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 for our upcoming Solid Waste Roundtable event!

Problem Materials: Plastic Bags
POSTPONED to Thursday September 21, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Humiston Building Conference Room
(driveway is on 14 High Street)
Meredith, NH 03253
RSVP by calling (603) 279-5334

Upcoming Webinars! Register for free by clicking the links below!

Improving Safety at Transfer Stations in Rural CommunitiesTuesday Sept. 19th from 1:30-3:00 PM

Reducing Waste Disposal at Transfer Stations in Rural CommunitiesThursday Sept. 28th from 1:30-3:00 PM


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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

Check out the topics of conversation at our most recent roundtable event on recycling in Lakes Region communities:
Recycling Roundtable Notes

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).