October 2017
A Message from the President
Kelli Timbrook
  Hello NYSAR3 members! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp temperatures (which are sure to come someday soon...) and the changing leaves. Add the Halloween candy and apple cider donuts and it all adds up to a great season!
    Along with colorful leaves, autumn also brings the annual Fall Recycling Conference! Taking place in Cooperstown Nov. 8-9, this year's theme is "Keeping Cool in an Age of Climate Change: Impact of Materials Management," with a pre-conference day on Nov.7.There are three special events happening on the 8th: a community textile collection, a community plastic bag collection and a repair cafĂ© in the evening for conference attendees. And don't  forget  the annual trip to Ommegang Brewery, with transportation provided.
    Making their debut at the NYSAR3 conference will be the series of short videos developed by the EFC as part of the Pollution Prevention Institute's Community Grant Program. The series consists of four two-minute videos, each highlighting a single-use plastic item (plastic bags, cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and polystyrene to-go containers) and illustrate their contribution to water pollution throughout the state. There will also be a special sneak peek at several chapter meetings in October and November, contact your local chapter representative to find the event near you.
    Overall, it promises to be a busy time with new information and networking opportunities and I hope to see you there! And don't forget Nov. 7th is Election Day, so make sure to cast your vote or send in your absentee ballot for two At-Large Board reps before you leave for the conference.  Nominations are always encouraged, so keep an eye on your email for more details.   Speaking of voting, the Board retained familiar faces with elections in Chapters 1, 3, 5 and 9 in September. Thank you for taking the time to vote if you are in one of those Chapters.
    Know any K-12 schools or colleges that have an environmental project they need funding for? The NYSAR3 Green Schools and College Council both have grant funding opportunities this fall! Visit the NYSAR3 website for more information. 
Recycling Conference Focuses on Climate Change
The 2017 New York State Recycling Conference & Trade Show runs  Nov. 8 & 9 at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, and includes a Nov. 7 pre-conference workshop.  This year's conference theme, "Keeping Cool in the Age of Climate Change: Impacts of Material Management," explores these issues on different levels. Get your personal invitation here.
Statewide Textile Summit Set for October 31 in NYC
The  New York Product Stewardship Council, the  Re-Clothe NY Coalition, and the  Product Stewardship Institute will host the New York Textiles Summit on Oct. 31 in New York City. The day-long, interactive event, held at the Fashion Institute of Technology,  will host a broad group of stakeholders, including state/local government, manufacturers, retailers, recycling/reuse organizations, the fashion industry, researchers, nonprofits, and consumers.  This event allows participants to participant through webcast or participate in person. Click here for more information and registration details.
NYSAR3 Election Results - Candidates Run Uncontested
Since all races were uncontested, recent elections for NYSAR3 Board reps in odd-numbered chapters resulted in all positions being refilled by the same officers. This included: Ken Armellino, Chapter 1; Bodhi Piedmont-Fleischmann, Chapter 3; Dianne Woske, Chapter 5; Theresa Evans, Chapter 7; and Gary Carrell, Region 9.  Election of the two At-Large positions will take place at the November Recycling Conference.
NYSAR3 Chapters Meetings
Two NYSAR3 chapters reported on recent membership meetings and tours this Fall. Members of Chapter 4, the Capital District area, had a tour and then helped out with a clean up along the Hudson River.  A well-attended  joint meeting of Chapters  7, 8, 9 , which cover the mid and western part of New York state, included a tour of an organics collection farm .

Chris Nobel, left, CFO of Natural Upcycling, displays the 
Dunkin Donuts cappuccino mix used in the digester.
NYSAR3 Grants Available for K-12 Schools & Colleges
NYSAR3 has two continuing grant programs that support efforts in New York State schools and colleges to start or increase recycling, reduction, reuse or composting efforts. The twice-yearly Green School Grant, (closing Oct. 31, for the Fall 2017 application) offers grants of up to $500 to k-12 schools. The College Grant Program offers up to $1,000. Spread the news.
Radin Receives Product Stewardship Award
Andrew Radin, Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction at the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, was recently recognized with a national award for work with product stewardship issues. Read more about the awards.

Andrew Radin
OCRRA Receives National Award for Compost Program
SYRACUSE - The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency was recently awarded the Gold Excellence Award in the Composting category  at WASTECON in Baltimore, MD. Read more about this prestigious award from the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Madison County Gets Grant for Styrofoam Densifier
The Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation has been recycling foam polystyrene for two years - collecting five tons since the program began. Read more about a  $42,925 grant from the Foodservice Packaging Institute's Foam Recycling Coalition, which allowed the county to expand the collection.
Polystyrene foam is loaded into the densifier.
GLOW Marks 30 Year Anniversary
The GLOW Region Solid Waste Management Committee will mark 30 years of serving the public this year. Read more about how the agency has changed since the first four-county  Intermunicipal Cooperation Agreement  was signed in late October of 1987.
Rockland County Grant Helps Food Pantry Program
The Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority recently received approval for a grant that will assist local food pantries in recovering surplus perishables, through the  purchase of  freezers, refrigerators, shelving and even refrigerated trucks. Read more.
Ithaca's Triphammer ReUse Center adds More Products
Ithaca's recently opened Triphammer ReUse Center has added a few categories of items they accept and sell. Read more about the center, the second re-use center located in the area.
Legislative Committee Action
"Disposable" Wipes Are Anything But
The NYSAR3 legislative committee has recommended NYSAR3 collaborate with other water advocacy and professional New York State water organizations to support statewide legislation to reduce the number of disposable textile wipes polluting waterways and clogging wastewater treatment plants. This issue overlaps NYSAR3's interest in reducing waste with theirs of protecting New York waterways.  D isposable textile wipes are labeled as flushable, but they cause significant problems at wastewater treatment plants. It is estimated that the costs, just in NYC, are an additional $3 million annually.  Example legislation was introduced in NYC: check out the text of  Intro.666 .
Master Composter, Recycler Programs Teach Volunteers
After a five year hiatus, Master Composter and Master Recycler programs are again active in Schenectady County. Read about the classes, which teach volunteers to become the masters.
Class Uses Found Materials for Cell Modeling Projects
For the Fall Anatomy & Physiology course, a Wells College Biology professor assigns students the task to learn about cell structure and function through their creation of a cell model. Part of the assignment is to make the cell models more sustainable through the use of 'found' and/or 'natural materials'. Read more about the  "Sustain-a-Cell" project.
New Officials, Boards Announced at EPA, NRC and NERC
Several new positions have been announced recently, which could be of interest to NYSAR3 members. These include the  new Director of EPA Region 2, Peter Lopez; the new  Executive Director at NRC, Marjie Griek; and a new Leadership Team at NERC .
Upcoming Events
Oct. 31, 2017, NYS Textile Summit, New York City, NY
Nov. 7-9, 2017, NY State Recycling Conference, Cooperstown, NY 
Jan. 22-25, 2018, Compost 2018, Atlanta, GA
April 23-26, 2018, WasteExpo, Las Vegas, NV
May 20-23, 2018, NY Federation Conference, Bolton Landing, NY
Free Subscription to Resource Recycling Magazine
NYSAR 3 members are eligible for a free subscription  to Resource Recycling Magazine. Members can also sign up for the digital newsletters at the top of the webpage.
Note: This offer is only available to current members. 
Is your membership in good standing? Find out by logging in.
Never logged in before? Your username is your email address, your default password is your last name in all lower case letters with no spaces.
New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling
518-482-7395 | nysar3@gmail.com | nysar3.org