News : 2015 Recycler of the Year Loudon Veteran Goes Above and Beyond for Recycling Success

Jul 29, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER- Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. The NRRA is an organization working throughout New England to provide information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring organizations and responsible businesses together to achieve each other’s green goals.

According to the NRRA, “this award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership, and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.” On June 8, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

“I am totally surprised. I did not expect it at all,” said Bennett. He has been with the Loudon transfer station for twelve years. Having retired from his previous occupation at the age of 50, Bennett was seeking temporary employment when he saw a job posting for the transfer station, and decided to give it a shot. “I was intrigued by the challenge,” Bennett recalls. After beginning his new job over a decade ago, he realized that there was a lot more to the NRRA than he thought. “The NRRA is the place to go if you have no market, no place to sell or ship recyclables.”

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