Full of Scrap Newsletter- November 18, 2020
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NRRA Releases Glass Recycling Story Map & Video
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) has released an ArcGIS story map and video that provide a transparent look at glass recycling. At a time when depressed recycling markets have many people wondering what happens with their recyclables, NRRA recognizes its 100 member communities in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts that are successfully recycling glass for over half a million residents.

The interactive story map includes photos and videos that show the one hundred participating communities and seven consolidation sites where glass is delivered.

Recycled Content in Infrastructure Projects Virtual Event a Success
On Monday and Tuesday, November 16 and 17, NRRA presented about using processed glass aggregate in infrastructure projects at the virtual event "Increasing the Use of Recycled Content in Infrastructure Projects." Over 85 people joined for two afternoons to learn about using processed glass aggregate, plastic corrugated drainage pipes with recycled content, ground asphalt, crumb rubber in roads and other infrastructure projects, and more. 

NRRA Summer Webinar Recording Spotlight: Recycling Markets Update
Do you have questions about the current recycling market after the Chinese recycling ban and changes since COVID-19?

Recycling markets collapsed when the Chinese government announced a ban on imports of many recyclables. How have domestic markets responded? What do raw material markets look for from suppliers? Learn how markets are trending and how you can improve your standing with those markets today.

Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this recorded webinar to discuss these issues. Chaz Miller is a 40-year veteran of the recycling and waste industry. He is an ex officio member of the Northeast Recycling Council Board of Directors and the primary author of the NERC reports on increases in North American domestic recycled paper and recycled plastic capacity. He is Chair of the Montgomery County MD Aiming for Zero Waste Task Force.

NRRA recently announced that Eighteen presentations that would have been available at our annual conference are ready to be watched and are available to all and that NRRA Members can watch them for FREE.

New Hampshire solid waste operators will receive one hour of continuing education credit for each webinar for participating.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association Announces its 2020 Recycling Award Winners

Dave Cameron, OPRSystems, Inc.
Steve Bullek, Public Works Manager, Town of Lee, NH
Paula Dow, NRRA Finance & H.R Manager
NRRA has announced the recipients of its 2020 Recycling Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals for their contributions to support NRRA’s mission of partnering to make recycling strong through economic and environmentally sound solutions. The award winners were: 

  • Business of the Year Award – OPRSystems, Inc. from Wilmington, Massachusetts
  • Rookie of the Year Award – Steve Bullek, Public Works Manager for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire
  • Sami Izzo Recycler of the Year Award – Paula Dow, Finance and Human Resource Manager, NRRA

NRRA School Recycling Awards are Back!
NRRA wants to recognize schools and their dedicated staff and students for continuing their recycling efforts despite the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

We are happy to announce that we will be accepting nominations for our School Recycling Awards for the 2019-2020 school year. Please use the Nomination Form to complete and submit your nominees for school, student, teacher or staff recycling awards. The deadline is November 20, 2020. Selections will be made, and the awards will be presented virtually during the holidays.

Recycling in New Hampshire:
Keeping it Financially Sustainable & Safe
Friday, November 20, 2020
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

This presentation is being given as part of the New Hampshire Municipal Association's Annual Conference, which will take place virtually on Wednesday, November 18 through Friday, November 20.  

Are you wondering how you can make your recycling program more financially sustainable and how COVID-19 is affecting recycling practices throughout New Hampshire? Join NRRA Staff for an informative presentation about the economics of the current recycling markets and impacts from COVID-19.

Member Operations Marketing (M.O.M) Meeting: UPDATE
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Please note, This event will now be held Virtually. It was originally going to be held at the Lancaster, NH transfer station, but with the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, we are moving this to a remote meeting. 

Meeting link and details will be updated shortly, watch your email and our website for updates.

Meeting open to all NRRA Municipal Members- please bring a fellow recycler!

Virtual Tour of ecomaine's Facilities
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Save the date for a private virtual tour of ecomaine's material recovery facility and waste-to-energy facility. As we are unable to hold our popular Fall Bus Tour in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are pleased to offer this virtual tour in lieu of our February Member Operations Marketing Meeting.

This live tour will provide municipal members with a behind-the-scenes look at ecomaine's operations at their facilities in Portland, Maine.

The November 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.

November 2020 - Market Analysis by Bonnie Bethune:

Fibers: Mixed Paper took another jump up on the PPI (Pulp & Paper Index) this month as demand for quality mixed paper is high.
Buyers continuing to pay a bit more for baled mixed paper and charging a bit less for mixed paper loose.


  • NRRA Will be Closed on Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Signs Up for Grabs!
As you may know, New Hampshire the Beautiful grants all NH towns with annual points to use towards ordering signs for transfer stations/recycling centers. One town mistakenly ordered two signs that turned out to not be needed at their site.

These signs are free to the first person who responds and will not use any of your NHtB sign points. If your town is in need of these two signs and would like to lay claim to them, please contact info@nrrarecycles.org.

The two signs available include:
24" x 18" Plastics #1 THRU #7

24" x 38" Thank you for Recycling
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