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Managing Waste Streams

Proper management of solid waste and solid waste facilities is one of New Hampshire’s primary health and environmental priorities

Generally speaking, “solid waste” is any abandoned or discarded material that has been placed in the waste stream. This includes, for example, household trash, construction and demolition debris, tires, and recyclables, such as paper, cans, glass, and plastic containers. The overall solid waste stream can be further segmented into specific waste streams. Proper management of solid waste and the facilities that collect, process and dispose of solid waste is one of New Hampshire’s primary health and environmental priorities. 

In New Hampshire, the management of solid waste is regulated by the NHDES Solid Waste Management Bureau through a permit system. With a few exceptions, solid waste facilities (i.e., landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, incinerators, composting facilities) must obtain a permit to ensure that construction, operation, and closure of the facility is conducted in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment. Solid waste facilities are subject to inspections/audits to ensure that applicable rules, regulations, and permit conditions are being followed throughout the life of the facility. 

Importantly, NHDES does not directly regulate solid waste at the point of generation. Regardless of who generates the solid waste (i.e., homeowner, business, industry) it must be handled properly and in a manner that does not pose a risk to public health or the environment. The general public, as well as commercial/industrial generators, can properly manage their solid waste by using a registered solid waste hauler and/or ensuring their waste is transferred to a permitted or authorized facility. 

NHDES receives numerous inquiries on “How Do I Manage/Dispose of Solid Waste?” Our answer depends on if you are or represent a:

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Waste streams and management in businesses  

In New Hampshire, each business must take care of the solid waste that they generate by working with a registered hauler or permitted solid waste facility. Currently, NHDES does not have technical assistance staff to assist businesses on managing each type of waste stream (i.e. MSW, recycling, C&D, etc.). We suggest that you contact your local solid waste facility to determine how they manage solid waste streams. For contact information on a facility local to you, please contact either your municipal offices or us.

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Waste streams and management in the home 

In New Hampshire, solid waste is managed by hundreds of permitted facilities that comply with laws and rules. Those facilities each manage waste streams according to operating plans specific to them. Currently, NHDES does not have technical assistance staff to assist homeowners on managing each type of waste stream (i.e. MSW, recycling, C&D, etc.). We suggest that you contact your local solid waste facility to determine how they manage solid waste streams. For contact information on a facility local to you, please contact either your municipal offices or us.  

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Solid Waste Facility Permittee and/or Operator  

Your facility has obtained a permit from NHDES that outlines terms and conditions for maintaining compliance with RSA 149-M and the Solid Waste Rules (Env-Sw 100 - Env-Sw 2100).  In those rules, you must actively manage the solid waste at your facility and do so in such a manner that it does not negatively impact public health or the environment. NHDES does not directly dictate how each facility is to manage the waste streams, however, we have compliance standards and provide information on managing waste streams in a manner that will protect public health and the environment.  

Managing Solid Waste at SW Facilities  

NOT SOLID WASTE

Solid waste is not the only waste generated in the state. Though the Solid Waste Management Bureau only regulates solid waste, the waste streams below are the subject of numerous inquiries to the bureau. Please click on the topic area below to be taken to further information for that waste material, as well as contact information for the program responsible for regulating that waste material.

Solid-Waste-Management
Executive Secretary
nelson.ordway@des.nh.gov
Solid-Waste-Management
SolidWasteInfo@des.nh.gov