In Chittenden County, food scraps account for nearly ONE THIRD of most people’s trash. You can put these scraps to better use by composting!

Composting is the process by which microorganisms decompose organic material like food scraps and yard debris, producing a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your garden or house plants.

All material collected at CSWD Drop-Off Centers, and much more deposited directly by residents or collected from local businesses and institutions, is processed at Green Mountain Compost in Williston.

Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) encourages all residents, businesses, and institutions to consider composting.

How to start

At home:

At your school or business:

  • If you have space and willing participants to maintain the pile, you can set up a Backyard Composting system at your school or business, or
  • Talk to your trash and recycling hauler about contracting with them for pickup. See our compost pickup page for a current list of haulers that are offering this service.

Sources for certified compostable bags:

Several local markets now carry compostable bags in sizes from 3 to 13 gallons.  The “natural” food stores are more likely to have them, and some major chain stores also now carry them. Several brands are acceptable, but the package must say “Certified Compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute” or carry this logo:

BPI logo

For more specific guidance on compostable bags and other products, visit the Compostable Products page over at Green Mountain Compost.

Many online vendors carry certified bags in a range of sizes; one reliable online source CSWD has used for larger sizes (13 to 96 gallons) and quantities is