The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – October, 2018

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss Pumpkin Season!


Preparing for America Recycles Day on Nov. 15?

Check out In The News section for a toolkit!



  • CLUB News – Welcome New Member – Profile School; Keene Girl Scouts Collect Star Data; Mast Way Elementary Earns Blue Ribbon; Update from Somersworth Farm to School
  • NRRA Member News & Services – Goffstown DPW shares pictures; Can Cages & Recyclemobiles Still Available
  • 2019 Conference News –  Mark Your Calendars; Early Bird Discount Until 12/31/18 for Teachers & Student Groups
  • NRRA Grant News –  YIMBY! Grant Focuses on Composting; Town & Gown Webinars Ready to View; Keene School District Outreach Work
  • NRRA SWIP News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work Ramping Up for Fall & Winter
  • In The News – ARD Toolkit Available; Recycling Rules Again – At Royal Wedding; NH Audubon Enchanted Forest; Plastic Roads, Take Us Home!
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers –  Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest; Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – PIAEE & PEYA Winners Announced; The Scoop on Compostable Trays; Food Waste Posters
  • Activity – Autumn Air Fresheners; NWF Fall Bucket List

Click HERE to view PDF




Welcome New Member!


Profile School


  • Where:  Bethlehem, NH
  • Mascot:  Patriots
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Students:  275




Keene Girl Scouts Collect Star Data


As part of our outreach work for the Keene School District, we held a training at Symonds Elementary in September to instruct staff from each school on how to collect the field data for a Star Assessment. Representatives from Symonds Elementary, Keene Middle School, John H. Fuller Elementary and Wheelock School were in attendance.

We were delighted when the Girl Scouts from John H. Fuller Elementary asked to join our training.  Here are some pictures shared by their Scout Leader, Thais Frost, who is also the Executive Secretary at their school:

Thanks for sharing, Thais!


Fair Haven, VT Hosts USDA Funded Household Toxics Training

NRRA Grants Manager Cindy Sterling and NRRA School Program Special Project Manager Sarah McGraw traveled to Fair Haven, Vermont on September 19, 2018 to present the Healthy Home, Clean Water workshop as part of 2018 USDA Town and Gown grant outreach.

It was a beautiful fall afternoon as Cindy and Sarah set up their presentation at the Fair Haven Town Green. Students, community members, a police officer, and a member of the board of selectmen were present throughout the presentation and demonstration of household hazardous waste and personal care products. This workshop demonstrates why certain household chemicals and personal care products are hazardous to humans and the environment, as well as offer local solutions for proper disposal and use of alternative products.  There were great questions and conversations throughout the event. As the presentation was set up in a public park, many passersby stopped to see what was going on. It was a great way to reach people who might not normally see this presentation.

The Healthy Home, Clean Waters presentation is available to interested communities and for school classrooms. Please email ( or call if interested in this or any other educational programming offered by NRRA.

Special thanks to Solid Waste Alliance Communities (SWAC) Administrator Pamela Lavoie Clapp for helping to arrange this presentation. Additional thanks to SWAC Board Member Bonnie Rosati for her on-site logistics and set up assistance.  Generous funding from USDA Rural Development made this event possible.

Cindy & Sarah on the Fair Haven Town Green.

A variety of toxic cleaners and non-toxic alternatives on display at Fair Haven Town Green.












Mast Way Elementary Earns Blue Ribbon

From our Friends at WMUR Channel 9

We were very proud to see Mast Way Elementary of Lee, NH, named as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Mast Way has been a CLUB member since 2010.

For the whole story, go to:


Congratulation Mast Way!





Update from Somersworth Farm to School


Fearless Composters in Somersworth, and Somersworth Goes to Motown

By Wendy Berkeley

Maple Wood Elementary started with a lot of changes this year.  For half of the kids it was their first steps in a new school, with the reorganization of Maple Wood as Grade 3-5 only, and Idlehurst as the Pre K-2 school.  But for ALL the kids, it was the beginning of a new year of full fledged composting with Mr. Fox.  No better example than a school principal, diving in to retrieve rogue trash from the compost bin. Mr. McNelly is truly fearless on this front!



September also marked the USDA Farm to School grantee conference in Detroit.

Farm to School Coordinator Wendy Berkeley and School Board member Maggie Larson spent two full days in the Motor City, gleaning knowledge on how best to use the $42,000 Farm to School that the district was awarded in June.  What a great way to start a new school year.


Thanks for sharing, Wendy!




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

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





NRRA Member News & Services


Goffstown DPW Shares Recycling Signage



Has anyone seen the new Neighborhood Recycle Message Boards around town? Hoping these are helpful reminders on what is and is not allowed in your BLUE BINS. Your cooperation will help to reduce Goffstown’s single stream contamination thereby keeping costs down. For more info please visit and simply type in “Curbside Program” in the search bar or contact us with any questions.

For more about Goffstown DPW, check out the Goffstown DPW Facebook page!


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.



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


NRRA is proud to make our RecycleMobiles available for your school and community events!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA and New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc., the RecycleMobiles are available for loan to NH schools, municipalities and community groups for FREE!

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.




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:






We Have Our Dates!


Our 10th Annual School Recycling Conference & Expo is set for May 21, 2019 – the second day of our 2-day NRRA Conference & Expo!






We Have Discounts!

Early Bird Discount of 10% if your school confirms before 12/31/18.




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!




Put on your thinking caps! NH the Beautiful also added a new

$500 School Recycling Innovation Grant in 2018. Start planning your essays now and maybe

your school will receive a check at the next Conference!



To pre-register for the 2019 Conference, contact Gwen Erley TODAY at  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR email

Want to know what you missed this year? For all the 2018 Award Winners, Presentations, Press Releases and Photos, check out our 2018 Conference page!





YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard!


NRRA is proud to announce that we have received a new grant from USDA!

YIMBY! – Yes In My Backyard! – will focus on composting and batteries.




For all the details, see our Press Release!



Town & Gown Webinar Links Now Available!


NRRA is putting the final touches on this year’s USDA Rural Development grant,  Town & Gown – Taking Down the Wall. This grant has assisted in building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  Outreach training 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. Please refer to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.)

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 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.

In preparation for this programming, a Star Assessment Training was held on Sept. 14 for representatives from each of the Keene schools. Each representative (along with several Girl Scouts-see pictures under CLUB NEWS) learned how to collect the field data needed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of their school’s current recycling program. The representatives will collect their data in October and send it to NRRA for analysis and a final report.

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. Educator Charen Fegard met with two schools in November of 2017 and March of 2018.

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 – NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB has completed our school outreach efforts for the 2017-2018 School year on behalf of the Rutland County Solid Waste Alliance Communities (RCSWAC). We met with two more Rutland County schools in April. Our goal is to assist with Act 148, Universal Recycling compliance.

Fair Haven enjoyed a presentation on Healthy Home/Clean Waters through our USDA Town & Gown Grant.  See CLUB NEWS above for details.

Outreach will resume next spring 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




Get Your America Recycles Day Toolkit Here!


Planning your America Recycles Day Event?

Click HERE to get your toolkit!

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around November 15 (America Recycles Day) event organizers like you, educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events. Keep America Beautiful created these guides, tools, templates and tips to make it easy to organize your local event.

Included in these turnkey materials are customizable templates including posters, media materials, proclamations and activities you can use to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action in your community.

To order America Recycles Day banners, pencils and other giveaways visit




Recycling Rules Again!


From our Friends at Waste 360

Princess Eugenie Plans Plastic-free Wedding

Princess Eugenie is an ambassador for Project O, which works to protect and restore the ocean.

Waste360 Staff | Aug 06, 2018

Princess Eugenie is passionate about the issue of excess plastic. Not only is her home plastic-free, but she announced that her upcoming wedding will be free of plastic as well.

As an ambassador for Project O, an organization that works to protect and restore the ocean, Eugenie has been vocal about the importance of limiting the amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives.

Town and Country has more:


Speaking of Parties  . . .


From our Friends at

Is the Party Over for Balloons?

Impact on Environment Raises Possibility of a Ban

Latex balloons, typically synonymous with festive occasions such as birthday parties and graduations, have landed in the cross hairs of the environmental movement because of their potential to harm wildlife. Balloons …

Learn More>

From our Friends at NH Audubon

Reserve Your Spot for the Enchanted Forest!

Sign up now for Oct. 19 & 20

Follow the enchanted trail into the nighttime forest. Encounter larger than life creatures, plants and characters as they show you the many mysterious side of nature. Gather around a campfire for engaging stories. Play games and enjoy tasty treats inside McLane Center. Trail tours last an hour and sign-ups have already begun. Choose your tour time now because they go fast!

[Full details and reservations…]


Speaking of Audubon . . .


From our Friends at National Audubon Society

Red-tailed Hawk and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Photo: Dan Ion/Audubon Photography Awards

Dynamic Dozen: Bird Behaviors You Have to See to Believe

Behind every winning entry in the Audubon Photography Awards are patience, timing, and a nature-lover’s eye for what makes birds so captivating. And in these special selections, those skills truly pay off, giving us a rare and thrilling look at some fascinating bird behaviors.

Experience these illuminating images for yourself, and learn just what these amazing birds are doing and why.

Click Here to View the Photos


From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation


Leave the Leaves for Wildlife


Fall has arrived—which means leaves are changing color and beginning to fall to the ground. Did you know that leaving the leaves in your yard or garden not only saves you time and energy but also benefits wildlife?

Here are a few good reasons to put down the rake:

  • Provide habitat for wildlife: frogs, turtles and salamanders rely on fallen leaves to provide cover and hibernation places; many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring
  • Provide food for wildlife: creatures like earthworms and millipedes reside in and decompose leaf litter, and also are themselves a source of food for bigger wildlife like birds and toads
  • Increase fertility of your soil: as the leaves decompose, nutrients are added to your soil, and also allows for greater water retention

When you certify your yard, you’ll join over 222,000 gardeners across America who provide safe places for wildlife like birds to thrive. Creating a wildlife habitat garden not only helps wildlife, it gives you a beautiful place to experience nature every day.

To learn more, go to:




From our Friends at


Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Compete in Garbage Olympics


For the second annual Garbage Olympics, neighborhoods across Pittsburgh will compete to see which can pick up the most trash from city streets.

Waste360 Staff | Sep 20, 2018

On September 22, Pittsburgh neighborhoods will compete in the city’s second annual Garbage Olympics to see which neighbors can pick up the most trash from city streets.

The Garbage Olympics began in 2017 as a pilot competition judged by the Clean Pittsburgh Commission among five East-end neighborhoods including East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Garfield, Bloomfield and the Strip District. The East Liberty Trash Warriors won the competition by a very slim margin of 50 pounds over their rival Lawrenceville. The five neighborhoods picked up 1,500 pounds of trash in just two hours.

This year, neighborhoods will be competing from all over the city. Many neighborhoods already have groups, such as Pretty Up Beechview, the Bloomfield Garbage Gladiators and the Troy Hill Trashletes.

For the entire article, CLICK HERE!

Plastic Roads, Take Me Home …



From our Friends at

Plastic Roads Could Help Shrink the Ever Increasing Plastic Problem


May 1, 2018

A Dutch company, Volker Wessels, has come up with a design for roads made entirely from recycled plastic. These plastic roads have a long lifespan, are virtually maintenance free and are quick and easy to assemble and construct. They are the ideal sustainable alternative to conventional road structures.

The roads are made from recycled plastic which is made into prefabricated road parts that can be installed in one piece. The prefabrication and lightweight design make the construction of the roads much simpler and quicker.

The roads are stronger, more durable and unaffected by corrosion and weather. The design features a hollow space that can be used for cables, pipes and rainwater.

To read the full story, CLICK HERE!


More About Plastic Roads . . .


Also from our Friends at 

Road Makers Turn to Recycled Plastic for Tougher Surfaces

September 16, 2018

Recycled plastic is already used to make some products, such as guttering and sewage pipes. Now, attention is turning to roads. On September 11th in Zwolle, a town in the Netherlands, a 30-meter bicycle track made from 70 percent recycled plastic and the rest from polypropylene was opened. It will be used to test a product called PlasticRoad, which is being developed by two Dutch firms—KWS, a road builder, and Wavin, a firm that makes plastic piping—in partnership with Total, a French oil-and-gas firm.

PlasticRoad is prefabricated in a factory as modular sections. The sections are then transported to the site and laid end to end on a suitable foundation, such as sand. Because these sections are hollow, internal channels can be incorporated into them for drainage, along with conduits for services such as gas and electricity. For the Zwolle project, sections that were 2.4 metres long and 3 metres wide were used. These were fitted with sensors to measure things such as temperature, flexing and the flow of water through the drainage channels. A second pilot cycleway is being built in the nearby town of Giethoorn.

Read the full story at





Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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




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


From our Friends at Youth Service America


Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Deadline: Oct. 30


Designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), this nationwide contest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM skills can help improve their local community.

Read more


Also from our Friends at Youth Service America


Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards

Deadline: Nov. 6


Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, monetary awards and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!

Read more



From our Friends at

2018 Wreath Fundraiser

September 4 – November 7


The Massabesic Center hosts a fundraising project each holiday season to benefit the educational programs offered by NH Audubon at the Massabesic Center. Fresh balsam wreaths are decorated with all natural materials. “They make a beautiful addition to any outdoor space” says Jean Sweeney, Wreath Coordinator.   Jean, a retired school principal, has been organizing this event for the last eleven years and under Jean’s direction, nothing goes out the door unless it is 100% perfect. Approximately sixty volunteers participate in this wreath decorating project starting in July with the collection of a variety of cones, wild flowers and berries to decorate the wreaths. The volunteers put a lot of thought and creativity into each wreath.  You can even select your own bow color and know that each was measured to perfection!

Mail in your order form, or call (603) 668-2045 – Orders due by Nov. 7th!

2018 Wreath Order Form



From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire


Schools Nationwide Participate in PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally Program

September 4 to April 26

By Cristina Commendatore

As the 2018-19 school year kicks off for students and teachers across the country, every school that participates in PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally program has different goals when it comes to recycling. Some schools are focused on making Recycle Rally an educational and developmental experience for the students. Others integrate the program into a broader environmental sustainability program at the school. And many schools just want to increase recycling because they are disappointed every time they see recyclables being unnecessarily added to landfills.


Here is the link to all the rules from our friends at PepsiCo Recycling Support:



Recycle-Bowl Has Started!

You may remember that Milford Middle School captured the NH state title for 2017 and the Captain Samuel Brown School took the MA State title. We didn’t see a state winner from VT, ME, CT or RI.  Let’s see if we can do better this year!

The competition opens 10/15/18 and ends 11/15/18 so don’t delay!

For all the details, go to:







From our Friends at National Ocean Service, NOAA

NOAA Annual Art Contest for Grades K-8

Runs Oct. 15 to Nov. 30


The NOAA Marine Debris Program’s annual art contest is almost here!


This year’s contest will be open to K-8 students from October 15th through November 30th.


Winners will be featured in our 2020 calendar. Keep your eye on our website for more information as it gets closer.


From our Friends at International Compost Awareness Week


ICAW 17th Annual Poster Contest 

Deadline: Nov. 5

Based on this year’s theme, Cool the Climate – Compost!, start getting your creative juices flowing and plan to enter the 2019 ICAW Poster Contest. Your poster design will be displayed in thousands of places across the country…and you’ll win a $500 prize too.

For more details on the ICAW Poster Contest and how to enter Click Here or go to:




Foot Locker Scholar Athletes


Apply for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship for college! 20 winners will be selected nationally!

Are you a high school senior who’s a leader on your sports team, in your classroom, and in your community? Could you use $20,000 for school?

Then apply to be a Foot Locker Scholar Athlete or nominate an awesome student-athlete in your school or community.

We’re looking for 20 amazing scholar-athletes, and you could be one of them. To qualify for a $20,000 scholarship, apply by December 14!

To apply, go to:


From our Friends at


Youth Garden Grant

The 2019 Youth Garden Grant is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one. If your program serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18, we encourage you to apply.

A total of 25 programs will be awarded, with the top 5 programs receiving award packages worth $2100 in cash and gardening gear, and 20 programs receiving packages worth $500! Applications are due December 17, 2018.

For all the details, go to:



From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation



Young Reporters for the Environment

Next month we will kick-off the 2018-2019 Young Reporters for the Environment Competition. Look to October’s newsletter and next month’s email for details. Until then, make note of the following dates:

  • February 22, 2019 – Entries due
  • April 10, 2019 – National winners announced. 1st place winners progress to international level.
  • June 5, 2019 International winners announced (World Environment Day)

To read the September Eco-Schools Newsletter, CLICK HERE!


Other School Grant Opportunities




EPA Honors Award Winning Environmental Education Teachers and Students


Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler addressing attendees at a poster session for award winners.

Congratulations to the newest winners of the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) and the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA).

EPA honored these award-winning educators and students, as well as honorable mention recipients, at a series of events in Washington, D.C. last week. From across the country, ten educators and 49 students were recognized for their efforts. Through these programs, EPA recognizes the remarkable work of educators and students in the field of environmental education and stewardship.

The PIAEE program recognizes innovative educators who bring environmental education into their classrooms through hands-on, experiential approaches. The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth, promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources, and encourages positive community involvement.


Detailed information on PIAEE and PEYA winners is available at: and



The Scoop on Compostable Trays


A Cautionary Tale from our Friends at NH DES


In their latest newsletter, NH DES was able to assist the Bedford, NH School District with their search for compostable cafeteria trays. See page 7 of their newsletter.


To view the newsletter, go to:



From our Friends at EPA WasteWise & Food Recovery Challenge


Food Waste Posters Now Available

The USDA project* has been working with rural K-12 schools across Iowa conducting waste audits, training kitchen staff, and providing strategies to help prevent and reduce food waste.  Each district has received posters that have been designed to promote student interest in reducing food waste.  Food waste posters for Elementary, Middle and High School are now available to everyone!

Order or download posters for your school or organization:




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



Autumn Car Fresheners You Can Make at Home


From our Friends at

This image courtesy of

Essential Oil DIY Air Freshener


By: Kari from

Inevitably there comes a time when our cars smell rather unpleasant. Save your nose from further distress with this Essential Oil DIY Air Freshener. Sometimes no matter how long we roll down the windows, scrub the car seats, or sit in denial, our cars stink. This homemade air freshener is a quick DIY that will make driving a much more enjoyable experience. Using your favorite essential oils will ensure that you will love the smell of your finished craft. Pop one in your car and wrap up the rest to gift other drivers with suffering noses.

Click Here for DIY Craft

  • Estimated Cost: Under $10
  • Time to Complete: In an evening
  • Primary Technique: DIY Craft
  • Season: Fall
  • Project Type: Make a Project




Back by Popular Demand . . .


For the printable PDF, Click HERE!





11/02/18 – Y.E.S. Summit –  The Vermont Youth Environmental Summit for grades 7-12 held at the Barre Civic Center. To learn more and register, contact:

11/02/18 – Students for Zero Waste – 5th Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, November 2 & 3, 2018.  For more info: 

11/15/18 – America Recycles Day – An initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), America Recycles Day is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. For ideas, contact

03/18/19 – Global Recycling Day – The second annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:

03/22/19 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit

04/22/19 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/26/19 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/08/19 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

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. 10% discount if your school confirms by 12/31/18!

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

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



Don’t Dump Your Pumpkins!

Recycle them into your compost pile or feed them to the farm animals!





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