The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – May, 2019

Recycling Still Rules!

Countdown to Conference!





  • 2019 Conference News   Registrations Still Available!
  • CLUB News Welcome New & Renewing Members! Loudon Elementary Recognizes “Mr. Larry”
  • NRRA Member News & Services  Hillsborough TS Presents to Pre-K
  • NRRA Grant News   Town & Gown Webinars Ready to View; Keene School District Outreach Work; Presenting School HazMat 101!
  • NRRA SWIP News White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2018-2019
  • In The News NH Helps Lead the Charge on Nat’l Battery Day! Creating Art from Trash; Coca-Cola Bottle Recycling Video
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers   VT School Battery Quest Deadline Extended! State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants; EPA Ace the Waste Challenge; Youth Garden Grant Winners; Coca-Cola Can Crusher!
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) –  SMART School Event Guide; EPA Food Waste Resources
  • Activity Do You Know Your leaves? Pine Needle Basket

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Have you picked out your workshops yet?


For the Entire Conference Brochure, Click HERE!



Online Registration is Still Open!

To register now, go to:


Please Note: For groups with both Teachers and Students, you must complete at least TWO separate forms – one for all of the teachers, one to include all of the students.


Don’t Forget Your NHtB School Conference Grant!


Thanks to NH the Beautiful, NH Schools will again receive 1/2 off their registrations in 2019, defraying the cost so that more students and teachers can attend.  Add that to your early registration for a terrific discount! For the NH the Beautiful Grant Application, CLICK HERE!





Welcome New CLUB Members!


Merrimack Middle School          

  • Merrimack, NH
  • 597 Students
  • 7-8



Harmony Science Academy                                                                   

  • Laredo, TX
  • 589 Students
  • 6-8




Welcome Renewing CLUB Members!


Dunbarton Elementary School                                               

  • Dunbarton, NH
  • 216 Students
  • K-6



Inter-Lakes Elementary School                                              

  • Meredith, NH
  • 338 Students
  • PK-4






Loudon Elementary School was so excited to hear that their custodian Larry Hewey (a.k.a. “Mr. Larry”) had won a School Recycling CLUB award, they held a special assembly to present him with their own award!

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

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





Hillsborough TS Presents . . .


We were delighted when Patrick Greene of the Hillsborough Transfer Station reached out to us for Pre-K presentation ideas.  We were happy to assist! He put together a very nice Earth Day presentation for the Stonebridge Montessori School on April 23. The school was kind enough to share some photos.


Pre-K students proudly display their Recycling Certificates after Patrick Greene’s Recycling Presentation. (School 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 Spring or 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?

Town & Gown Webinar Links Available!


Outreach training in NH and VT has been completed and 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


Concerned about your school’s air quality? If you would like to have an assessment done at your school, you may order our Technical Assistance Training – Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality Assessment. For details, check out our MENU or contact Gwen Erley at


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 has been scheduled for June 11 at John Fuller Elementary. This fun and educational all-day event allows the students to audit 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 2018-19 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

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.

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

Outreach planning is almost 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




NH Helps Lead the Charge on National Battery Day

New Hampshire Ranks Eighth on Call2Recycle’s 2018 Top 10 Battery Recycling States

ATLANTA, GA, February 18, 2019 – Call2Recycle®, the country’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, applauds the citizens of New Hampshire for leading the charge on National Battery Day and ranking as one of the nation’s top 10 battery recycling states by collecting more than 37,000 pounds of batteries. Overall, U.S. consumers recycled 7.2 million pounds of batteries last year through the Call2Recycle program.


“Since the inception of the Call2Recycle program, the citizens of New Hampshire have diverted more than 674,000 pounds of batteries from landfills and helped make the environment of New Hampshire cleaner and safer,” said Call2Recycle Executive Vice President of External Relations, Linda Gabor. “With consumers relying more and more on battery-powered devices, National Battery Day is the perfect reminder that batteries and other electronics are an important part of the recycling picture.”

“We are proud of the citizens of New Hampshire as well as the other northeastern states for their commitment to responsibly manage batteries once they no longer power their devices,” said Mike Durfor, executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association based in Epsom, New Hampshire. “NRRA, is working closely with Call2Recycle to continue to educate residents and towns on the importance of the battery recovery program. The safe handling of batteries is a major component of NRRA’s outreach efforts both in towns and schools this coming year. Today on National Battery Day, we encourage everyone to spread the battery recycling message.”

Before recycling, consumers should review tips on how to safely prepare their batteries. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Protect: Batteries can be bagged or taped to provide protection. You can tape the positive terminal with non-conductive electrical, duct or clear packing tape OR individually place batteries in plastic bags (non-grocer).
  2. Store: Keep batteries in a cool place, avoiding metal containers. Try to recycle within six months.
  3. Recycle: Use the Call2Recycle locator to find a nearby drop-off location. 97 percent of New Hampshire residents live within 10 miles of a drop-off site.

Since 1994, the Call2Recycle program has diverted and recycled more than 115 million pounds of batteries from U.S. landfills.


About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cellphones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its consumer battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Visit Follow on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

For the entire Press Release, CLICK HERE!

From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire


Discarded Materials Become One Man’s Treasures

By Cristina Commendatore

A Mexican-American artist and owner of Tio’s Tacos restaurant in Southern California has created an acre full of garden art made solely from recycled materials and discarded waste. Check out some of the images of Martin Sanchez’s work compiled in this gallery.


From our friends at


Artist Sees the Beauty in Forgotten ‘Junk’


By Waste360 Staff

Paris-based artist, known as +Brauer, is a graphic designer who sees the beauty in the materials that have been discarded and often forgotten. Over the past 20 years, he has designed numerous album covers for French and international artists and pursued his personal artistic expression through painting, photography and sculpture. Just recently, he shared some of his work with Waste360 that is showcased in this gallery.


For the full article, CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at WasteAdvantage newsletter


2 Approaches to Turning Recycled Materials into Art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters scramble to create something new out of something old. Here’s a look at two couples who have found interesting ways to turn recycling into art, and enjoy doing it together.

Learn More>

From our Friends at


Program Spotlight
Youth Garden Grant Winners



Join us in congratulating the 2019 awardees! Our top five winning programs are engaging kids of all ages in hands-on learning and introducing them to the beauty and wonder of nature.




Coca-Cola of Northern N.E. Releases New Video:               The Many Lives of Plastic Bottles

Once recycled, plastic bottles can be reused by manufacturers to make other goods.  Learn how manufacturers rely on recycled Coca-Cola packages.

For more on this story also visit:




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 located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 13.

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




VT School Battery Quest Deadline Extended!

The School Battery Quest – a battery recycling contest open to all K-8 Vermont Elementary and Middle School classes, groups, and clubs – is a TERRIFIC activity to help reinforce the environmental awareness! Also, the contest deadline has been EXTENDED thru May 24th!

The goal is to have students collect and responsibly recycle used batteries from their home and bring them to a drop-off location for special recycling. Through the provided materials, students will learn the environmental benefits of recycling batteries, the ubiquitous role that batteries play in our day-to-day lives, and how and where to safely recycle batteries.

Cash awards are $500, $300 and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Hurry! Contest Ends May 24, 2019.

To learn more about the School Battery Quest and sign-up to participate, visit (You must sign-up in order to be eligible to win)



From our Friends at State Farm



State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Program Returns

Get ready for June 5!

As a company, State Farm® continues its effort to inspire and empower people to turn caring into doing. As part of this platform, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program is back for its eighth year.

Neighborhood Assist aims to help identify key issues faced by citizens throughout the United States. Whether it’s newer, safer playground equipment, a literacy program, or a teen driver safety initiative at your local high school, you or someone you know could be the catalyst for positive change in your community.

The submission phase opens on June 5 on and closes once we receive 2,000 applications.  Program focuses include: education, safety and community development. Anyone living in the U.S., 18 years old or older, is eligible to apply (individuals, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc.).  Please note, it’s best to submit early, since a maximum of 2,000 submissions will be acceptedLast year, we received 2,000 applications in under 24 hours.  In the interest of fairness and accessibility, grantees are not eligible to win more than twice consecutively.

The application is short and simple.  Here are the three application questions:

  • How much does your cause focus on an unmet need in your community?
  • Why do you feel the $25,000 grant would address the unmet need?
  • How much of a lasting impact on this community would the proposal make?

After the submission phase ends, a State Farm Review Committee will read and narrow down the submissions to 200 finalists. Once identified, the top 200 causes will appear on to be voted on by you and the public. The voting phase is August 14 – 23, with each voter allowed ten votes per day. The 40 causes with the most votes each receive a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced September 25.  If an individual who is not affiliated with an organization wins a grant, a nonprofit will be matched to help run the program.

Please see the attached document for details!



From our Friends at EPA – May 2019 GoGreen! Newsletter


EPA Ace the Waste Contest – Due May 24


Student Food Waste Challenge (due May 24): As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, EPA is joining USDA and FDA to launch the Ace the Waste! challenge for students age 11-18 to submit their creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States. More than one third of food in the U.S. is lost or wasted, and food is the single largest type of waste in landfills.
Learn how students can participate and submit their ideas, from USDA:


Coca-Cola of Northern New England Special Offer!


Mini-Aluminum Can Crusher in Need of New Home!

Are you a school looking for new fundraising opportunity? Coca-Cola™ of Northern New England is looking to move this machine out of their warehouse and into a school interested in earning some extra funds by recycling cans. The footprint of the machine is 5X6 ft with a working footprint of 8X8 ft.

Interested schools can send a letter explaining how they would use the machine and how it would help their school recycling program. Please submit to



Other School Grant Opportunities



Planning End-Of-Year School Events?  There’s Help!


From our Friends at EPA Region 1

SMART (Sustainable Materials and Reduced Trash) Event Guide

Wellesley Green Schools group created the SMART (Sustainable Materials and Reduced Trash) event guide, which offers simple ways to cut costs and reduce waste during school events.

You can upload the PDF HERE or go to:


From our Friends at the Colorado EPA


Check out the Colorado Reader, an 8-page student activity newspaper, and the complementary Educator’s Guide (and answer key) on Food Waste.












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


Do You Know Your Leaves?

As we all venture outside with the nice weather, let’s be prepared with this handy infographic on leaf identification.


For a downloadable Leaf Identification Guide, go to:

For those who love recycling natural materials, and a challenge . . .


From our Friends at


Learn How to Weave a Pine Needle Basket

By Judy Mofield Mallow

August/September 1997

Learn how to weave a pine needle basket, includes how to prepare needles, adding thread when weaving, forming the basket side walls and basket stitching

Patience and pine needles are the main ingredients for this natural and versatile basket. Add handles and slices of black walnut for the center, and you have a basket made from Mother Earth’s bounty that will last for generations to come.

For the entire article, CLICK HERE!





05/20-21/19 – NRRA’s 38th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo

05/21/19 – School Recycling CLUB’s 10th Annual School Recycling Conference (the Conference within the Conference); Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful.

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

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



 See You All at the Conference!!!



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