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Food scraps

Disposal options

Backyard options

  • Composting: You can compost most food scraps in a backyard composting bin or pile. Avoid putting meat and dairy scraps in backyard systems, as they do not reach high enough temperatures to kill pathogens.
  • Digesting: A food scrap digester (like the Green Cone) can handle any food scraps, including meat & dairy. It does not produce usable compost.

View more detail: Backyard options for managing food scraps

Drop-Off Composting

  • Small quantities of any food or food scraps (including meat, bones & dairy), beverages, and uncoated paper goods may be dropped off in the food scrap bins at CSWD Drop-Off Centers or at Green Mountain Compost.
  • Large quantities (over 30 gallons) should be brought directly to Green Mountain Compost.

Compost pick-up

Trash

  • Residents may place food scraps in trash until July 1, 2020
  • Businesses that produce less than the annual threshold set by Act 148 may place food scraps in the trash

Cost

At CSWD Drop-Off Centers

  • If you are also dropping off household trash: No charge.
  • If you are not dropping off trash as well: $1.50 per container up to 5 gallons.

At Green Mountain Compost

  • Up to 30 gallons: No charge
  • 30+ gallons: Tip fees may apply; $5 minimum

Pick-up

Pick-up service companies set their own rates. Please call them directly.

Trash

Household trash fees apply.

Limitations, regulations and other specifications

As of July 1, 2017, any business or entity that produces 18 tons of food waste per year is required to keep them out of the landfill.

Drop-off composting limits

  • The drop-off composting program is for residents and small commercial generators only.
  • Check the list of Items Accepted for Drop-Off Composting to make sure your material is accepted.
  • There is a daily limit of 30 gallons of food scraps per customer.
    For volumes over this amount, please contact Green Mountain Compost at (802) 660-4949.

Notes

Act 148, Vermont’s Universal Recycling & Composting Law, requires diversion of food waste from the landfill.

The requirement is phased in between 2014 and July 1, 2020, when all food scraps will be banned from landfill disposal. For more information about the requirement of Act 148 and the timeline for compliance, visit the Act 148 page.

Reduce food waste

Visit Reducing Food Waste for lots of resources—including downloadable PDFs and videos—on storing and preserving food, recipe resources, and much more.

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