The NRRA School Recycling Club

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

School News You Can Use – September, 2019

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HARVEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                                         


  • Harvest, AL
  • 729 Students
  • PK-5






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 will be “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!

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

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





We Are So Proud!


Our recently retired Executive Director, Michael Durfor, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Environmental Protection Agency on September 10.


Click here to read the EPA Press Release!



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:






YIMBY goes to Camp – Pictures!

We reported in the last newsletter that Educators Cindy Sterling and Julia Le May held a TOLD (Trash On the Lawn Day) event for the campers at Copper Cannon Camp in Bethlehem, NH on August 6.

We have pictures and a press release to share this month! Here are the pictures:

Click here for the Copper Cannon Camp Press Release.

The YIMBY grant is focusing on composting and a TOLD is an excellent way to gauge the volume of food waste that can be diverted from the landfill.

For more on YIMBY, see our Press Release.


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 Food Alliance

Free Food Waste Diversion Webinar – Sept. 20

Friday, September 20, 2019

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

To register, go to:

From our Friends at

8 Ways to Green Your Football Season

A game plan for sustainable sports fans

Kick off an environmentally conscious football season… with these eight tips.

From our Friends at


Kids Are Schooling their Parents in How to Be Environmentally Conscious


The younger generation is driving the change for “eco-households,” according to new research.


While parents have a duty to educate their children on respecting the Earth, results found 76 percent of parents actually feel their child is the one advocating for environmentally-friendly changes in their home.


Learn More>


From our Friends at Action for Nature

We are proud to announce our 2019 International Young Eco-Hero Award winners, honoring sixteen environmental activists from across the globe for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world’s critical environmental challenges.

Click here to meet the 2019 Eco-Heroes


Remember that Waste on Mount Everest?


From of Friends at

Nepal Strives to Convert Mount Everest Trash into Treasure


In a bid to save Mount Everest from trash, Nepal conducted a month-long cleaning campaign by collecting over 10,000 kg of rubbish from the region. The historical mega clean-up campaign coordinated by government and non-government agencies by mobilising a dedicated Sherpa team from the base camp to four higher camps, not only collected waste but also removed … Learn More>

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


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 National Wildlife Federation


The 2nd Annual Garden for Wildlife Contest has Started!

The Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest is back and we want to see photos of you and your wildlife garden! We are looking for photos of YOU, birds, butterflies, bees and other backyard wildlife for a chance to win cash and garden themed prizes — including a $1000 Grand Prize!

Photographs may be submitted in one of the following five categories:

  • People in the wildlife garden
  • Close-up native plants and their wildlife visitors
  • Wildlife observed where people live, work, play, learn, and worship
  • Certified wildlife habitat landscapes
  • Young habitat photographers *new for 2019!

Contest ends October 11th, get started now! 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


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 them out, Target stores award field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide.

Each grant is valued at $700 for trips after January 1, 2020.

Read more

(CLUB Note:  This might be useful for the School Recycling Conference!)


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




A Different Kind of Apple for the Teacher!


From our Friends at


Upcycled Plastic Bottle Apple Containers


By: Sarah Zimmerman from

Updated February 21, 2019

This image courtesy of


If you need DIY teacher gifts, the Upcycled Plastic Bottle Apple Containers are an awesome option. Recycle your soda bottles and get creative with these fun apple-themed crafts. Include gifts inside like apples, apple butter, gift cards, and other small and thoughtful presents. Do not be afraid to get creative with these awesome DIY gift boxes. Make sure you make one for each teacher because this is definitely one of those back-to-school gifts that your child’s teachers will never forget. These recyclable crafts are easy and inexpensive ways to show all your child’s teachers how important they are!

Click here for the fall craft

  • Estimated Cost: Under $10
  • Time to Complete: In an evening
  • Primary Technique: Green Crafting





10/02/19 – Walk to School Day – To register your school event:

10/11/19 – Students for Zero Waste – 6th Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 12 & 13, 2019.  For more info:

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




We’re Off to a Good Start!




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