The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – December, 2019


Rhonda and her recycling robo-octopus.

(We dug this one out of our archives, circa 2016!)



  • CLUB News & Services–   TOLD at John Fuller Elem.; Gold Circle Award for The CLUB;  Welcome Renewing Member-Auburn Village School; School Conference Early Bird Deadline 12/31/19
  • NRRA Member News & Services –  Recycling Signs, Can Cages & RecycleMobiles
  • NRRA Grant News –  PRAPSE we can do better! YES Addresses Mess;  YIMBY Presents the TOLD Tool Kit & Pilot Program; YIMBY Where Does It Go Story Map; CEU Webinars Available; Keene School District Outreach Work; School HazMat 101!
  • NRRA SWIP/MMP (Solid Waste Implementation Plan/Materials Management Plan) News Comings & Goings at WRA; White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2019-2020
  • In The News – Plastic Film Recycling Initiatives by NH the Beautiful and TREX; Rochester School Goes Straw Free; Eco-Hero Awards; TX Eco Academy; A Singing SAN-sation!; Holiday Toy Recycling; Audubon Photography Awards; Audubon Christmas Bird Count; Holiday Tips for Battery Recycling; NOAA Marine Debris Calendars Available; Free Recycling Signs
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –   Call for PEYA Nominations; Foot Locker $20K Scholarship; RecycleCT School Grant; NOAA Annual Art Contest; Youth Garden Grants; CAC Supports Arts in ME/NH
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – EPA Celebrates 25 Years of WasteWise; Food Recovery Challenge
  • Activity – Snowflakes & Stars from Recycled Materials
  • Green Calendar

Click HERE to view PDF




John H. Fuller Elementary Holds TOLD

As part of our ongoing work with the Keene School District (see below), the School Recycling CLUB assisted John H. Fuller Elementary in conducting a Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) on Oct. 29. Here are some pictures:



Click here for the Press Release!



The CLUB Earns Gold Award

The CLUB was honored to accept our second Gold Circle Award from the NH Partners in Education.  We were recognized for our Garbage Guerrillas workshops at Hampstead Central School.
We were also pleased to see that Colin Donnelly (right) of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, NH received the Student Volunteer of the Year award for his work with Blue Ocean Society and Healthy Kids Running Services.  Congratulations Colin!
For all the details, see our Press Release!





Welcome Renewing Member


Auburn Village School

  • Auburn, NH
  • 601 Students
  • K-8


BIG NEWS! The School Recycling Conference will run for 2 days!

Mark your calendars for May 18 & 19, 2020 for the combined NRRA Recycling Conference & Expo and the School Recycling Conference!

Is your school science class, recycling group or environmental club looking for a fun, educational and environmentally-friendly field trip for next year?? Now you have a choice of one or both days.  We will be offering workshops and activities for the entire length of the Conference!

DON’T DELAY!!! Pre-register before 12/31/19 for our 11th Annual School Recycling Conference in Manchester, NH  and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your total Conference registration fee!

All NH Schools are eligible for free membership in The Club which entitles them a 50% discount on Conference and programming fees thanks to funding from NH the Beautiful.  You must be a current CLUB member to receive this discount.  To sign up or renew your CLUB membership, go to our online Membership Application.

If you pre-register for the Conference, you will also receive the additional 10% discount!

Our theme this year is “Think Outside the Bin” emphasizing the 5 Rs of Recycling:  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

Our Conference offers fun, educational workshops geared to both teachers and students that address the most current trends and issues in school recycling today; an exhibit hall with fun activities for the kids and vendors who can offer educational insight into the importance of recycling and what happens when you recycle; topped off by a special awards luncheon to recognize outstanding student, school and teacher recyclers.

Awards – Start thinking now about potential award winners from your school or about writing a great essay for the NH the Beautiful Recycling Innovation Grant of $500!  It’s never too early!

Speakers Needed! Yes, we are recruiting school workshop speakers for the 2-day School Recycling Conference. For abstract details, CLICK HERE!



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

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



Need a 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 This Year? Reserve a Can Cage or RecycleMobile! (PRAPSE We Can Help!)


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.


(CLUB NOTE:  See Event Planning Help under PRAPSE grant information below!)



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:



PRAPSE We Can Do Better!

Have you attended a sporting event at your local recreational field and cringed at all the soda cans, Gatorade and water bottles in the trash? Or, how about peeking into the trash cans at the county fair where paper food boats are mixed with cans, bottles, cotton candy cones, plastic cups and heaps of food wasted? A limited study of venues showed an average waste generation range of one-half pound to one and a half pounds of discarded material per day for each attendee. Contemplate the number of sporting events, concerts, performing arts, community festivals, parades, farmers’ markets, and weddings that happen in your town. Do you crave the opportunity to appropriately sort your waste at a local venue facility or special event (rather than carrying it back home)?

Thankfully, funding from the Rural Development Office of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is affording NRRA the opportunity to bring the community together through public spaces. Our intention is to provide the necessary education and support to promote and improve recycling and waste reduction at special events from Earth Day through America’s Recycle Day. This means NRRA will be reaching out to communities and schools in rural Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont in an effort to support parks and recreation recycling and event recycling (small and large). All with the goal of planning ahead so that waste can be minimized and recycling can be maximized.

PRAPSE is an acronym for Promoting Recycling at Public Spaces & Events. In addition to introducing event organizers to the appropriate collections systems already available at NRRA (including NRRA’s RecycleMobile program, Can Cage fundraiser, and options including ClearStream™ collectors and other recycling bins) with an understanding of the type and number of containers needed for trash and recycling, NRRA will provide basic training on the best management practices for your special event waste. Part of this training includes NRRA’s luminary technical assistance programs – Star of Sustainability (#12) and Indoor Air Quality (#13). Under the PRAPSE program, these two CLUB technical assistance programs are FREE to eligible schools and event organizers. A tremendous amount of waste is generated, much of it recyclable, when the community comes together.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, contact Cindy Sterling ( or Gwen Erley ( by email or at 603-736-4401 for more information.

CLUB NOTE: For more information on RecycleMobiles and Can Cages, see NRRA Member News and Services above!




YES Workshop Highlights Mess

Grants Manager Cindy Sterling attended the YES  Conference (Youth Environmental Summit) in Barre, VT on November 1. 

Through her workshop, 132 middle schoolers and their teachers learned about NRRA’s Star of Sustainability Assessment (96 attended the first workshop, 36 attended second one). Cindy called it  “The Messy Truth About Students and Their Garbage.” 

Here is a picture of her booth:





YIMBY presents … the TOLD Tool Kit!



Everyone benefits from being TOLD what it is. NRRA’s Trash On the Lawn Day does just that. It is a thought-provoking service-learning project that assesses a school’s waste stream. It fosters student leadership as waste management issues and opportunities for improvement are explored and discussed. Under the NRRA School Recycling 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. The TOLD technical assistance program is in high demand. It is for this reason that NRRA recently created then piloted three TOLD Tool Kits utilizing funds provided by the USDA Rural Development, Rural Utilities Service. The TOLD Tool Kit will be available for rent at a very affordable rate and will be shipped to your site.  The Kit includes:

  • a training video on flash drive and training manual with templates and step-by-step instructions
  • a scale, clipboard, pens and data sheet for recording weights
  • signs for the individual containers
  • a pre-paid return postage sticker

The school provides the larger items such as tarps, collection containers (barrels, boxes, bins, etc.) and of course the trash! The purpose of the TOLD Tool Kit is to increase the number of TOLDs without having to depend on NRRA staff to be on-site. NRRA will assist by applying commodity prices to the final weights from the school data sheets in order to assess potential savings and revenue for the school. We also provide recommendations based on the results and are only a phone call away if the school has any questions while using the kit. A TOLD consists of envisioning and audit planning, the audit, and presentation of the results and action plan. TOLDs often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable, cost-effective methods of school waste management. Isn’t it time you fostered student leadership by being TOLD how it is? Contact Gwen Erley at for details to reserve your TOLD Tool Kit and arrange delivery.  




TOLD Tool Kit Pilot Program

We have been field testing our TOLD Tool Kits developed under the YIMBY grant.  Thanks to the valuable feedback from our field testers, we are making some final tweaks to the kits and instructions, and we hope to have them available to rent very soon.

In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from the Trash On the Law Day pilot done at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire, MA. (Courtesy photos from Ms. McGinnis’s STEM class)





YIMBY Where Does It Go Story Map for Organic Waste


Also from our YIMBY Grant, with the help of the Antioch University Spatial

Analysis Lab, we have created a map of organic waste facilities in NH, VT and MA. 


Here is the link:




Need Professional Development Credits?

Access Our Town & Gown Webinar Links!

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!




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 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 was held at John Fuller Elementary on October 29 (pictures & press release above). This fun and educational all-day event allowed the students to hone their recycling skills by auditing a day’s worth of trash to see what could have been diverted from the landfill and recycled instead.

Funding for this programming was provided through the Joint Procurement Initiative between the City of Keene and the Keene School District.

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





School CLUB Curricula – Our Library is Growing!



 3R’s of the Common Core: A Teacher’s Resource Guide to Solid Waste Recycling




Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution.  





School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools




Coming Soon – School On-Site Composting Guide



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




Comings and Goings at White River Alliance


We were sad to hear that Chet Brown, of the White River Alliance Solid Waste District will be

Chet Brown of the Bethel-Royalton Transfer Station

retiring at the end of January. 

Chet has been a regular attendee at the NRRA annual Conference and a long-time supporter of NRRA and School Recycling CLUB programs and services.

He even assisted with a Career Panel workshop at our 2019 School Conference. We are excited for him, entering this new chapter in his life and wanted to share his story.

Chet has been with the Bethel Royalton Transfer Station for eight years.  He mentioned that the Randolph Herald did a nice story about him on October 17.  Here is the link:  

Chet reports that they have hired his replacement – Jenn Bartleman – who will start in early January.



We will miss you Chet!





White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 school year. Outreach at The Rochester School was completed on Nov. 13. Stockbridge Central School is scheduled for Dec. 19 & 20.

School outreach consists of four classroom 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 2019-2020

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.

School outreach is completed for the 2018-2019 school year.  Programming consisted of an NRRA Star Assessment and ANR School Recycling Scorecard.  There was no cost to the schools thanks to RCSWAC grant funding.

We are currently in the proposal phase for our second round of outreach.

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




Plastic Film Recycling Initiatives


NH the Beautiful Launches WRAP Campaign


From our Friends at NH the Beautiful

The week before Thanksgiving, New Hampshire the Beautiful proudly launched an ad campaign to promote plastic film recycling in NH.

By partnering with, NH the Beautiful’s WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program) Campaign seeks to stimulate more participation by communities, schools, politicians, transfer stations, waste haulers and all retailer businesses.


For drop-off locations, go to: and enter your ZIP Code.






From our Friends at Trex


Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge for Schools


Trex sent us a flyer about their School Challenge.

Here is a list of Trex participating retailers in NH:

  • Demoulas Market Basket
  • Hannaford
  • Kohl’s
  • Price Chopper
  • Shaw’s
  • Stop & Shop
  • Target
  • Whole Foods


For a downloadable PDF, go to:




From our Friend Sarah McGraw-Small of Mr. Fox Composting

Going Straw Free in East Rochester

Sarah sent us this link to an article in Foster’s Daily Democrat last June, about East Rochester School’s efforts to go straw free:



It’s never too late to celebrate school recycling achievements! Way to go, Cougars!

Thanks, Sarah!




From our Friends at Action For Nature




Meet Our 2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award Winners!
They are scientists, inventors, and activists, tackling the increasing problem of plastics entering our oceans, providing clean water and bathrooms for school children in Ghana, teaching others about pollination, wildlife conservation, trash collection and more!

  1. Khloe, age 12, California, USA, Ghana Living Water Project
  2. Taegan, age 16, Vermont, USA, A World Without Elephants
  3. Sammie, age 10, Indiana, USA, Sammie’s Buddy Bench Project
  4. Flossie, age 12, Ireland, Plastic Free Oceans & Seas
  5. Bill, age 16, Maryland, USA, The Bioma Project
  6. William, age 16, North Carolina, USA, Scout Conservation
  7. Vihaan & Nav, ages 12 & 15, India, One Step Greener
  8. Trinity, age 12, Michigan, USA, Action For Amphibians
  9. Kedar, age 10, Pennsylvania, USA, BuzzBuddy Pollinator App
  10. Sebastian, age 15, Mexico, Reto 3R Veracruz Eco-Bags
  11. Arya, age 16, Connecticut, USA, BaiSolutions Eco-Education
  12. Lilly, age 11, Netherlands, Lilly’s Plastic Pickup
  13. Shamwari, age 8, Kenya, Plastic Upcycling
  14. Adithiyan, age 16, UAE, We Care Campaign
  15. Dyson, age 16, Hawai’i, USA, Project O.C.E.A.N.


  1. AnnMary, age 15, Fiji, Say NO to Balloon Releasing
  2. Kaylee Shen, age 15, Washington, USA, The Climate Report Card
  3. Sainath, age 11, UAE, Marine Robot Cleaner
  4. Madhalasa, age 13, Texas, USA, Saving The Hands That Feed Us
  5. Prince, age 9, Texas, USA, Remote Farming GrRobot

WATCH their videos and read their bios at




From our Friends at


Texas Eco Academy is a Star



Lesson Plan – Posted on October 6, 2019

by Wendy Bradley

Most municipal recycling professionals can attest to the fact that communities with stronger social norms around recycling are more likely to produce higher volumes of properly sorted material. Such scenarios cannot be built overnight, though.

One of the key components to developing long-lasting change to improve recycling is early education.

Since curbside collection and drop-off options for recycling are widely available in most areas, the industry has an opportunity to build education around this infrastructure and proactively educate students beginning as early as kindergarten. The future starts with today’s students: If we can teach them about the impact their waste has on our planet at an early age, this will help build smart, green habits that will last a lifetime.

For the entire article, go to:




A Singing SAN-sation!


From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine

Singing Sanitation Worker Takes the Stage After Sundown

Every morning, Tron Montgomery climbs into a sanitation truck and then clears his throat. The 35-year-old Ft. Lauderdale native came to Tampa seven years ago and worked at Busch Gardens, but his contract ran out and he needed a job.
For the whole story, CLICK HERE!

From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire



Company Launches Mobile App to Reduce Toy Waste

The TOYCYCLE app aims to simplify toy sharing in order to help reduce landfill toy waste.

Waste360 Staff | Jan 07, 2019

TOYCYCLE, a company that helps families save money and reduce environmental waste by exchanging used toys and games, announced the release of its mobile app for iOS environments.

“What parent hasn’t stumbled upon one of their child’s ‘favorite’ toys from last year, which is entirely forgotten or replaced by another ‘favorite’ today?” said Rhonda Collins, founder of TOYCYCLE, in a statement. “Then, if you consider that almost every home with babies, children and teens houses numerous toys, gently or never used, I figured there must be a way to make them easily accessible to be shared and enjoyed by other families. Our solution helps families save money on purchases and begin making a difference by reducing toy-related plastics in our landfills.”




From our Friends at

The best thing to do with old LEGO bricks


Melissa Breyer, October 9, 2019

LEGO is cleaning and repackaging pre-loved bricks and sending them to charities for kids.

Despite being made from plastic, there’s something to be said for LEGO bricks. They are exceedingly durable and their historically consistent connecting system makes their design the opposite of planned obsolescence. The Danish company has an impressive record on sustainability – from investments in offshore wind and discontinued relationships with oil companies to a plan to replace the plastic in the blocks with sustainable materials by 2030.
For the whole article, CLICK HERE!

From our Friends at National Audubon Society


2019 Audubon Photography Awards


Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/Audubon Photography Awards


To see all the winners and get the “story behind the shot,”CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at National Audubon Society, November, 2019 Newsletter


Christmas Bird Count: Making Science a Tradition for 120 Years

This month, Audubon began preparations for its 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count. The beloved community science program, which for more than a century has brought together hundreds of thousands of participants to tally birds during the holidays, continues to play a significant role in our understanding of avian life. Learn just what it takes to manage the flocks of volunteers and piles of data points in America’s oldest and largest bird count. Keep reading

The count will be conducted between Dec. 14 and Jan 5. For more information on how to join this year’s bird count, go to:


From our Friends at

Tips for Battery Recycling

By Megan Greenwalt

When it comes to recycling batteries, many people simply don’t know what to do with them or don’t realize that they are recyclable.  Two battery recyclers are offering their top five tips for safe battery disposal.

Full Article Here


From our Friends at NOAA

NOAA Marine Debris 2020 Calendar Available Now!

Congratulations to the 13 NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest winners for the 2020 Calendar.

Hundreds of entries from kindergarten to eighth-grade students shared messages from around the globe on issues involving marine debris.

The 2020 Marine Debris Calendar is now available for download: 2020 Marine Debris Calendar



From our Friends at and The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership Offers Free Online DIY Signs Tool to Educate about What’s Recyclable


The Recycling Partnership announced the public beta launch of DIYSigns, the debut of a free online resource that anyone can use to help people know what to throw into the recycling.

Whether at home, at the office, at school, at a sports stadium, or anywhere … to learn more, go to:



Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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




Is your school a recycling star? 

For a complete review of your school’s recycling program, please consider The CLUB’s Star of Sustainability Assessment. For an overview, you can view our recorded webinar (developed through our USDA Town & Gown Grant) located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 12.

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




EPA PEYA Nominations Due Jan. 15


EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Calls for Nominations for the 2020 Presidential Environmental Youth Awards and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators

Applications due by January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON (Nov. 7, 2019) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is now accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Awards for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C. in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session. For applications and eligibility, click on the following links:

The Presidential Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) 

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) 



From our Friends at



Are you a high school senior who’s a leader on your sports team, in your classroom, and in your community? Could you use $20,000 for school? Then apply to be a Foot Locker Scholar Athlete We’re looking for 20 amazing scholar-athletes, and you could be one of them. To qualify for a $20,000 scholarship, apply by January 3, 2020!




From our Friends at NOAA

2020 Recycling Video/Poster Contest

  “Then, Now, and in the Future” 


  K-12 students from the United States and Canada are invited to participate in a recycling contest by creating a video or a poster that imagines what recycling will look like in 50, 75, or even 100 years from now by designing a solution to a current problem.

You could win a trip to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ 2020 Annual Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada! Register to participate or learn more here. All entries must be submitted by December 20, 2019.

For all the details, go to:



From our Friends at

Youth Garden Grant Due Dec. 16

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of the 2020 Youth Garden Grant! Since 1982, this grant has supported youth garden projects that enhance the quality of life for kids and their communities.

Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply.

Twenty-five programs will be awarded. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. Learn more about the prize packages and applying for the Youth Garden Grant.

The Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening’s generous donor base and our Blossom and Seed Money sponsors.

Applications for the Youth Garden Grant are due December 16, 2019. Winners will be announced January 31, 2020.

To learn more, go to:




Other School Grant Opportunities

  • Youth Services America:  They offer multiple grant opportunities:
  •   Can list on site up to 4 months: Helps classrooms and students in need.
  • offers many ways to earn scholarship money.
  • GrassRoots Grants:
    • Seed grants – grants up to $1,000 to New England community-based groups with newly evolving local projects – apply anytime!
    • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope – due March 15 & Sept. 15




From our Friends at



EPA Celebrates 25 Years of WasteWise Program

During the duration of the program, participants have prevented and diverted 247 million tons of materials from going to landfills or incinerators.

Waste360 Staff | Nov 20, 2019

During America Recycles Week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated 25 years of the WasteWise program, which encourages corporations, businesses, educational institutions and governments to set sustainability goals and track progress in preventing and recycling waste, saving resources and money.

For the whole article, CLICK HERE!



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




Snowflakes & Stars from Recycled Materials

From our Friends at Pinterest and Redbook
For all the instructions, go to:
Also from Pinterest, here’s another snowflake idea:
For the link, go to:
If you prefer simplicity (and a nice smell), here’s an idea from our Friends at

Cinnamon Stick Star DIY Ornament



This image courtesy of


By: Trisha from

Your tree will really smell like Christmas when you make a Cinnamon Stick Star DIY Ornament, or a bunch of these DIY ornaments, to decorate your tree this holiday season. Not only do cinnamon sticks give off that lovely festive aroma, but five sticks adhered together make a perfect five-pointed star. Cinnamon stick stars look woody and rustic and match perfectly with the decoration on any Christmas tree. Add a jingle bell or two if you want to make your DIY star ornament even more merry.

Click here for the free Christmas craft



03/18/20 – Global Recycling Day – The third annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:

03/22/20 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit

04/22/20 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/24/20 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/06/20 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/18 & 19/19 – NRRA’s 39th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo & School CLUB’s 11th Annual School Recycling Conference (Running concurrently for 2 days each!) Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful. 10% discount if your school confirms by 12/31/19!

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

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



Snowflakes are Nature’s Way of Recycling!



From all of us at NRRA,

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!




WHAT 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. 119