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Re: [greenyes] Rural Recycling Models
Ms. Brewer,

I am not sure if this will be of any help to your situation, but you may be able to use the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (Co-op) as a model.  The Co-op is a 25 year old pro-active, non profit working with its membership (of over 275 municipalities, both rural and urban, in NH, VT, ME and MA) to make their recycling programs strong, efficient, and financially successfully by:

-  providing cooperative marketing, cooperative purchasing and networking opportunities; 
-  developing innovative recycling programs; 
-  creating sustainable alternatives to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste, and; 
-  educating and informing local officials about recycling and solid waste issues.

For more information about the Co-op, please visit our web site at
Also, as part of our educational commitment, we host an annual conference and exposition. The Co-op's 22nd Annual Conference and Exposition is being held on June 2 - 3, 2003 at the Center of New Hampshire - Holiday Inn in Manchester, NH (located less than 6 miles from Manchester Airport). The Co-op's Conference and Exposition was rated as one of the "Best in the Nation" by Resource Recycling Magazine (May 2000) for its willingness to "look into cutting-edge issues" and "bringing a regional perspective" to recycling and solid waste issues.
please take a minute to visit our web site -  

Thank you and good luck!


Todd J. Ellis, Assistant Director
Northeast Resource Recovery Association
9 Bailey Road
Chichester, NH  03258
Fax: 603/798-5744

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Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 4:25 PM
Subject: [greenyes] Rural Recycling Models

> Dear All,
>   We're looking for information, case studies, contacts, and other 
> resources/suggestions on successful rural recycling programs, especially ones 
> serving small populations (under 5,000) in large geographic areas (over 500 
> square miles).  
>   Of particular interest are approaches addressing the needs of residents and 
> businesses in a group of small communities intermingled with wilderness 
> areas, national & state parks, campgrounds, Native American reservations, 
> tourist resorts, and so on, where there are both permanent and visitor 
> populations.  
>   In addition to programs serving all of these kinds of stakeholders, we are 
> looking for programs serving any one type, such as a single rural community, 
> national park, reservation, etc.  Also of particular interest are any rural 
> program examples located in mountain/desert environments.
>   Ideas are also welcome on integrated rural approaches for both discard 
> (solid waste) management and recycling (including composting, reuse, 
> recycling economic development, and the other R's).  
>   Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  This research is to 
> support development of recycling options for a cluster of communities in a 
> remote area of San Diego's "back-country" near the famous Palomar Mountain 
> observatory.
> Many thanks,
> Gretchen Brewer
> Earth Circle
> San Diego, CA
> ph  619-298-7626
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