Food Waste and Composting

The Messy Truth about Students and Their Garbage

On average, students produce 1.5 pounds of waste every single day. What does that mean? For example, a high school with 535 students did a waste composition study and calculated their waste generation to be 72 tons/year. This is equal to (on average) five and a half school buses!

Food: Too Good to Waste

Imagine buying 5 bags of groceries. On your way out of the store, you dump 2 of them directly in the trash. This is the reality for Americans, who waste roughly 40% of food produced for consumption. School cafeterias are no exception, but it doesn't have to be that way! This recorded webinar will outline the wasted food crisis, model methods for measuring wasted cafeteria food, and provide tangible solutions.

Overview of Composting Laws and Regulations in New Hampshire

This information was developed as a resource for the September 20, 2019 Food Waste Diversion webinar that NRRA co-presented. 

Key Composting Laws and Regulations in New Hampshire

In the 1990s, New Hampshire took three key actions to divert waste from landfills:

Science Cafe New Hampshire: Recycling and Waste Management

How much of New England's recyclables and waste are sent offshore to China? What are the challenges with dealing with other outside countries? NRRA Executive Director Reagan Bissonnette joined Science Cafe Nashua as a panelist to discuss questions about recycling and waste management. 

The State of Recycling Markets in New Hampshire

The March/April 2020 issue of the New Hampshire Municipal Association's Town and City magazine featured a cover story by NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette.  This article explains in detail the state of recycling markets in New Hampshire.  

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Legal Fact Sheets

As a project of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), NRRA was chosen as the regional organization to host the Food Policy Fact sheets for New Hampshire and provide links for our neighboring New England states. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the barrier to food donations.  FLPC conducted a survey, on behalf of, and with the support of, the Food Safety for Donations Working Group.

Back to the Earth

Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work. (0.75 hour/credit)

The Dirt on Dirt: Composting 101

Increasing public concern over air pollution, water quality, and property values, along with more stringent environmental standards have slowed the growth of new landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Many of these operating facilities are reaching their end-of-life and many communities are not planning to revive them. Composting addresses the issue of decreasing solid waste disposal capacity, and also helps to replenish the earth’s soil – another decreasing commodity.

Closing the Food Loop at School: An On-Site School Composting Guide

Why do students throw away perfectly good food? One California waste generation study showed that students generate 37.3 pounds of organic waste per year, making it almost half of the total waste generated at a school (California Department of Resources 2014). There are countless more recent studies, but one thing is clear; the United States has a school food waste issue. Food waste leads to increased waste disposal costs and wasted food budget funds, not to mention the environmental costs of sending food to sit in a landfill.

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