Solid Waste

Regulating facilities that collect, store and transfer, process and treat, or dispose of solid waste

New Hampshire’s Solid Waste Management Act (RSA 149-M) generally defines "solid waste" as any abandoned or discarded material, excluding hazardous waste, nuclear waste, sludge and septage, certain types of point source discharges, and yard waste. Even with these exclusions, solid waste encompasses a wide variety of potential materials, including household trash, recyclable materials, commercial and industrial waste, construction and demolition debris, food waste, electronic waste, non-hazardous contaminated soils, asbestos waste, end-of-life motor vehicles, infectious waste, animal carcasses, or anything else that qualifies as abandoned or discarded. 

NHDES’ Solid Waste Management Bureau (SWMB) regulates the facilities and practices associated with the collection, processing, treatment, recycling, re-use and disposal of solid waste in New Hampshire. The SWMB oversees the management of solid waste through a combination of facility permitting, training and compliance programs.

Document Submittal

The SWMB requires all submittals to either be made electronically via NHDES' OneStop Data Provider portal or in paper. If submittals are made via OneStop, a single paper copy is also required. Review the Instructions for Submitting Electronic Documents and Submittal Cover Sheet Template prior to making an electronic submittal. If submittals are made in paper only, three copies are required. Submit paper copies to:

NH Department of Environmental Services

Waste Management Division, Solid Waste Management Bureau

PO Box 95, 29 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03302-0095

Document Review

All public documents received and sent by the SWMB on or after January 1, 2018, are routinely made available for viewing by the public on NHDES' OneStop database, typically within a few days of receipt. Documents received or sent by the SWMB prior to January 1, 2018, are available for review by request directed to the NHDES Public Information Center (603-271-2919;

Unlined Landfill & Incinerator Closure Grants

Providing reimbursement to municipalities for a portion of the costs associated with the closure of an unlined landfill and/or incinerator.

Executive Secretary