The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – March, 2020



  • 2020 Conference NewsWANTED: Recycling Stars! Registration Tips; Renew CLUB Membership for Conference Discount
  • CLUB News & Services–  Newly Combined NRRA/CLUB Facebook Page; Welcome Renewing Member-Inter-Lakes Elementary
  • NRRA Member News & Services –  Compost Bin Sale Returns! Recycling Signs, Can Cages & RecycleMobiles
  • NRRA Grant News –   PRAPSE We Can Help With Your Event Recycling! PRAPSE School Nurse Survey & Medical Waste Roundtable Events; TOLD to Go; YIMBY Where Does It Go Story Map; CEU Webinars Available; Keene School District Outreach Work; New Composting Guide!
  • NRRA SWIP/MMP (Solid Waste Implementation Plan/Materials Management Plan) News White River Alliance SWE and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2019-2020
  • In The News –  Audubon Peregrine Cam; 20 Reasons to Recycle Hope in 2020; Cleanup Events to Honor Earth Day; Host a VT Workshop; NOAA’s Zero Waste Week; Nestle Bottles; About Pens & Pencils; Olympic Uniforms from Shoes
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Summer Institute for Teachers Scholarship; Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Competition; Carton 2 Garden Contest; Audubon Photography Contest Opens; NHSTA Recognition Awards Open; Barron Prize for Young Heroes
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) –  NH DES Sustainable Pets; Discover Wild NH Day; Amping Up Recycling at Music Festivals; EPA WasteWise & Food Recovery Challenge
  • Activity – Luck of the Irish Scratch Tickets; How to Make an Ice Wreath
  • Green Calendar

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WANTED: Recycling Stars!


AWARDS:  Do you have a recycling Superstar in your school.  We are accepting nominations up until March 20.

Each winner and one guest will receive free Conference Registration for the School Awards Luncheon on May 19.

Choose one of our categories or use one of your own!

To submit your nomination, fill out one of our Nomination Forms!


Attention NH Schools:  Could your school use $500 to start or improve your recycling program?  Don’t forget about the NH the Beautiful School Recycling Innovation Award!  Just write up an essay and send it to by March 31. For details, go to:



Conference Registration Tips

We are happy to announce that our Online Registration is now open!  Here are a couple of tips for schools:
1.  Fill out one registration page for all your teachers/chaperones
2.  Fill out one registration page for all your students
3.  New This Year – Please indicate whether you will be attending on Monday, May 18 or Tuesday, May 19 (or both days days.) 
4.  Invoicing – You may update your attendees at any time, but you will be invoiced by the number of attendees submitted as of April 15. (This is because we must order meals in advance.)
5. All NH schools are eligible for the 50% matching grant from NH the Beautiful.  Here is the NH the Beautiful Grant Request Form.
6.  To receive the grant, NH schools must have a current membership in The School Recycling CLUB. It’s free and easy using our Online CLUB Application.
If you have any questions about pricing or registrations, please contact Programs Coordinator Gwen Erley at



Renew Your School CLUB Membership for Conference Discounts

It’s easy to do using our Online Membership Application.

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

We will be offering school recycling workshops and activities on both days of the Conference this year!

Attention NH Schools: See Registration Tips above.

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

Conference workshops will be designated in one of the 5 R categories and will address current trends and issues in school recycling today.  The

Somersworth MS students sift beach sand for microplastics (Wendy Berkeley photo)

exhibit hall will host some fun activities for the kids and vendors who can offer educational insight into the importance of recycling and what happens when you recycle. On Monday we will have a Keynote Speaker on Zero Waste. The School Awards Luncheon on Tuesday will recognize outstanding student, school and teacher recyclers. Come one or both days!




Announcing our Newly Combined NRRA/CLUB Facebook Page!

Like us on Facebook!

As part of our on-going mission of providing a “one-stop shopping” experience for our readers, we have combined the School Recycling CLUB and NRRA Facebook pages. Please visit us at our new digs: We hope you “like” us and “follow” us!    




Welcome Renewing Member


Inter-Lakes Elementary School


  • Meredith, NH
  • 338 Students
  • PK-4


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

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




Back by Popular Demand!

That’s right! We will once again be offering our Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! 
Watch for details in the coming month and in the 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 Help With Your Event Recycling!

A tremendous amount of waste is generated when the community comes together for sporting events, fairs and festivals. Much of it is recyclable and NRRA is here to help! PRAPSE is an acronym for Promoting Recycling at Public Spaces & Events. Thanks to generous funding through the Rural Development Office of the United States Department of Agriculture, NRRA is excited to offer FREE assistance for public event recycling to eligible communities and schools in rural MA, NH and VT.

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.

BONUS:  Receive a FREE School Hazmat 101 – A Blueprint for Hazardous Material Management in Schools book with your completed IAQ!

Let us assist you with planning before, during and after your event to minimize waste and maximize recycling.

To see if you qualify for this grant-funded assistance,  contact Cindy Sterling ( or Gwen Erley ( by email or at 603-736-4401.

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




Attention School Nurses!


PRAPSE School Nurse Survey & Medical Waste Roundtable Events

As part of our PRAPSE research, we are canvassing school nurses in NH, VT

and MA about how they handle their medical waste.

If you know a school nurse, please feel free to send them this link to our very short, anonymous survey:    




Upcoming Medical Waste Roundtables:

  • April 2 – Berlin, NH
  • April 8 – Great Barrington, MA
  • April 10 – Manchester, VT
  • April 30 – Lyndonville, VT

These trainings are open to transfer station operators, school nurses, medical professionals, veterinarians, first responders, fire, police and municipal administrators.  For further details, watch for upcoming email announcements and invitations.  Additional information available by contacting Ben Perham at




YIMBY Presents … the TOLD Tool Kit!

(I’ll Have a TOLD to Go, Please!)



NRRA’s Trash On the Lawn Day 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. However, sometimes NRRA staff are not available and the weather is a challenge. That’s where the TOLD to Go Tool Kit comes in!

Advantages for Schools:  Schools have control over setting their own date as well as the flexibility to reschedule their event due to weather concerns or scheduling conflicts. The TOLD to Go Tool Kit is available for rent at a very affordable rate and will be shipped directly 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 and bags for the individual containers
  • a pre-paid return postage sticker to return your bin

The school provides the larger items such as tarps, collection containers (barrels, boxes, bins, etc.) and of course the trash! 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.  TOLDs often draw media attention and can become an annual event to track progress toward sustainable, cost-effective methods of school waste management.

Contact Gwen Erley at for details to reserve your TOLD to Go Tool Kit and arrange delivery.



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. 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.

Our next stop was Symonds Elementary on February 20, where we presented our Garbage Guerrillas workshops to the fifth grade students. Here’s the PRESS RELEASE!

Funding for this recycling 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 Sold as a set with Teaching Toxics Call for Pricing      




Teaching Toxics: Creating Solutions to Household Pollution.  

Sold as a set with 3Rs of the Common Core Call for Pricing      




School HazMat 101: A Blueprint for Hazardous Materials Management in Schools $15 for Pickup $20 if Mailed        





Now Available! School On-Site Composting Guide $15 for Pickup $20 if Mailed




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




White River Alliance Solid Waste Entity

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 Entity 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 (See CLUB News above). Stockbridge Central School will be scheduled in the spring.

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




From our Friends at NH Audubon

Peregrine Falcons are Back in Action in Manchester





The nest box featured on the Peregrine Cam is back in action for another season, with lots of activity going recently. The live cams store 12 hours of activity and allow scrolling back in time.

To learn more, go to:



From our Friends at


20 Reasons to Recycle Hope in 2020

For anyone feeling environmental despair from time to time, here are 20 reasons to be hopeful for 2020 and the decade ahead.

Kate Bailey | Feb 20, 2020


To link to this inspiring article, CLICK HERE!




Gearing Up for Earth Day


From our Friends at Earth Day Network (


Great Global Cleanup™

The world is in a dire waste crisis. Far too often, what we consume and purchase ends up in landfills or the natural environment. And plastic exacerbates our pollution crisis—research estimates that 90% of all plastic ever produced has not been recycled.

To take a stand against out-of-control waste, Earth Day Network launched the Great Global Cleanup™. Last year, we coordinated over 5,000 cleanups in the US, Canada and India. For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year, the Great Global Cleanup™ has expanded worldwide.

We are aiming for 100,000 cleanups worldwide and need your help! REGISTER HERE!


Find a Cleanup and Make a Difference

Using our interactive map, you can search for Cleanups happening near you.

Don’t see one in your community? Register your own!




From our Friends at Keep America Beautiful – February Newsletter


Let’s Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in 2020!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), Keep America Beautiful is pleased to partner with Earth Day Network to expand the efforts of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup®, the nation’s largest community improvement program, which takes place from March 19 through June 20.

Not only are we cleaning America, we strive to clean the world – all as part of the Great Global Cleanup. Through our Great American Cleanup, we will serve as the U.S. engine behind making the Great Global Cleanup the world’s largest volunteer mobilization effort ever!

Find your local Keep America Beautiful affiliate here to locate an event near you.



From our Friends at Waste Advantage Magazine


Global Recycling Foundation Celebrates “Recycling Heroes” in 2020


The Global Recycling Foundation has revealed that the theme for the third Global Recycling Day, taking place on 18th March 2020, will be ‘Recycling Heroes’.


For the whole article, CLICK HERE!



Invitation to Host VT Workshop in 2020

From our Friends at Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District (CVSWMD)

Schedule a Free Workshop in 2020!

Do you want to know more about recycling, composting, or how to manage (and reduce!) household hazardous materials? We’re seeking hosts for our presentations and workshops in 2020, and invite you to contact us if you’re interested. Let us help you figure out how to manage food scraps, recyclables and potentially hazardous household chemicals, with a free presentation. 2020 workshop offerings include:

  • Recycle Right
  • Don’t Flush That! How to manage chemicals, pills and other toxics that don’t belong down the drain.
  • Compost Basics (for new or veteran composters)
  • Neighborhood Compost Tour
  • Combo: overview of Vermont Universal Recycling Law with abridged info about both composting and recycling (ideal for workplace “lunch ‘n learns”).

For details, send an email to:  



From our Friends at NOAA  



NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries invites K-12 schools to participate in Students for Zero Waste Week: 3/16/20 – 4/24/20. Students for Zero Waste Week is a school-driven campaign to reduce waste on school campuses and in local communities with the intention of moving towards zero waste. Register here!  



From our Friends at

Nestlé Pure Life Releases DC Collection Bottles

Nestlé Pure Life has introduced “DC Collection” bottles to its portfolio. The 330 milliliter bottles, which feature DC characters, are made from 100 percent recycled plastic and are 100 percent recyclable, including the cap.


For the full article, CLICK HERE!




From our Friends at





From our Friends at


Nike is Dressing 2020 Olympic Athletes in Uniforms Made of Recycled Shoe Parts

February 6, 2020

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, elite athletes will sleep on beds made of cardboard. Olympic medals are being constructed out of recycled electronics, such as cell phones. And Nike will be dressing its athletes in uniforms and sneakers made out of recycled polyester and ground-up shoe parts. It’s part of a broader sustainability push by the shoe retailer as it seeks to reach younger and more eco-conscious consumers.

To read the full story, visit
Author: Lauren Thomas, CNBC
Photo: Nike



Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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



Think Spring!

Is your school interested in starting a composting program or school garden?  For an overview of composting basics, you can view our recorded webinar (developed through our USDA Town & Gown Grant) located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 9.

For more information about scheduling programming for your school, please contact




From our Friends at NOAA

Summer Institute Opportunity in NY for Teachers

Scholarship application deadline: April 1


Registration is now open for The Wild Center’s Summer Institute for Teachers, a residential teacher professional development experience. This year’s Institute will take place from July 13-16, 2020 outside of Lake Placid, NY and the theme will focus on teaching climate change solutions. There is a save-the-date flier attached, and more information can be found on Wild Center’s website.




From our Friends at NOAA



Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Competition


The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is accepting Visual Art, Film, Music, Poetry, Prose, and Interactive & Multimedia submissions from middle & high school students through June 15, 2020. “Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis” invites teens to learn about climate change and its impact on oceans; discover or imagine solutions at local, national, or global scales; and create work that explores hope in action. For complete details, visit the Ocean Awareness Contest Overview.

From our Friends at


Carton 2 Garden Contest



Repurpose your school’s milk or juice cartons into a garden project to win one of FIFTEEN prizes, including a $5,000 grand prize! 
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening are proud to present the 2019-2020 Carton 2 Garden Contest. Carton 2 Garden is open to all K-12 public and private schools in the United States. Your school does not need a garden to participate. Register your interest in the Carton 2 Garden Contest to access a special collection of online lesson plans inspired by previous Carton 2 Garden winners. You will also receive periodic tips and reminders from KidsGardening to help keep your project on track.
Entries are due April 1, 2020, but are accepted on a rolling basis. We can’t wait to see what your students create! To learn more, CLICK HERE!
From our Friends at NH Audubon

The Audubon Photography Awards Are Back


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

The Audubon Photography Awards are officially open for entries! Celebrating outstanding bird photography from around the world, judges will award six prizes, including a Grand Prize of $5,000 which, last year, went to the exceptional Red-winged Blackbird photo above.
Submit your photos now for early bird entry fees of $15 per image from today until March 30, 2020, when fees increase to $20 per image until the contest ends on April 6, 2020. Photographers between the age of 13 and 17 may enter for free. For official contest rules and eligibility, click here.
From our Friends at NH Science Teachers’ Association

Announcing Two NHSTA Recognition Award Opportunities

(due date is April 15, 2020)

The New Hampshire Science Teachers’ Association is pleased to announce two award opportunities for teachers of science in New Hampshire. A Novice Science Teacher award is offered for an educator in his/her first through fifth year of teaching and an Experienced Science Teacher award for an educator who has taught for six or more years.  Both awards will be presented at the NHSTA 2020 Spring Science Conference to be held at Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The criteria and nomination forms are available through the link below.  The NHSTA Board of Directors looks forward to honoring our exemplary science educators.  Nominations have a deadline of April 15, 2020. Links to both forms are found at:
CLUB Note:  We had difficulty linking to this site. You could try:
From our Friends at Youth Service America

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes – Deadline: April 15

The Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education. Read more

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 NH Dept. of Environmental Services


February 2020

 Our Furry Friends Can Be Environmentally Friendly, Too


We love our furry friends but often forget that they have an impact on our planet. Changing your pets’ diet, properly disposing of their waste, and making smart choices with their toys and accessories can make a huge difference.

To read the article, CLICK HERE!

From our Friends at NH Dept. of Environmental Services & NH Fish & Game

Discover Wild NH Day


To learn more, go to:


From our Friends at EPA & BioCycle Magazine


Music Festivals Amp Up Organics Recycling Game, November/December 2019 BioCycle Magazine

Farm Aid has greatly increased organics diversion since 2007. Inspired by its partnership with Farm Aid, Live Nation announced its zero waste goal in September 2018.

For the full article, 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




From our Friends at

Luck of the Irish Lotto Scratch Tickets

By: MadeByMarzipan

Make someone’s lucky day by giving them some of these Luck of the Irish Lotto Scratch Tickets! This easy-to-make St. Patrick’s Day craft is great for parties or for the office! Learn how to make your own scratch offs with this simple tutorial from craft designer Maureen Wilson. Once you learn the technique, then you can easily customize your tickets for whatever holiday or occasion you’d like!


  • Acrylic paint (metallic)
  • Paint brush
  • Clear dish soap
  • Clear packing tape
  • White cardstock
  • Free printable tickets

For all the instructions, go to:



From our Friends at


Winter Foliage Ice Wreaths

By: Hannah Grunzke from Rise and Shine

If you are searching for DIY winter wreaths, these Winter Foliage Ice Wreaths are a great option. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make natural wreaths out of ice and foliage. Ice wreaths are a great idea and very unique, so you will catch the attention of your friends and family when you hang this cheerful wreath outside your home all winter. And the best part is that you do not even have to take this DIY winter wreath down at the end of winter. It will melt away and the animals will eat the foliage come spring.

Click here for the full project

  • Estimated Cost:  Under $10
  • Time to Complete:  In an evening
  • Primary Technique:  General Crafts





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Earth Day 50th Anniversary!



SHARE YOUR RECYCLING NEWS!  The NRRA School Recycling CLUB 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 a write-up and pictures and you might just see it in the next School News You Can Use! – Gwen Erley, 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 119