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Continuing Professional Development Workshops

Below is a table including description of the NHDES workshops developed for CPD hours for certified Solid Waste Operators and the corresponding presentations, as available. The trainings were designed to instruct SW Operators on how to best manage wastes that come into their facilities in order to promote environmental protection, public health and safety. If you have problems accessing any of these files, please contact Tara Mae Albert at (603) 271-3713 and we will provide accommodation.

Operators should bring either their Basic Training Manual or the BMP Manual to each of the workshops in order to build and update their library of information.

Workshop Title & Description Presentation
Afternoon/Morning at the Movies
Workshop time will include watching the documentary Trashed, a discussion about the content of the documentary, and presentations on topics related to the documentary. All attendees are expected to participate in the discussion. This workshop is being offered once from 1:00-4:00pm. Please note: some parts of the documentary contain subtitles.
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Asbestos
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendee will learn what asbestos is, the history of asbestos waste in NH, its potential health risks, typical asbestos-containing products and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the management, transportation and disposal of asbestos waste that may be brought to their Solid Waste Transfer Station. Instructors are from the NHDES Air Resources and Waste Management Divisions.
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Asbestos II
This workshop is designed as a follow-up to the Asbestos workshop. Instructors will discuss how asbestos is regulated and what operators need to know at their facilities, including identifying asbestos and what should be included in operating plans. Attendees should be able to determine how to manage an "unexpected" load of asbestos and whether a shipping facility is authorized to accept asbestos. Sample education and outreach materials for customers and residents will be provided.
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Basic Training Refresher
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators that became certified prior to 2011. The full-day class is condensed to a half-day to give the attendees an up-to-date review of the role their facilities play in the management of solid waste in NH.
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Best Management Practices for Transfer Stations
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendee will learn what Best Management Practice (BMP) is as it relates to a Solid Waste Transfer Station, how to use them and why they are important. Instructors will cover a variety of specific BMPS, such as Universal Wastes, Used Oil and Filters, Household Sharps, Composting, Brush Piles, Glass, and Scrap Tires.
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Bulky Waste Management: Promoting Reuse and Recycling
This is a NEW workshop. This workshop will cover the potential for reuse and recycling of carpet, mattresses, large rigid plastic items and furniture. Included for each waste are collection and transport options and financial considerations. Instructors are from the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association.
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Composting Basics: Don't Oversimplify It
NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Program has partnered with Mark King from the State of Maine to offer workshops for solid waste operators as well as municipal officials, composting facilities, community gardens looking to implement composting as well as the public. The purpose of this workshop is teach attendees about the basics of composting and the importance of determining wat type of composting is the right fit for their facility, community or backyard.
Composting Basics
Current Trends in Recycling
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The instructors will discuss current recycling trends, such as how the "Green Fence of China" (an initiative that stops the shipment of contaminated recyclables into their country) has changed the recycling landscape in the US; and the current status of single stream or zero-sort in NH.
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Electronic Waste Management
This workshop will provide attendees with up-to-date information on electronics waste recycling in NH as well as the Northeast. Instructors will familiarize operators with how the electronics recycling industry works; identify who the recyclers are; understand the role of certification in the recycling industry and answer questions regarding the e-waste recycling markets. Instructors are from the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).

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Electronics Waste BMPs
This workshop is a follow-up to the Electronic Waste Management class that provided operators with the tools to identify electronics recyclers and how to choose the proper end markets for their goods. This workshop will guide operators on how to set-up and maintain an electronics waste recycling program at their facility. Instructors are from the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC).
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Extreme Weather Events: How They Might Affect Your Facility & What You Can do to Prepare
Attendees at this workshop will learn what defines an extreme weather event, how they have changed over time in New Hampshire and the small changes in our behavior that can decrease the effects of these events. Instructors will discuss the terminology that has been used over the last 30 years including the misconceptions of those terms. Attendees will learn how these events can and have affected their solid waste facilities.
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Extreme Weather Events: The Aftermath
This workshop is a follow-up to the Extreme Weather Events workshop. Attendees will be given practical information and tasks to follow-up on after an extreme weather event happens in their community. Solid Waste operators need to be prepared for storm debris to come to their facility consisting of approved and prohibited waste. Determining the best way to manage these wastes can help prevent further damage from occurring.
Extreme Weather, Aftermath
Facility Managers: What You Need to Know
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators who are in a supervisory or management position at a solid waste facility. Instructors will discuss recordkeeping, reporting and permit requirements that solid waste managers typically handle. Attendees should bring a copy of their facility’s permit, operating plan, closure plan, most recent annual facility report, and BMP/Basic Training Manual.
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Facility Managers: What ELSE You Need to Know
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators who are in a supervisory or management position at a solid waste facility. Instructors will discuss full cost accounting methods that will enable municipalities and facility owners make educated budgeting decision as well as ways to manage volunteers in accordance with the rules. Attendees should be prepared to do a little homework. Registrants will receive a list of items to bring with them to the training.
Facility Managers, Part II
Facility Managers: Post-Closure Landfill Monitoring and Maintenance
This workshop is designed for facility operators and municipal officials who manage the post-closure activities at municipally-owned landfills. The presenters will be discussing groundwater monitoring permits (maintaining them and understanding the monitoring results); cap types and the differences between each of them; and the Who? What? Where? When? & Why? of post-closure annual facility reports. Operators who attend this workshop will be asked to bring with them the most current post-closure annual facility report, monitoring data and possible other facility paperwork.
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Food Scrap Management
This workshop will offer participants: an understanding of the requirements for development of an infrastructure for organics management; public education strategies to promote food reduction and composting; and a description of Best Management Practices for planning, implementing and promoting the Food Recovery Hierarchy. Instructors are from the Northeast Recycling Council.
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Get the Dirt on Biosolids & Yellow Grease
This workshop is designed to identify how residuals from wastewater treatment plants, septic activities and even cooking can relate to operations at solid waste facilities. Instructors will give a brief history on septage, discuss biosolids and how they are used at solid waste facilities, and instruct operators how to determine what is flushable or not. The class will round out with a discussion on yellow grease and how to implement a collection program at their solid waste facility.
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Groundwater Basics, Landfill Monitoring & Case Histories
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendee will learn about the early history of solid waste landfills in NH, how they have been closed and how they are monitored for the protection of human health and the environment. Attendees will learn how groundwater moves and how it can be affected by man-made contaminants.
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HHW & Batteries
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. Attendees will learn: how to determine if a solid waste is a hazardous waste; rules and regulations for household hazardous waste (HHW); how to sponsor a HHW Collection Day; and about various types of batteries and how to manage/recycle them.
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Implementing a Pay as You Throw Program
This workshop is designed for municipalities that are looking to either implement or change their existing Pay As You Throw Programs. Attendees will have some one-on-one time with instructors to design a program that will be effective for their town and also develop education & outreach for the town. Attendees should be prepared to do homework prior to attending the training in order to build a program that will meet their needs.
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Implementing compost activities at your SW facility
NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Program has partnered with Mark King from the State of Maine, DEP to offer workshops for solid waste operators as well as municipal officials, composting facilities, community gardens looking to implement composting as well as the public. The purpose of this workshop is provide practical information to attendees on how to implement composting at their permitted solid waste facility. Seats in this workshop will be held for SW Operators and town officials in charge of implementing composting at a permitted solid waste facility.
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Landfills: What You Never Knew You Needed to Know
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendee will learn about the early history of solid waste landfills in NH, how they have been closed and how they are monitored for the protection of human health and the environment. Attendees will learn how groundwater moves and how it can be affected by man-made contaminants.
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Landfills in the Hierarchy
This workshop is designed to address how landfills fit into the waste management hierarchy and to delve into the management of specific wastes at a landfill site. Instructors will discuss what is authorized vs. prohibited waste, NH's statutory waste bans and an overview of operating/closure plans. This workshop is meant for any certified solid waste operator regardless of position or type of facility in which they work.
 
Mock TS Inspection
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. The attendees will meet at a Transfer Station where they will partner with NHDES Solid Waste Inspectors to conduct a BMP Inspection using the Self-Inspection Checklists created specifically for transfer station operators. The checklists were created to help operators determine if their waste collection methods comply with applicable rules.
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Organics
Attendees will see first-hand how a composting facility works and will gather hands on knowledge as to why permitting facilities for food waste composting is so important. The instructors will be from the Northeast Recycling Council and NHDES.
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Pay As You Throw, Recycling Strategies and Toxics in Packaging
NHDES partnered with Northeast Recycling Council to hold a workshop to assist solid waste operators, municipal officials and interested parties on pertinent solid waste issues in the Northeast. When attendees leave the workshop, they should have information, knowledge and/or the beginnings of a plan of action on the following. 1) Knowing whether "Pay As You Throw" is a viable option for your facility and/or municipality. Also, steps to implement a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program and how PAYT can be phased-in to best fit your community, what are the different PAYT models used, how to "win over" elected officials and the public to understanding the benefits of PAYT, and what are the benefits and challenges to adopting PAYT in your community. 2) Determining what recycling strategies will work best for your community and facility. 3) What is "toxics in packaging" and why should you care? What are potential impacts resulting from toxics in packaging, why is New Hampshire committed to toxics reduction in packaging?
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Pollution Prevention and Household Hazardous Waste
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators. Attendees will be introduced to Pollution Prevention (P2) Basics; will learn the rules and regulations for household hazardous waste (HHW); and how to sponsor a HHW Collection Day.
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Rethinking Recycling: 2020 & Beyond, Join the conversation on the next generation of waste stream initiatives
NHDES has partnered with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association to offer a workshop free of charge to solid waste operators, solid waste permittees, municipal officials and interested members of the public. Attendees at this workshop will walk away with the following information: The state of recycling globally, nationally and locally including an update on China sword, tariffs and domestic capacity building; How did we get in this state in regards to recycling?; and most importantly Identify opportunities for recycling in NH moving forward. Instructors will provide recycling solutions for municipalities and facilities regardless of the manner in which they recycle (i.e. single stream, source separation or dual stream) that are meant to be environmentally and economically sustainable.
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Safety at SW Facilities
NHDES has partnered with Primex to discuss safety for SW Operators. Safety Topics to be covered will focus on the following issues specific to collection/storage/transfer solid waste facilities including: machinery, walking & working surfaces, electrical safety, hazardous substances, PPE and ergonomics.
 
Scrap Metal & Stormwater Management
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators who work at a scrap metal facility. Instructors from the Water Division will talk about the federal requirements for stormwater management.
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Textiles Recovery and Diversion
This workshop will provide participants with information on the environmental and economic benefits of recovering textiles and on what kinds of textiles are acceptable. The training will include open discussion and two industry representatives. Instructors are from the Northeast Recycling Council.
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Things that Go Bang!
Instructors will be discussing materials associated with Clandestine Drug and Explosive labs. They will touch on health and safety at these locations and any emergency actions that must be taken. In addition, we will discuss actions that solid waste operators should take if they encounter these wastes at their facilities.
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Ticked Off & More
This workshop is a hodge-podge of a variety of topics that directly affect the personal health and safety of solid waste facility workers. Attendees will be educated on the dangers of ticks and mosquitos and how to protect themselves from them; and sun safety including dehydration.
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To Burn, Or Not To Burn
Attendees will learn about construction and demolition (C&D) debris and asbestos, what can and cannot be burned in a burn pile, ash management, and alternatives to open burning. Instructors are from the NHDES Waste Management and Air Resources Divisions.
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Universal Waste, Part I
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators to learn more about the proper management of universal wastes collected at transfer stations.
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Universal Waste, Part II
This workshop is designed for renewing Solid Waste Operators to learn more than "just the basics" about Universal Wastes. The training will give the operators some real life experience on managing and handling universal wastes. Operators will also practice using the Self-Inspection Checklists and BMP Guide Sheets for Universal Wastes.
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Used Oil, Part I
Attendees will learn Best Management Practices and compliance issues with used oil. Attendees will also learn about the management, transportation and recycling of used oil that may be brought to their Solid Waste Transfer Station. Instructors are from the NHDES Waste Management Division.
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Used Oil, Part II
Attendees will learned more about the hazards of Used Oil. NHDES Staff will cover why used oil is regulated as a HW in NH; who brings used oil to your facility, used oil grants and all about marketing used oil.
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Used Oil, Part III
Attendees will learn how to handle a used oil spill at their facility and how to manage used oil that has been brought to their facility that is contaminated. NHDES Staff will also quiz attendees on their knowledge of the used oil and fluids management BMPs.
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You are ready to compost, now what?
NHDES Solid Waste Operator Training Program has partnered with Mark King from the State of Maine to offer workshops for solid waste operators as well as municipal officials, composting facilities, community gardens looking to implement composting as well as the public. The purpose of this workshop to have a conversation with those who are in various stages of composting. Discuss the issues for NH facilities including site location, transportation, logistics and regulations.
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