Solid Waste Management Page

With USDA funding, the Lakes Region Planning Commission is developing a series of technical training for solid waste managers and local officials. Information on these sessions and associated resources are posted here.

Register now for our upcoming Solid Waste Roundtable event!

Recycling: Is it worth it?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM*
Humiston Building Conference Room*
(driveway is for 14 High Street)
Meredith, NH 03253
*Please note that this is a different time and location than past events in this series.
Recovering useful materials from cast-off items left at your Transfer Station is a prime opportunity to bring income to the department/town. Some communities expect to receive recycling income and include it in their annual budget. But it can be a fluid market and labor intensive to manage the materials. At this Roundtable Session we will explore:
  • some of the factors controlling the market,
  • how some Lakes Region communities are dealing with the current market, and
  • some steps that can be taken to improve your community’s chances.
This event will provide attendees with 2.0 hours of Continuing Professional Development hours to go towards their NH Solid Waste Operator Certification.
If you know anyone else who may be interested in this event please forward this invitation on to them. All are welcome.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 15th. You can RSVP by emailing or calling 279-5334.


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Is Recycling Broken? by Elizabeth Daigneau - An article published by Governing Magazine.

Click the link below to find out recycling figures for your town in 2015:
2015 Recycling Figures

Food Waste and Composting:

How much do you know about food waste? (see answers at bottom of section)

1) In 2010, the USDA reported that Americans wasted about what percentage of fruits and vegetables they had bought?
     a) 15%
     b) 25%
     c) 35%
     d) 45%

2) In 2014, Americans generated about how many million tons of food waste?
     a) 2 million
     b) 38 million
     c) 62 million
     d) 72 million

3) True or False? Food makes up the greatest percentage of any other material in our everyday trash.

On May 25, 2017 the Solid Waste Roundtable hosted Mark King from the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Maine Compost School. Below is a link to his presentation. Melanie Doiron of the NH Department of Environmental Services addresses some questions and concerns about state rules and regulations. Below is a link to a recent presentation on the subject.
1)   c) 35%
2)   b) 38 million tons
3)   True.
 More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting 21.6 percent of discarded municipal solid waste.

Electronic Waste:

LRPC researched E-Waste disposals, pricing, and vendors for our 30 communities. We found a great deal of variation, leading to good group discussion. Below are links to a few things found.

Universal Waste: Below is a link to Tara Albert's Feb. 16, 2017 Universal Waste Presentation from DES- Woman giving a presentation Woman giving presentation

Solid Waste:
Below are links to powerpoints presented at our latest Roundtable Meeting (3/2017).