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NH Landfill Begins Accepting 23 Communities’ Food Scraps for Compost


Twenty-three Upper Valley communities in New Hampshire can now dispose food scraps at the Lebanon landfill as part of a new composting program, which is aimed at reducing waste and extending the landfill’s life span.

For $15, residents can drop off a five-gallon bucket of food scraps every week for the year. Items accepted include coffee grinds and filters, eggs and eggshells, cooked meats and bones as well as the peels, pits and rinds from fruits and vegetables. The food scraps make up anywhere between 15-50 percent of a household’s weekly trash haul.

This program comes as residents in the State of Vermont are separating food scraps from their household trash as part of Act 148, the state’s universal recycling law, mandated that residents’ separate food scraps and all transfer stations are required to accept the material.

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