Wrap Report For May

Charles Blount sends this along:

At the top of the recycling news this time is the Grand Re-Opening of Walpole’s Re-Use Center. The Re-Use Center is that blue trailer on the right as you come into the Recycling Center. It has to be shut down each winter since it is unheated – but now, The Grand Re-opening! We all know about the Recycling Center but, you ask, why do we need a Re-Use Center too?

There are things around home that you no longer use. You hate to take that sort of thing to be just “disposed of,” after all, some of the things that you no longer use are quite valuable. What about Anna’s cuddly doll; it’s perfectly good still but Anna left for college two years ago. Same thing for Christopher’s little red wagon; he’s driving a Chevrolet now and besides, at 250 lbs, he won’t fit in the wagon any more! What about pots and pans, dishes, serving trays, good books and DVDs? If Dad brought a fancy new mixer home for you, what would you do with the one you’ve been using for years? You can’t really use these things any more, but perhaps someone else in our town really COULD use them.

Consider a young family that was burned out of their home this past week. They have a sudden, urgent need for a cuddly doll, a little red wagon, and a set of dishes. What happens when your kid breaks a leg; you have a sudden need for a set of crutches. Now, I don’t know how much a set of crutches costs, but when Paul gave me a tour of the Re-Use Center last week, there, in the back room, were several sets of crutches.

So, if you need these crutches what do they cost you? What about Anna’s cuddly doll, or Chris’s little red wagon? For some, less expensive items like these, the only cost to you is a reasonable donation to the local Food Shelf – in an amount that you can afford and that you are comfortable with. For more expensive stuff, like Chris’s stereo set he couldn’t take to college, or grandma’s old jewelry, it is sort of like a tag sale. The cost to you for these more expensive items, while still really small, helps to fund our local Food Shelf. With the number of our neighbors unemployed or employed only part time, the Food Shelf needs all the help we can give it. House fires, divorces, sudden unemployment, unexpected relocation and all sorts of other family events (including broken legs) come up, resulting in a need for cuddly dolls, red wagons, a set of dishes or crutches. The Re-Use Center is there for you – take advantage of it! Take a look through it to see what is there for you. You see, this is what your Re-Use Center is for; meanwhile, it helps US to support our Food Shelf, something we really need just now.

So, what do we citizens (taxpayers) have to do to have our Re-Use Center? We have to volunteer; not all of us of course, but enough to man the Re-Use Center every Thursday and Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. The same thing goes for the Recycle Center, too (but it’s open three days: Tues, Thurs and Sat). We had two more volunteers start at the Recycle Center last month but we surely could use another three or four. And of course, now with the Re-Use Center Re-Opening, they will be needing some more volunteers as well. It’s just two hours per month; yes, per MONTH (not per week, or per day!). We who volunteer are “Paying it Ahead” for our home town, and we would like to have you join us; help enable us to make our Recycle Center and Re-Use Center serve all who live in our town.

Here’s an ITEM for you: A Thank You to all who brought their used motor oil in to the Recycle Center this past winter. Your Recycle Center did not have to spend a single DIME to heat the center – used motor oil did it ALL. One Tuesday morning in January it was 9 degrees BELOW zero outside; it was just fine inside the center. I know; it was my volunteer day. Paul sends a Big Thank You. We volunteers send a Big Thank you, too!

WRAP Report

Carolyn Norback sent along this WRAP report:

Kudos to the staff and volunteers at our recycling center for working through and surviving the Polar Vortex x 2. I hope we have seen the last of that phenomena.  December and January were not the easiest months to get through, even though there is heat in the center, made possible by reusing oil brought to the center. (P.S. the only expense regarding heat is a $70.00/year electric bill). I had a very interesting and pleasant conversation with Paul Colburn in preparing this update. For the upcoming new year, Paul tells me the budget has been prepared for town meeting, there will be no new articles put forth. While maintaining the status quo, he is always on the lookout for new products to recycle and buyers for them.  Outlets for our recycled products are both local and world wide. Check out the Walpole Recycling Website at walpolerecycling.com. The website is a treasure trove of pertinent information. If you have a question about what can or cannot be recycled, it’s on the website, if you have a question about volunteering, the schedule is on the website, want to know when the Reuse Center is open, that’s on the website too, and so much more. Thanks to Jill Robinson who does a great job of posting new information and maintaining the website.

Gentle reminders, only plastic with a 1 or 2  code can be recycled. Please follow signs on the recycle bins, this is very important as contamination of product is always a concern. Bottle caps go in your Walpole bag.  Traffic control; if you are only dumping trash in Walpole Bags, stay on your left, if you only want to access the recycle bins, stay on your right; if you want both you must choose where you want to start (left) and then drive all the way around to your next stop on the right; if you start (right) then drive all the way around to your next stop on left. Please do not drive diagonally across from trash to bins and be aware while you’re at the recycling center, you are in a traffic situation, just like on any road or highway. As always volunteers are very welcome. Again, thank you to all the volunteers and staff at the recycling center for keeping it the best there is.

Carolyn Norback


WRAP Report For December 13, 2013

Here’s the WRAP report that was submitted for December 13, 2013:


Walpole Recycling Action Project

Remember the days when, as kids, we got up on Christmas morning at the first light of dawn for the excitement of seeing our tree and what Santa had left for us. We tiptoed, not making a sound lest we wake Mom and Dad; they’ll surely come and spoil our adventure!


Well, Christmas is here again! As we prepare ourselves for the frightfully frenetic festivities ahead, let us all pause to give thanks for our many blessings. Let us all be thankful for our Walpole Recycling Program; a program respected throughout New Hampshire and admired by neighboring towns. Let us be thankful also for Paul Colburn and Paul’s productive people who staff the Recycle Center; people who have created and innovated this past year to accommodate the needs of our town in the face of unforeseen events such as the demise of our local Wheelabrator plant in Claremont.


Let us be thankful as well, for all the Walpole people who have adopted a RECYCLE attitude, dumping the dreaded “DUMP” mentality. We are especially thankful for recyclers who carefully check out and FOLLOW the signs at the various recycling bins; not simply “dumping” a bag or box of miscellaneous “stuff” into the first bin they come to!


At the heart of all this is an understanding of what RECYCLING really means. When we have finished with our daily newspaper for example, we can take it to the Recycle Center where Paul’s productive people find a BUYER for your discarded paper. That buyer takes it to his plant where it is shredded, bleached, dried and, when combined with many other similar papers, is made back into rolls of fresh, clean paper that the buyer can then SELL back to the newspaper. That’s the whole idea: Paul finds buyers for stuff we no longer need and those buyers clean it, often reformatting it to suit another purpose, and SELL it to a company that needs it – and everybody is happy. By selling recyclables, Paul saves us tax dollars, and by re-purposing those recyclables, the buyers hire people and make a living. And finally, if you were the Keene Sentinel (for example) would you rather buy your newsprint from a recycler (cheap), or cut down a couple hundred acres of trees (much more expensive to both your newspaper AND TO THE PLANET)??


All this happy selling and buying activity however, is based in the premise that what is being bought and sold has NOT BEEN CONTAMINATED. A buyer for #2 plastic (milk jugs and the like) WILL NOT BUY from us if what we offer has been contaminated with #1, #3, #5, etc. plastic. Here’s why: a big vat of “pure” #2 plastic can be cast into a very large number of nice, new milk jugs, but if the vat has been contaminated with #1, #3, etc. plastic, it just turns into glop and can’t be cast into anything. The buyer suffers a huge loss and Walpole’s Recycle Center is black-listed!


Follow those signs on the recycle bins – it’s VERY important.


The same principle applies to slick magazine paper and “general office” paper. If it is “contaminated” we can’t recycle it (can’t find a buyer for it). Until recently, I had thought that “paper was paper.” Well, it turns out that the big machines that clean and shred recycled paper, CAN NOT clean or shred WRAPPING PAPER. RIBBON clogs up the shredders and brings the whole operation to a halt. So, our Recycle Center has a rule: NO WRAPPING PAPER – NO RIBBON – NO SCOTCH TAPE or WRAPPING TAPE. Just chuck that sort of stuff in your yellow Walpole Bag – not a big deal. If the buyers for our “general office” paper find that our supply is CONTAMINATED with wrapping paper and ribbon – that IS a big deal – for you and for me – directly!


It’s been an active, interesting year – a good year. We here in Walpole do have a lot for which to be thankful. Do set aside some time this season for love, thoughtfulness, generosity and thankfulness – and don’t lose sight of the “Reason for the Season.”

WRAP Report For October 25

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

Reading Charles Blount’s Wrap article in the September issue of the Clarion started my walk down memory lane. Way back around 20+ years ago, a small group of inspired Walpole, Drewsville and North Walpole people had the idea Walpole was a progressive enough town to support a recycling center. I believe the founding members of The WRAP Committee were Fritze Till, Peg & John Stevens, George Watkins, Roger Weil, Bill Beer, and Bud Bridges (and if I left anyone out, blame it on my sometimes rather faulty recollection). This band of recyclers worked long and hard to gain support of the town and select board, and finally bring into existence our current Recycling Center. First they had to engage a buyer for our recycled product, second to find a facility to actually be a recycling center, and third (I’m sure there are more steps) a physical place to sort, recycle and store products until pickup. Whew!, a tall order any way you look at it.

The first center was located on Route 123 just next to the old landfill. Rick Cooper was the first center manager, and the only paid worker, everyone else was an unpaid volunteer. There was one trailer/boxcar where recyclables were processed and stored. Glass, newspapers and cardboard were the early acceptable (or sellable) items. In the beginning, there were three 50 gallon drums for green, brown and clear glass. I believe newspapers were separated by glossy and newsprint and cardboard was broken down with box cutters donated by Russ LaCroix, owner of the local IGA. However, it wasn’t long before Peg Stevens organized and womaned another trailer/boxcar to support the REUSE portion of the center. So, off to a good start, all that was needed was a rotating schedule of willing volunteers. That job (volunteer scheduling) I believe was headed up by Peg Stevens. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm had to be covered. Twenty-four hours of coverage takes a lot of volunteers, and somehow it happened. Initially, we signed up for 4 hour shifts. Now, of course, because the center is so competently organized, 2 hour shifts are the norm. My favorite shift was Saturday, 8:00 – 12:00 pm. Then lunch at Murray’s as a reward.

Crushing glass: first we sorted brown, green and clear. The glass crusher was a long pipe with a foot at the end which we used to crush the glass by hand, and remove that green plastic from wine bottle necks (time consuming). Fortunately, we were supplied with safety goggles. When a used glass crusher was purchased, it was a day of celebration. Bottles with return deposits were sorted and returned. Newspapers had to be sorted to remove the glossy ads, (I think we also accepted household paper at this time) separated, of course, and put into paper bags. As time went on, recycling became a large part of Walpole life, the center expanded exponentially, and finally outgrew the space allotted and moved to the wonderfully organized facility we know today.

As that old saying goes, “everything old is new again”, it is still a good deed to remove caps from bottles, be aware that only #1 PETE and #2 HDPE are acceptable to recycle, newsprint still has to be separated, and soda and beer cans should be empty and rinsed, especially in the summer months.

As much as we depend on the staff and volunteers to make up the bulk of work in the recycling center, we all need to do our part to make sure this is an enduring part of Walpole life. If volunteering at the center is not possible, then be aware and follow recycling rules. As Charles Blount so elegantly put it, we all need to “volunteer for the love of Walpole people, our town and Planet Earth”.

WRAP Report

This in from Dodie Ransom:

On September 3rd the WRAP committee held a special meeting  concerning  the closure of the Wheelabrator  incinerator
in Claremont which took our solid waste. After much research by  Paul Colburn  and guidance of  the NRRA we chose
George Naughton  of Branford, NH for two reasons -the best  “bang for the buck”and to keep our footprint as small as

Watkins Memorial Garden 08/31/13The George Watkins Memorial  Garden is 90% complete. Two rock entry posts, courtesy of Cold River Materials, who
donated and delivered the big rock, should be in place by the time you read this. Our thanks to Fritze Till, a longstanding
WRAP committee member who designed the garden with spectacular native plants and paths. To Rob Grenier who
designed and built the beautiful benches. To the staff at the Center -Paul Colburn, Greg Given, Paul Clark  and
Tom Fitzgerald who provided the muscles and Bobcat work without which would have been impossible. Also
Tom Firzgerald’s son Connor who drove  to Maine  to pick up the plants at Fedco and delivered them. Last but not
least to the finishers who came with their shovels and trowels- Phoebe Reynolds, Mary and Dick Holmes, Sharon
Tiullar, Carolyn Nordbeck, Inga Green and Barbara Plumley.

All of the expenses  were covered by people like you  that donated to the George Watkin’s Memorial Fund. It
is a lovely garden of which George and Betty  would be proud as should we all. Come, do your recycling, bring
a picnic lunch and enjoy the view and the geese on the pond before they leave.

The WRAP committee is devastated to be loosing our steadfast pal Carol Christian. She and Roger are following
John Soule’s 1851 order “go west, young man”but they were smart to postpone it to 2013.Carol moved to
Walpole in 1995 and hit the ground running. She invested literally thousands of hours of volunteer work for
WRAP, the Library and the Historical Society.. She received the Grange Citizen of  the Year Award in 2011.
On joining WRAP in 1998 , she volunteered on  the line at the Center, made posters, wrote many articles for
our monthly column, traffic counting, organizing open houses, gardening. the drawing and notifying our free
lunch recipients each month and various field trips with WRAP members to outlying recycling facilities to
keep us on our toes. She was always there with her formidable organizational skills and sense of humor.

Carol mentioned at one point that she was not pleased at all with the recycling efforts in the area they are
moving. Should we warn them that a “force is coming” or just let them be blindsided? I prefer the later!
God Speed,Carol and Roger with many thanks. You will be sorely missed.

See you recycling.                                                           Dodie Ransome

WRAP Report

Before I get to the WRAP report, I’ll just let you know that a couple photos of the George Watkins Memorial Garden have been posted here, and the August volunteer schedule is posted here. (Those alarming teal blanks are holes in the schedule where we need YOU to volunteer!)

Now on to Dodie Ransom’s WRAP report:

We are coming “hat in hand’  to ask for more volunteers at the recycling center. Since we began n 1988, some of our
longtime pals have “passed on’ , some have health problems and others have moved. Our present volunteers  are
the best in community service, not only in preserving our mantra “Reduce,  Reuse, Recycle” _ but in saving the town
money. I would guess it would require two more full -time employees to cover the work the volunteers do on the four
two-hour shifts on Tuesdays,Thursday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. To our knowledge, we are the ONLY
volunteer -driven  recycling /transfer  center in the state and based on the tonnage of recyclables shipped every
year we are doing a super job.
To show the diversity of our unique  volunteer program, we offer a sampling of occupations, past and present.
These people are your friends and neighbors and of course they are “good looking and above average”.
Salesman, two carpenters,craftsman, county commissioner,  machine operator, accountant, production/
planning & scheduling manager, two telephone company employees, two computer programmers, special
education teacher, language teacher, civil rights lawyer for the Fed. Gov.,hospital maintenance supervisor,
two engineers, veterinarian, social studies and geography teacher, employee of the U.N. Assn.&CBS systems
manager, environmental educator, former “Miss Betty  Crocker”& estate caretaker,art educator & musician,
nuclear  sub. commander & university professor, four homemakers, teachers aide,  Dir. of  the int’l. org. of
Engineers, school administrator, parents with their teenagers  and last but  certainly not  least, Maggie Kyle
who works, volunteers with her husband AND makes the phone calls and sends us the  schedule.
This  wonderful group may sound adequate, but  unexpected happenings in all of our lives leave us with holes
in our schedule. That is why we are asking for your help,  We would  be most thankful if you could give us two
hours a month to help us out. You pick the date and time, have a chance of a free lunch at Burdick’s,  Murray’s
or the Tavern and have the opportunity to work with real nice people with a purpose. So. next time you recycle,
check it out , talk to Paul Colburn or one of the volunteers with any  questions and hopefully sign up. Trust me,
you won’t be sorry. We have some good laugh’s up there!

WRAP Report

By Carol Christian

“So, what’s new  and exciting?” There’s almost  always an answer for that question out at the Walpole Recycling Center and,
sure enough, this time when I asked Paul Colburn  “what’s new?” he told me about a new development in the “Gable Top”
paper carton world.

“What  in the world is that?” you may well ask. You do know them—-they’re like those milk cartons that have a pointy top that
can be pushed open and out  to form a pouring spout. Old hat, so far. What’s new is that instead of being impregnated with
wax or other unacceptable matter, this new paper carton is covered with a “poly-coating” that can be rinsed off.  All one has
to do, to make the carton acceptable for the “Mixed Paper” Bin, is  to rinse it off, remove the red cap, and fold the carton flat.
Paul says these cartons are versatile and can be found at your grocery carrying such diverse goodies as orange juice and
“Fish” crackers. [What won’t they think of next?]

What else  is new at the Center is the completion of the new addition for our noisy glass crusher. The building is already up
and painted, and there remains only the mounting of the door and completion of the necessary wiring before we can move
the crusher into place.

There are some wonderful folks who should be thanked for their contributions to this project. LaValley Building Supply
donated  the necessary insulation to hush the noises. And Matt’s Drywall & Painting donated  and installed the sheetrock,
and painted  the building. Proof-positive of the  the fact that there are still nice people everywhere!

Speaking of”nice people”, I’d  like to put a plug in for our own folks out at the Recycling Center. For many years I was
involved in the Walpole Town Library’s annual “Book Sale. And for all those years, and continuing even today, the
Center has given us hundreds of Banana Boxes into which we sort the books. Pallets full of boxes are specially
delivered to wherever we are working, whenever we need them. Moreover, these same nice men will take all the
empty boxes away at the close of every sale! Now that;s what  I call “nice.”

And here’s another example of their “niceness.” The students at the Walpole Village School asked the Center to save
incoming one-gallon plastic milk containers so that the kids could use them to create “igloos,” and to save 2-liter
containers to be made into “penguins.” It seems that  they are planning a celebratory parade. Watch for it. That’s
going to be one wonderful parade, whenever it comes.

Meanwhile, keep on keeping on recycling  and don’t miss the handsome “George Watkins Memorial Garden” that is
taking shape next to the fire pond on your way out. Every week it gets lovelier. And it is the result of the “niceness”
of Fritze Till and our wonderful volunteers.

WRAP Report

Charlie Blount sends this along:


Walpole Recycling Action Project

A big event this month (actually it’s likely still in progress as you read this) is the relocation of the glass crusher out at YOUR Recycle Center (yours, mine, Walpole’s). A glass crusher really is a necessity for us since there is no market in the recycle world for glass bottles and glass jars, but we CAN and DO sell crushed glass. Recall please, that we can recycle only those things for which there is a “market.” Recyclables are products and materials which someone is willing to buy from us in order to put to a new (and often, different) use. If nobody is willing to buy something from us, it necessarily has to go into the landfill (bad for you, for me, for the planet Earth).

That glass crusher however, is a big, noisy beast; it makes such a racket that it is disturbing to the people (you and me) who bring their recyclables to the center. And if you think it’s disturbing to us, imagine how it is for the volunteers who operate that thing! It surely would be pleasant were that thing located where it doesn’t make any noise.

We citizens of Walpole at the recent Town Meeting approved an article to provide funding to relocate the “business end” of that loud beast outside, in an enclosure on the back side of the building. This leaves the “input” end (the QUIET end), where the volunteers work, inside the building, but at its back side. Now with the elimination of all this noise, the Center should be a more attractive place for recyclers, AND a more attractive place for volunteers like me – and you too, hopefully!

We (you and me) can dispose of Hazardous Household Wastes at the Keene Transfer Station on June8th, 12th, and 22nd between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. For more information on this (for example, I need to look to see what qualifies as a Hazardous Household Waste) go to the Recycling Center’s website (WalpoleRecycling.com).

When you’re next out at the Recycle Center, take a look, over by the pond, at the George Watkins memorial park. Fritze Till and some of her friends and fellow volunteers planted nearly 20 trees and shrubs around a huge rock provided by Cold River Materials folks. Now fitted out with wood chips and mulch, that little rest area has become a really pleasant and relaxing place. Now this may seem silly to ask, but the next time you come to recycle, bring a dandelion digger. Those big, yellow pests have infiltrated that beautiful resting spot! Please help us reduce their population!

As summer comes and people leave town to visit relatives, we always need more volunteers. I have exacted a solemn promise from Paul Colburn that when you come by to speak about volunteering, he’ll personally show you what volunteers actually do, how this operation actually works, AND he’ll provide you with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Such a deal! Volunteering is fun, and it is good for you, for our town, and for planet Earth!

WRAP Report

Here is Dodie’s WRAP report:

Did you ever think of the Walpole Recycling Center as the first steps in the reincarnation of many tons of Walpole’s waste? What we produce is the material  manufacturers  use to make new products. One of the problems we face is educating people about the proper way to prepare recyclables for recycling. There is a right way and a wrong way. The right way results in that material continuing it’s journey to becoming a new product, the wrong way is a one way ticket to a landfill or incinerator thus increasing our costs.  The volunteers that work the sorting bins handle hundreds of bottles, jars and cans that come to the Center each day. A split second judgement is made – is  this  container suitable to become the material for a new product? If the container is clean, bingo!  If the jars of spaghetti, mayonnaise and peanut butter or cans of dog or cat food still contain residue, the answer is no. It’s that simple. If you take the trouble to recycle in the first place, always rinse before you bring them to the Center. Remember the three”R’s” of recycling. REMOVE caps and lids, RINSE containers and RECYCLE clean, cap free containers.


WRAP Report

By Carol  Christian

First off, let me thank all you loyal Walpole readers for the astounding amount of recycling that you achieved in the past year.
I”ve already mentioned the award we were given at the NRRA Convention.  But those numbers are so good that  I wanted
to remind you of how very good you are!  You recycled 6,880 lbs. of Aluminum cans; over 454 tons of paper; more than 16 tons
of assorted plastics; and almost 34 ton of scrap metal. Also you have delighted all the volunteers by remembering  that plastic
caps are to be removed from all recycled containers [except those on oil cans}. Take a bow1

Having said that, there is one item with which we are now being overwhelmed at the Center: Plastic Grocery Bags. We are
drowning in them!. Please! Give them back to your grocery store. Most stores have a marked bin, and will recycle those bags.
Better yet, reuse them yourself. They’re usually good for at least one more round at the store.

By now you must have heard about the Center’s new website. But if, by some fluke, you missed it, let me hasten to offer its
address – walpolerecycling.com.  Please notice there are no capital letters and nothing fancy. {We are a straight-out group
at the Center.} This excellent resource will be most helpful if you have any doubts about what is acceptable, how to prepare
it and all those fine details. Best of all, this is also the place to sign up as a volunteer.

Speaking of volunteering, please note that the ever-popular “Re-Use Trailer” will be re-opening in mid-April and volunteers
are also needed there. That “duty” is lots of fun, for you are the first see all the goodies that are contributed, so you get
“first dibsies.” If you have questions, or want to talk to a real human being, call Mike Nerrie at 756-4179 to volunteer.

Here’s yet another opportunity to volunteer this spring: Fritze Till has designed what promises to be a lovely Memorial
Garden honoring our “founding Father,” and long-time volunteer, George Watkins. The huge rock already in place was
a gift of Cold River Materials and is to represent Rice Mountain. Why? Because the park faces onto our fire lake  and
the view is  of Rice Mountain. What will be needed come spring are a few capable hands to help with planting of the
the small trees and bushes that will form a buffer from the necessary noise and dust of the recycling site. This will be
important and very rewarding work. If you can help, please call Fritze at 445-5283, or sign up on the website.