The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – October, 2019



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Welcome Renewing CLUB Members

Woodsville Elementary School                                                                                           

  • Woodsville, NH
  • 222 Students
  • K-3


Winnisquam Regional Middle School

  • Tilton, NH
  • 350 Students
  • 6-8



White Mountains Regional High School

  • Whitefield, NH
  • 350 Students
  • 9-12

School Recycling CLUB To Be Recognized with Another Gold Circle Award

We are very pleased to announce that the NH Partners in Education is honoring The School Recycling CLUB with a Gold Circle School Partnership Award. This is the second time (2018 & 2019) our Garbage Guerrillas Workshops at Hampstead Central School have been recognized. Many thanks to them for our nomination!

An Awards Breakfast will be held on November 1.  Details will follow the event in a formal Press Release.  Great work everyone!

And, Speaking of Awards . . .

Here’s another picture of our retired Executive Director, Mike Durfor, receiving his EPA Lifetime Achievement Award:

BIG NEWS! We have decided to extend the School Recycling Conference to 2 days!

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

Is your school science class, recycling group or environmental club looking for a fun, educational and environmentally-friendly field trip for next year?? Now you have a choice of one or both days.  We will be offering workshops and activities for the entire length of the Conference!

Pre-register before 12/31/19 for our 11th Annual School Recycling Conference in Manchester, NH  and you’ll receive a 10% discount on your total Conference registration fee!

All NH Schools are eligible for free membership in The Club which entitles them a 50% discount on Conference and programming fees thanks to funding from NH the Beautiful.  You must be a current CLUB member to receive this discount.  To sign up or renew your CLUB membership, go to our online Membership Application.

If you pre-register for the Conference, you will also receive the additional 10% discount!

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

Our Conference offers fun, educational workshops geared to both teachers and students that address the most current trends and issues in school recycling today; an exhibit hall with fun activities for the kids and vendors who can offer educational insight into the importance of recycling and what happens when you recycle; topped off by a special awards luncheon to recognize outstanding student, school and teacher recyclers.

Start thinking now about potential award winners from your school or about writing a great essay for the NH the Beautiful Recycling Innovation Grant of $500!  It’s never too early!

Somersworth Farm to School Report

From our Friend and Contributing Writer, Wendy Berkeley, the Somersworth Farm to School Coordinator

Composting with Mr. Fox is still going strong at Somersworth Middle School, and in September SMS repeated their Trash on the Lawn Day (TOLD) event, hosted by Northeast Resource Recovery Association. TOLD is a thought-provoking hands-on learning project for students and staff that assesses a school’s waste management policies and opportunities for improvement, while fostering student leadership.  Under the NRRA’s guidance, staff and student leaders organize a waste sort of an entire day’s worth of trash. All the trash is sorted into categories, weighed and recorded by the students to produce a report showing how much could have been diverted from the waste stream. Sustainability is more than just a trendy buzz-word, and Somersworth schools are leading the charge toward our community’s goal of greater sustainability.  To quote a favorite Dr. Seuss book– “Kid[s]– you’ll move mountains!”

(CLUB Note – Watch for the Press Releases next month for both Somersworth Middle School and Maple Wood Elementary!)

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 Board Member Goes Above & Within to Fight Contamination!

NRRA Board Member Mark Richardson has been busy!  He assisted with two Trash On the Lawn Days in Somersworth last month.  We were grateful for his help with these school events and wanted to share how dedicated he is to reducing contamination in the recycling stream.  We actually caught him inside the recycling bin tossing out some items that someone had tried to sneak into the school dumpster.

Way to go, Mark!


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 Fall? Reserve a Can Cage or Recyclemobile!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NRRA, NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., the Can Cages (2) are available for loan to member schools for FREE!

For more information CLICK HERE or contact Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley at


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

Please contact the NRRA by telephone at (603) 736-4401 or by e-mail at for more information and scheduling details. To reserve the RecycleMobile for your community’s event, download, complete and send in the RecycleMobile Reservation Form.


Thanks to NH the Beautiful, schools may purchase discounted recycling bins and ClearStreams.

For discounted school recycling bins, go to:

For discounted school ClearStreams™ Recyclers, go to:



Need Professional Development Credits?

Access Our Town & Gown Webinar Links!

We are pleased to present the  completed webinars for professional development credit to Operators and Teachers where applicable.

(Please note that you must register and complete each webinar evaluation to receive credit.  All webinars are proprietary and cannot be duplicated or disseminated without express written permission from NRRA.)

To access our webinars, go to our RESOURCES Page!


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.

For grant reporting purposes, we are asking that schools contact NRRA individually and sign a Terms of Use stating they will not share their password. We want to track interest areas and demographics. Once we receive your signed Terms of Use, we will send you the password and link for School HazMat 101. Please send your signed Terms of Use to



Keene School District Recycling Program

The Keene School District has contracted NRRA’s School Recycling CLUB to provide analysis, programming and equipment to facilitate effective and cost-saving recycling throughout the District.

Phase One was completed with Star Assessments being done at each school.  Surveys were sent to staff at all seven schools to gauge their current recycling efforts.  Programming and recycling equipment will be provided this coming school year.

A Trash On the Lawn Day (TOLD) event will be held at John Fuller Elementary (Date TBD). This fun and educational all-day event allows the students hone their recycling skills by auditing a day’s worth of trash to see what could have been diverted from the landfill and recycled instead.

For more information, please contact Gwen Erley, Programs Coordinator at

School CLUB Curricula

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: Garbage Guerrillas, Back to the Earth, Healthy Home/Clean Waters and Waste=Global Climate Change.

  • For the Pricing Guide, click HERE.
  • For the Terms of Use, click HERE.
  • For the Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.

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



White River Alliance Solid Waste District School Outreach Continues for 2019-2020 School Year

Workshops and Technical Assistance Available

Vermont – We have completed our first and started our second round of outreach to schools in the White River Alliance Solid Waste District in Eastern/Central, VT. We will be working with two schools in the 2019-2020 school year.

School outreach consists of four 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 is no cost to the schools thanks to RCSWAC grant funding.

RCSWAC Member towns include:  Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven.

For more information, please contact The CLUB at



From our Friends at NH Audubon

Enchanted Forest Walk Oct. 18 & 19

What Did the Bear Say to the Blue Jay?

Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19

Find out at the Enchanted Forest! Follow the enchanted trail into the nighttime forest (early tours are during the daylight; later tours are on dark trails in the woods, illuminated by real jack-o-lanterns). Encounter larger than life creatures, plants and characters as they perform skits about mysterious activities in nature.  Gather around a campfire for engaging stories.  This is a family-friendly event for ages 4-adult and is not intended to be scary.  Scout and youth groups are also invited.

The trail tour lasts about an hour, but plan to allow at least 30 minutes before or after to enjoy the indoor activities:

  • live animals: Friday meet our raptors, Saturday meet turtles and snakes
  • face painting and games
  • make your own bird feeders, masks, and other crafts
  • raffle with lots of prizes to choose from (restaurant gift cards, holiday wreath, laser tag, and more)
  • cookies and treats

Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow for check-in and orientation. The event is rain or shine – skit sites are covered and indoor options are available for severe weather.

This popular event sells out, sign up early for your preferred time slot.

Preregistration for a specific day and time slot is required. Click below or call 224-9909 ext. 333 for questions.  To register, go to:

Cost: $7/Member; $10/NM

Group rates available for scout and youth groups: $140/time slot, 15 people minimum, call for details.

From our Friends at CT DEEP

School Recycling Workshop

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

at Central CT State University

Helping Schools Understand the Magnitude of Recycling & How They Can Improve

A FREE workshop in collaboration with CT Green LEAF Schools & Zero Waste Schools Coalition

  • What are CT Recycling Requirements?
  • How can your school think outside the recycle bin & go beyond the mandatory
  • Feel inspired by successful school initiatives that work!
  • What does Zero Waste really mean?
  • Learn about fundraising ideas
  • Find out what financial & other resources are already available for your school

Join us for a FREE day of learning & networking.  Breakfast & Lunch are included. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

From our Friends at the 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

Learn more and certify your garden today!

From our Friends at and The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership Offers Free Online DIY Signs Tool to Educate about What’s Recyclable

The Recycling Partnership announced the public beta launch of DIYSigns, the debut of a free online resource that anyone can use to help people know what to throw into the recycling.

Whether at home, at the office, at school, at a sports stadium, or anywhere … to learn more, go to:

Recycling & Environmental Game Links

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


Is your school a recycling star? 

For a complete review of your school’s recycling program, please consider The CLUB’s Star of Sustainability Assessment. For an overview, you can view our recorded webinar (developed through our USDA Town & Gown Grant) located on our Resources page. Just scroll down to Webinar 12.

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



From our Friends at RecycleCT

RecycleCT School Grant

Open to all K-12 schools, with preference for schools registered with the CT Greenleaf Schools program. Maximum gift is $1,500.

School Grant Application & Frequently Asked Questions

We accept proposals by email only. Please email your proposal and any attachments to: Your subject line should state: School Grant Application

The grant application deadline is November 20, 2019 5:00pm EST.

From our Friends at

Youth Garden Grant Due Dec. 16

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of the 2020 Youth Garden Grant! Since 1982, this grant has supported youth garden projects that enhance the quality of life for kids and their communities.

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 that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply.

Twenty-five programs will be awarded. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. Learn more about the prize packages and applying for the Youth Garden Grant.

The Youth Garden Grant is sponsored by KidsGardening’s generous donor base and our Blossom and Seed Money sponsors.

Applications for the Youth Garden Grant are due December 16, 2019. Winners will be announced January 31, 2020.

To learn more, go to:

From our Friends at

Get up to $5,000 for your school’s recycling or compost projects!

ecomaine is granting up to $25,000 to schools for landfill diversion projects

Has your school set out to raise recycling awareness? Do you want to implement a more robust recycling program or add composting to your waste collection?

ecomaine has a great opportunity for you! Maine’s pioneer of single-sort recycling and provider of waste-to-energy solutions is pleased to announce that educational institutions in any of its 70+ member communities can apply for Recycling Grants through October 25.

For more information, go to:

From our Friends at

2020 Budding Botanist Grant

KidsGardening and Klorane Botonical Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Budding Botanist Grant!

Budding Botanist is open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity.

Twelve schools will be awarded a $250 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2,000 (three schools) or $1,000 (nine schools) to install or expand a school garden.

Applications for Budding Botanist are due November 8, 2019. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact KidsGardening education specialist Sarah Pounders.

From our Friends at the International Compost Awareness Council

International Compost Awareness Week is

May 3 – 9, 2020

Poster Contest Runs Sept. 1st to Nov. 1st

Call for Entries: The Composting Council Research & Education

2019 Poster Winner

Foundation invites YOU to get involved in ICAW 2020. We’re looking for anyone interested in participating in our 18th Annual Poster Contest. The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 3 – 9, 2020 in the United States.

POSTER THEME: Soil Loves Compost

The contest runs from September 1 until November 1, 2019 and is open to anyone, ages 10 and up from anywhere in the world, who wishes to share their artistic creativity to promote this year’s theme. The winning poster will serve as the promotional piece for ICAW, plus the winner receives a $500 prize too.

We invite students, youth groups, commercial composters, green industry businesses, gardeners, environmentalists, designers Everyone to join in the fun! To learn more about the contest and how to enter go to:


From our Friends at TerraCycle

Tom’s of Maine/TerraCycle Contest

Brush Up and Recycle for Back-to-School

Recycle to Win Cash for Your School Aug 1 to Oct 31

It’s time to brush up on recycling – the 2019 Tom’s of Maine Collection Contest is underway!

Between August 1 and October 31, ship in the Tom’s of Maine Recycling Program for the chance to be one of five (5) schools randomly selected to win 10,000 (equivalent to $100) TerraCycle bonus points redeemable for a cash donation to your school or charity of choice.

The school that collects and ships the most during the contest period will be awarded a grand prize of 50,000 (equivalent to $500) TerraCycle bonus points.

Tell your family, friends, and community to get involved by collecting Tom’s of Maine natural care products and packaging for recycling through the contest!

For more information, go to:

From our Friends at Youth Service America

Coca-Cola Scholars Program – Deadline: October 31

150 high school seniors are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

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



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

Sunflower Pumpkin Patch Coloring Page

Sunflower coloring pages like this one are the perfect way to welcome fall.

By: Carol Foldvary-Anderson from

This image courtesy of

Love pumpkins and sunflowers? This free Sunflower Pumpkin Patch Coloring Page is the perfect PDF to welcome fall. Make a gorgeous new piece of wall art, or simply unwind while coloring this pretty page. Pumpkin patches are perfectly autumn images to color in, and sunflowers are some of the loveliest flowers. The straight lines of the fence in the background nicely offset the organic elements of the sunflowers and pumpkins. Fall butterflies and birds bring this page to life even more, and stalks of wheat add a gorgeous finishing touch.

Get the sunflower coloring page PDF

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

From our Friends at

Autumn DIY Puzzle Piece Place Card

By: Kim from

From the blogger: “Think that puzzle pieces are only for primary colored kids’ crafts? Well, think again. With a little bit of orange paint and a piece of card stock or colored paper, you can create an elegant, hand lettered addition for your fall or Thanksgiving dinner table. Wow your guests with this personalized name card made from old puzzle pieces. They are readily available at the dollar stores, thrift stores or under your couch. Just teasing…but it’s a super easy craft guaranteed to make you look like an entertaining superstar!”

Click Here for DIY Project

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



11/01/19 – Y.E.S. Summit –  The Vermont Youth Environmental Summit for grades 6-12 held at the Barre Civic Center. To learn more and register, contact:

11/15/19 – 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

03/18/20 – Global Recycling Day – The third annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling!  For more information, visit:

03/22/20 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit

04/22/20 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit

04/24/20 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit

05/06/20 – Bike to School Day – To register your school event:

05/18 & 19/19 – NRRA’s 39th Annual Recycling Conference & Expo & School CLUB’s 11th Annual School Recycling Conference (Running concurrently for 2 days each!) Registration assistance available for NH schools through NH the Beautiful. 10% discount if your school confirms by 12/31/19!

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

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



Don’t Forget to Recycle Your Pumpkins!




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