Thank you for recycling

From left, Bonnie Bethune of NRRA, Mike Hartness of the Keene Recycling Center, Paul Colburn of Walpole Transfer Station and Marilyn Weir of NRRA.

EPSOM — The Northeast Resource Recovery Association has honored four New Hampshire municipalities, including two in Cheshire County, for their recycling programs.

Keene and Walpole received the “Most Programs through NRRA — 2017” award during the association’s 37th annual conference and expo late last month in Manchester, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. Sunapee and Rye were the other towns recognized.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association began in 1981 to help communities work together on cooperative marketing and purchasing of recyclable materials, the release says. Pooling recyclables and resources together provides the communities with more leverage in the market, better pricing for high-quality recyclables and low costs for recycling needs, according to the release.

Of the more than 35 cooperative marketing and purchasing programs the association offers its members, Keene and Rye each used 19 programs, while Walpole and Sunapee each used 17, the release says. As a result, the four communities have marketed a total of nearly 13 million pounds — roughly 318 tractor-trailers’ worth — of recyclables through the association, according to the release.

Accepting the awards on behalf of their municipalities were Mike Hartness of the Keene Recycling Center and Paul Colburn, Walpole’s recycling coordinator. Representative from the towns of Rye and Sunapee note available to attend the presentation.