Winter 2020 Newsletter
Recycling Leadership Awards Given for 2019
NYSAR³ recognizes a few outstanding achievers each year for their dedication, innovation, and passion for recycling. The 2019 NYSAR³ Recycling Leadership Awards were presented at the NYS Recycling Conference in Cooperstown on Nov. 6, 2019. Learn more about each recipient  here.

Recipients of this year's awards were:
2019 Environmental Leadership - Assemblyman  Al Stirpe 
2019 Lifetime Achievement - Mary Schwarz
2019 Private Citizen - Martha Clarvoe
2019 Public Sector - Carla Jordan
2019 Private Sector -  Rob Lubin, accepting on behalf of  Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli
2019 K-12 School - Barbara Reese
2019 Innovation - Jessica Schreiber (FABSCRAP)

(From left: Jessica Schreiber, Carla Jordan, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Mary Schwarz, Rob Lubin (accepted award on behalf of Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli), Barbara Reese, Martha Clarvoe)
Congratulations to the recipients of NYSAR3's Fall 2019 Green Schools Grant Program
Seth Low IS96, Brooklyn, NY:
Expanding their current recycling program to include composting and vermicomposting fro their school garden.

John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY:
Setting up a compost program to take the waste from their culinary class to convert to compost for the outdoor garden and compost tea for the indoor hydroponic system.

Edward J. Russell Elementary, Pine Bush, NY:
Creating a uniform, functional recycling program with a newly formed Green Team.

Harmony Hill, Cohoes, NY:
Creating a closed loop organics program where vegetables are grown for local use and organics are composed for use in the garden.

Shenendehowa HS West, Clifton Park, NY:
Expanding their recycling program to recover bottles, including at special events.
Funding Available through the 2020 College Council Grant Program: Apply Now!
NYSAR³ College Council grants, supported by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), are awarded through a competitive application process designed to provide a limited number of awards to New York State Universities and colleges. This year, NYSAR³ and NYSP2I will provide up to $10,000.00 for projects that focus on source reduction, reuse, or recycling. Each member institution is eligible to apply for project funding up to $5,000.00. Project proposals that incorporate pollution prevention will be more competitive in the grant evaluation process.

The grant submission period runs from January 31st to March 31st  2020.  The award recipients will be announced on April 22nd (Earth Day), 2020.  Learn more about the grant and download the application online .

Dianne Woske Retires from NYSAR 3 Board After 19 Years
On behalf of the NYSAR³  network, the Board and staff would like to formally recognize the dedication, contributions and achievements of long-time Board member, Dianne Woske who is retiring from the Chapter 5 Board position after 19 years of dedicated service. Over the years, Dianne has held many leadership positions including NYSAR³  board secretary, vice president and president of the organization and served on several committees including conference planning and media committee chair. Read more.
New York State Organics Summit 2020
Food as a Resource - Expanding Opportunities 
Registration is now open!  The 6 th  annual NYS Organics Summit will take place April 7-8, 2020 at Albany Capital Center in downtown Albany, NY. This yearly event is an opportunity to connect with over 150 NYS materials management professionals to share success stories and discuss creative solutions to barriers that restrict the sustainable management of organic materials, with a specific focus on wasted food and food scraps. Learn more about registration and event details here
On  Saturday, February 22, in conjunction with the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), SUNY ESF will be hosting a  Beyond Waste Student Summit  for university students in the region. This Summit will be highly interactive and bring students together to understand the systemic impact of waste, from extraction to disposal, through collaborative simulated campaigns. NYSAR³ is happy to support this effort and hope to see our College Council members there!  Learn more about the event here .
Zero Waste Conference 2020
Registration is now open! The National Zero Waste Conference, organized by the National Recycling Coalition and held in Berkeley, CA is open for registration. This two-day conference, March 18 & 19, 2020, is in conjunction with the California Zero Waste Week at the UC Berkeley. Please reach out to NRC Executive Director
 with any questions.

Learn more about the event here.
Office of the Governor 
Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Establishing Statewide Paint Recycling Program: New York residents will soon have a new, more convenient way to recycle and safely dispose of unwanted paint thanks to a bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed establishing a postconsumer paint recovery program in NY State.  Read more.

Governor Cuomo Unveils 5th Proposal of 2020 State of the State: Banning the Use of Single-Use Styrofoam Food Containers in New York State: Governor Cuomo also announced on December 17 the 5th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda - prohibiting the distribution and use of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, single-use food containers. This would be the strongest statewide ban in the United States and would go into effect by January 1, 2022.  Read more .
New Decade, New Adventures - Bring Your own Bag!
New York's plastic bag ban starts March 1, 2020, so now is a great time to get into the habit of using reusable bags. You can find more information about the upcoming plastic bag ban online.  Reusable bags come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials, making it easy to find ones that work best for you and your everyday adventures.
February DEC Recycle Right Campaign Resources
February is dedicated to educating the public about paper recycling do's and don'ts with a bit of a Valentine's Day theme-show paper recycling some love!  According to the US EPA, over 65% (approximately 44.2 million tons) of the paper and paperboard produced was recycled in 2017. Let's recycle even more in 2020 and make sure that the paper we're recycling is of high value and free of contamination. How? Recycle paper from your home, office, school and just make sure it is clean, dry, and free of food residue. Recycle paper right NY!

Learn more about the resources available.
DEC Recognizes Four New York Organizations as Innovation and Sustainability Leaders
The DEC recognized four organizations at the 16th annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration. The event was held at Pat's Barn on the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus in Troy. Read More.
Have you heard? In Westchester County, it's Now Easier To Recycle Right!
Sustainable Westchester Inc., a nonprofit consortium of Westchester County municipalities, is making recycling and zero waste solutions easy and accessible - with just one click. Their one-stop mobile app, Recycle Right Westchester, is a first step towards creating a zero waste community by giving residents easy access to accurate recycling instructions when they need it. Learn more about the app.
'Scrap It' Food Waste Recycling Program 
Buffalo, NY - On October 28th, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Delaware District Council Member Joel Feroleto, joined by Susan Attridge, Director of Refuse and Recycling, and representatives from the neighborhood tested out a new outdoor receptacle that includes space to deposit trash, recycling and food scraps. The new receptacle, located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway, further expands Mayor Brown's 'Scrap It' Food Waste Recycling program, providing City residents with a year-round opportunity to dispose of their food scraps in a safe, environmentally friendly way. All food scraps collected are recycled by our partner Natural Upcycling. Read More.
Community Toolkit:
Adding Food Waste to a Yard Trimmings Compost Facility
Center for EcoTechnology and BioCycle partnered to develop COMMUNITY TOOLKIT: Adding Food Waste to a Yard Trimmings Compost Facility. We developed this toolkit as existing municipal yard trimming composting sites represent an under-used potential to quickly increase the capacity to effectively process food scraps locally.

This document will help municipalities determine how to employ this strategy in their community. Learn more.
Exciting Happenings in The World of Recycling Food Waste for Animal Feed
At Baskin Livestock, in Batavia, NY, Bill Baskin and his team are changing the
landscape for food scrap recycling! Baskin Livestock has built relationships with numerous food manufacturers, snack producers, large and small bakeries in the north- east region of the United States and Southern Ontario, Canada. They are hauling away edible food waste from close to 70 manufacturing facilities and turning it into high quality animal feed for customers all over the north- east, and mid- west regions of the United States and in Canada. Read More.
NYSAR3 Textile Database Updated
Since 2014, NYSAR3 has worked to create a collective database that offers individuals locations to where they can properly recycle their textile materials. We have new featured collectors and updated locations that are now available to you. Check out the database here.
Your Membership Dues at Work
As a member of NYSAR3, we want to keep you updated on where your membership dues go. This month we would like to highlight NYSAR3's $5,000 contribution to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) to support their work related to materials management.  You can learn more about P2I here.
2019 Annual Recycling Conference & Trade Show Re-cap
Thank you for joining us at this year's 30th Annual Recycling Conference in Cooperstown, NY! The Annual Conference presentations are now available online.
Upcoming Events - Conferences, Workshops and Webinars
February 22, 2020 | PLAN Beyond Waste Student Summit
March 10-11, 2020 | Landfill Operator Training,  Saratoga Springs, NY -  Contact:  Jeff Bouchard , Executive Director
April 7-8, 2020 | Annual NYS Organics Summit, Albany, NY
March 18-19, 2020 | Zero Waste Conference, Berkley, CA
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