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Keene residents now have an option for curbside compost pick-up.

The Elm City Compost Initiative began its collection service last week, accepting produce, meat and dairy scraps, as well as compostable paper and plastic products.

For $15 per month, the business will pick up a five-gallon bucket each week. Customers receive a clean bucket with each collection.

Breaking It Down: The Business of Composting in N.H.

Feb 26, 2018
Britta Greene / NHPR

Unless you're a backyard composter, your food scraps are going to a landfill, where they take up a surprisingly large percentage of increasingly valuable space - and contribute to the release of methane gas. We look at why New Hampshire lags behind its neighbors in recycling food waste, and learn about some businesses that see food waste as an economic opportunity. 

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Jessica Saturley-Hall knew she wanted to start her own business, and she got hooked on the concept of compost. She knew that food scraps produce significantly more methane, a greenhouse gas, when tossed in a landfill, rather than breaking down on their own. So she wondered, what if you could reward people for separating their food waste from their trash.

At first, she thought about somehow paying people for their compost. She did a host of financial models, looked at it every which way, but couldn’t come up with a solution.

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Lawmakers today will hear a proposal to allow the commercial composting of meat and dairy. The bill began with a group headed by a former UNH student.

The Post Landfill Action Network, or PLAN, got its start as a sort of student-run rummage sale, where students were encouraged to sell furniture and other items, rather than throw them out when they leave campus each year.

PLANs founder, Alex Fried, has since gone professional with his advocacy, starting a small non-profit.

One of their current projects is pushing to make UNH’s football stadium a zero-waste facility.

Do's And Don'ts Of Composting In N.H.

Aug 13, 2014
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With the popularity of gardening and other DIY hobbies on the rise, we'll look into the science and practice of composting in N.H.: how does it work, and what do state regulations have to say about it?

For audio of this segment, listen to the audio here and start at 33:40.

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  • Sam Evans-Brown - NHPR's environment reporter

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Whatever flavor you prefer, there is a New Hampshire brew that will do the job well. Today on Word of Mouth, we sample the state's craft-beer scene. Then, there are an estimated thirty thousand invasive species occupying America's eco-system. We have a conversation about the newest strategy against these pests: eating them. Next, we visit with Watson, IBM's cognitive computer and Jeopardy champion, to learn about its newest and slightly surprising endeavor in cooking. Plus: a tale of food and Spanish history from the American west.

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