School News You Can Use – September, 2019
Welcome Back, Students!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
- CLUB News & Services– Welcome New CLUB Member-Harvest Elementary (AL); BIG NEWS-School Conference will run 2 days!
- NRRA Member News & Services – Durfor Recognized with EPA Award; Recycling Signs, Can Cages & Recyclemobiles
- NRRA Grant News – YIMBY Goes to Camp Update, CEU Webinars Available; Keene School District Outreach Work; School HazMat 101!
- NRRA SWIP/MMP (Solid Waste Implementation Plan/Materials Management Plan) News – White River Alliance SWD and Rutland SWAC SWIP Work 2019-2020
- In The News – Free Food Waste Diversion Webinar Sept. 20; Going Green for Football Season; Kids School Their Parents; Mt. Everest Update
- Contests, Scholarships & Fundraisers – Budding Botanist Grant; ICAW Poster Contest; Tom’s of Maine & TerraCycle; Garden for Wildlife Photo Contest; Coca-Cola Scholars Program; Target Field Trip Grants
- Government News (NHDES & EPA & USDA) – WasteWise & Food Recovery Challenge
- Activity – A Different Kind of Apple for the Teacher
- Green Calendar
Welcome New CLUB Member
HARVEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- Harvest, AL
- 729 Students
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Please contact the NRRA by telephone at (603) 736-4401 or by e-mail at email@example.com 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: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/School-Bin-writable-Application.pdf
For discounted school ClearStreams™ Recyclers, go to: http://www.nhthebeautiful.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SCHOOL-CLEARSTREAMS_updated-1-5-15.pdf
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Curricula Descriptions, click HERE.
Anyone else interested in purchasing these resources should contact NRRA Programs Coordinator, Gwen Erley, at email@example.com.
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.
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 TheCLUB@nrra.net.
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:
- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-diversion-tickets-70032588357 or
From our Friends at DoSomething.org
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 wasteadvantagemag.com
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.
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 Wasteadvantagemag.com
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:
- Kids Recycling Zone: The Assoc. of Plastics Recycling: https://www.kidsrecyclingzone.com/
- EPA Planet Protectors: https://www.epa.gov/students/planet-protectors-activities-kids
- EPA Recycle City: https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/challenge/index.html
- Nico’s Quest to Recycle: https://www.saveonenergy.com/learning-center/kids-recycling-guide/
- Super Sorter: http://www.iwanttoberecycled.org/game?gclid=CjwKCAjw3rfOBRBJEiwAam-GsG1SBQnn2PKqNvrvrKzFvvlcQlUUAyN5iA03LAwI9w5zS4MvarSlxhoCS-0QAvD_BwE
- Recycle Roundup: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/games/action/recycle-roundup-new/
- Turtle Diary: https://www.turtlediary.com/game/recycling-waste.html
- NASA Recycle-this: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/recycle-this/
- National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/kids-vs-plastic/#sea-turtle-with-plastic.jpg
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 TheCLUB@nrra.net.
From our Friends at KidsGardening.org
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.
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
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: https://www.compostfoundation.org/ICAW/ICAW-Poster-Contest
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!
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: https://www.nwf.org/gfwphotocontest?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GFWPC_2019&utm_content=EN_contestopen_8.5.19
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.
From our Friends at Youth Service America (YSA.org)
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.
(CLUB Note: This might be useful for the School Recycling Conference!)
Other School Grant Opportunities
- Youth Services America: They offer multiple grant opportunities: ysa.org/grants
- DonorsChoose.org: Can list on site up to 4 months: http://www.donorschoose.org/about
Helps classrooms and students in need.
- DoSomething.org: DoSomething.org offers many ways to earn scholarship money.
- GrassRoots Grants: https://grassrootsfund.org/dollars
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 Allfreeholidaycrafts.com
Upcycled Plastic Bottle Apple Containers
By: Sarah Zimmerman from repeatcrafterme.com
Updated February 21, 2019
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!
- 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: https://www.postlandfill.org/szw/
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: Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu
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 www.americarecyclesday.org.
03/18/20 – Global Recycling Day – The third annual celebration from the Bureau of International Recycling! For more information, visit: www.bir.org.
03/22/20 – World Water Day – To plan your event, visit www.unwater.org.
04/22/20 – Earth Day – To plan your event, see future newsletters and visit www.earthday.org.
04/24/20 – Arbor Day – To plan your event, visit www.arborday.org.
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 www.un.org/en/events/environmentday.
06/08/19 – World Oceans Day – To plan your event, visit www.worldoceansday.org.
We’re Off to a Good Start!
WHAT 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, TheCLUB@nrra.net 1-603-736-4401, Ext. 19