Full of Scrap Newsletter- May 6, 2021
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*DEADLINE - Register by 12PM EST Friday, May 7!*

NRRA's annual recycling conference will be held virtually over two mornings: Monday, May 10th and Tuesday, May 11th; 8:00 am-noon EST.

Registration is FREE to all NRRA Members.

NRRA Conference Workshop Spotlight
Understanding End Markets - What Happens with Your Recycling?
What happens with recyclables after their first use? Representatives from NRRA’s vendors that acquire common recyclables will discuss how they reach their next life.
Ira Gross, Manager, Regional Accounts, Schnitzer Northeast, Concord, NH
François Ierfino, Strategic Purchasing, Sourcing and Sales Manager, 2M Ressources, Quebec, Canada
Dave Cameron, General Manager at OPRSystems, Inc., Wilmington, MA
Don't Miss the Following Workshops at Our Conference!

Monday, May 10
  • Engaging Residents with Municipal Recycling
  • Waste Reduction Strategies - Reduce, Reuse, Rot
  • Recycling Safely During COVID-19

Tuesday, May 11
  • National & Local Recycling Markets and Market Specifications
  • Plastics with a Plan: Municipal Options
  • Understanding End Markets - What Happens with Your Recycling?
NH Solid Waste Legislation Update - 2021 Session
The New Hampshire Legislature has begun its 2021 session, and NRRA has prepared a list of bills related to solid waste and recycling. NRRA will periodically provide updates regarding these bills and encourages members to testify on bills relevant to their work. NRRA may testify for some bills to educate lawmakers, but NRRA does not take a position on proposed legislation.   Last updated May 5, 2021.

Legislative Process
State Senators and State Representatives first file what are known as Legislative Service Requests (“LSRs”). An LSR is a simple proposal for a bill submitted by a member of the incoming Legislature that is later drafted into a detailed bill. Then bills are assigned to committees in the House or Senate, depending on which chamber the bill originated in. Next, bills are scheduled for hearings, where members of the public may testify in support or opposition to bills remotely or in writing. The nonprofit New Futures provides a helpful description of the full process of how a bill becomes a law. 

NRRA Board Member Steven Bullek Appointed to NH Waste Management Council
On Wednesday, April 21, the Governor and Executive Council confirmed the nomination of Steven Bullek to serve on the New Hampshire Waste Management Council. Steve is the Public Works Director for the Town of Lee, NH and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), a nonprofit that enables communities to manage their own recycling programs and reduce their waste. The NRRA Board submitted Steve’s name as one of three possible nominees after the Governor declined to bring NRRA’s first choice, NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette, to the Executive Council for a vote.

The Waste Management Council is responsible for consulting with and advising the Director of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Waste Management Division with respect to policy, programs, goals and operations of the Division regarding its solid and hazardous waste management functions and responsibilities, with particular emphasis on long-range planning and public education. In addition, the Council hears and decides administrative appeals from NHDES decisions relative to the functions and responsibilities of the Division of Waste Management, such as appeals to permits issued for landfill expansions. 

Recycling 101: Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire
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?

Reagan Bissonnette and Heather Herring of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) led an in-depth three-hour workshop on solid waste, recycling, and waste reduction for NH municipalities. The workshop provided an introduction to municipal solid waste, recycling, and other waste reduction techniques, including composting and pay as you throw. Attendees will learn about recycling markets, including recent changes during the pandemic, and how municipalities can make informed decisions to improve their recycling programs and reduce their costs. To bring these concepts to life, the workshop included case studies about plastic and glass recycling as well as specific examples for how other New Hampshire municipalities are successfully managing their recycling and solid waste.

Did you Know NRRA has a New Baled #3-7 Plastic Program?
Join us at our May 10 & 11 Virtual Annual Conference to hear Eadaoin Quinn, Director of Business Development & Procurement, EFS Plastics, Listowel, Ontario, Canada and Hazleton, Pennsylvania speak about #3-7 plastics –in the Plastics with a Plan: Municipal Options Workshop on May 11 at 9:25 am, EST!

Contact Bonnie Bethune @ bbethune@nrrarecycles.org
for specifications and details.

NRRA 2020 Summer Webinars Are Now Available for FREE to Everyone
As an Earth Day 2021 gift, NRRA is pleased to announce our 2020 Summer Webinar Series recordings are available for free to everyone! Eighteen presentations that would have been available at our 2020 conference are ready to be watched.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NRRA canceled its 2020 annual conference. In order to make available the educational workshops that would have been available at the conference, NRRA launched a Summer Webinar Series from June through September 2020.  

These webinar recordings are available and open to all. The following audiences are encouraged to participate: municipal recycling and transfer station staff, solid waste operators, public works staff, state and local government officials and staff, educators and community members. New Hampshire solid waste operators will receive one hour of continuing education credit for each webinar for participating.

Upcoming Events
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
Understanding Recycling Markets & Practical Tips

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT

Join Reagan Bissonnette and Bonnie Bethune of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association for a NHDES sponsored workshop on understanding recycling markets and practical recycling tips for municipalities. The first part of the workshop will cover why recycling matters, material specifications and markets for recyclables, and common end markets for recyclables. The second part of the workshop will cover practical recycling tips, such as creative storage options for recyclables at municipal facilities, baling versus loose recyclables, and answering resident questions. Attendees will learn specific examples of how municipalities in New Hampshire implement these recycling tips. The workshop will also include small group discussion sessions where attendees will have an opportunity to share information with one another.

The April 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.

May pricing has not yet been released but should be available within the next week so be sure to check our Member Pricing Page for updates!

  • There will be no MOM Meeting held in May, 2021 due to our conference.
  • NRRA's Annual Recycling Conference - May 10th & 11th, 2021; 8:00AM - 12:00PM both days (virtual conference) NRRA WILL BE CLOSED DURING THIS TIME
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021 - NRRA Office Closed.
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