Quarterly News & Updates                         January  2017
Introducing the 2017 Board Executive Committee
At its January meeting, the NYSAR 3 Board elected the 2017 Executive Committee. We are pleased to announce that the following representatives will serve as officers of the Board:


President - Kelli Timbrook
Casella Organics
Kelli Timbrook has represented Chapter 4 on the NYSAR 3 Board since 2012 and previously served as Secretary. She chairs the Membership Committee and is active on the Conference, Green Schools, and College Council Committees. Kelli is also a member of the Federation Board.

Vice President - Debbie Jackson
Retired from NYS DEC in 2016
Debbie Jackson is an at-large Board member from Chapter 4. She chairs the Conference and Recycling Leadership Awards Committees and participates on the College Council and Green School Grants Committees as well as the Federation Board.

Treasurer - Ken Armellino
Ken has served on the NYSAR 3 Board representing Chapter 2 for 7 years. He chairs the Elections Committee and serves on the Media and Legislative Committee, as well as the Federation Board.

Secretary - Bodhi Piedmont-Fleischmann
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC
Bodhi was elected to serve on the NYSAR3 Board in 2016 to represent Chapter 3. She currently chairs the Legislative Committee and participates on the Membership, Product Stewardship and Conference Committees.
Legislative Training Day Planned for Feb.13 in Albany
ALBANY - NYSAR3 is coordinating a Legislative Training Session in Albany on Feb. 13 as an opportunity for members to gain experience with the legislative process in New York State.  The day will begin with a legislative workshop and orientation with participation from legislators and government relations representatives from other environmental organizations with a focus on how to communicate and lobby most effectively.  After lunch, visits will be set up with select legislators to tackle NYSAR3's legislative priorities and provide members with hands-on experience.  Learn how to be a part of NYSAR3's legislative initiatives and have your voices heard! 

This event is open to current or prospective members of NYSAR3, the New York State Chapter of SWANA, and NYSASWM. It runs from 10am - 3pm and lunch is free.

Please contact Bodhi Piedmont-Fleischmann with any questions about the event.
Save the Date! 2017 Organics Summit
March 28-29, 2017 | Troy, NY
Revolution Hall
425 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Discussion Topics:
- Hauling & Collection
- Emerging Technologies
- Food Recovery
- Circular Systems
- Citizen Engagement, and more!
Green School Grants Awarded on America Recycles Day
    Congratulations to Lansing Central Schools (near Ithaca), Laurens Central School (Oneonta area) and City Honors School of Buffalo- recipients of NYSAR3's 2016 Fall Green School Grants !
     The most recent round of grants, which are awarded for up to $500 per school or district, will be used to be used to replace disposable utensils with reusable ones, to purchase recycling bins, and other supplies and equipment to enhance recycling in the schools.
    NYSAR 3 established a grant program for public and private schools Grades K-12 in 2005 for the purpose of providing seed, or start-up money for recycling/waste reduction programs in public and private schools. Since that time, nearly ninety (90) NYS schools have benefitted financially from the program, to say nothing of the environmental benefits achieved by instituting recycling/waste reduction programs in schools.
    The next round of Green School Grants will be awarded this Spring on or around Earth Day. For more information, visit the green school grant webpage.
Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations Announces 2017 Conference and Opportunities
BOLTON LANDING, NY - Whether you are looking to make customer contacts and build your brand,differentiate your products and services from competitors, or maintain your competitive edge, you will find the perfect fit in the exhibitor, sponsorship and advertising opportunities through the 2017 Federation of New York Solid Waste Association's Conference and Trade Show. The conference runs May 21- 24 at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY.

Upwards of 700 attendees from over 32 states, Canada and Europe are drawn to the technical program with 90 presentations and an expanded trade show supported by 120 major exhibitors. 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
January NRC Webinar: PET Recycling Markets, Trends & Challenges
An update from the trade association for PET packaging in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be presented and will include current market conditions as well as the challenges faced by the recycling industry with regard to PET recycling.
Tuesday January 31, 2017 | 1:30 - 2:45PM EST 
Presenter: Kate Eagles, Program Director, National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)   Topic Subject Matter: PET Plastic Container Recycling    More Info
New Paltz ReUse & Recycling Center Focuses on the Community
The New Paltz ReUse and Recycling Center stepped up to meet more of its zero waste goals in 2016 by involving the community.  Read More about the busy and interesting year the Center reported.
New York State Sustainable Materials Management Stewardship Program
With the start of the 2017 Spring semester, the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center (SU-EFC) will facilitate the third round of its New York State Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Stewardship Program. Modeled as a train-the-trainers internship, the program engages NYS college and university students by providing them with an intensive introduction to SMM principles and community education. Stewards will conceptualize and implement individual projects throughout the semester in partnership with rural-based communities and/or organizations. Previous projects included the creation of a K-12 food recovery program, the establishment of composting at rural schools, a college waste audit, and more. The focus of this year's projects will be the source reduction of single-use plastics to curtail pollution of NYS waterways.

For more information on previous rounds of the program, click here.
DEC Announces 2nd Chance for E-Waste Recycling Grants
A second round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is being made available to help municipalities across the state address costs associated with the collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes (e-waste).  DEC will accept applications for second chance opportunity funding from January 2 through January 31, 2017.  Read More
Online Food Clearinghouse is Live!
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NSYP2I) has rolled out its new online 
Food System Sustainability Clearinghouse. This online resource provides commercial generators of food waste with all the tools and information needed to start reducing and diverting this waste.  A second version of the website is under design now with plans to include information pertaining to food waste haulers and recyclers.
Eight Groups Receive Environmental Excellence Awards
Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes Reuse.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized eight organizations for state-of-the-art programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability at the 13th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards in December. Among the winners was Ithaca-based  Finger Lakes R eUse , which was honored for their success in diverting reusable materials from the landfill. Read more about all eight winners.                                                                    
Madison County Continues Styrofoam Recycling Program
Due to the success of the pilot program, the Madison County Dept. of Solid Waste will continue with its Styrofoam recycling program in 2017 and for the forseeable future. Read more about this new program handling a problem material.
Expanded Food Scrap Collection in Tompkins County
Tompkins County Solid Waste Awarded Climate Smart Communities Grant
In December 2016, the Tompkins County Solid Waste Division was awarded a three-year $355,000 grant through the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's Climate Smart Communities program. The funds will be used to build a new food scraps transfer station at the Recycling and Solid Waste Center in Ithaca. Planning and design work is expected to be done in 2017, with construction completed in mid-2018.
Three New Food Scraps Recycling Drop Spots Open in Tompkins County
The Tompkins County Solid Waste Division continued to expand its Food Scraps Recycling program with the opening of three new neighborhood Drop Spots. The program allows residents to conveniently drop off their food scraps which are then brought to Cayuga Compost in Trumansburg. This brings the total number of drop spots in the county to eleven.
The Party Can, New Recycling Stations
Rockland County Schools Find Unique Waste Solutions
Schools in Rockland County have come up with a unique way to deal with birthday party waste - and Monticello Central School is involved in a Food Waste Reduction Program in their cafeteria. Read more about these programs.
Conference Presentations Are Now Available

Presentations from the 27th Annual Recycling Conference are now available!  Click Here
BE Equipment joins with PTR Baler and Compactor
BE Equipment, Inc. is proud to announce our partnership with PTR Baler and Compactorone of the oldest and largest manufacturers of Vertical Balers, Trash Compactors and Food Waste Digesters. Additionally, we are pleased to announce our continued membership in NYSAR3.  More Info
Thermostat Recycling Corp.
As the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) embarks on its 19th year of helping rid the environment of mercury-containing thermostats, the organization has been reinvigorated by a list of new happenings at the onset of 2017. 
Upcoming Events
USCC COMPOST '17 Conference & Trade Show , Jan. 23-26, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
Zero Waste Business 101 Workshop, Jan. 24, 2017 | New York, NY 
NYSASWM Landfill Operator Training Course, March 7 & 8 |  Liverpool (NY) Holiday Inn
NYS Federation Conference, May 21-24, 2017 | Bolton Landing, NY 
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