The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – August, 2017

Welcome Back Students & Staff!



  • The CLUB’s Summer Sale – Early Bird Discounts Available for Programs, Stars and Conference!
  • CLUB News – Welcome 5 New Members!
  • Grant & SWIP News – Teacher Resources Available
  • In The News – Be Straw Free This Year; KAB Helps Flint Schools
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers – Audubon Photo Contest; Project Learning Tree & ecomaine grants; Pepsico Recycle Rally & Great Can Roundup!
  • EPA & NHDES News – Free Webinar + PEYA, Envirothon, 4th Grade Water Science Winners
  • Activity – Reusing/Repairing Broken Flip Flops

Click HERE to view PDF


The NRRA School CLUB’s Summer Sale!


Early Bird Discounts!

Schedule your school recycling event now to take advantage of big discounts!

Click on any of the programs below for more information. Grants available thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful!

Contact Gwen Erley or Sarah McGraw TODAY to schedule any of the above items.  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR





Answer Key for Water Poster Activities

All the students who came to the 2017 Conference received a Water ReCycles Poster that had 3 activities printed on the back.

To get the answers, check out the 2017 Conference Page!

If your school or recycling club would like more Water ReCycles Posters, they are available for only $3 apiece.





Welcome New Members:

Four Schools from the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union in VT:





  • Albert Bridge Elementary
  • Windsor, VT
  • Grades: K-6
  • Students:  84





  • Hartland Elementary
  • Windsor, VT
  • Mascot: Wildcats
  • Grades: K-8
  • Students: 310





  • Weathersfield School
  • Ascutney, VT
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Grades: K-8
  • Students:  212





  • Windsor School
  • Windsor, VT
  • Mascot: Yellow Jackets
  • Grades: PK-12
  • Students:  274



And a New Member from the Orange East Supervisory Union in VT:


  • Newbury Elementary School
  • Newbury, VT
  • Mascot: Newbury Knights
  • Grades: K-6
  • Students: 145 students










The CLUB Joins Science Teachers at Coe Brown Academy


The CLUB was delighted to accept the invitation from the NH Science Teachers’ Association to attend their three-day Elementary Summer Science Institute (ESSI) in June. Each day focused on a different environmental concern – The Lake, The Woods and The Soil Beneath and Between. The setting at Coe Brown Academy in Northwood, NH was exceptionally beautiful.

Not only were we able to show off our new curricula and programs, we were able to join the teachers in their hands-on workshops focusing on how human activity can affect the environment. Here are some pictures from Day 1 – The Lake:










On the Road with Sarah McGraw


Sarah was busy this summer!  She took a week-long course on Composting through the University of Maine (Compost College)  and achieved her Certificate of Technical Ability!  Yay Sarah!

Here are some pictures (courtesy of Mark King):








Interested in Composting? Here’s more!

From our Friends at the US Composting Council

Spring, 2017

 The Compost Story


The Compost Story has launched! This film, produced by Kiss the Ground, a non-profit dedicated to using public engagement such as viral video (many of you will remember The Soil Story) to educate about the power of healthy soil.









NH the Beautiful Presents Campbell Recycling Advocacy Project!






Teacher Resources Available for Purchase!



Classic K-12 Recycling Activities with 21st Century




NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB is pleased to announce that 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 are ready for distribution! Hard copies of these resources were previewed at the Conference.

In addition, four classroom workshop modules have been updated and will be available.  They are:

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

Everyone who participated in the Train the Teachers program held during the production of the new editions has received their training packets (CLUB classroom workshop modules including TTs and the 3R’s).

Anyone else interested in this program and receiving our revised curricula, please contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at

The deadline is 10/01/17 for qualifying rural communities to receive free materials, so don’t delay!

For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.

For the Terms of Use, click HERE.

For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.

Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach Completed


Vermont – NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB has completed our school outreach efforts for the 2016-2017 School year on behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC). We met with six Rutland County schools in early March. Our goal is to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

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

Outreach will resume in the fall for the 2017-2018 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 funding.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at

White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Resumes

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We continue to provide workshops to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT.

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

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.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at




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Schools who sign up now (prior to October 1) for a Fall T.O.L.D. (Trash On the Lawn Day) or classroom Workshop will get a 10% discount.  Contact The CLUB for more information!

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The CLUB set-up for T.O.L.D. event (Trash On the Lawn Day)

Trash On the Lawn Day (T.O.L.D.) is a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste management issues and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership. Under the NRRA School Club’s guidance, student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. This tool for positive change examines waste management practices, purchasing policies, hauling agreements and diversion opportunities. A T.O.L.D. consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit event and presentation of the results and an action plan. T.O.L.D.s often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable cost-effective methods of school waste management.

Click here to learn more about our Technical Assistance Trainings and Classroom Workshops.  Questions?  Contact us at or call 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19.




From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine


Be Straw Free


A Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Straws is Sucking in Thousands of Converts

June 27, 2017

It started so innocently. A kid ordered a soda in a restaurant.

“It came with a plastic straw in it,” Milo Cress recalled. He glared at the straw for a while. “It seemed like such a waste.”


Read Full Story







From our Friends at Waste360


Keep America Beautiful Helping to Boost Recycling in Flint, Mich., Schools

The new initiative provides funding for a multi-tiered educational approach aimed at increasing the number of plastic bottles that are recycled within school grounds.

Waste360 Staff | Jul 06, 2017

The Coca-Cola Co., Nestlé Waters North America, the PepsiCo Foundation and the Walmart Foundation have partnered to fund an integrated recycling education and awareness initiative for the 10,000 school students affected by the Flint, Mich., water crisis, led by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and its local, affiliate Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB).

In January 2016, the four companies announced they would provide up to 6.5 million bottles of safe and clean drinking water to Flint school students. From the outset of the program, they have been providing for the storage and delivery of the bottled water, as well as the transporting of the empty water bottles for recycling.

Click Here for the Full Article





From our Friends at

California Sixth-Grader Makes a Difference!

Boy Removes 2,215 Pounds of Waste from California River


Waste360 Staff | Apr 19, 2017

Daniel James Woodbury, a 12-year-old Petaluma, Calif., resident and sixth-grade student at Live Oak Charter School, chose to clean out waste from the Petaluma River for his community service assignment for school.

Over the duration of three months, Daniel removed 2,215 pounds of waste from the river, including 17 syringes, two TV monitors, two tires, hundreds of tennis balls and thousands of bottles and cans.

The Press Democrat has more information:

From our Friends in Brentwood, NH

Brentwood Earth Day Cleanup 2017 Pictures Scholarship Winners



Through the Uncover the Truth: Advocate campaign, Courtney defended science and fought propaganda by getting her science teachers to pledge to reject the Heartland Institute’s climate denial book and to teach a class on climate change. She scored a $1,000 scholarship!
Courtney says:

“This campaign is important to me because we cannot deny the problems that are right in front of us, like climate change. I believe that by sharing this campaign with others, I can encourage others to act in saving our planet. We must not allow our society to teach our future generations to deny global warming, we have to teach them that climate change is present and the consequences are imminent, and we also need to find new ways to decrease global warming.”


Charlotte protected the planet by collecting aluminum cans through the 5 Cans Challenge. She scored a $1,500 scholarship!

Charlotte says:

“This campaign is important to me because we never really pay attention to the environment and how much we throw away daily. The challenge helped give me a perspective on the choices we could make when recycling that are both environmentally conscious and financially beneficial. By doing this challenge, my friends and I were able to recycle thousands of cans, and make almost 900 dollars for my robotics team to travel to the world competition.”


Though the Uncover the Truth campaign, Tiara shared a pledge to defend science on social media so that her friends will know to talk to their science teachers about the Heartland Institute’s propaganda-filled book. She won a $3,000 scholarship!

Tiara says:

“This campaign is important because climate change is something is so dangerous and is rapidly harming our planet. So if I can spread the word to one person and they tell one person and so on, then hopefully we can take steps in the right direction to save our Earth.”


Through the Rinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign, Sepideh decorated a recycling bin to encourage her friends to recycle their empty beauty products. She won a $5,000 scholarship!

Sepideh says:

“If there is anything I can do to help restore our planet, I am all for it! After hearing about this campaign, I decided to spread the word. My friends created bins because they liked how cute mine looked but I was just happy that they were recycling. Everything works out!”





To learn more about the Do scholarships, go to:


From our friends at WMUR

June 1-3, 2017


Invention Convention Crowns 2 NH Students


Two New Hampshire students won awards at the National Invention Convention in Washington, D.C.

Anna Blanchete, a fourth grader at the Horne Street School in Dover, won the Global Change Award for her invention of a tool that helps remove pollution from oceans.  Andie Nugent, a third grader a Riddle Brook School in Bedford, won First Place in Industry Focus Award: Technology/Wearables.

To see all award winners, click HERE


This STEMIE Coalition-fueled National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship (NICEE) event is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. This far-reaching forum is the marquee event of The STEMIE Coalition. The event provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs in grades 4-12 to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities.

This is an invitation-only event. The goal is to inspire tomorrow’s youth by creating this national showcase those whose efforts embody America’s inventive and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s the youth invention and entrepreneurship equivalent of the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

For more information about the National Invention Convention, go to:







  Vermont Says Y.E.S.!

Y.E.S. (Youth Environmental Summit) is an annual event for middle and high school students who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action. This year’s Summit will take place on November 2, 2017 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre, Vermont.

To learn more click HERE.






Interested in green cleaning?

If you would like to host a workshop in your

school, please consider The CLUB’s Healthy Home, Clean Waters Workshop or our Technical Assistance Training for facilities staff on Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality Evaluation & Review.  For more information, please contact


Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers

From our Friends at NH Audubon

Enter the NH Wild Photo Contest

Photo: Lights, camera, action! First place 2014, Youth division, by William Dow.



Accepting submissions NOW – Sept 5

Massabesic Center, Auburn

Did you take a great picture this year in New Hampshire? Do you think it has what it takes to win a photo contest? Take a look at your snaps and submit your best photos to the 11th Wild NH photo contest!

Photos will be judged by September 16, and winning photos will be exhibited in a Massabesic Center art show from October 7 to November 18, 2017. An awards ceremony will take place on November 18, 3-5pm.

Download Rules and Submission Form (pdf file).

Good Luck!



Project Learning Tree Offers GreenWorks! Grants


Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat, for example.

To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.

The annual deadline to apply is September 30.
Funding will be distributed in December 2017.

To learn more, go to:





From our Friends at EPA Region I:

Offers School Recycling Grants to Member Communities

ecomaine invites applications for 2017/18 School Recycling Grants, apply October 31, 2017

Has your school set out to raise recycling awareness? Do you want to implement a more robust recycling program or add composting to your waste collection? Then ecomaine has a great opportunity for you! Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling and provider of waste-to-energy solutions is pleased to announce that any of its 65 member communities can apply for School Recycling Grants through October 31, 2017.

Grant proposals have ranged from purchasing in-school recycling bins or education materials to offsetting compost hauling fees or assisting schools to participate in tours of ecomaine. If selected, school recipients can receive up to $5,000 of $20,000 in available grant funds. Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. project outline and school commitment
  2. ease of project replication
  3. likelihood of success and program sustainability, and
  4. how compelling and worthy the funding is.

Find out more:


Get Ready to Rally!

Recycle Rally is a free nationwide program that directly benefits K-12 schools and students by providing valuable incentives and resources to help make recycling easy, fun, and rewarding.

Recycle Rally: Sign-Up Promotion

Program:         PepsiCo Recycle Rally
Timeline:         September through October
Prize:               Bonus TerraCycle points
How to Win:    Simply sign up for the PepsiCo Recycle Rally.

Join the PepsiCo Recycle Rally, one of the nation’s leading beverage container recycling initiatives for K-12 schools. With a revamped participation model, Recycle Rally is enabling more schools than ever before to catch the fever and earn a shot at prizes for building excitement around recycling.

By signing up for Recycle Rally, your school can compete in a series of contests which award prizes not just for dedication to recycling bottles and cans, but also for sharing artwork, photos, design skills, educational plans, and other creative ways to inspire others to recycle. Prizes range from $10 gift cards to $1,000 cash and participants have frequent opportunities to win.

Participants can also connect to a national recycling effort and gain access to educational materials, creative goal-trackers, and helpful tips and tools to make recycling fun and exciting. Recycle Rally has been making an impact since its 2010 inception, and has awarded more than $1 million in prizes on its way to collecting more than 50 million containers and counting.

Visit to join the program today, or click the button below for more information. Please note the button will take you to PepsiCo’s external website.


How many aluminum cans can your school round up?

Al the Can wants to see which school can round up the most cans-per-student betweenAmerica Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) for the big, $5,000 prize!

Schools (pre-K-12) that registered by by April 28, 2017 are good to go!

For more information, go to:





Hosting school events or sports this fall?  Consider a Can Cage!

The CLUB is offering an opportunity for school recycling clubs to not only preserve the environment by collecting cans, but also to receive revenue on a per pound basis for the cans they collect.  The goal of the program is to increase school recycling funds while increasing aluminum can recycling.  As part of the program, The CLUB will provide participating schools with a large aluminum collection cage that can be parked out doors for easy access.

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

Other School Grant Opportunities

(Collected from NWF Eco-Schools Newsletter)|#schoolyardhab

itats – Can list on site up to 4 months
Helps classrooms and students in need offers many ways to earn scholarship money.




Free EPA Webinar on School Food Waste Offered


Thursday August 24, 2017 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

The ABC’s of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits

REGISTER for this FREE webinar or use the Registration URL:

We can reduce food loss and waste throughout the food system, and significant reductions can happen at institutions, such as schools.  Students and schools can find opportunities and participate in actions that reduce waste and ensure nutritious food ends up feeding people, not landfills – by taking a closer look at what’s being thrown away at their location.

In April 2017, EPA, USDA, and the University of Arkansas finalized the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits: A Resource for Schools. The guide presents information for students, and those who work in schools, on the value of conducting an audit, how to perform the audit itself, and what to do with the data collected. It also includes a number of food waste prevention ideas.

This webinar will introduce participants to the guide, and share examples from schools that have used to the guide to meet their waste reduction goals.




 EPA President’s Environmental Youth Award Winners


EPA announced the winners of the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). This program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth. These students demonstrate the initiative, creativity, and applied problem-solving skills needed to tackle environmental problems and find sustainable solutions.

Fifteen projects are being recognized this year, from 13 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

Here is a map of the 10 EPA Regions:

Courtesy of



Here is our gallery of regional winners:





*Schools Under 2C are schools committed to reducing their school’s carbon footprint to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

For more information about the PEYA winners projects, go to:







From our friends at NH DES

Conant High School Takes Top Honors at 2017 NH Envirothon Competition


The 2017 New Hampshire Envirothon competition saw 22 high school teams and one middle school team vie for this year’s top prize. The competition was held on May 23 and hosted by the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. The team from Conant High School, located in Jaffrey, emerged as the overall winner, while a team from Keene High School took second place, and a team from ConVal High School, located in Peterborough, earned third place honors.

As the 2017 winner, Conant High School will now represent New Hampshire at the North American Envirothon (with a theme of “Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship”) to be held from July 23-29 at Mt. Saint Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, Maryland.

Teachers who are interested in coaching a team, professionals interested in volunteering their time, and anyone interested in providing financial support can contact the New Hampshire Envirothon Coordinator by email at or by mail at New Hampshire Envirothon Coordinator, 1197 Route 12A, Surry, NH, 03431.

For the picture, go to



Also from our friends at NH DES


25th Annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Drinking Water Festival and Water Science Fair Winners Announced

Keene, NH – On May 10, 2017 students from Keene, Manchester, Westmoreland, Marlborough, Surrey and Harrisville schools participated in the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair. Finalists brought their impressive water science projects to Keene to compete for top honors. Students presented their research in front of a panel of judges. Congratulations to Anna Dumond from Keene, who won first prize; Greyson Ansevin-Allen from Keene, who took second prize; Kyleigh Reiss from Manchester, who took third prize and Maia Chretien from Keene, who came in fourth place. Honorable Mentions go out to Oliver Villa from Manchester and Oriah Holmes and Claire Holmes from Keene. Trophies were donated by Hudson Trophy.

Over 330 students from those communities also participated in the 25th annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Drinking Water Festival. Scientists, engineers, consultants, environmental educators, water operators and artists from a wide variety of organizations and agencies from across the state led hands-on activities to share their expertise with students. Students learned about ways to keep water clean, how to test water quality, how to conserve it, about aquatic insects and animals, and how climate change is affecting water systems. Students also voted on the best tasting drinking water from a variety of communities. Concord General Services won the coveted Best Tasting Drinking Water Award.

The Science Fair and Festival are sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition to celebrate National Drinking Water Week and are supported by volunteers and donations from many organizations

For the picture, go to page 8 of the NH DES July newsletter:







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.







EPA FRC Rethink logo

 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


Turn Broken Flip flops into DIY Stamps

By: Lisa Neri from


“It’s so annoying when your flip flops break and it’s bad for the environment to throw them in the trash. So what can you do with your broken flip flops? Easy: turn them into fun DIY alphabet stamps, pedicure toe separators and anti-pinch window guards! Cut a flip flop into rectangles and use an Xacto knife to cut out the shapes or letters that you want. For the toe separators and window guards, all you have to do is cut openings in a larger piece. So easy and a super useful upcycling project!”

Click here for free holiday craft

Thanks so much for looking! 🙂 Lisa



Estimated Cost:          Under $10

Time to Complete:     Weekend project

Primary Technique:   Green Crafting

Holiday:                        Summer

Materials List

  • Broken flip flops
  • Scissors and/or Xacto knife (with parental permission/supervision)


For all the instructions, and other ideas for old flip flops, go to:



Quick Repair for Broken Flip Flops

If you haven’t given up hope, we also found this video on a simple fix for Flip Flops:






09/01/17 – Green Apple Day of Service Registration Opens – To register, visit

10/04/17 – Walk to School Day – To register your school event:

11/02/17 – Y.E.S. Summit –  The Vermont Youth Environmental Summit for grades 7-12. To learn more and register, contact:

11/03/17 – Students for Zero Waste – 4th Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, November 3 & 4, 2017.  For more info:  Note there is a small registration fee to attend this event.

11/15/17 – America Recycles Day – An initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. For ideas, contact

03/18/18 – Global Recycling Day – The first celebration of its kind from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:

03/22/18 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit

04/22/18 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/27/18 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/09/18 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/21/18 – NRRA’s 36th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/22/18 – School CLUB’s 8th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

06/05/18 – World Environment Day – To plan your event, visit

06/08/18 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit



It’s going to be a GREAT YEAR to …..

… about Recycling!



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