Full of Scrap Newsletter- March 24, 2021
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NRRA's 2021 Annual Recycling Conference!
"Recycling with Results"
A virtual Conference
May 10th & May 11th
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join by Computer or Phone
This event will be held using GoToWebinar. Attendees are encouraged to join the conference from their computer or smartphone, but attendees may also join by phone call only. Participants joining by phone only will be able to hear the conference and can only submit questions in advance, not during the conference.
Can't Attend Live?
Can't attend? Register to receive the conference recording by email the following week.

Check our our full Workshop Agenda to learn more about the six educational and engaging workshops.

Registration is FREE to all existing NRRA Members. Not yet NRRA members only pay $75.00 which covers both days! Learn more and Register Today!

Visit our Conference Page for updates!
MOM (Member Operations Marketing) Meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

NRRA Members - Join us virtually on April 14, 2021 for our next MOM Meeting! This meeting will feature a special presentation from David Witham, Director of Risk Management, Primex, to talk about Swap Shops at Recycling Centers during Covid-19.

Keep an eye on your email, as we will be sending members an email to RSVP for the meeting, as well as information on how to join the meeting.

Help Us Celebrate NRRA's 40th Anniversary!
Celebrating 40 Years of Making Recycling Strong
Did you know that 2021 marks NRRA's 40th anniversary? In 1981, four New Hampshire municipalities founded the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, then called the New Hampshire Resource Recovery Association, to provide a clearinghouse for current, up-to-date information and a source of technical and marketing assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling.  Since then, membership in NRRA has grown to include over 400 municipalities, individuals, and businesses in New England. We're asking our members to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary by sharing how NRRA has benefited your community. We'll then share some of these stories on our website, in future Full of Scrap newsletters, and other communications throughout 2021.

In Memory of Patrick Pinkson-Burke, Former NRRA Staff & Board Member
It is with heartfelt sorrow that I share the news of the passing of Patrick (Pat) Pinkson-Burke. Patrick died unexpectedly on February 22, 2021 at the young age of 71. As many of you may recall, Pat was an integral part of the NRRA for nine years having served a Member Services Representative in 1998 and 1999 and subsequently on NRRA’s Board of Trustees from 2004-2011. I will always remember Pat’s dedication, compassion, and kindness. 

NRRA Trustee and former Board President Duncan Watson shared his memories of Pat. “Patrick and I were classmates in graduate school in the early 90’s.  We both found a passion in the world of recycling and solid waste management.  A forever hippie who kept his eye on the precious earth we all share, Patrick made a difference and he will be sorely missed.” 

NH Solid Waste Legislation Update - 2021 Session
NRRA is watching bills related to solid waste and recycling in the New Hampshire. SB 146 was passed by the Senate with an amendment on March 18. The next step will be scheduling a House hearing on this bill. A summary of the amended bill follows. 
SB 146 (as amended): Omnibus legislation relative to the environment. Part II establishes a statewide solid waste disposal reduction goal.  
Summary: This bill adopts omnibus legislation relative to the environment. 
  • Part II establishing a statewide solid waste disposal reduction goal to reduce the quantity by weight of solid waste disposed in landfills and incinerators by 25 percent by the year 2030, and by 45 percent by the year 2050. 
  • Part II would also change the timeline for NHDES to update the state's solid waste plan from every 6 years to every 10 years.
  • Note: Prior to amendment, Part III of this bill also included legislation related to PFAS in compost and a Plastics Advisory Council. Those were eliminated in the amended version that passed. 
The Importance of Bills of Lading - Help Us Help You
You may be wondering why you’ve heard so much from us lately about Bills of Lading, (aka BOL’s). Recently, a situation arose that further demonstrates why they are so important, so we are sharing this as an example. We were contacted by a member town telling us that their invoice did not match what they sent. We looked for a Bill of Lading, but we did not have one on file because the town had not sent one. We contacted the vendor who, in turn, sent us a copy of their slip that was signed by the town. That slip had a detailed list of items that was being loaded. Without the Bill of Lading, we have nothing to compare to. Because the slip was signed by the town, and because we had no BOL on file, we had no way of disputing this on behalf of the member town. 
There are two important things we would like to communicate. 
1.  Please read what you are signing. If a vendor asks you to sign a slip, (which typically happens for propane tanks, freon recovery and tires), please read the slip carefully and make sure it is accurate. If it’s not, please make corrections before signing. Your signature indicates to us that you, the Member, have reviewed what was on the slip and agreed to what is being loaded. 
2. Please send documentation for every load to NRRA. It is extremely important to either fill out a Bill of Lading or get a copy of the slip that is being signed and email or fax it to us. We rely on your Bill of Lading to advocate on your behalf if there are any discrepancies after the load ships. If we don’t have anything on file, it is difficult for us to do this. We are here for you and work hard to ensure that your transactions are handled timely and accurately. Thank you for helping us to help you. 

Two-Stage Separation Recycling
What is "two-stage separation"? Some of our experienced municipal members have learned that the best way to keep contamination out of their recyclables is to have residents drop off the material in either a designated bin or on a table. Many recycling centers do not have full-time staff available to watch everyone drop-off their recyclables, so this process allows residents a place to leave items to be sorted daily or hourly.

Good signage helps residents know what to do, and then the recycling facility staff can have the confidence that, when they sell their material to market through NRRA, it is clean and will receive the highest value.

NRRA's 2021 Compost Bin Sale - RSVP by April 8, 2021
NRRA Annual Compost Bin Sale is Back for 2021!
Individuals are more likely to compost their food scraps if they have the tools/equipment readily accessible at their home. Help offset the amount of food scraps ending up in your town's MSW by offering Compost Bin Sale items for sale to your residents!

Items Available to Order: Compost Bins; Compost Turners; Rain Barrels; Kitchen Pails (MUST ORDER in full pallets)
Why should NRRA municipal members consider participating in this compost bin sale? Food scraps are heavy, and therefore expensive to dispose of as municipal solid waste. Nationwide, food scraps comprise 24% by weight of the material going into our landfills, which makes food scraps the largest single material by weight that we landfill as a country (based on the Environmental Protection Agency's most recent data from 2018). So encouraging your residents to compost could help your community save taxpayer money by decreasing your cost of disposal. In addition, composting food scraps also benefits the environment because food scraps in landfills create methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Municipal Compost Conversation Stirs Interest at NRRA MOM Meeting
Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager at Lebanon, NH Recycling Center, led a conversation about municipal composting as the guest speaker for NRRA’s March 10 Member Operations and Marketing (MOM) meeting. Thirty-six members gathered online to hear how Lebanon has been accepting food scraps from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College for the last ten years.

When planning to compost food scraps, NH communities, please remember to contact Mike Nork at NHDES to discuss your plans. Composting meat and dairy products with food scraps will likely require requesting a waiver of the current NHDES regulations or a permit modification, depending on your situation. It is recommended to tour a nearby municipality that is already composting to see it in action.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Increasing Waste Diversion - Beyond Recycling
This NH Dept. of Environmental Services sponsored virtual workshop will cover waste diversion and why it is important, how communities can calculate their waste diversion rates, and specific strategies and examples of how New Hampshire municipalities can reduce their waste. Reagan Bissonnette & Bonnie Bethune will present.

Friday, April 9, 2021, 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM - EBC Eighth Annual New England "Talking Trash" Conference

NRRA is partnering with EBC, SWANA, MassRecycle, ecomaine, and NWRA to present the eighth annual Talking Trash conference, which will focus and reflect on the changing landscape of solid waste industry operations in New England. NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette is one of the conference co-chairs and will participate in a panel discussion with other industry leaders. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM -
Recycling 101: Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire

NRRA staff will be leading a new virtual workshop, "Recycling 101: Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire" for the NH Municipal Association on Earth Day - April 22, 2021 from 9 AM to 12 PM.  This workshop is designed for all municipal staff, including public works, finance, town administrators, and select board members.  

What is the current state of municipal recycling and solid waste management in New Hampshire? What does the future hold for municipal budgets with respect to recycling and solid waste? Is recycling still worthwhile for New Hampshire municipalities?
Join Reagan Bissonnette and Heather Herring of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) for an in-depth workshop on solid waste, recycling, and waste reduction for NH municipalities.

Lithium Battery Webinar Series: Recycling & Fire Prevention at Waste Hauler, Storage, & Processing Facilities
Safely managing used lithium batteries has become a significant challenge for the waste industry. NERC & NEWMOA are jointly offering a free two-part webinar series to help participants understand the different battery types, their uses, recycling opportunities, and safe handling & management at end-of-life. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) New England Chapters, MassRecycle, & the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) have partnered with NEWMOA & NERC to plan these webinars. 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Webinar: Overview of Lithium Batteries, Their Uses, & Recycling 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Webinar: Examples of Actions by Waste Haulers & Storage & Processing Facilities to Reduce the Risk of Fires Associated with Lithium Batteries
The March 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.

The Fiber market remains stable with a slight increase in revenue for cardboard. Read Bonnie Bethune's full market update for March.

Share our Facebook Post: NRRA's 2021 Annual Conference - "Recycling with Results!"
Spring has sprung and NRRA's "Recycling with Results" Annual Conference registration is open! We encourage you to share our Facebook post with your friends!

News from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services - 2021 Virtual Drinking Water Festival
Concord, NH - Over the past three decades, thousands of students have learned about protecting water at the New Hampshire Drinking Water Festival. This year the Festival is virtual and kicks off today!

Visit www.nhwaterfestival.org for more information.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Lara Hooper, NHDES Water Education Coordinator, at lara.hooper@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-4071.
  • Compost Bin Sale - Sign up by April 8
  • Next NRRA M.O.M Meeting - Wed. April 14
  • Earth Day - Thurs. April 22 - Final Compost Bin Sale Orders Due!
  • NRRA's Annual Recycling Conference - May 10th & 11th, 2021; 8:00AM - 12:00PM both days (virtual conference).
2021 MassRecycle Conference
The exciting and educational MassRecycle 2021 Virtual Conference is here! MassRecycle will host this conference over the course of two days on Thursday, April 15th from 1:00- 5:00pm and Friday, April 16th from 8:30am - 1:00pm. Come spend two days learning! On Day 1 Learn Where Everything Goes and What It Becomes: trash, recycling, food waste, and demolition debris. Day Two is about Teaching to RecycleSmart, and Why Paint and Mattress EPR is Worth Doing.

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