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Closed Landfill Project

NEWMOA completed a Promoting Stewardship of Closed Landfills Project in 2023 to help improve the management of closed solid waste landfills in small rural, low-income communities in northern New Hampshire and Vermont. The project produced:

Best Management Compliance Guide (8 pages):

Landfill Inspection Checklist (4 pages):

Municipal Reminder Checklist (2 pages):

Training Workshops:

Background: Prior to the 1980s, in most small towns in rural New England, all of the garbage from residents and local businesses went into the local landfill. Most of those old landfills were simply large holes in the ground with no liner or any engineered safety features. Starting in the 1980s, states began to close these landfills and require all remaining landfills to comply with modern specifications. Today, there are over a thousand closed landfill sites throughout New England, many of which are owned by the municipality and now present ongoing liabilities and obligations.

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Program
Materials Management

Years Active
2021-present

NEWMOA Contact
Jennifer Griffith