May 21- 24.   Upwards of 700 attendees, from over 32 states, Canada and Europe attend the event  at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY. In 18 years,attendance has doubled and the conference has become the "Can't Miss" solid waste and recycling event of the northeast. More Info
Organics Summit Covers Challenges and Technologies

On March 28th & March 29th, the 3rd annual Organics Summit was held in Troy selling out the Browns Brewing Revolution Hall venue. This year's theme, Transforming Our Food Waste Systems, gathered 150 organics management professionals. Read More about highlights including a discussion on the challenges of collection and hauling of organics, emerging organics processing technologies and how to actively engage citizens in organics programs.

Erie County Student Videos Focus on Plastic Bag Disposal

Erie County high school students recently produced a series of informational videos focusing on the problem of single use plastic bags. Read More about this program, as well as the appointment of a new county recycling coordinator.

New York City Organics Collection Expansion
By the end of the year, curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper 
and yard waste will reach 3.3 million residents of New York City, according to a March release from  the New York City Department of Sanitation.   Read More  about this innovative and far-reaching program, which  collects "organic" waste and turns it into usable compost or renewable energy.
Transfer Station Attendant Training Launched in Jefferson County 
Twenty five operators from 13 different towns in Jefferson County participated in a special transfer station attendant training program recently.   Read More about the innovative program developed by officials at DANC.
Madison County ReUse Store Gets a New Focus
Major renovations in the Madison County ReUse store are planned for this summer, when it will concentrate more on building and construction supplies. Read More about what will be offered when this business, spearheaded by the Madison County Dept. of Solid Waste, reopens this fall.
New Recycling Educator Appointed in Schenectady County
Angelina Peone was hired in March to coordinate outreach and education programs throughout Schenectady County, in a partnership between the Schenectady County Office of Economic Planning and Development and Cornell University Cooperative Extension. Read More about the newly created position.
Mercury-Containing Thermostat Collection is Safer Option
When a mercury-containing product breaks and the mercury is spilled, the exposed mercury can evaporate and become an invisible, odorless toxic vapor. To prevent mercury releases, these products should be used and stored safely, and managed properly at the end of their useful lives. Read More from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation about their program focusing on the  safe removal and recycling of Mercury-Containing Thermostats.
All Battery Collection - Expanding to Single Use Products
Due to a steady increase in the purchase of portable devices, the battery recycling landscape is changing in the US. Read More about how Call2Recycle is meeting consumer demand for more convenient, one-stop recycling for all household batteries, with  a new menu of services.
Grant Funding from DEC Addresses Water Safety
Approximately $200,000 in grant funding is available to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to implement the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda. Read More about applying for awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 to  fund projects designed to preserve and protect the Mohawk River watershed. 
Upcoming Webinars From Product Stewardship Institute
Powering up the Safe Collection of Mercury Products  
Weds., April 19, 2017 1-2:30 pm EST.  On this free webinar, PSI's expert speakers will explore the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from safe mercury product management initiatives nationwide, particularly in rural areas.  Register Here.

Product Stewardship in Action: The Business Case for Lifecycle Thinking ,
Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:30-3:30 EST. This webinar examines the range of benefits that businesses can achieve through product stewardship programs, particularly if they are developed strategically and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
    Register Here .
2017 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum Coming in July
Join the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) on July 25-26, 2017 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, MA for a discussion-packed conference, highlighting current product stewardship trends in the U.S., focusing on packaging, pharmaceuticals, paint, electronics, HHW, and other priority products.  Registration is now available on the PSI website.
Upcoming Events
April 19, Marine Debris In Our Waterways Conference, Orange County CC, Newburgh, NY
May 8-10, 2017, Managing Recycling Systems , sponsored by SWANA, Silver Springs, MD
May 19, 2017 Regional Household Hazardous Waste Conference,  NAHMMA Northeast Chapter,  Newburyport, MA
July 25-27, 2017 Product Stewardship Forum, PSI sponsored, Boston, MA 
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