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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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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...


Opinion: It’s time for DES to prioritize environment and public health over industry interests
05-29-2024 3:37 PM

By SARAH DOUCETTE

Sarah Doucette lives in Whitefield. She advocates for environmental protection and public health statewide. As a concerned citizen of Whitefield, I have spoken at many public hearings about the need to update our state’s solid waste regulations to...


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...


Found a baby bird? Here’s what to do
05-10-2024 2:42 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

It is that time of year when vibrant flowers start to bloom, painting landscapes with their colors, and the air is filled with the sweet melodies of songbirds, that encounters with abandoned baby birds or squirrels on the ground become more...


Hopkinton tries to nab out-of-town trash bandits
05-07-2024 4:49 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Already struggling to enforce its green bag program in its shared transfer station, Hopkinton realized it faces a new issue: Concord residents trying to dump their trash in town.Last Saturday, select board members Thomas Lipoma and Jeffrey Donohue...


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...


Opinion: NH legislators must act to ban PFAS in consumer products
04-09-2024 6:00 AM

By TOM IRWIN

Tom Irwin is vice president and director of CLF New Hampshire. Each time we turn on the tap, we expect clean water. But in recent years, towns and cities across New Hampshire have discovered a dirty truth. Water in many communities has been tainted...


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...


Bill banning products made with PFAS moves forward
03-26-2024 5:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Mattresses, feminine hygiene products, food packaging and several other everyday items with added forever chemicals, may face a potential ban as a bill prohibiting their sale and distribution in New Hampshire progresses forward to the House of...


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...


Opinion: The bad news and good news about landfills in New Hampshire
03-04-2024 4:15 PM

By ELIOT WESSLER

Eliot Wessler lives in Whitefield and works with a number of grassroots organizations in NH’s North Country. Let’s start with the bad news: New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) has known for years that our state is awash in...

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