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School News You Can Use – March, 2018

Happy World Water Day March 22!

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  • 2018 Conference News – Unveiling the Conference Brochure! Last Call for Award Nominations! Registration Forms Are Here! Keynote Surprise No More!
  • NRRA Grant News –  USDA RD Town & Gown Grant-Cindy & Sarah Present at NOFA conference; Still Time to Take our School Indoor Air Quality Survey!
  • CLUB News –  Tapping the Maple Trees
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Continues
  • In The News – UK Student Recycler Stands Up to Bullies; First Annual Global Recycling Day! Free Composting Workshops in VT
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers – NHtB Announces New School Recycling Innovation Grant! SWANA Scholarships; NWF Photo Contest; and a few more!
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – Wild NH Day Set for April 21; EPA Activity Book for Elementary Students
  • Activity – Water Bottle Shamrock

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Ta Daaaaa! Here’s the  School Conference Workshop Page

For a printable PDF of the School Conference Schedule, CLICK HERE.

For the full 2-day NRRA Conference Brochure, CLICK HERE.


Last Call for Award Nominations!


This year’s Conference theme is Recycling Rules! We’re looking for nominees that Rule at Recycling!

We’ve already received some terrific nominations.  Don’t miss your chance to honor your school, colleague or peer!

Does your school have an individual, group, program or event that deserves special recognition for outstanding work in recycling?  Here are just a few of the award categories to be considered.  Choose one of ours, or come up with your own category.


Winners will be announced and recognized at our School Recycling Conference Awards Luncheon on May 22, 2018 at the Radisson in Manchester.


Please follow this link to the School Award Nomination FormHURRY! Entries are due by March 16, 2018. Winners (+1 guest) will receive free registration for the Conference & Awards Luncheon.



Registration Forms Are Here!

We have added Online Registration for schools this year.  Please note that we can accept one  registration form for each designation at your school (i.e., all students on one form, all teachers/staff on another).

All NH schools are eligible for member rates!

Our downloadable Registration Form is also available.

If you should have any questions, contact


NH Schools – Apply Now for Conference Grants!

New Hampshire the Beautiful has again stepped up to the plate for NH schools!  They will offer matching grants of up to 1/2 the Conference Registration fees for your group or individual!

For the NHtB Grant Application, CLICK HERE!

(Learn about NHtB’s new School Recycling Innovation Grant under Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers below!)


Keynote Surprise? Not Anymore!


The cat is out of the bag!  Allenstown Elementary Drama students will present a skit for our Awards Luncheon.

Allenstown third-graders will perform scenes from their Green Machine skit.

Help us cheer on these budding recyclers!



USDA Town & Gown Grant Awarded to NRRA

NRRA is pleased to announce that we have been awarded another grant through USDA Rural Development.  Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down will assist in building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  We will be searching for communities in select counties of NH and VT to receive free training in the coming months.

For the list of eligible communities in NH & VT, click HERE.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.

If you would like more information about grant participation please contact Gwen Erley at




NRRA Educators to Present at NOFA Conference March 16

Poster Design by Allison Howe

NRRA is proud to announce that Educators Cindy Sterling and Sarah McGraw will be presenting Back to the Earth at the NOFA Conference on May 18 at Merrimack Valley High School in Concord!


There’s Still Time for Schools to Take Our Quick 10-Question IAQ Survey!

As part of our USDA Town & Gown Grant, we will be looking at Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning in K-12 schools.

If you haven’t received our Constant Contact Survey Request, please feel free to take our 10-question survey about Indoor Air Quality!

In return, you will receive a FREE set of Green Cleaning Recipe Books (Student, Teacher and Personal Care)!

To complete our survey, click HERE!

Or go to:


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.




More Maple Sugaring Photos from Somersworth Farm to School


Wendy Berkeley of the Somersworth Farm to School Program passed along some more photos of the students learning the fine art of tapping the trees.


Thanks Wendy!







White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2017-18 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We are beginning our second round of outreach 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


Rutland County SWAC SWIP Outreach Ramping Up


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, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven.

Outreach will resume in the spring for the 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 grant funding.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at



From our Friends at


High School Student Nicknamed ‘Trash Girl’ by Bullies Refuses to Stop Collecting Litter


Photo courtesy of

As one of the greatest threats to our oceans and the animals that we share the planet with, we need to rethink every single aspect of how much waste we produce and how we deal with it. That’s why 12-year-old Nadia Sparkes decided to take matters into her own hands. The high schooler has been picking up trash along the two-mile route from her school to her home for months now, using the basket of her bike to bring the trash home. In just the short amount of time that she has been picking up trash, Nadia has already accumulated more than two recycling bins worth of plastic.

Despite her green intentions, some of the kids at Nadia’s school have dubbed her “Trash Girl” and have bullied her for her noble efforts to help the planet. It would be easy to succumb to mean comments and stop picking up trash, but on the contrary, Nadia is more determined than ever to clean up her community.

“I’m doing something to protect the world they also live in. It’s everyone’s job. We are all responsible for keeping this world safe, instead of believing that it’s always someone else’s job,”  Nadia said about the bullies. “

To see how Nadia stood up to the bullies and formed Team Trash Girl, read the full article, go to:




Help Kickoff the First Global Recycling Day March 18!


Every year, the earth yields billions of tons of natural resources to transform into consumables. At some point, there will be nothing left. That’s why we must, as a planet, think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity.

On 18 March 2018, people around the world will come

together for the first ever Global Recycling Day. Global Recycling day aims to secure the future of our planet by conserving the world’s six primary resources and celebrating the power of the Seventh Resource – the goods all around us that we reuse and recycle every day.

By combining as many voices and efforts as possible on a single day, we aim to drive awareness and action around the urgent need to recycle more effectively around the world, to assure the future of our planet.

Take action now:

  • Sign the petition to show the UN and world leaders the concrete steps that needed to be taken to make recycling a truly global concern.
  • Learn about the recycling industry globally and locally through local BIR members and action groups.
  • Join in Global Recycling Day on 18 March, and share good practice on social channels across the globe.



Keep America Beautiful Launches 20th Anniversary of Great American Cleanup First Day of Spring 


The 20th anniversary of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, kicks off on the first day of spring — Tuesday, March 20 — with thousands of cleaning, greening and beautification events scheduled across America through the spring and summer months.

The 2018 Great American Cleanup social theme — #cleanYOURblock – is a call-to-action to engage more volunteers and participants in public space cleanup, beautification and recycling events. Volunteers are invited to participate in a local cleanup — and/or conduct your own — creating a national #cleanYOURblock party!

Take the first step to a more beautiful future by creating your own #cleanYOURblock team or by signing up for a Great American Cleanup event near you.

#DoBeautifulThings today! Join us!


From our Friends at Waste360



Procter & Gamble, TerraCycle Create Bottle from Recycled Plastic and Ocean Plastic

The bottle aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.

Waste360 Staff | Oct 06, 2017

The Procter & Gamble Company has partnered with TerraCycle to create the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle, which is made from 90 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and 10 percent ocean plastic. The bottle, which will be launched in the U.K. in 2018, aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.


For the entire article, click HERE.




From our Friends at Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District

Host a Backyard Composting Workshop in 2018


The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD) is excited to announce we are holding six more backyard composting workshops in 2018. We invite you to host a workshop in your community. This is a free opportunity for community education about backyard composting.

Host sites provide a space and a volunteer or staff person to be on site during the workshop. There is no fee for hosting, but we request that you help get the word out to your community. CVSWMD provides experienced master-composter trained staff who will do the rest. We’ll be advertising, presenting the workshop, and bringing in teaching materials and demo compost equipment. We also have funding to provide reduced-price composting equipment to workshop participants. Workshops typically run 90 minutes – two hours.

The ideal host site has space for 15 or more attendees, and space for a presentation projector and screen. Outdoor composting space on site is great but not necessary.

CVSWMD member towns: Barre City, Barre Town, Berlin, Bradford, Calais, Chelsea, Duxbury, East Montpelier, Fairlee, Hardwick, Middlesex, Montpelier, Orange, Plainfield, Tunbridge, Walden, Washington, Williamstown, and Woodbury

Click here to go to their registration page:


From our Friends at



10 Educational Waste and Recycling Apps for Young Enthusiasts


By Megan Greenwalt

From how-tos on recycling to more than a dozen different “gamer” apps acting as waste vehicle simulators, there is an abundance of fun, waste- and recycling-related apps online. Here, Waste360 highlights 10 engaging mobile apps that are providing industry education to children around the globe.






Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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


Spring is coming! Want to learn more about composting?

If you would like to host a workshop in your school, please consider The CLUB’s Back to the Earth Workshop. For more information, please contact


Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers


New Hampshire the Beautiful Announces New School Recycling Innovation Grant!



NRRA is pleased to announce that NH the Beautiful is implementing a new, annual grant award to NH schools with innovative waste reduction ideas or school recycling programs.

NH schools who have, or want to start, a recycling program are invited to submit an essay detailing your current program and how you hope to improve upon it.  The NH the Beautiful Board of Directors will select the winning essay and notify the winner.  A monetary grant of $500 will be awarded to the winning school at the annual School Recycling Conference in May.

Essays should be submitted to no later than Friday, April 27 for consideration this year.

For the full Press Release, click HERE.

Don’t delay! The very first award could go to your program!


From our Friends at New England Grassroots Fund


Focused on all things local, the Grassroots Fund is the only organization of its kind dedicated to inspire, connect, and support community-based environmental projects throughout New England. Grassroots Fund’s niche is to help those on-the-ground, everyday people for whom grassroots work is a passion and whose volunteer time is a priceless contribution to the common good.

  • Seed grants – grants up to $1,000 to New England community-based groups with newly evolving local projects
  • Grow grants – grants up to $3,500 to groups working to expand existing projects and broaden their scope

Grassroots Fund Seed, Grow & Young Adult Leader grants are designed for groups that:

  • are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
  • are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
  • have an annual operating budget under $100,000;

Please note that Grassroots Fund does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. Our focus is on community-based, local initiatives. Grassroots funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

SEED GRANTS: Quick project-focused grants dedicated to help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving project(s).

  • Deadline: Apply anytime
    (expect a decision in 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Grant range: $250 – $1,000

GROW GRANTS: Competitive group development grants dedicated to help established groups increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

  • Deadlines: March 15 & September 15
    (expect decisions early June & December)
  • Grant range: $1,000 – $3,500

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at Keep America Beautiful – Recycle-Bowl


Bon Air Elementary Crowned First Repeat Recycle-Bowl Champion

KAB Courtesy Photo

STAMFORD, Conn. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Bon Air Elementary, in Kokomo, Indiana, was crowned today as the first repeat national champion of Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl, the national recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students, teachers and school communities.

Competing against more than 1,000 schools spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia, Bon Air Elementary recycled more than 8 tons of materials during the competition. The school will be awarded a recycled content plastic park bench, courtesy of Trex, and $1,500 worth of recycling bins from Busch Systems. The Recycle-Bowl competition took place over four weeks in the fall, culminating on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2017.

Additional 2017 Recycle-Bowl national category winners are:

  • Community Division:Keres Children’s Learning Center; Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
  • District Division:Ocean City School District; Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Waste Reduction:Woodland Park Academy; Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • Food Scrap Collection:Centennial Elementary; Springfield, Oregon
  • Most Improved:Taylor Elementary; Kokomo, Indiana  and Bell’s Hill Elementary; Waco, Texas

For the full story, click HERE.


From our Friends at SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America)


The Northern New England Chapter (NNE) of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is announcing the availability of a scholarship for current high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students in the State of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont who have been accepted into a program committed to a degree closely tied to Solid Waste Management, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related field of study. SWANA sponsorship is not required.

The award is offered in remembrance of Steve Parker, a founding member of the SWANA Northern New England Chapter. Application must be returned no later than March 16, 2018. Please mail completed application to Kevin Roche @ ecomaine, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland ME 04102.

For the Steve Parker Scholarship, click HERE.

In addition to this scholarship offered by the Northern New England Chapter, SWANA National also has a scholarship opportunity:

Category I: Grant H. Flint Scholarship
Category II: Grant H. Flint Scholarship
Category III: Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineering Scholarship

We have included an application and instructions for your convenience. Application deadline for Categories I, II & III is May 1, 2018. Application should be mailed to Kevin Roche, President Northern New England Chapter Scholarship Committee, ecomaine, 64 Blueberry Road, Portland, ME 04102. Additional information for this scholarship opportunity can be found on the SWANA National website at



From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation

Welcome to the 47th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began more than four decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. The most compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways. Please register or login to enter and share your work.

This year’s contest has seven different categories:

  • Baby Animals: Portraits and behavior of young animals of any species
  • Backyard Habitats: Wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in backyards
  • Birds: Portraits and behavior
  • Landscapes and Plants: Scenic views and native plants in wild settings
  • Mammals: Portraits and behavior
  • Other Wildlife: Portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)
  • People in Nature: People enjoying the outdoors or connecting with nature and wildlife

Entry Fee: Enter up to ten photos for $20. No limit to the total number of images. Your fee helps support the National Wildlife Federation’s work to protect wildlife and wild places

  • Grand Prize: $5,000
  • First Place: $500 for the winner in each category
  • Second Place: $250 for the winner in each category
  • Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a National Wildlife Federation calendar

Opens: January 8, 2018

Closes: March 16, 2018

NWF anticipates notifying winners by mid October 2018

For a look at last year’s winners, go to:



From our Friends at the

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:

  • between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

You may download a sample application to use in planning and organizing your application.

Remember, applications are accepted online ONLY. Applications sent via mail or by any method other than our online system will be deemed ineligible.


From our Friends at NWF


School Climate Solutions Challenge

(Grades 6-12)


Participants are encouraged to submit innovative project ideas that will reduce carbon emissions and help their school and community prepare for problems caused by climate change, as well as interact with decision-makers and take full advantage of the career opportunities a clean energy climate future holds.

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to projects that are well-researched, outcome-oriented, planned, communicated, well-promoted and evaluated. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of NWF staff and top proposals will be determined by external judges.

Get the details and enter the challenge by April 22, 2018.




Crayola Grant Program

Champion Creatively Alive Children

Creative Leadership Grants 2018

The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning December 1, 2018, submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola offers up to 20 grants for schools in the United States or Canada. The applications will only be accepted from principals who are members of NAESP. If you are not the principal, please collaborate with your school’s leader to develop the plan. The National Art Education Association encourages their members to partner with their school’s principal and colleagues to generate grant proposals.

Actual product assortment may vary.

Schools who received this grant in 2017 will not be eligible to apply for a 2018-209 grant. Instead, we urge those grant winners to become judges to help score new proposals. 2017 winners may apply again in 2019.

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

Download your application today!

For more information about this program, click HERE!



From our Friends at Captain Planet Foundation

ecoSolution™ Grants (previously called “Small Grants”) have been the defining basis of Captain Planet Foundation’s work over the last 25 years. In that time, we’ve funded over 2,100 projects that have impacted 1.2 million youth around the world – actively fulfilling our mission to build the next generation of environmental stewards and change-agents.

ecoSolution™ Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).

Please note that ecoSolution™ Grants will only support direct project costs. Support for t-shirts, staff salaries, field trips, scholarships, beautification/ landscaping, etc. will NOT be considered.


CYCLE 2:    OPENS – January 16      CLOSES  – July 15

For more information, go to:


From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation

Young Reporters for the Environment Competition

Join our team of young reporters from over 30 countries around the world to investigate local environmental issues and propose solutions through dynamic writing, photography and videography.

While entries are not due until March 15, 2018 it’s time to define an issue, set up interviews and develop an overall plan of attack.

Last year the US had 2 students place in the international competition, in their respective age and media categories.

This contest is open to students ages 11-19. Learn more about the competition.


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 between America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) for the big, $5,000 prize!

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

For more information, go to:


Hosting school events or sports?  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


Don’t forget our RecycleMobile is available for events!

The RecycleMobile was developed to help make recycling at special events low-cost, highly visible and efficient. It is a simple to use, eye-catching recycling unit consisting of a fiberglass box with six collection holes (3 per side) that is attached to a 4′ by 6′ trailer and houses six 32-gallon barrels. You will need a 1-7/8″ ball to tow the RecycleMobile.

The NRRA has three RecycleMobiles available for community groups and organizations to use to provide recycling. 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.


Other School Grant Opportunities

Youth Services America:  They offer multiple grant opportunities.

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





From our Friends at NH Fish and Game


Discover Wild New Hampshire Day 

Saturday, April 21

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 21, 2018, 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.

Here are some pictures from past Wild NH Day events:





For more photos, go to:   Discover WILD New Hampshire Day Photos

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


New EPA Activity Book for Elementary Age Students


How do you describe to students what the EPA does?


Use our newest activity book for elementary age students to help introduce them to EPA. Kids can learn about the different ways the EPA works to protect our environment and our health. It’s a simple, straightforward guide suitable for children of all ages.


Download the PDF. (


Find more downloadable and hardcopy resources at the National Service Center for Environmental Publications. (



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 Pinterest



How to make a recycled plastic water bottle shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, by Stefanie Girard.




Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Need a last minute shamrock? Grab a plastic water bottle and some green paint and you’re good to go thanks to this cute tutorial featured at Crafty Morning. Pop on over to see more fun and easy kid crafts.








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

03/20/18 – KAB Great American Cleanup Day! For ideas, go to:

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

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to All!






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