NH the Beautiful “2015 Environmental Stewardship” AWARD ANNOUNCED

June 17, 2015
by Paula Dow
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Left to Right: John Dumais, NHtB; Paul Colburn, Walpole/Award Recipient; Ray Dube, NHtB

Left to Right: John Dumais, NHtB; Paul Colburn, Walpole/Award Recipient; Ray Dube, NHtB


EPSOM, NH – New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is pleased to recognize Paul Colburn, Town of Walpole, NH with the “2015 Environmental Stewardship” Award and a $250 Gift Certificate to be used for Educational Supplies.

For over 30 years NH the Beautiful has been awarding grants for bins, balers, containers, skid steers, shredders and a host of other equipment to support recycling in NH.

This Environmental Stewardship Award was created by the NHtB Board to recognize a dedicated transfer facility professional who goes above and beyond their facility recycling responsibilities and engages their entire community in better recycling for a better future. Most importantly, the NHtB Board wants to recognize that extra and most rewarding effort that reaches out to that community within the community, the local school.

Paul Colburn is an environmental steward in his everyday life as well as in his passion for recycling.

He is well respected by his peers in the industry for his knowledge of recycling markets and for sharing that knowledge with other operators at the monthly NRRA M.O.M. meetings and at the monthly Cheshire County Group meetings.

He keeps an eye on the bottom line at the Recycling Facility, reducing expenses when possible and assuring the best revenues for the Town’s valuable commodities. In 2014, the Recycling Center received nearly $179,000 in revenue! Paul applies on a regular basis to NH the Beautiful for equipment grant money, free signs and to DES for Used Oil grants.

Paul not only manages a clean and organized recycling facility in Walpole NH, but also organizes and keeps inspiredup to 70 volunteers!!!

Direct from Paul’s 2014 report to the Town, Paul quotes Erma Bombeck –

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”

Paul led the way in convincing DES to do away with the need to have all of his volunteers go through the certification process.

Paul’s continuing passion is working with the local School District to get and keep recycling in the local schools.

Paul also wrote: “The Walpole School recycling program operated throughout the school year. We collected their recyclables on Thursdays. We also continued to serve the Fall Mt. Regional School District recycling program.”

New Hampshire the Beautiful wishes to applaud Paul Colburn for his outstanding efforts in recycling!

This award was presented at NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo held on June 8th and 9th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. The Conference & Expo was a great opportunity for those interested in recycling and waste reduction to come together to discover new technologies, exchange ideas, share philosophies, and further promote waste reduction efforts.

This two-day event included interactive and educational workshops on all aspects of the recycling and solid waste industry, school recycling programs and recycling education. The exposition hosted over 60 vendors who provided information on their equipment and services!

The NRRA is a proactive, non-profit cooperative working with its membership to make their recycling programs strong, efficient and financially successful. For more information, visit www.nrrarecycles.org





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