NH House Committee Recommends Passage of Solid Waste Bills

The New Hampshire General Court’s Environment and Agriculture Committee has voted Ought to Pass on two bills that would limit the amount of out-of-state trash deposited in New Hampshire landfills. HB 1145 would prohibit private ownership of new landfills, enabling a state or municipal owner to restrict waste accepted for disposal. For example, Vermont requires that any municipality, in or out of state, must have an approved solid waste plan in order to bring its waste to the state landfill. In Massachusetts, mattresses and textiles are banned from public landfills.

HB1632 would prohibit any new solid waste facility from accepting more than 15% of incoming trash from out-of-state sources. If enacted, this limitation would not apply to currently existing facilities.

The full House of Representatives will consider these bills in their next floor session on March 21, 2024.

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