Walpole Scouts @The Center

The scouts held a fundraiser at the center from 9:00 to Noon last Saturday, September 23rd, selling popcorn, etc. and collected a total of $576.00.

Thank you to all those who participated.

Alstead 5th and 7th grades visit the recycling center.

The Alstead 5th and 7th grades came to the Walpole Recycling Center to get a tour and to learn about the recycling process. Paul Colburn the recycling manager divided the group into three groups. One group worked on taking off the binding from books getting them ready for recycling. Another group was sorting through the recycling material putting it in the proper bins. The last group was given a tour of the facility and how it works. They all got a chance to experience every group during their visit. Thanks to the kids for a job well done!♻️

By Walpole NH Recycling Posted in Home

What’s happening at the Recycling Center♻️

Firewood Program

Walpole Recycling has a  free firewood program this winter. We are asking for donations of firewood which can be dropped off at the center during business hours. Families that are in need can pick up the wood. This program is based on the honor system. Please call Paul Colburn at 445-5197 for more information.♻️

By Walpole NH Recycling Posted in Home

WRAP Report, March 2016

The Compost Is Coming!
by Joe Beer

For those of you who are excited about compost, and who wouldn’t be, there are about 150 cubic yards of compost just about ready for sale. Once the weather begins to act like spring, the compost will need to be screened and then it will, indeed, be ready to go. A small pickup load will cost about $10.00 and a large pick load about $20.00. Naturally the price includes the loading. The sale of the compost is more of a community service than a money maker; the center needs only to recoup its expenses. Once the recycling center has sorted out its costs, the final prices for the compost will be set. Given past history, the entire allotment of compost will be sold out before too long, so keep an ear to the compost.

Also coming soon will be a sign diagramming the proper traffic pattern for dropping off yellow bags and recycling materials. Occasionally, even in the midst of traffic, a customer will pull a U-turn from the compactor over to the recycling bays. A bit of a head scratcher there, but it happens. An equally troublesome maneuver involves backing up across traffic from the compactor to the bays. One accident ensued from such risky driving and there are always a number of close calls with arch looks. Good thing road-rage hasn’t made it to the Recycling Center, yet. The recycling folks will be asking us, if there is any traffic, to take a spin around the island rather than to fight across traffic to get from the compactor to the bays or vice versus. Thank you for helping with this.

The new face at the Center belongs to Wayne Croteau, a Walpole resident. Wayne, who was hired about two months ago, has been a volunteer in the past and is quickly on his way in getting up to recycling speed. Say hi to Wayne.

On a final note, don’t be shy, readers. Come on down to the Recycling Center. We like nothing more than welcoming new volunteers. Most volunteers work a two hour shift at the recycling bays, but there are other community service opportunities available. You can stop in at the Center to inquire; or give a call: 445-5197; or send an email: transfer@myfairpoint.net; or visit the web site to get the scoop: https://walpolerecycling.com.


WRAP Report, Feb 2016

W.R.A.P. Report by Carolyn Norback

While preparing my W.R.A.P. report for February, 2015, I was struck by the similarity of the weather conditions of 2014. A polar vortex x2 happened and is now on the verge of being the same for 2015. Now we are asking the question, why do we continue to live in New England? Here are a few reasons: 1) We don’t like to admit defeat, (we’re tough); 2) No need to hunt for conversation starters (everyone wants to talk about the weather); Provides the answer to “cold enough for you” and the excuse to repeat that old “saw, if you don’t like weather now, wait 5 minutes”. Not to beat a dead horse, yes it is very cold, but here at the recycle center we volunteers and staff are toasty warm. We owe all this delicious comfort to the wise stewardship of Paul Coburn and his staff by reusing oil brought to the center to keep heating expenses down to about $70.00/year.

So even though Jack Frost is out and about, I am still very enthusiastic about volunteering at the center. The 2 hours always fly by. Since I’m mostly there early Tuesday morning, sometimes we start slow, but then traffic builds up and we can hardly keep up with counting cars. Yes, every truck, van, car and suv is counted, so the select board knows how useful and busy the center is. With holiday parties and celebrations the center is up to the elbows with products to recycle. Many thanks and kudos to those separating refundables, makes sorting plastic, glass and aluminum containers go faster. FYI, if you’re not sure about where to look on the container to see if it refundable, the plastic and glass bottles (beer, wine, soda, water and sometimes juice) can be found somewhere near the label, sometimes on the side or bottom, and sometimes they may be hard to see. The aluminum cans are usually found on the top near the tab, and any volunteer and staff will be happy to point it out. If your loyal to a brand that is refundable and has VT stamped on it, makes it much easier for you also. Any can plastic or glass container is refundable as long as VT is stamped on it along with other states. Of course we have lots of volunteers who will take California refundables to California, not so much to Maine this time of year. Oh, yes the caps, please try to remember to remove them from the container and deposit them in your yellow Walpole trash bags. There is always room for more volunteers on the schedule. Sign up if you fancy a friendly, warm and welcoming environment in which to give back to the community.

WRAP Report by Joe Beer

Joe Beer sent along this WRAP report for Oct/Nov 2015

You might not see many kids out volunteering at the recycling center, but they are there, little
swarms of them. Every year a new cohort of Santa’s helpers, so to speak, sets about collecting and
sorting a sizable stream of recyclables that would otherwise be headed for landfills, with a stop at
your pocketbook along the way.

Santa’s invisible helpers are hiding out in the hallways of your local schools. They haven’t
always been there, but in 2010, with a little help from Mike Lewis of the school district and the staff at
the Walpole Recycling Center, the district begin a full-fledged recycling program in all four attendance

Each attendance area is some what different, but for the most part, 5th graders, except at the
high school of course, collect and sort the usuals of glass, paper and plastics. These are stored in
boxed trailers and are delivered to the Walpole Recycling Center on about a weekly basis. Of course,
this results in an additional savings for Walpole, as about 15 – 20 tons of recyclable materials are
added to Walpole’s annual output.

The recycling program produced an immediate savings for the school district of over $20,000 in
money it was spending to get rid of its trash. Nothing wrong with that. One of those win-win situations, though you could add on two more wins there: one for the environment which has 20 fewer tons of refuse to absorb and one for the young kids who learn something about preserving their planet.

There are a few offsetting costs to the program, but those are very minor. The district had to pay
for four boxed trailers, some recycling bins, and the time it takes for the weekly round up of the
trailers. In the main, the district now saves quite a bit of money every year by recycling so much of its

In the few short years since it began, the district recycling program has earned at least three
separate awards. Mike Lewis, Dori Ferreira in Alstead, and Sean Bordeur-Stevens in Charlestown
have all been recognized for their efforts by the NRRA, the principal recycling agency in the

So, even though we can’t really see them, thank you to all the little helpers of the Fall Mountain
school district.


WRAP Report

Charles Blount sent along this WRAP report for September, 2015.


Walpole Recycling Action Project

Summer (and school vacations) are coming to an end. So are many of the activities that demand our time all summer long. We’re home from the beach, and back from that trip out to Minnesota to see Grandma.

It’s that time of year when we slow down to think about what we would like to do next. What can we do that would provide the greatest value for our family, our friends, and our town. Some of us are already helping the Friends of the Walpole Library sort through hundreds (perhaps thousands) of books in preparation for the annual book sale now scheduled for late October.

Others are helping to teach our Walpole grade-schoolers how to play soccer. Not too many years ago a six-year-old in our family was running up and down the school field wearing a red Walpole shirt.

There are other activities here in our town that are in need of our help and support. One that immediately comes to mind, is the Walpole Re-Use Center, located out on Route 123 (Whitcomb Road) on the way to Drewsville, on the grounds of the Walpole Recycling Center. That operation, run exclusively by volunteers, provides an exchange for the things you no longer need but are in good condition and can readily be Re-Used. There are events in our lives, and in the lives of our neighbors here in Walpole, in which sudden needs arise. You, or a friend, falls and breaks a hip – now you have a sudden need for a walker. You don’t happen to have one to use for yourself or to lend to a friend. So, where do you go to find one? The Re-Use Center, of course. The cost to you? An affordable donation to the Food Shelf. So you get the walker you really need while some family here in our town gets food that they really need.

Another “event:” You are just setting up housekeeping in your new apartment here in Walpole. You have a few pots and pans, plates, cups and enough silverware to meet your daily needs. Then you get a message from your sister, advising that she will be coming to spend a week with you in beautiful Walpole during Leaf Peeping Season. (This is not so far-fetched as you might think!) And she’ll be bringing her husband and twin baby boys. Now, you need the equipment to bed down and feed this outfit, including your brother-in-law who is the size of a Patriots Middle Linebacker! What do you do? Smile – a trip to the Re-Use Center and you’ll be OK!

The Re-Use Center is a SERVICE provided to us for free by our town. It costs the taxpayers nothing since it is managed and manned exclusively by VOLUNTEERS – NOT TOWN EMPLOYEES. So, the Re-Use Center really needs your help and support – they need you to volunteer so they can keep their door open! Volunteering to help at the Re-Use Center provides our town with a service that is important, not only to those who break a hip or have an unexpected house-full, but to the very fabric of our town.

WRAP report for June

Joe Beer sent along this WRAP report (last month, sorry for tardiness!). Lots of pics of the garden on its webpage.

George’s Garden

As you round the corner heading out of the recycling center, there it is………George’s Garden. Instead of the burn pit, piles of brush, cement dividers, recycling containers, and boney gravel, there is the little corner of serene green overlooking Whitcomb’s Pond.

In spring of 2011, the Watkins family asked that donations be made to the Town of Walpole George Watkins Memorial Recycling Fund. Working together, Paul Colburn, head of the recycling department, Fritze Till and the rest of the WRAP Committee won approval from the Selectmen to build a garden dedicated in George Watkins’s memory.

Once the WRAP committee accepted the task of building the memorial garden, many hands and minds set to work. Fritze Till was the master gardener in charge of plant selection and garden design. Under her caring and wise direction, the garden now has a beautiful and varied selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers. In combination, the flora now provide a season-long show of gorgeous flowers and foliages.

Fritze’s many helpers included numerous recycling volunteers, friends and garden lovers. The center boulder was donated and delivered by Cold River Materials. Workers from the Recycling Department delivered, moved and removed goodly amounts of mulch, compost and not-so-good topsoil.

Should you be of a mind to sit down for a bit to enjoy the lush scenery or the water fowl on the cool waters of the pond, there are three benches built by Bob Grenier. George Watkins and his wife, both of whom were devoted to gardening, would be more than quietly pleased to rest for a moment in this tranquil nook, nestled in the far corner of the Recycling Center.

The Recycling Center itself was set into motion in January of 1988, when George Watkins, William Beer and Roger Weil began the planning process for the Walpole Recycling Action Program, otherwise known as WRAP. In the early days, volunteers worked four hour shifts in the freezing cold and boiling heat. Equipment consisted of a glass crusher, a plastic granulator, a used railroad boxcar and a donated mobile trailer for the Re-Use It Center. The original budget to get things rolling was $11,000, approved at Town Meeting.

George stayed with the Recycling Center from 1988 to 2011, serving as its chairman that entire time. In 2010, George was honored with the Volunteer Recycler of the Year Award by the NRRA, The Northeast Regional Resource Association.

In fact, Walpole’s recycling program has earned a number of awards. In 1999, Walpole was awarded the Best Municipal Recycling Program from the NRRA. In 2012, the Town of Walpole won the award for Greatest Number of Programs Used Through the NRRA for a town with a a population of 1,000 – 5,000. This year the Town of Walpole again won the Award for the Greatest Number of Programs Used Through the NRRA. Also this year, Paul Colburn won the Environmental Stewardship Award from New Hampshire the Beautiful. Congratulations and thank you to George, Paul, Fritze and all the other volunteers who have made both the Walpole Recycling Program and the Recycling Center into model, award winning items.


Joe Beer