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Carcass Disposal State Regulations


Depending on circumstances, large animal carcass disposal may be regulated by a state's solid waste, medical waste, agriculture, or emergency management regulations. If your state does not provide specific guidance or regulations relating to large animal carcass disposal, check with your local health department, or city/county laws and ordinances.

In addition, during emergency situations and disasters (e.g., blizzards, floods, hurricanes, mass die-offs, etc.), consult with your local emergency officials, your state emergency planning agency, or the state veterinarian, to determine approved methods of carcass disposal.

Applicable Agencies and Regulations for New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Address: 29 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03301

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Rules and Regulations: Code of Administrative Rules Chapter Env-SW 600 Composting Facility Requirements. A composting facility shall not receive or compost the following types of waste: Animal carcasses or deceased persons.

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Fact Sheet WMD-SW-20, 2001: Disposal of Dead Animals (N.H. Department of Environmental Services Waste Management Division, 2001). Describes DES's policies and outlines acceptable management practices for the disposal of animal carcasses. Residential and farm burial of animals at the same location, 75 ft from any water supply and 4 ft above the seasonal groundwater table. Suggest using ""quick lime"" for large numbers and get approval from NH State Vet's office.

The Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) maintains a database of carcass disposal state regulations promulgated by state environmental, agricultural and other agencies. There may be additional information on this site, not found on VetCA, that can be helpful to veterinarians, ranchers and farmers. Click here to access the CWMI information for New Hampshire.

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