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Where does your trash and recycling go?
01-06-2024 11:03 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A pizza box, a bag of chips and a soda can all have one thing in common – the “recycle” symbol printed on their packaging asking customers not to throw them away in the trash.But the reality is that dropping off these items at your local transfer...

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DES against landfill moratorium bill
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As testimony on bills targeting landfill safety in New Hampshire continues in both chambers of the legislature, the state Department of Environmental Services maintains its stance against proposed legislation advocating for a four-year moratorium of...


Bills to reduce waste imports won’t affect Turnkey and NCES landfills
04-02-2024 5:13 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Rochester is home to the largest landfill in New England, the Turnkey landfill, where more than half of the waste comes from out-of-state rather than from within New Hampshire.In 2023, the Turnkey landfill took in over 595,000 tons of out-of-state...


From lunch trays to garden beds: Hopkinton students compost food waste
03-28-2024 5:09 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Owen Lanman and his friends stood guard near the color-coded bins in Maple Street school’s cafeteria, ensuring every student dumped their lunch leftovers into the appropriate receptacles designated for compost, recycling and landfill.“I like doing it...


Committee advances bills to restrict out-of-state trash
03-19-2024 5:42 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Two bills addressing the import of out-of-state trash are heading to the House of Representatives with a positive recommendation, offering a solution toward alleviating the strain on the state’s landfill capacity.New Hampshire receives nearly half of...


DES neutral on bills to prevent out-of-state trash
02-15-2024 4:30 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Tom Tower found the decision to privatize solid waste management in New Hampshire decades ago to be a logical choice. However, with the state’s sluggish pace in updating its plan to deal with its trash and the alarming influx of waste from neighboring...


State to study waste dumped in landfills and incinerators
02-12-2024 5:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The public might get a better understanding of what exactly is getting dumped in the state’s landfills and where it’s coming from, now that the Department of Environmental Services has initiated the first comprehensive study of the waste stream.Set to...


Bills target out-of-state trash
01-01-2024 12:06 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

New Hampshire has become a dumping ground for out-of-state trash.But that could change during the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers try to slam the brakes on trucks bringing waste from beyond state borders.One bill takes on the Interstate...


Top Stories of 2023: State solid waste oversight grows
12-26-2023 5:32 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Growing concerns over landfill siting and state regulations became a focal point in communities around the state and in the legislature as more people learned about New Hampshire’s status as a dumping ground for out-of-state trash.The catalyst for...


Mixed reactions on proposed landfill setback criteria
10-19-2023 5:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Proposed changes to the state’s environmental protection rules would increase the setbacks for landfills to be located no less than 500 feet from bodies of water, more than double the current 200-foot barrier. The Department of Environmental Services...


Hopkinton-Webster transfer station agreement remains the same
09-13-2023 5:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The cost of cleaning up the PFAS-contaminated sludge at the Hopkinton-Webster transfer station and potentially relocating it off-site could cost the towns $13.8 million. The 52,000 tons of sludge containing “forever” chemicals at the transfer station...


Public hearing shifts focus to environmental agency’s commitment
09-06-2023 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Jacquelyn Elliot, a former Granite Stater now residing in Maine, is worried the state’s environmental agency is prioritizing private economic gain over public safety.“Waste is managed as a commodity which drives profits and incentivizes...


Public hearing to be held Wednesday on Turnkey landfill expansion
09-05-2023 4:40 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In response to concerns from residents and state officials about the proposed expansion of the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, the state Department of Environmental Services will hold a public hearing to discuss the plan’s potential impacts on both...


Hopkinton to clean up PFAS contamination
08-22-2023 4:23 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Sludge in septic lagoons accumulated over the years at Hopkinton’s transfer station has been identified as containing “forever” chemicals, and the town is working on a plan to resolve the issue. The movement comes after the Department of Environmental...


DES faces skepticism over transparency in landfill regulations
07-22-2023 6:39 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Cheryl Jensen, issues related to landfills hit close to home. She lives in the town of Bethlehem, home to the North Country Environmental Services landfill, which serves as the dumping ground for waste from across the state and some that is...


Majority of solid waste bills failed 
07-20-2023 10:10 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Faced with more than a dozen bills related to solid waste during this year’s legislative session, lawmakers passed only two after six months of public hearings, debates and committee sessions.One bill introduces additional requirements for background...


NH landfill setback bill killed after ethical concerns 
07-01-2023 6:42 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After six months of heated debate over a bill aimed at revising landfill siting regulations, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to kill the bill, maintaining the responsibility of strengthening the state’s landfill regulations within the...


Transparency issues arise on landfill setback bill 
06-29-2023 7:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the legislative session approaches its end, a bill focusing on landfill setbacks is facing growing discontent following the public release of email exchanges between the state’s Department of Environmental Services and representatives of Casella, a...


About to launch a composting program for residents, Bow looks to Lebanon for inspiration
06-21-2023 3:05 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Sherri Cheney was awed by the sight of towering mounds of food scraps mixed with ground-up wood chips from demolition debris, reaching a height of at least 7 feet at Lebanon's Transfer Station. These piles of waste were being converted into...


Landfill Landscape: How lobbying influences New Hampshire’s solid waste management
05-20-2023 12:03 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As New Hampshire grapples with the mounting challenge of solid waste management and disposal, private waste management companies have stepped up their lobbying efforts.With a slew of bills introduced in this year’s legislative session aimed at...


Bow explores options for composting waste 
05-18-2023 7:16 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In an effort to reduce the amount of solid waste headed to landfills, the town of Bow has recently started to explore sustainable options for composting food waste.Inspired by a successful pilot program in New London, the recycling and solid waste...

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