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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...


Hopkinton explores ways to improve waste management
05-04-2023 8:08 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In an effort to cover hauler and tipping costs,  Hopkinton is considering new measures to boost participation in the town’s pay-by-bag program and match bag prices with those of neighboring municipalities.“We are looking for an option that hasn’t been...


Environmentalists hopeful about proposed Senate bill aimed at revising landfill siting rules
04-24-2023 9:29 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

A bill that could potentially bring about more stringent landfill safety regulations has been passed in New Hampshire’s Senate and is now headed to the House of Representatives, giving hope to environmental advocates. This follows the rejection of...


Concord approves 10-year solid waste contract with Casella, transitions to automatic collection system
04-11-2023 3:27 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With a new 10-year solid waste management contract with Casella Waste Systems approved by the City Council on Monday evening, the future of recycling remains uncertain for the city.The existing contract with the company includes no additional cost to...


Solid waste debate: To burn or bury?
04-09-2023 8:15 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With limited space and rising costs to bury trash in New Hampshire landfills, burning solid waste to generate energy is often hailed as a better environmental option.However, there’s a tradeoff – burning trash typically costs less, and frequently...


Hopkinton farm makes it easier for you to compost – one bucket at a time
04-07-2023 2:12 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

At Hopkinton’s Work Song Farm, a sustainable approach to farming has taken root through the use of household food waste. Every day, residents in town and nearby areas drop their white buckets filled with food scraps which are then turned to compost to...


DES supports SB 61 to reexamine landfill setback regulation, opposes all other landfill related bills
04-05-2023 4:39 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Among the proposed landfill safety legislation circulating through the State House this session, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services supports only one bill.Senate Bill 61, which has earned DES’s support, gives the agency the...


New Hampshire Liquor Commission and Jack Daniel's partner to promote glass bottle recycling with "Bring Back Jack" program
04-02-2023 6:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission and Jack Daniel’s have partnered to launch “Bring Back Jack,” a recycling program to promote sustainability and address supply-chain disruptions. The initiative promotes glass bottle recycling and aims to raise...


Concord chooses to shift from burying its trash to burning it
03-23-2023 7:25 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

After a 10-year deal with Casella Waste Systems, Concord is on track to shift from burying its trash to burning it.Under the terms of their new contract set to begin on July 1, 2024, Casella will continue to collect and transport the city’s waste, but...


Dalton’s concerns over landfill safety surface in DES's public input session
03-17-2023 12:04 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Concerns about landfill safety in New Hampshire and industries wielding too much power in environmental regulation decision-making have taken root in the North Country town of Dalton.Residents have been fighting against Casella Waste Systems, a...


Landfill Landscape: Proposed landfill in tiny North Country town raises environmental justice concerns
03-13-2023 6:21 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Jeanne Robillard, living on a waterfront property has been a long-held dream that became a reality in 2020 when she purchased a house on the far end of Burns Pond in Whitefield.Before that, she served four years on Bethlehem’s select board and was...


Bills address solid waste regulation, landfill safety
03-07-2023 1:00 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

As New Hampshire strives to improve its solid waste management, state lawmakers have debated a number of bills aimed at strengthening landfill safety and promoting waste reduction.Bills related to landfill siting regulations and food waste disposal...


NH landfill oversight has become infrequent and less thorough
02-13-2023 5:06 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

On a crisp winter morning in the scenic winter town of Conway, the odor of rotten eggs wafted through the air at the Lower Mount Washington Secure landfill, which overlooks the White Mountains.To mask the smell of decomposing waste and to keep pests...

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