March 25, 2011
We regret that we are not able to sell or donate compost at the present time. This is a result of New Hampshire Solid Waste Rules combined with integral characteristics of our UNH composted waste stream. It is important to note that these are pre-existing rules, not new developments.
Our composted materials make use of pulped food wastes from the UNH dining halls, an innovative and sustainable practice that productively diverts a very large volume of material which would otherwise go directly into the Durham waste stream. There is not a feasible means for us to separate out meat or dairy food wastes during this process. We are allowed to compost these materials onsite, but the resulting product must remain on campus.
On behalf of the several UNH partners who comprise our campus composting operation, we regret that we are no longer able to provide finished compost to our community stakeholders. This is not a result of our no longer wishing to partner with the community, but rather a requirement of our complying with State of NH regulations. The state agencies charged with carrying out NH solid waste rules and overseeing compost operations are actively working together to evaluate the underlying issues.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Please be assured that you will be notified should there be any change to the current circumstances. We will continue to productively use the compost to maintain fertility and soil health of our forage fields, the majority of which are certified organic and therefore rely on manure and compost inputs. We have greatly enjoyed our several years of community partnership and hope we may be able to resume this relationship at some point in the future.