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

Britta Greene
Dan Collis, a customer of the recently launched Upper Valley Compost Company, empties his food scraps into a bucket that's collected each week.

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. 

  • Athena Lee Bradley - Projects Manager for the Northeast Recycling Council. She has worked in materials management for 26 years designing a variety of reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting programs.
  • Michael Nork -  Solid Waste Management Bureau of the NH Dept. of Env. Services
  • Jessica Saturley-Hall -  she started the Upper Valley Compost Company six months ago, it offers a curbside pickup service of food scraps.

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