The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – September, 2018



  • CLUB News – Teachers-Get a 10% Discount-Order by Oct. 1;  SAMM’s Been Busy
  • NRRA Member News & Services – Art from our Transfer Stations; Can Cages & Recyclemobiles
  • 2019 Conference News –  We Have Our Dates!; Early Bird Discount for 2019 – 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 – Boyan Slat Sets Sail; Planet or Plastic?; How 4 Boys Spent Their Summer Vacation; Composting for Forest Fires; 2018 Eco-Hero Awards
  • Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers   PepsiCo Recycle Rally Begins; Recycle-Bowl Deadline Approaching; Target Field Trip, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and GreenWorks Grants
  • Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – EPA Back-to-School Resources
  • Activity – How to Make a Book Page Apple & an Apple Page Book!

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10% Discounts on Fall Programming Until October 1!

Once again, The School Recycling CLUB will offer a 10% discount on school programming if it is ordered by October 1.

Click on any of the programs below for more information. Grants are available to all NH schools thanks to New Hampshire the Beautiful!

Contact Gwen Erley or Sarah McGraw TODAY to schedule any of the above items.  603-736-4401 ext. 19 OR



More News (and Pictures) From Our Friends at Somersworth Farm to School


Seacoast Area Mobile Market – Have Food, Will Travel


Another local food option has arrived in Somersworth. In addition to the Monday, 3-6pm Farmers Market at Goodwin Community Health through September, the Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM) Van made its first stops in Somersworth on July 13 and August 17.  Filled with locally farmed produce, meats, maple syrup, honey and more, SAMM travels the seacoast area, supporting our neighboring farms by selling their harvests in our local communities.

Last stop this season is Sept. 14 from 5-6:30, on Bartlett Ave., in between Somersworth Housing Authority and Somersworth Early Learning Center. These pilot visits to Somersworth had wonderful turnout, and produce from the SYC Plant for Growth gardens are helping to stock the van!   Add September  14th to your calendar, pay a visit to SAMM for fresh, delicious, local food, and we hope to see SAMM next season on a weekly basis!












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


Art from our NRRA Member Transfer Stations

The Member Services staff have been hard at work making the rounds and visiting our NRRA members.  Bonnie Bethune was happy to share their creativity and even a short video!


Springfield, VT

Hancock, NH








Here’s the video:  Hancock NH Site Visit 8-07-18 (34) Video




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!



The Triple Crown of Town & Gown

Three webinars on Green Cleaning & Indoor Air Quality


It’s been a busy summer and NRRA was proud to present three, 1.5-hour recorded webinars hosted by NRRA Staff.

Learn how to keep your family, students, employees and community safe from toxic chemicals, promote safer personal care products, and how to safely dispose of hazardous household materials. Sign up by clicking on the link(s) below to view the recorded webinars.

Professional Development Certificates are available! After you view the webinar, just email to get the survey link. Once your survey is submitted, we will contact you about your certificate.



Healthy Home, Clean Waters

Recorded: Friday, June 8 at 2 pm

Participants investigate household toxins, cleaning chemicals and personal care products. They learn how to identify toxic products, why it matters to human health and the environment, how to safely dispose of toxics and how to make or find safer alternatives in the market place.

Registration Link :




Indoor Air Quality and Green Cleaning

Recorded: Wednesday, June 27 at 2 pm

School building occupants are at risk of exposure to many indoor air quality hazards such as cleaning chemicals, varnishes, maintenance issues, improper storage of art/science/voc tech chemicals. This workshop explores such risks and how green cleaning practices can significantly improve school health.

Registration Link:




Things That Go Boom!

Recorded: Tuesday, July 10 at 1 pm

This workshop analyzes hazardous substances dropped off at transfer stations, how to distinguish/separate types of hazardous waste and how to properly store and dispose of safely according to state and federal laws.

Registration Link :




About the Town & Gown Grant

NRRA’s grant through USDA Rural Development is Town & Gown – Taking the Wall Down. This grant focuses on building alliances between municipal transfer stations (NH), waste management districts (VT) and their associated schools.  We have located several communities in select counties of NH and VT who received free training and facility tours over the last year. We have also been producing webinars to facilitate information sharing between towns and schools.

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

For the full grant details, see our Press Release by clicking HERE.

If you would like more information about grant participation, please 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.  We have sent surveys to staff at all seven schools on their current recycling efforts.  Programming and recycling equipment will be provided this coming school year.

TRAINING NOTICE:  We have set up a Star Assessment Training for Friday, Sept. 14 from 3-5 pm, complete with food and beverages.  Our goal is to train at least one recycling representative from each Keene school.  For details, please see the attached KEENE STAR FLYER.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER! If you are interested, please let your Principal know and send an email to 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.

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




A giant floating trash collector will try to scoop up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


Picture Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

Elizabeth Wise, USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO – On Sept. 8, an ungainly, 2,000-foot-long contraption will steam under the Golden Gate Bridge in what’s either a brilliant quest or a fool’s errand.

Dubbed the Ocean Cleanup Project, this giant sea sieve consists of pipes that float at the surface of the water with netting below, corralling trash in the center of a U-shaped design.

The purpose of this bizarre gizmo is as laudable as it is head-scratching: to collect millions of tons of garbage from what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which can harm and even kill whales, dolphins, seals, fish and turtles that consume it or become entangled in it, according to researchers at Britain’s University of Plymouth.

The project is the expensive, untried brainchild of a 23-year-old Dutch college dropout named Boyan Slat, who was so disgusted by the plastic waste he encountered diving off Greece as a teen that he has devoted his life to cleaning up the mess.

Along with detractors who want to prioritize halting the flow of plastics into the ocean, the Dutch nonprofit gathered support from several foundations and philanthropists, including billionaire Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. In 2017, the Ocean Cleanup Project received $5.9 million in donations and reported reserves from donations in previous years of $17 million.

How it works

The Ocean Cleanup project’s passive system in being built in Alameda, Calif., across the bay from San Francisco. (Photo: Ocean Cleanup)

The Ocean Cleanup Project’s passive system involves a floating series of connected pipes the length of five football fields that float at the surface of the ocean. Each closed pipe is 4 feet in diameter. Below these hang a 9-foot net skirt.

The system moves more slowly than the water, allowing the currents and waves to push trash into its center to collect it. Floating particles are captured by the net while the push of water against the net propels fish and other marine life under and beyond.

The system is fitted with solar-powered lights and anti-collision systems to keep any stray ships from running into it, along with cameras, sensors and satellites that allow it to communicate with its creators.

For the most part the system will operate on its own, though a few engineers will remain on a nearby ship to observe. Periodically a garbage ship will be sent out to scoop up the collected trash and transport it to shore, where it will be recycled.

Read Full Article Here



From our Friends at


National Geographic Takes “Planet or Plastic?”

Back to School

National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Education team up to offer ways to help families go single-use plastic free as they kick off the new school year.

Waste360 Staff | Aug 27, 2018

As the amount of plastic in the ocean continues to grow, National Geographic asks kids and families to join them in tackling the pressing plastic problem as they head back to school.

Launched in May, National Geographic‘s “Planet or Plastic?” campaign—a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans—has already made headlines in asking consumers to make a choice: Choose the planet over single-use plastic. Now, with the launch of “Kids vs. Plastic, a Tackling Plastic! GeoChallenge” and a special September Explorer Classroom program, National Geographic is asking kids to join the effort.

National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Education have teamed up to offer a variety of ways for families to make a dent in the more than 8 million tons of plastic that end up in the ocean each year.

Kids and parents can learn more about the plastic pollution problem and begin making changes with:

  • A kid-friendly pledge to reduce their plastic footprint
  • A back-to-school toolkit
  • The Plastics Quiz Whiz and the Save the Earth Personality Quiz
  • An interactive Recycle Roundup Game
  • A make-your-own-lunch-bags craft (no more plastic bags needed!), with additional Nat Geo craft challenges coming
  • 10 simple tips for families

For details on how to join the GeoChallenge, CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at Waste360


Boys Spend Their Final Weeks of Summer Collecting Trash

Four boys, ranging from ages four through 12, collected 83 gallons of trash while visiting local parks this summer.

Waste360 Staff | Aug 21, 2018

Four young boys in Madison Township, Ohio, spent their final weeks of summer collecting 83 gallons of trash while visiting local parks. Their goal was to top 100 gallons before they started school on August 16.

The three brothers and their cousin began picking up trash with their grandmother (and great aunt). The idea first came from one of the boys, 8-year-old Kayden, last year on Earth Day. But the project truly took form when his grandmother bought the boys their own trash grabbers from Harbor Freight.

The Richland Source has more details.




Using Compost to Repair Wildfire Damage

From our Friends at


U.S. Composting Council Shares State Reports

In the wake of a year of destructive wildfires, CA AB2411 is making its way through the California Assembly with requirements to use compost in post-fire recovery. The bill requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop and implement a plan to …


For more, to go:


Let’s Not Forget Monsoon Damage


From our Friends at


Phoenix, AZ Palm Tree Debris Has a Second Life as Livestock Feed

August 12, 2018

The City of Phoenix has recently partnered with the company, Palm Silage, Inc. out of California to turn the city’s palm waste into edible pellets. After monsoon storms, the damage needs to be cleaned up and hauled away. Palm tree waste has a second life after it is picked up in Phoenix — it is likely the waste will be turned into food for livestock.

In the past, all of this would have been sent to the landfill. “[Palm fronds] are kind of tricky, composters, mulchers don’t really like it. It’s a fibrous kind of difficult, kind of difficult to process material,” said Stacy Hettmansperger, City of Phoenix Public Works operations manager. Once it’s dried out and ground down, it’s actually a good source of nutrients for livestock like goats, cattle and horses.

Palm Silage, Inc. already collects palm waste from landscapers and date plantations, but the City of Phoenix is the first municipality it’s contracted with. In 2016, the company signed a 30-year deal with Phoenix, leasing an unused piece of land within the 27th Avenue transfer station. In April of this year, they accepted their first collection. Already, they’ve piled up 2,400 tons of palm waste.

The City is paying Palm Silage Inc. to take it off their hands, rather than hauling it 50 miles to the landfill. The move could soon save the City $170,000 a year once they’re running at full capacity.

Read the full story at



Action For Nature Announces 2018 Eco-Heroes


Action For Nature is proud to celebrate 15 years of presenting our International Young Eco-Hero Awards and announce the 2018 winners and their wonderful projects:

  • A Canadian teen’s polluted river activism resulted in a $15 million local government appropriation,
  • 60,000 school kids in Oregon are now learning the real reasons behind climate change, and
  • In Los Angeles, 660,000 students can now sample vegan food at lunchtime;
  • Elephants, rhinos, tigers, boas and blue-footed boobies are receiving awareness through art and activism in Sri Lanka, the UAE, South Africa, and Puerto Rico;
  • Butterfly wings are being tagged, and glass eels are being studied to advance environmental science in the USA;
  • Waste is being recycled in Colombia and Peru, and composted in Ukraine;
  • Solar panels are installed at a school in Montana and
  • The public is being educated about plastic pollution in Georgia.


All this because of youth all over the world, ages 8 to 16, caring about our natural world. Read more about all these amazing Eco-Heroes at





From our Friends at


The Only Plastic That Should be Allowed in Rivers


Floating park on the Maas River in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is made entirely of recycled plastic.

Waste360 Staff | Jul 17, 2018

The structure, known as Recycled Park, is made from trash gathered by volunteers over a year-and-a-half timeframe. In addition, the city partnered with the Recycled Island Foundation to set what it called “passive litter traps” in the river and port to capture plastic waste.

The waste was recycled into 28 floating blocks that are bolted together to create islands that can be used as seating for visitors or plant beds for growing greens.

For the entire article, go to:



Taking Music Lessons This Year?


From our Friends at


D’Addario Reaches String-recycling Milestone



The musical instrument company has recycled 2 million strings via its string recycling program.

Waste360 Staff | Jul 11, 2018

Playback, musical instrument company D’Addario’s industry-wide string recycling program that’s powered by TerraCycle, has reached its latest milestone of 2 million strings recycled.

For decades, D’Addario has been a pioneer in sustainability. Using 100-percent, eco-friendly packaging and planting trees in family-owned forests are just a few ways it has made an impact on the planet. In 2016, the company took this commitment to the next level with Playback, which rewards players for recycling any brand of strings. This month, it’s celebrating 2 million strings recycled. And it’s just getting started.

For the whole story, CLICK HERE!


From our Friends at


Wands for Wildlife Puts Discarded

Mascara Wands to Work

The refuge, which receives donations from around the world, uses mascara wands to help care for and groom its rescued animals.

Willona Sloan | Aug 27, 2018

Survey data shows that in 2017, 106 million women in the U.S. used mascara. While most people might not think to recycle after using this beauty product, at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, discarded mascara wands are being put to good use.

The Wands for Wildlife campaign took off after Savannah Trantham, Appalachian Wildlife Refuge co-founder and wildlife rehabilitator, posted on her personal Facebook page asking for discarded mascara wands. Since making the post public, it has been shared 59,000 times, resulting in a steady stream of donations from around the world.

The refuge uses the mascara wands to care for the rescued animals. “The wands have many uses, including removing fly eggs and larva from feathers and fur of wild animals; grooming an area on an animal to remove dust, dirt, sand and sawdust; assisting the wildlife rehabilitator in examining for injuries; and cleaning the syringes used for feeding the animals,” says co-founder Kimberly Brewster. “They work great because the bristles are soft and so close together, and they reduce the risk of potential injury to tiny patients, especially squirmy babies.”

Prior to donation, the refuge asks that the wands be cleaned with soap and warm water to get the residual mascara off, and then dried before mailing. At the refuge, wands are further disinfected before being used on patients.

From individuals who drop their clean wands in the mail to school groups and Girl Scout troops, donors have really jumped on board with the program. “They have come in from every state in the country and from around the world including Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Sweden and more,” says Brewster.

For the whole story and a cute video, CLICK HERE!



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


Are You Ready to Rally?


From our Friends at Waste360 Daily Wire


Schools Nationwide Participate in PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally Program

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.



It’s Recycle-Bowl Season Again!



Recycle-Bowl Registration Deadline Oct. 12


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 Youth Service America


Target Field Trip Grants – Deadline:  October 1

It’s become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide up to $700.

Read more



From our Friends at National Wildlife Federation



Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest

Sept. 10 to Oct. 12


Categories include:

  • People in the Wildlife Garden
  • Close-up Native Plants and their Wildlife Visitors
  • Wildlife Observed Where people live, work, play, learn and worship
  • Wildlife Garden Habitat Features and Landscapes

For all the details, CLICK HERE!



From our Friends at New England Grassroots Fund

Grassroots Grants


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

  • Seed grants – grants up to $1,000 to New England community-based groups with newly evolving local projects – 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

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at National Ocean Service, NOAA

NOAA Annual Art Contest for Grades K-8

Runs Oct. 15 to Nov. 15


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 Lowe’s


Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes

It’s that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and is dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Small Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the

Lowe’s Courtesy Photo

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country.

Imagine what you could do for your school

Let us know your ideas to make your school a better place and we can help you fulfill them.

The Fall 2018 grant cycle will be open for applications August 6, 2018.

There are typically two Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant cycles in a school year. The spring 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on February 9, 2018. The fall 2018 deadline is 11:59pm EST on September 28, 2018. Lowe’s reserves the right to close the application process if 1500 applications are received.

For more information, go to:



From our Friends at International Compost Awareness Week


ICAW 17th Annual Poster Contest 

Starting Sept. 1st to Nov. 15

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:



Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants


Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

The projects provide opportunities for student leadership and partner students with their whole school, local businesses and community organizations, and natural resource professionals. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, restore a natural habitat, and more.

GreenWorks! projects encourage students to use their creativity and imagination and develop other 21st century skills such as collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. They provide students with opportunities to employ STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and introduce students to green careers. By blending community service with the academic curriculum, students are “learning by doing” through these projects.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online, that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.

The annual deadline to apply is September 30.
Funding will be distributed in December.

 To learn more, go to:




Attention All H.S. Seniors


From our Friends at A-1 Auto Transport

A-1 Scholarship Details – Currently Accepting Submissions For 2019




*A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. will NOT share, sell, rent or otherwise transfer any student information.

How much is the scholarship?

Three awards worth $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded under the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship every year. The scholarship will be sent directly to the school/university/college’s financial aid office.

Who is eligible?

Any current, full-time, part-time student of an accredited or non-accredited institute, truck driving school or other logistics program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to become eligible. There is no requirement of minimum age.

Last date to apply for the scholarship program is March 10, 2019.

For details, go to:


Sadly … the end of the Great American Can Roundup.

The Great American Can Roundup is no more. However, Al the Can can still provide your school with great tips about can recycling and how to start a recycling program.

For more information, go to:

Check out NRRA Member News & Services for our own Can Cage fundraiser option!



Other School Grant Opportunities






From our Friends at EPA


Back-to-School Resources:


  • Students and teachers. Get homework resources, classroom project ideas, and more.
  • Healthier schools app. The School IAQ Assessment mobile app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing EPA’s comprehensive school IAQ management guidance and detailed walkthrough assessment checklists that address critical building-related environmental health issues.
  • 6th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge (due Sept 30). Are you a college student? The Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage with undergrad and grad students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management. Student teams design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefitting the campus and the environment. Registration is September 1-30. Read more about the challenge, prizes, and how to enter:




From our Friends at USDA Food & Nutrition Service


School Tools for Nutrition

FNS leverages the power of technology and open innovation to advance administrative objectives in the school meal programs.

By Debra Eisenbarth, Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service

In today’s school cafeterias, program operators work in fast-paced environments requiring quick and convenient access to resources to properly feed our nation’s children and effectively manage their programs. To meet this crucial need, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has released several exciting technology-based resources and tools to help them do just that.

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) helps program operators purchase the right amount of food and determine how foods meet meal pattern requirements for child nutrition programs. To modernize the FBG, FNS developed an interactive digital format. The Interactive Food Buying Guide allows for easy search and navigation, and gives users the ability to create a favorite foods list. The FBG was released as a mobile app that is currently available on iOS and Android platforms. The mobile app allows enhanced accessibility while on-the-go!

  • FNS recently published a collection of toolkit resources to support local school officials with the process of verifying the accuracy of school meal applications. It’s a process undertaken each year by schools to confirm the eligibility status of households approved to receive free or reduced price school meals. The toolkit promotes integrity by equipping schools with effective strategies and best practices for verification to ensure meals are provided to those in need.
  • To assist school nutrition professionals in meeting required training hours, FNS has a Database of Professional Standards Trainings that houses more than 500 free or low-cost trainings on specific job skills related to nutrition, operations, administration and communications and marketing. In addition, FNS released the online Professional Standards Training Tracker Tool 2.0, a solution to help school food authorities keep track of trainings for individuals or an entire staff.
  • The Child Nutrition (CN) Label Verification Reporting System assists state agency reviewers, program operators and the food industry in verifying the status of a CN Label – which helps ensure that information about how a food counts toward school meal pattern requirements is accurate.
  • The Team Nutrition MyPlate eBooks teach young children about the MyPlate food groups with interactive features to make learning fun. Check out Team Nutrition for more fantastic nutrition education resources.

Each of these new resources was created with one goal in mind – to improve customer service with quick and easy access to timely and accurate information and to offer convenient tools that further streamline meal operations of child nutrition programs across the country.

At USDA, we strive to leverage 21st century tools and strategies to advance our mission. Innovation that offers the opportunity to conduct business anywhere, access information on demand and get a prompt and on-point response to requests is valued at the department. After all, our nation’s customers deserve nothing less.



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



Here’s a Book Page Apple . . .


From our Friends at Pinterest


Be sure to get permission from your teacher or parents before you start this craft.  Some old books are very valuable! This one was made from a small paperback novel purchased at a thrift store for under $1.

Always get permission when you are cutting or hot gluing. The material list for this craft is:

  • Small paperback novel
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Hot Glue
  • Watercolor paint for edges
  • Twig stem

For all the instructions, go to:

There are an amazing number of crafts that can be made from old books. Just log in to Pinterest and search “book crafts.”




. . . and An Apple Page Book!


From our Friends at


Precious Printable Apple Book


This image courtesy of

By: Agnes Hsu from

Updated July 31, 2018


Check out these adorable apple crafts and get ready for a whole afternoon of fun with your kids. Now that the kids are heading back to school, you can get them excited by giving them a Precious Printable Apple Book full of encouragement for the new year. You can fill these apple crafts for preschoolers with photos, motivational quotes, and personal messages from anyone in the family. Be sure to make an apple book for each of your kids, and they’ll have a first day of school keepsake that will fill them with joy for years to come.

Click here for the fall craft

  • Estimated Cost:   $11-$20
  • Time to Complete:  Under an hour
  • Materials:  Paper
  • Primary Technique:   Paper Crafts






10/10/18 – Walk to School Day – To register your school event:

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 DayTo plan your event, visit

04/22/19 – Earth DayTo 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



Be Sure to Thank Your Teacher Today … and Every Day!




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