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Many Hopkinton residents say it’s time to get rid of the pay-by-bag program
06-11-2024 2:27 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As a young parent, Dave Depiano is constantly frustrated by having to throw away things at home like his pots and pans every six months because they just don’t last like they used to decades ago. This means he generates more trash, and with...

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All but one landfill legislation in NH fail, industry influence questioned
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As the New Hampshire legislative session wraps up, it’s another disappointing year for proponents of landfill legislation.Out of five bills focused on landfill regulations, only one has made it to the governor’s desk. This bill requires notifying the...


Concord’s new solid waste contracts add $300,000 to budget
05-31-2024 4:10 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Concord’s new solid waste contract, set to take effect in July, brings with it a $306,345 increase to the proposed city budget.Last year, Concord secured another 10-year solid waste management contract with Casella, which replaces what city officials...


NH Senate rejects landfill moratorium again
05-30-2024 1:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In a voice vote on Thursday, the Senate rejected the landfill moratorium, once again, denying it the opportunity for discussion in both chambers.Senate Bill 134 was initially proposed to provide disability pensions for police and fire personnel who...


N.H. Senate frowns on House move to link landfill moratorium with disability pension bill
05-28-2024 2:53 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The House of Representatives’ attempt to revive the landfill moratorium bill by linking it to a pensions bill for public safety employees was seen as an unfair move by the state Senate.House Bill 1620 which looked to impose a moratorium on landfill...


NH House gives landfill moratorium bill a second chance
05-23-2024 12:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After the New Hampshire Senate killed a moratorium bill that would pause landfill permits, the House of Representatives has given the legislation a second chance by adding it to an unrelated bill, hoping the Senate will pass it this time.“I want...


Hopkinton-Webster transfer station fee revision in progress
05-22-2024 9:39 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After 12 years, Hopkinton and Webster are adjusting the fees at the joint transfer station to fully cover waste disposal costs.Currently, only 75% to 80% of the transfer station’s operational costs are covered by the fees to dispose of waste, but the...


DES’ proposed solid waste rules leave many unsatisfied
05-20-2024 3:52 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Disappointment echoed throughout the state Department of Environmental Services public hearing on solid waste rules as many environmentally conscious citizens took to the microphone to voice their concerns.Adam Plourde, a former Maine resident, found...


Environmental advocates wary of state’s industry-friendly solid waste rules
05-19-2024 12:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After years of operating under outdated solid waste regulations, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has proposed updated rules, but environmental advocates are concerned these changes may favor the waste industry over environmental...


Landfill legislation buried in Senate citing concerns from DES
05-15-2024 4:38 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Despite the potential to reshape waste management practices in New Hampshire, the state Senate has decided not to pass two landfill bills, citing concerns raised by the Department of Environmental Services.One of these bills, House Bill 602, proposed...


A reduction in Wilmot’s recycling program is forcing some residents to take matters into their own hands
05-14-2024 4:48 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In Andy Chew’s garage, aluminum cans – remnants of seltzers and assorted drinks – are piled high in large bins because it pains him too much to throw them away.Living in Wilmot, where recycling options are scarce, with the town lacking facilities for...


Pay-by-bag works for most communities, but not Hopkinton
04-17-2024 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Every time Jolene Cochrane clocks in for her shift at the Hopkinton Transfer Station, she sees residents driving in with their household waste bagged in various colored trash bags.With 19 years of experience at the station — a few years longer than...


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...


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...


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...

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