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.Recycling & Compost Certification Courses

 

In partnership with the New Mexico Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau NMRC hosts two recycling and two compost facility operators certification courses each year. The 2015 course dates are below. Our maximum class size is 35 students so please remember to register as early as possible to be assured a seat in the course. Each class day is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Classes are $199 for NMRC members and $299 for non-members.

Both compost and recycling courses are taught by experts in the fields and are required for New Mexico Environment Department facility operator certification. The recycling course is required as part of the National Sustainable Resource Manager through NMRC and Penn State Altoona. Classes consist of three days of training and a test at the end of the training. To become certified at the state or national level, participants must pass the test with a score of 70% or higher.

 

COMPOST April 21-23 Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces. Click here to register.
October 6-8 Albuquerque Fire Academy, 11500 Sunset Gardens Road SW, Albuquerque. Click here to register.
RECYCLING May 19-21 McGee Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds, 41 County Road 5568, Farmington. Click here to register.
December 8-10 Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces. Click here to register.

 

To pay for 2015 classes by credit card please visit http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/certclass15creditcard.htm

In partnership with NM Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) NMRC is offering a speical course on August 25-27, 2015 (Albuquerque Fire Academy - 11500 Sunset Gardens Road SW) for collection center operators that want to renew a current certification. This course will focus on the needs of collection centers and will give attendees 24 CEUs, enough to renew *any* NMED solid waste operator certificaion (that is, landfill, transfer station, recycling, or composting). Registration for this class will take place through SWANA. Please click here for more information and to register. Fee for this class is $250.

 

The Recycling Course Covers:

· Solid Waste Management Overview
· Solid Waste Laws and Regulations
· Composition of Waste
· Marketing and Transportation
· Economics of Recycling
· Collection of Recyclables
· Recycling Facility Design and Operations
· Problem Waste and Waste Screening
· Safety at Recycling Facilities--OSHA
· Record Keeping
· Education and Public Relations
· Organics Recycling
· Tire Recycling
· Business Recycling
· Recycling Field Exercise/Tour

 The Composting Course Covers:

· Benefits of Composting
· Composting Process
· Raw Materials/Mix Design 
· Compost Production Methods
· Compost Operations & Facility Management
· Site & Environmental Controls/Regulations
· Utilizing Compost/Specifications
· Compost Analytical Demonstration/Guest Speakers
· Compost Quality Measurements/Salts
· Compost Use by NM DOT
· Mortality Composting
· Compost Field Exercise /Tour
· Compost Economics & Marketing
· Compost and Plant Disease Suppression
· Other Options for Organics Management

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Expanded Trainings for 2015

Grant Writing for Recycling Training - February 24th

February 24th, 2015, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, lunch on your own
Albuquerque Fire Training Academy, 11500 Sunset Gardens Road NW
6 CEU credits offered for state and national recertification
$100 members, $175 non-members ($25 discount for groups of 3 or more from same community/entity)
Click here to register

6 CEU recertification credits offered for NM Environment Department certified operators and certified National Sustainable Resource Managers

Come learn about grant writing best practices, available funding sources for recycling and diversion programs and tactics that help make grant proposals stand-out. The training will lead participants through a wide range of grant planning and writing components that includes understanding grant guidelines, eligibility, planning out a grant project, outlining the development of goals and objectives, grant evaluation needs, strategy, partnerships, budget development, equipment identification, in-kind and cash matches and approval requirements. The NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau will present on the Recycling and Illegal Dumping grant program, introducing an updated application, reviewing grant priorities and sharing examples of grant-funded projects. A summary of state, federal, and foundation grant opportunities will also be provided and discussed.

Agenda:

8:30    Welcome, introductions, housekeeping
8:45    Grant Writing Best Practices – English Bird & Sarah Pierpont (NMRC) and Terry Timme, Town of Silver City

            Phase I: Planning for the Grant

  • Requirements to apply, Understanding grant guidelines and instructions, Review previously funded grant projects, Align with local, project and strategic plan priorities, Outline project nutshell and ballpark budget, Partnerships and letters of support, Federal, state and local compliance

10:30  Break

            Phase II: Writing the Grant

  • Important Elements to Grant Applications, Understanding Budget Development

Noon     Lunch break on own

1:15     Recycling and Illegal Dumping Grant – Tim Gray, NM Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau

  • Updates to application, Grant project priorities, Scoring, Budget development, Examples of successfully funded projects

2:30    Funding Opportunities for Recycling and Diversion
3:30    Adjourn

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Recycling Professional Training to Become a Nationally Certified Sustainable Resource Manager - June 2
CNM Montoya Campus Room J-124, Albuquerque
8 AM – 4 PM with a one-hour lunch break (lunch is on your own)
$100 members, $175 non-members
6 CEU credits towards initial National Certification
Click here to register

To become a Nationally Certified Sustainable Resource Manager through Penn State Altoona, you must also take this class and also the 3 day Recycling Certification course or already be a Certified Recycling Facility Operator through the state of New Mexico Environment Department.

See National Certification Program below for more details.

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NMRC's Annual Meeting & Recycling Training - June 3
June 3, 2015 8:30-4:00
Albuquerque Museum (2000 Mountain NW), Ventana Salon
$100 members, $175 non-members (lunch provided)
($25 discount for groups of 3 or more from same community/entity)
6 CEU credits towards NMED or National Recertification
Click here to register

ALL PROFESSIONALS INVITED!! You do not have to be a NMRC member to attend!
If attending only for the HM51 discussion and stakeholder feedback session, there is no registration fee.

Training will include an update on the state of recycling in New Mexico, update on HM51 - increasing recycilng to 50% project, managing food waste on a municipal level and creating jobs in New Mexico: economic development in the recycling sector.

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Collection Center Operators Course - in partnership with NM-SWANA
August 25-27, Albuquerque
Click here to register

In partnership with NM Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) NMRC is offering a speical course on August 25-27, 2015 (Albuquerque Fire Academy - 11500 Sunset Gardens Road SW) for collection center operators that want to renew a current certification. This course will focus on the needs of collection centers and will give attendees 24 CEUs, enough to renew *any* NMED solid waste operator certificaion (that is, landfill, transfer station, recycling, or composting). Registration for this class will take place through SWANA. Please click here for more information and to register. Fee for this class is $250.

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NM Recycling and Composting Facility Operator Certification Course Details
The NMRC and the New Mexico State Environment Department: Solid Waste Bureau will host two recycling courses and two composting courses in 2015.  Our maximum class size is 35 students so please remember to register as early as possible to be assured a seat in the course.

To become a certified operator an individual shall:

  • Complete the appropriate certification training course
  • Pass an examination approved by the department
  • Have at least one year of experience in the operation of a facility of the same type as that for which certification is sought
  • File an application with the department on a form provided by the department
  • Meet the requirements of the Parental Responsibility Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 40-5A-1 to 40-5A-13 (1998 Cum. Supp.)

Renewal of a certification shall be obtained by:

  • Submitting an application at least 30 days prior to the expiration date;
  • And successfully completing:
    • An operator certification training course offered by the department or its designated agent; or
    • An alternate training course which has been approved by the department; or
    • 24 hours of course work which has been approved by the department.

For additional information regarding Operator Certification contact Connie Pasteris, NMED, Solid Waste Bureau, Outreach and Technical Assistance Section, at 505-771-5982 or by  e-mail at:connie.pasteris@state.nm.us.

Payment arrangements must be made before attending the course either by actual payment or by PO number. If a municipality or business has an outstanding due payment, they cannot send any registrants to courses until that past due invoice has been paid. There will be a $25 cancellation fee is you do not notify us before the late registration date.

Certification: To obtain NMED Solid Waste Facility Operator Certification, applicants must complete a course, score at least 70% on the certification exam offered at the end of each course, and have at least one year of experience operating the type of facility for which certification is sought.

State Solid Waste Rules require that public and private solid waste facilities have certified operators. These courses enable operators to become certified! Call Connie Pasteris at (505) 476-3561 or connie.pasteris@state.nm.us to check on your certification status.

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National Certification Program
NMRC is the first state in the country to provide certification as a Sustainable Resource Manager with other states (including New Jersey, Illinois (pending) and Pennsylvania (pending)) working hard to get their programs certified.  Working with the National Recycling Coalition to provide the certification which is in line with a newly developed program, accredited through Penn State University (Altoona).  The national certification requires 30 classroom hours of training in addition to final examinations. The three day Recycling Certification Courses provide 24 hours of classroom training. In addition to these hours, the June 2 Recycling Professionals Taining is needed to secure the required 6 additional CEUs. 

The National Certification will enable professionals to receive recognition and a certificate for this training in any state and may be added to your professional resume. The standards are consistent throughout the United States, so what you learn here is what other professionals are learning in other states.

Click here for more information on National Certification

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Visit the SWANA web site to get details on registering for the Landfill and Transfer Station Courses.

 

Special Collection Center Operators Courses - 2015

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Landfill Operators Certification Courses - 2015

 

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Transfer Station Operators Certification Courses - 2015

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