Full of Scrap Newsletter- October 21, 2020
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NRRA's 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtual)-One Week Left to Register
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Registration is FREE - One week left to sign up!! NRRA will host a virtual Annual Meeting this year as we are not yet able to meet inside as a large group.  Members will be able to join by phone and optional video. The meeting will feature guest speaker Dave Cameron, General Manager at OPRSystems, Inc.  Based in Wilmington, MA, OPRSystems brokers fibers and plastics for NRRA. Dave will talk about the impact on the recycling markets from COVID-19 and discuss what he's hearing from his buyers about future markets. Members are encouraged to submit questions for Dave in advance for possible discussion at the Annual Meeting to Reagan Bissonnette, NRRA Executive Director, at rbissonnette@nrrarecycles.org.

**NRRA's Annual Meeting is Eligible for NHDES Credit***

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.

Blue Skies Over Gilford, NH for the Monthly MOM Meeting & Tour
Blue skies and a brand-new recycling facility attracted NRRA members from near and far to attend the October 14th outdoor meeting. We were all eager to hear about what sparked Gilford to build this $1.4 million recycling center complete with horizontal baler and floor scale and what advice they have for others now that it is open.

It started in 2015 with one selectman, and the first warrant article was proposed in 2016. The second warrant article provided additional funds in 2017. At first, residents had concerns about the facility, but now they are thrilled to bring both their Municipal Solid Waste and recyclables to Gilford, instead of going to Laconia. The town switched back from single stream recycling to source separated, which took time to educate residents. But when Public Works proved that they lowered operating costs from $77,000 to $50,000 monthly residents were supportive. Gilford already owned the land and had space for windrows of composted yard waste which they give away to residents. They also have their own glass pile that they are looking to get crushed.

NH the Beautiful Presents Grant Check to Gilford, NH for Recycling Equipment
New Hampshire the Beautiful board members John Dumais, Larry Melanson, and Scott Schaier joined Gilford's Public Works Director, Meghan Theriault, and staff, Bruce Hewitt, Bob Martin and Cordell Summers as well as NRRA's Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, in presenting a check from NH the Beautiful's equipment grant program for $5,000 to Gilford towards the purchase of their baler. This equipment has been an essential part of Gilford's opening of their new recycling facility earlier this year.

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.

Increasing the Use of Recycled Content in Infrastructure Projects
Monday, November 16, 2020 &
 Tuesday November 17, 2020
1:00PM - 4:00PM

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), in partnership with NRRA, MRRA, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Transportation, and the New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center, are offering a virtual workshop about using recycled content in road and infrastructure projects.
NRRA Member of the Month: Salisbury-Sharon, CT
Brian Bartram, NRRA board member from Salisbury, CT, was excited to share a new panoramic video with us of their new Transfer Station for Salisbury and Sharon. It was 25 years from an idea to the ribbon cutting ceremony this past week. It is one of the oldest transfer stations in Connecticut and we are happy they are ready to open.
Salisbury, CT, population 3,741, has been an NRRA member for over twenty years and uses NRRA to move their tires, propane, and batteries most recently.  Salisbury, CT Transfer Station
Congrats to Salisbury for making it happen and best to them with their new facility!

Join NRRA's Listserv
Have you joined our email listserv yet? The listserv is a way for members to send an email to one email address and reach all of the NRRA members in the listserv group.  Currently over 80 members have signed up.  All voting municipal members of NRRA are invited to join. 
Here are some examples of popular recent discussion topics on the NRRA listserv: 
  • Sharing wage information and hours for transfer station staff
  • Charges for demo/bulk material and how members handle private contractors
  • Status of swap shops re-opening
  • Systems for collecting fees, such as cash, check, credit cards, and online invoicing 
  • No picking policies 
  • Brush grinding and whether members own or rent a grinder or hire someone

The October 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.

October 2020 - Market Analysis by Bonnie Bethune:

Fibers: Mixed Paper took another jump up on the PPI (Pulp & Paper Index) with the highest pricing since January 2018.
Buyers continuing to pay a bit more for baled mixed paper and charging a bit less for mixed paper loose. Per PPI, “China, the US’s biggest buyer for US recovered paper for two decades, has nearly closed its demand doors for US recovered fiber…. Southeast
Asian mills and India continue to buy mixed paper to fulfill pulp furnaces….Export is still buying (strong), with good movement to Southeast Asian countries.”


  • NRRA will be closed during our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 4th
  • NRRA will be closed in observation of Veteran's Day on Wednesday, November 11th
  • NRRA Will be Closed on Thursday November 26th & Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
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