Full of Scrap Newsletter- June 30, 2021
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Did you know? 24 trees are cut down to make 1 ton of newspaper, while recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves one tree (MA Institute of Technology).
NRRA Members: July MOM
(Member Operations/Marketing) Meeting-
Live, In Person!
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT

Join us outside at the NRRA office. Bring a fellow recycler and a chair! This meeting will be held live outside the NRRA Offices: 2101 Dover Road, Epsom, NH 03234. There will be a special presentation on scrap metal programs, featuring Ira Gross, Regional Accounts Manager of Schnitzer Northeast, Concord, NH. An RSVP invitation will be sent to members!

NRRA Thanks Dave Hartman for Board Service
The NRRA Board of Trustees and staff would like to recognize and thank David E. Hartman for his years of service to the Board. Dave recently resigned from the Board of Trustees after serving on the Board for 13 years. 

When Dave joined the Board in 2008, he was a Selectman in the Town of Warner, NH. He served in that role from 2005 to 2016 and loved it. Prior to that, Dave led the effort to recycle in Warner. He chaired the town’s Recycling Committee over 20 years ago, which brought to the Town Meeting a warrant article declaring, “Recycling in Warner shall be mandatory.” It passed overwhelmingly by voice vote! He continues to champion the cause of recycling whenever there’s an opportunity, and he brought that enthusiasm to the NRRA Board.

Commodity Spotlight - #2 HDPE Natural Plastic Soars in Value
HDPE stands for High Density Polyethylene. Natural HDPE plastic is commonly used for milk jugs and other translucent containers, such as water and beverage bottles or shampoo containers.

The price of HDPE natural has been reaching record highs, more than doubling over a period of 12 months. The recycling of this commodity has been proving to be a lucrative program for many local communities. In the year of 2020 alone, $62,245 ($72,585 so far in 2021) was returned to NRRA communities for the sale of their HDPE natural. This equates to the diversion of 67 tons of HDPE Natural from landfilling and incineration. Great job NRRA communities!

But why is this commodity so valuable? The simplest answer is that natural HPDE is plastic in its most pure form. HDPE natural is not dyed and can be recycled into any color. In contrast, colored HDPE can only be recycled into darker colors such as dark green and black.

Understanding Recycling Markets & Practical Tips
Reagan Bissonnette and Bonnie Bethune of NRRA presented for a 3-hour NHDES sponsored workshop on understanding recycling markets and practical recycling tips for municipalities. The first part of the workshop covered why recycling matters, material specifications and markets for recyclables, and common end markets for recyclables. The second part of the workshop covered practical recycling tips, such as creative storage options for recyclables at municipal facilities, baling versus loose recyclables, and answering resident questions. Attendees learned specific examples of how municipalities in New Hampshire implement these recycling tips. The workshop also included group discussion sessions where attendees had an opportunity to share information with one another.

NRRA Vendor, Greif, Turns Mixed Paper into New Products!
Learn how NRRA vendor Greif, Inc. recycles paper, including residential mixed paper from NRRA member communities City of Keene Public Works Department, Town Of Charlestown, NH, Town Of Goshen, NH, Town of Hillsborough NH, and Town of Newbury, New Hampshire into new products!
Upcoming Events
2022 NRRA Annual Conference
Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17, 2022!

Mark your calendar and save the dates as we return to a LIVE, two day event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester, NH.

Be sure to join our conference mailing list to receive details and updates!
The June NRRA Pricing Guide is Now Available
Our website has a section that houses the NRRA Monthly Pricing Guide as well as many other pricing lists. These pricing lists are only accessible to NRRA Municipal Voting Members. If you are an NRRA Municipal Voting Member and want access to this part of the website, simply visit the site to create your new username and password.

Fibers, Plastics and Scrap Metal are all on the rise this month, visit our member pricing page for Bonnie's full June Pricing review.

  • Monday, July 5 -NRRA OFFICE CLOSED in Observation of the July 4th Holiday. Happy Independence Day!

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