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School News You Can Use – June, 2019

For some of you . . .

For the rest of us,

Summer’s Coming!


  • 2019 Conference Wrap-Up – Watch for Pictures & Awards! Award Winner Ryan Hickman in the News Again!
  • CLUB News – TOLD Events in Somersworth & Manchester
  • NRRA Member News & Services –  Passing the Baton-New NRRA Director; Moultonborough TS hosts Kindergarten Class
  • NRRA Grant News –  Town & Gown Webinars Ready to View; Keene School District Outreach Work; Presenting School HazMat 101!
  • NRRA SWIP (Solid Waste Implementation Plan) News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2019-2020
  • In The News – Zero Waste Vacations; Results of Global Youth Service Day; Summer of Service Opportunities; Skincare Chemicals & Coral Reefs
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –   Marine Debris Art Contest; How to Land a Science Grant; NOAA Marine Photo Contest; Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – Discover Wild NH Day Wrap-Up 
  • Activity – Nature Bingo, Summer Bucket List, Ideas for July & Rainy Days

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The 2019 School Recycling Conference was a huge success. Students, teachers and school staff brought great energy and we received some excellent feedback to help us plan for 2020. If you haven’t yet turned in your evaluation, please feel free to download this Conference Evaluation Form.

We will be posting our pictures, awards and press releases as they become available.




Here are just a few of our Conference pictures:



Check our 2019 School Conference Page for updates.



For the Entire NRRA 2-Day Conference Brochure, Click HERE!




Special Recognition Award Winner in the News Again!

From our Friends at

Recycling is Not Child’s Play—or is it? Insights from Ryan’s Recycling

By Liz Bothwell

In our latest episode of Waste360’s NothingWasted! Podcast, we chat with 9-year-old Ryan Hickman, CEO of Ryan’s Recycling. We spoke about how $5 from his first trip to a recycling facility turned into a huge passion, how his family helps with his business, his successful beach cleanups and how this work helps him master math and geography.

To link to the article and podcast, CLICK HERE!





We TOLD you so!

It’s been a busy Spring for NRRA Educators.  We held Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) events in Somersworth (2) and Manchester.  We even have a couple lined up for Fall already!

Here are some pictures from Somersworth Middle School:


Click here for the PRESS RELEASE.



TOLD Results Featured at Somersworth District Wide Showcase


NRRA Special Projects Manager Sarah McGraw attended the Somersworth District Wide Showcase on May 29 which highlighted student achievements. Somersworth Middle School seventh-graders Jack Welch and Lukas Kelly proudly presented the results of their TOLD event at the Sustainability table:


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

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





Passing the Baton – NRRA Leadership Changing


(U.S. Air Force photo/Duncan Wood)





Retiring Exec. Dir. Mike Durfor receives 2019 Sami Izzo Award (NRRA photo)

After 10 years of dedicated service, NRRA Executive Director Mike Durfor has decided to retire.



Mike worked tirelessly to meet the demands of an ever-changing recycling market and will be missed by all the staff and members.


Thank you, Mike!








Incoming Exec. Dir. Reagan Bissonnette (Courtesy photo)

After an exhaustive search, the NRRA Board of Directors has selected Reagan Bissonnette to take the helm as our new Executive Director. She brings with her enthusiasm, energy and a desire to continue Mike’s work in moving our membership forward with new recycling challenges and opportunities.

For all the details, CLICK HERE!


Welcome Aboard, Reagan!






Moultonborough Transfer Station Hosts Kindergarten Class


Kindergarten students  from Moultonborough Central School enjoyed a field trip to the Transfer Station on May 1.  They learned about recycling, found out what the heavy equipment does through a crushing demonstration, weighed themselves and their bus on the truck scale! According to Supervisor Ken Filpula, the class weighed in at 2,780 lbs.! Everyone left with a swag bag and smiles!

Overseen by Sylvester the Cat, students had a chance to see the Moultonborough Transfer Station in Action (Courtesy photo)




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 for Summer? 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:






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!


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



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 will be held next fall at John Fuller Elementary. This fun and educational all-day event allows the students 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.

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 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.

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 2019-2020

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.

In September of 2018, Fair Haven, VT enjoyed a presentation on Healthy Home/Clean Waters through our USDA Town & Gown Grant.  See the PRESS RELEASE for details.

School outreach is completed 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




From our Friends at TerraCycle

Natural Habitat Adventures launches world’s first zero-waste vacations


In a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading a zero-waste vacation package. The groundbreaking trip will take place in summer 2019, when 14 travelers will visit Yellowstone National Park from July 6-12. The Safari America: Yellowstone Country adventurers will explore the sustainable travel industry as well as refusing, recycling, composting, upcycling and reusing at least 99 percent of all waste produced during the trip.

For the full article, go to:


From our Friends at Youth Service America

Results from Global Youth Service Day held on April 12-14, 2019

For all the details, go to:


Also, from our Friends at Youth Service America

Summer months bring long days, warm weather, school vacations – and great opportunities for kids to serve and for families, camps, and youth groups to plan projects together.

We’ve compiled our annual list of 20 special events and campaigns that you can participate in this summer. From swimming, camping, and hosting lemonade stands to playing, gardening, and spending time with grandparents, there are ideas for you to turn almost any summer activity into a service project!

Click here for Summer of Service Ideas:

From our Friends at NOAA


Skincare Chemicals and Coral Reefs

Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against harmful effects of ultraviolet light threaten corals and other marine life. Learn more from this excellent NOAA website.



Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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


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 (developed through our USDA Town & Gown Grant) 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 National Ocean Service, NOAA

Opportunity for Students: Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is offering scholarship awards of up to $5,000 for students ages 11-18 who design and lead creative projects at school or in their communities that focus on preventing or reducing marine debris. Learn more and register here.

Deadline: 6/17/19

Students and classes are encouraged to register projects early.

For more information, CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at Ward’s Science


Cash for your class – how to land that education grant

5 things to know about science grants (and 9 steps to win one)

Of course you’d love to win a science grant and get free stuff for your students. But you don’t know what it takes to win one and don’t have the time to find out. Well, if you have four minutes to finish reading this post, all that can change. Applying for funding can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before, but don’t forget, foundations are required by federal law to give money away. They want your application. They need your application. So let’s go get that grant!

For the entire article, CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at NOAA


NOAA’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries Photo Contest 2019 

Now in its 5th year, the “Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest 2019″ helps raise awareness about marine sanctuaries in a fun and informative way. Contrary to popular misconception, marine sanctuaries are not, “hands off,” regions, but rather places where all kinds of activities including fishing, diving and boating are encouraged. Check out this photo contest, learn more about marine sanctuaries, and help spread the word about what marine sanctuaries are all about. The contest runs from May 25 through September 2 (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend). Find out more. 

From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation


The Second Annual Garden for Wildlife Contest is Coming Soon

In the inaugural contest many photographers used photos to tell a wildlife gardening story.

Check them out here for inspiration and start snapping now.

Open for entries August 5, 2019. Categories are: Food, Water, Cover, Places to Raise Young and Sustainable Practice.

Other School Grant Opportunities




From our Friends at NH DES


Discover Wild NH Day Wrap-Up


To read the latest NH DES newsletter, go to:

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




For June . . .


From our Friends at Pinterest

Nature Bingo

Summer is a great time to be outdoors more than usual. You might be taking long walks at your local forest preserve, going on a camping trip, or simply enjoying some backyard time. However you choose to take in this great big world, why not give your kids a challenge along the way?

These printable nature bingo cards will encourage the kiddos to be on the lookout for the things around them. They also will give you the opportunity to talk with them about what is safe (and not-so-safe!) to touch while they are out exploring!

For all the instructions and free downloadable Bingo cards, CLICK HERE!




From our Friends at NWF

For a printable PDF, CLICK HERE


For July . . .


From our Friends at


Fourth of July Clothespin Wreath

By: Ali from

Show your American pride this summer with this stylishly patriotic Fourth of July Clothespin Wreath. Super chic and easy, this July 4th craft is the perfect project if you’ve always wanted to learn how to make a wreath. Made with mostly clothespins and paint, this American flag clothespin wreath is incredibly simple and is extremely quick to make, so it’s a great last minute decoration for your Independence Day cookout. These clothespin holiday crafts are also fantastic for pre-teens and teens and the ultimate craft projects for the annual 4H fair. Celebrate America and show off your patriotism this summer with this adorable Fourth of July craft.

Click here for the 4th of July craft

From our Friends at


Red Velvet Fruit Pizza


This image courtesy of

By: Dorothy from

This Red Velvet Fruit Pizza looks like a giant food firework, which makes it a great dessert for 4th of July! The symmetry of bright red strawberries, dark blueberries, and crisp white icing means this dish is one of the prettiest on the dessert table. You can add other fruit such as raspberries to this recipe, too. And if red velvet isn’t your favorite cake, you can substitute another mix. But for that beautiful firework look and delicious taste, stick with the tried and true red, white, and blue.

Click here for the easy recipe

  • Yields: 10 servings
  • Cooking Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Vessel Size: 12-inch pizza pan


For Rainy Day Fun . . .

From our Friends at Pinterest




We will continue to post news and events on our Facebook page so check back throughout the summer!


See you all in the Fall!


Have a safe and happy . . .



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