The Dollars and Cents of Recycling in N.H.

Jun 24, 2015

When local recycling took off in the nineties, it was called a win-win, helping both the environment, and the municipal bottom line. Now, though – the economics aren’t working out as hoped, and some towns are questioning the benefits. We’ll examine the market forces behind this and how they’re playing out in New Hampshire.


  • Michael Durfor - executive director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, a non-profit that coordinates recycling for New England towns.
  • John Halstead - professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at UNH
  • Duncan Watson - Assistant Public Works Director/Solid Waste Manager, Recycling Coordinator with the Keene Public Works Department


  • Josh Kelly  - Materials Management Section Chief  at Vermont’s Waste Management & Prevention Division