The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – April, 2019

Honoring Earth Day

49 Years Strong!



  • 2019 Conference News   2019 Conference Brochure is Here!
  • CLUB News Welcome New & Renewing Members! Membership Update Link Available.
  • NRRA Member News & Services  Compost Bin Orders Due April 22
  • NRRA Grant News   YIMBY! Grant Presentations in NH, VT & MA; Town & Gown Webinars Ready to View; Keene School District Outreach Work; Presenting School HazMat 101!
  • NRRA SWIP News White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2018-2019
  • In The News Ryan’s Recycling Partners with Ellen/Recycle Across America; NH Helps Lead the Charge on Nat’l Battery Day!
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers   Register for the 2019 #OCEANCHALLENGE; Coca-Cola Can Crusher! Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) –  Discover WILD NH Day-April 20; EPA Free Educational Materials
  • Activity Plastic Bottle Kayak; Bottle Bricks

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Hot off the Presses!

For the Entire Conference Brochure, Click HERE!


Online Registration is Open!

To register now, go to:


Please Note: For groups with both Teachers and Students,  you must complete at least TWO separate forms – one for all of the teachers, one to include all of the students.


Don’t Forget Your NHtB School Conference Grant!


Thanks to NH the Beautiful, NH Schools will again receive 1/2 off their registrations in 2019, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers can attend.  Add that to your early registration for a terrific discount! For the NH the Beautiful Grant Application, CLICK HERE!



NH School Innovation Grant – $500

(Still Accepting Entries!)

NH Schools – Put on your thinking caps! NH the Beautiful also added a new

$500 School Recycling Innovation Grant in 2018. Start planning your essays now and maybe your school will receive a check at the next Conference!






Welcome New CLUB Member!


Manchester West High School

  • Manchester, NH
  • 861 Students
  • 9-12



Welcome Back Renewing CLUB Members!


Pembroke Academy

  • Pembroke, NH
  • 851 Students
  • 9-12




North Hampton School

  • North Hampton, NH
  • 400 Students
  • PK-8




Griffin Memorial School

  • Litchfield, NH
  • 446 Students
  • PK-4





CLUB Membership Update Offer

The CLUB’s first annual CLUB Membership update is in progress. Please take a moment to update your school’s information or to join The CLUB for the first time!

Membership is free to all NH schools thanks to NH the Beautiful!

The first 25 responders will receive 10% off their School Recycling Conference registration!

It couldn’t be easier to update your school contact information now that we have our online Member Registration link.

What has your recycling club (or transfer station) been up to?

Send us your pictures and we’ll share them in our next newsletter!





2019 Compost Bin Sale in Progress!


It’s NOT TOO LATE!!! We still need more Participants!

Orders aren’t due until April 22.

No payments due until Delivery!

For all the details, see our Participation Packet.



What’s Your Sign?


Did you know . . . that NH towns can get free recycling signage through NH the Beautiful?


Towns are allotted a certain number of points each year which they can use for standard town or school signs


Check with your local Transfer Station or contact for details on point status and eligibility.



Planning an Event for Spring? Reserve a Can Cage or Recyclemobile!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!

For more information CLICK HERE or contact Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley at


Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., our three RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH schools, municipalities and community groups for FREE!

Please contact the NRRA by telephone at (603) 736-4401 or by e-mail at for more information and scheduling details. To reserve the RecycleMobile for your community’s event, download, complete and send in the RecycleMobile Reservation Form.




Thanks to NH the Beautiful, schools may purchase discounted recycling bins and ClearStreams.



For discounted school recycling bins, go to:


For discounted school ClearStreams™ Recyclers, go to:





YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard!

NRRA is proud to announce that dates have been set for YIMBY Operator and Educator presentations!

YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard! – will focus on composting, waste audits and batteries.

  • Learn organics management techniques as you navigate the organics waste stream.
  • Increase your understanding of the best management practices for waste batteries.
  • Connect with community waste reduction efforts.
  • Earn credits for professional development & certification.

To register for one or all of the workshops, CLICK HERE!

For details about the grant, see our Press Release!


Need Professional Development Credits?

Town & Gown Webinar Links Available!


Outreach training in NH and VT has been completed and we are pleased to present the  completed webinars for professional development credit to Operators and Teachers where applicable.

(Please note that you must register and complete each webinar evaluation to receive credit.  All webinars are proprietary and cannot be duplicated or disseminated without express written permission from NRRA.)

To access our webinars, go to our RESOURCES Page!



Presenting … School HazMat 101!

Are you concerned about your school’s health and safety? NRRA’s School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools was written specifically to help the entire school community benefit from addressing hazardous materials use. Funded by the USDA Rural Utilities Program, this manual provides information that improves the school’s ability to employ safe management practices.

Many people are accustomed to using hazardous materials in their everyday lives and have become desensitized to the potential health and environmental risks. They also may not fully understand the short­ and long-term health and environmental consequences. NRRA’s School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools reveals how hazardous materials can be used safely by raising awareness of the role hazardous materials play in their lives and the associated risks. This manual informs school personnel how to be pro-active in protecting themselves, the students, the environment, and by taking a leadership role in their community.

For grant reporting purposes, we are asking that schools contact NRRA individually and sign a Terms of Use stating they will not share their password. We want to track interest areas and demographics. Once we receive your signed Terms of Use, we will send you the password and link for School HazMat 101. Please send your signed Terms of Use to


Concerned about your school’s air quality? If you would like to have an assessment done at your school, you may order our Technical Assistance Training – Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality Assessment. For details, check out our MENU or contact Gwen Erley at



Keene School District Recycling Program

The Keene School District has contracted NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB to provide analysis, programming and equipment to facilitate effective and cost-saving recycling throughout the District.

Phase One was completed in 2017 with Star Assessments being done at each school.  Surveys were sent to staff at all seven schools to gauge their current recycling efforts.  Programming and recycling equipment will be provided this coming school year.

A Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) event has been scheduled for June 11 at John Fuller Elementary. This fun and educational all-day event allows the students to audit a day’s worth of trash to see what could have been diverted from the landfill and recycled instead.

For more information, please contact Gwen Erley, Programs Coordinator at


Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!

Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with

21st Century Standards


Thanks to grant funding through USDA-Rural Development, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is proud to offer the newest editions of their school curricula 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste and Recycling and Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution.  These references are divided into age appropriate lessons for K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Schools may select from hard copy or PDF versions.

In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and are available in PDF versions only.  They are:

  1. Garbage Guerrillas
  2. Back to the Earth
  3. Healthy Home/Clean Waters
  4. Waste = Global Climate Change

Anyone else interested in purchasing these resources should contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at

  • For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.
  • For the Terms of Use, click HERE.
  • For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.





White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2018-19 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We have completed our first and started our second round of outreach to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT. We will be working with two schools in the 2018-2019 school year.

School outreach consists of four workshops and two technical assistance trainings. These are being paid for by the Alliance so there is no cost to the schools.

Alliance communities include:  Barnard, Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Pittsfield, Rochester, Royalton and Stockbridge.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at


Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach

Ramping Up for 2019

Vermont – On behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC), NRRA is providing school outreach to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

Fair Haven, VT enjoyed a presentation on Healthy Home/Clean Waters through our USDA Town & Gown Grant.  See the PRESS RELEASE for details.

Outreach planning has begun for the 2018-2019 school year.  School outreach consists of an NRRA Star Assessment and ANR School Recycling Scorecard.  There is no cost to the schools thanks to RCSWAC grant funding.

RCSWAC Member towns include:  Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at




Ryan’s Recycling Partners with Ellen DeGeneres &

Recycle Across America


Ryan’s latest headline (Photo courtesy of Damion Hickman)

According to Ryan’s Dad, Damion Hickman, Ryan has partnered up with Recycle Across America and Ellen DeGeneres to spread the word about taking the confusion out of recycling by implementing standardized labeling on bins so people know what they can and can’t recycle. He could use your help by sharing his video. A second video will also be launching in two weeks to expand the campaign even more.


Please click the links below to view Ryan’s video and share onto your social media channels:

*To share directly to your Instagram, please download the short version video at and copy/paste this content:

Repost @recycleacrossamerica

#LetsRecycleRight  ♻️ LET’S FIX THE U.S. RECYCLING CRISIS — text FIX IT to 40649

You might be hearing in the news that recycling across the U.S. is collapsing – and that recyclables are now going to landfills or incinerators. This is happening because people are confused at the bin, and therefore, are throwing tons of garbage in the recycling bins. @RecycleAcrossAmerica @theellenshow and 9-year-old recycling hero @ryans_recycling, are partnering in this video to finally FIX recycling in the U.S.  We are doing this by asking community leaders to start displaying the society-wide standardized labels on recycling bins to make it possible for everyone, everywhere to recycle right. Please watch it, share it, save it and text FIX IT to 40649 to help save U.S. recycling from going to waste. Visit @recycleacrossamerica to learn more or text FIX IT to 40649.

NH Helps Lead the Charge on National Battery Day

New Hampshire Ranks Eighth on Call2Recycle’s 2018 Top 10 Battery Recycling States

ATLANTA, GA, February 18, 2019 – Call2Recycle®, the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, applauds the citizens of New Hampshire for leading the charge on National Battery Day and ranking as one of the nation’s top 10 battery recycling states by collecting more than 37,000 pounds of batteries. Overall, U.S. consumers recycled 7.2 million pounds of batteries last year through the Call2Recycle program.


“Since the inception of the Call2Recycle program, the citizens of New Hampshire have diverted more than 674,000 pounds of batteries from landfills and helped make the environment of New Hampshire cleaner and safer,” said Call2Recycle Executive Vice President of External Relations, Linda Gabor. “With consumers relying more and more on battery-powered devices, National Battery Day is the perfect reminder that batteries and other electronics are an important part of the recycling picture.”

“We are proud of the citizens of New Hampshire as well as the other northeastern states for their commitment to responsibly manage batteries once they no longer power their devices,” said Mike Durfor, executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association based in Epsom, New Hampshire. “NRRA, is working closely with Call2Recycle to continue to educate residents and towns on the importance of the battery recovery program. The safe handling of batteries is a major component of NRRA’s outreach efforts both in towns and schools this coming year. Today on National Battery Day, we encourage everyone to spread the battery recycling message.”

Before recycling, consumers should review tips on how to safely prepare their batteries. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Protect: Batteries can be bagged or taped to provide protection. You can tape the positive terminal with non-conductive electrical, duct or clear packing tape OR individually place batteries in plastic bags (non-grocer).
  2. Store: Keep batteries in a cool place, avoiding metal containers. Try to recycle within six months.
  3. Recycle: Use the Call2Recycle locator to find a nearby drop-off location. 97 percent of New Hampshire residents live within 10 miles of a drop-off site.

Since 1994, the Call2Recycle program has diverted and recycled more than 115 million pounds of batteries from U.S. landfills.


About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cellphones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its consumer battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Visit Follow on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

For the entire Press Release, CLICK HERE!



From our Friends at


Help Protect Coral Reefs


Coral reefs support 25% of all marine life with more than one million animal and plant species living in these complex ecosystems. But coral reefs are under serious threat and need your help! This is where YOU come in.

Join Earth Day Network to protect corals and Protect Our Species across the globe.

Today, we are asking you to do one thing to help protect coral reefs. Buy only oxybenzone and octinoxate-free sunscreens and send your comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging them to remove these chemicals from sunscreens.

The FDA has issued a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States and is seeking public comment until May 28, 2019. A draft letter is available here to use or modify to send to the Administration. Read some suggestions here about submitting effective comments.

Do one thing to help protect coral reefs!

Submit your comments to:

Oxybenzone and octinoxate have both been linked to hormone disruption and allergic skin reactions while posing a significant threat to coral reefs including bleaching and death. In response, Hawaii has become the first state to pass legislation banning sunscreens containing these ingredients and other governments and nations are following suit. These growing efforts are inspiring, and we must encourage more action to protect these habitats which are irreplaceable parts of ecosystems around the planet. Learn more here about the current threats facing corals and why we need to protect them.

As we approach Earth Day (April 22), we ask you to protect corals and Protect Our Species across the globe.

Together we can slow the pace of extinction!




From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire

Ferguson Sets New World Record in Swim Against Plastic


Waste360 Staff, 3/20/19

Plastic Oceans International and Breathe Conservation, two global nonprofit organizations dedicated to solving the plastic pollution problem, announced that South African endurance swimmer Sarah Ferguson set a new world record—becoming the first person to swim around the entire perimeter of Easter Island—as part of Swim Against Plastic, a global campaign to help end plastic pollution.



Ideas for Earth Day (April 22)


From our Friends at the Earth Day Network


This year, Earth Day Network is working to Protect Our Species, and we urge you to join us.

The good news is that through advocacy, education, changes in consumer behavior, preservation of current legal protections and advancement of new policies, species extinction can be slowed!

We’re offering the resources below to help you educate, inspire, and organize your communities and networks to protect species locally and globally.

Together we can slow the pace of extinction and Protect Our Species. Got ideas? Please share your plans to Protect Our Species with us.

Thank you for being part of the global movement to make Earth Day Every Day!


From our Friends at Youth Service America


Earth Day 2019 Clean Ups

During the month of April 2019, Earth Day Network is calling on you to clean up green spaces, urban landscapes, and waterways with volunteer clean ups across the U.S. for Earth Day. Find an #EarthDayCleanUp19 near you or submit one you’re hosting.

Read more

From our Friends at EPA


Earth Day Links

April is Earth Month. Find things you can do online or wherever you are. Get ideas for projects or lesson plans. Help students learn about Earth Day at home or at school.

Earth Day is April 22 – learn about the first Earth Day in 1970, and how EPA’s mission helps protect health and the environment today.

From our Friends at


I’ve Got the Power! In 2019, Eco-Schools celebrates 25 years of excellence in the field of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

This campaign (running March 11-May 3) aims to involve each and every actor within the Eco-Schools global network—students, teachers, school and university administration, school staff, volunteers, other organizations, and our institutional and corporate partners—to voice a message to the global community; that it only takes an idea told out loud to engage ourselves and our political leaders in positive actions!

Hashtags: #ecoschools25 #ivegotthepower
Instagram and Twitter @ecschoolsint

Taglines: I’ve got the power! AND Join the generation that acts!


Recycling & Environmental Game Links

In our internet travels, we have found several links to recycling and environmental games and activities that students might enjoy:



As the weather forces us indoors, are you concerned about your school’s indoor air quality?

For technical assistance, please consider The CLUB’s Indoor Air Quality & Green Cleaning training. For an overview, you can view our recorded webinar located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 13.

For more information about scheduling an evaluation for your school, please contact




From our Friends at






Engage the whole student, help change the whole world! Join Students Rebuild, as together we help save our ocean and coastal communities. The world’s ocean and the people who live closest to them face urgent environmental challenges—but you can help.

Take the #OceanChallenge

– Step 1 — Register
– Step 2 — Make ocean-inspired part art and send in digitally
– Step 3 — For every artwork sent in digitally, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 (up to $500K) toward youth focused conservation and restoration efforts in coastal communities


Coca-Cola of Northern New England Special Offer!


Mini-Aluminum Can Crusher in Need of New Home!

Are you a school looking for new fundraising opportunity? Coca-Cola™ of Northern New England is looking to move this machine out of their warehouse and into a school interested in earning some extra funds by recycling cans. The footprint of the machine is 5X6 ft with a working footprint of 8X8 ft.

Interested schools can send a letter explaining how they would use the machine and how it would help their school recycling program. Please submit to



Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes – Deadline: April 15

The Barron Prize celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the U.S. and Canada. Each year, the Prize honors 25 young leaders ages 8 to 18. Fifteen top winners receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

For more information, CLICK HERE!



Other School Grant Opportunities



From our Friends at NH Fish & Game


Discover WILD NH Day – April 20

Bring the family to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s biggest community event of the year!

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s most popular free community event of the year is set for Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state. See live animals, big fish and trained falcons. Try your hand at archery, casting, fly-tying and B-B gun shooting. Watch retriever dogs in action. Get creative with hands-on craft activities for the kids. Plus, check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets.

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is hosted by Fish and Game and sponsored in part by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire




From our Friends at EPA – CEC

New Publications on Food Loss and

Waste Measurement Released

On March 7th, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) issued a technical report and practical guide on food loss and waste measurement.

  • “Why and How to Measure Food Loss and Waste: A Practical Guide” is an easy-to-use tool for businesses to apply in measuring the quantity of food wasted in their process activities. This new tool has the power to alter an organization’s practices, reducing operational costs while also helping to reduce the environmental impacts of our food production system.
  • The technical report, “Quantifying Food Loss and Waste and Its Impacts,” that was released along with the guide, provides methods to quantify food loss and waste and food surplus across the supply chain, as well as tools to estimate the environmental, financial and social impacts of food loss and waste.

Check out these publications here:


From our Friends at EPA


Free Educational Materials Available for Order in Print 

We’re having a “clearance sale” on all National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) materials. Order your free copies soon to save costs, we’ll be eliminating several of these publications from our inventory soon.

You can view, download, print and/or order the below and other publications online at or by phone at 800-490-9198.

All NSCEP documents are available for order in hard copy. EPA has many different technical, scientific and educational materials that you can get in print for free. The below publications are available in hard copy, free of charge:

  • Life Cycle of a Cell Phone (530H04002)
  • Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball (530H05001)
  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch (530H05002)
  • Planet Protectors Club Calendar of Activities (For Teachers) (530H06004)
  • Planet Protectors Club Calendar of Activities (For Students) (530H06005)
  • Planet Protectors Club Certificate (530E98002C)
  • Starting a Planet Protectors Club (530F06017)
  • Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal (530F06014)
  • Science Fair Fun: Designing Environmental Science Projects for Students Grades 6-8 (530K10002)
  • Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools (530K07002)
  • Working Together For a Healthy Environment: A Guide For Multi-Cultural Community Groups (530K06008)
  • Service-Learning: Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community, Edition 3 (530K11001)
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Protect Your Family, Your Community and the Environment (English/Spanish poster) (530H07002)
  • Make A Difference (530E03001)
  • Teach English, Teach About the Environment: A Resource for Teachers of Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (530K07001)
  • You Dump It, You Drink It (English/Spanish poster) (530H02003)





EPA’s WasteWise encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes.

WasteWise is part of EPA’s sustainable materials management efforts, which promote the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire lifecycles.

To learn more, go to WasteWise Fact Sheet.


As part of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM). SMM seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle. This includes how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.

To learn more, go to:  EPA FRC





From our Friends at


Recycled Bottle Kayak

By: bugcatcherjake from

This image courtesy of

Updated February 19, 2019

It’s time to start hoarding plastic water bottles and pop bottles! You’re going to need just under 300 recyclables to get this project started! Make sure the bottles you use are durable, too. They need to float! Head on over to this fascinating tutorial to learn how to make a whole kayak out of plastic bottles. Even if you’re not thinking about making the project, this DIY idea is fascinating to explore. Turns out, it actually floats! As always, use caution when doing anything on the water and be sure to wear a life vest just in case your final project is not as sea-worthy as the original.

Click here for Recycled Craft

  • Estimated Cost: $21-$30
  • Time to Complete: Longer than a weekend
  • Primary Technique: Green Crafting
  • Difficulty:  Intermediate

From our Friends at Pinterest


Bottle Bricks!



We’re heard of building with water bottles but this goes one step further.

How about storing your plastic trash in the bottles before you build?









For more information, go to:





04/22/19 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/26/19 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/08/19 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/20-21/19 – NRRA’s 38th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/21/19 – School Recycling CLUB’s 10th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

06/05/19 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit

06/08/19 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit



Let’s Make Every Day Earth Day!




mailboxWHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CLUB UP TO? The NRRA School Recycling CLUB always loves to hear what its members and other schools are doing to recycle and help the environment so we can share it through our newsletter. There are so many different things being done, and you are our best source of information about what is working in your school. It can be a new program, a long-term project that’s been proven over time, a field trip, etc. Always feel free to contact me or submit something and you may see it in the next School News You Can Use! – Gwen Erley, 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19