MARCH 2009

NRRA’s annual Earth Day compost bin sale

In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2009, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), New Hampshire, will once again sponsor their Annual Compost Bin Sale to support nature’s way of recycling.

As the first non-profit recycling cooperative in the United States, the NRRA has been helping member municipalities and businesses advance their recycling efforts for over 27 years with the ultimate goal of reducing waste and increasing recycling regionally.

If you missed your chance to purchase a bin or participate last year, please contact Jan Carter at 603-736-4401 or go to

In addition, please consider helping your community reduce waste by coordinating the sale for your town.

The Compost Bin Sale is an annual fundraiser and is one of many programs offered by the cooperative to help reduce waste in greater New England. It is estimated that 25 percent of an average household’s waste contains kitchen scraps and yard trimmings. This material can readily be composted instead of thrown into overburdened landfills or burned at an incineration facility. New this year they will also be selling Systern Rain Barrels.

Utilizing the principal of cooperative purchasing, the NRRA is able to offer participating groups high quality Earth Machine compost bins for less than half the retail price.

The 80-gallon bins, which are made of 100 percent recycled plastic, enable residents to convert leaves, grass and table scraps into an abundant supply of rich garden soil.

Last year over 63 towns, businesses and groups participated with 1,800 compost bins being sold. Each bin diverts approximately 500 pounds of waste from the waste stream.

The 2008 sale helped divert a total of 900,000 pounds of waste from Northeastern landfills and incinerators. That is the equivalent of 38 garbage trucks full of waste.